Thursday, 16 June 2011

Verses that filter through.. or are they lost among petty quibbles that divide?

Never have we, who are alive today, needed to remind ourselves more.

 With a divide so commonly prevalent among people of all faiths, a divide found even amongst their own:

Warnings and guidance in the Qur-ãn, the emphasis being upon unification of faiths when good is exercised and belief is genuine.
سورة البقرة 
Surat Al Baqarah, or the Heifer

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Section 8, 
verse 62:

62إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَالَّذِينَ هَادُوا وَالنَّصَارَىٰ وَالصَّابِئِينَ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَلَهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ وَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

"Those who believe (in the Qur-ãn).
And those who follow the Jewish (scriptures),
And the Christians and the Sabians,
Any who believe in Allah
And the Last Day
And work righteousness,
Shall have their reward
With their Lord on them
Shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve."

From Commentary: 
The point of the verse is that Islam does not teach an exclusive doctrine, and is not meant exclusively for one people.

Section 16,
verse 136:
136قُولُوا آمَنَّا بِاللَّهِ وَمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْنَا وَمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَىٰ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْمَاعِيلَ وَإِسْحَاقَ وَيَعْقُوبَ وَالْأَسْبَاطِ وَمَا أُوتِيَ مُوسَىٰ وَعِيسَىٰ وَمَا أُوتِيَ النَّبِيُّونَ مِن رَّبِّهِمْ لَا نُفَرِّقُ بَيْنَ أَحَدٍ مِّنْهُمْ وَنَحْنُ لَهُ مُسْلِمُونَ

"Say ye: We believe
In Allah and the revelation
Given to us, and to Abraham,
Ismã'îl, Isaac, Jacob,
And the Tribes, and that given 
To Moses and Jesus, and that given
To all Prophets from their Lord:
We make no difference
Between one and another of them:
And we submit to Allah." 

From Commentary: 
Here we have the Creed of Islam: to believe in (1) the One Universal God, (2) the message to us through Muhammad delivered by other Teachers in the past. These are mentioned in three groups: (1) Abraham, Ismã'îl, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes: of these Abraham had apparently a Book (Ixxxvii. 19) and the others followed his tradition: (2) Moses and Jesus, who each left a scripture: these scriptures are still extant, though not in their pristine form; and (3) other scriptures, Prophets, or Messengers of Allah, not specifically mentioned in the Qur-ãn (xi. 78). We make no difference between any of these. Their Message (in essentials) was one, and that is the basis of Islam.

Translation as found in "The Meanings and Commentary"
Call And Guidance
King Fahd Holy Qur-ãn Printing Complex
Edited by The Presidency Of Islamic Researches, IFTA
Al Madina Al-Munawarah.

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