The Quran...A Book You Can Believe In

The Quran...A Book You Can Believe In

Post by BV B » Mon, 01 Apr 2013 20:27:10


The Quran...A Book You Can Believe In

We invite you to take a few minutes to learn something about a book
that is the foundation of the worldwide & culture of almost one-fourth
of
the people on this planet.

The Quran A book you can believe in

The Quran is the most often-read book in the world. Revealed by God to
the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in the 7th century, and
revered by Muslims being God's final Scripture and Testament; its
words have been lovingly recited, memorized, and implemented by
Muslims Of every nationality ever since.

The faithful are inspired, consoled often moved to tears by its
eloquence and poetic imagery, especially when recited aloud. And yet,
the Qur'an is unique in being the only Scripture that is free of
scientific inaccuracies, whose historical authenticity can be
verified, and whose text has been so carefully preserved that just one
authorized version (in Arabic) exists. Approximately the length of the
New Testament, the Qur'an is also the only holy book that can be
memorized in its entirety by people of all ages and intellectual
abilities including non Arabic speakers, which Muslims consider to be
one of its miracles. We invite you to take a few minutes to learn
something about a book that is the foundation of the worldview and
culture of almost one-fourth of the people on this planet.

A Scientific Scripture for a scientific age

One of the most remarkable things about the Qur'an is that it contains
many verses which accurately describe natural phenomena in various
fields such as embryology, astronomy, geology and oceanography.
Scientists have found its descriptions to be inexplicably valid for a
book dating from the 6th century, in fact, many of the processes and
functions mentioned in the Qur'an have been discovered only recently.
This fact alone has been the cause of a number of distinguished
scientists embracing Islam. It never arose in Islam; the Qur'an
repeatedly encourages people to reflect and use their intelligence,
and most Muslim scientists and inventors have also been pious
believers.

Some of the Qur'an's 'scientific' verses include an accurate
description of embryonic development during the first forty days of
life; an explanation that the roots of mountains are like pegs which
help to anchor and stabilize the earth's crust, that a natural barrier
exists wherever two seas meet (each maintains its own salinity,
temperature and density); that waves occur in layers in the depths of
the ocean; that the heavens and earth were first joined together
before being split apart; and that the heavens emerged from "smoke',
i, e, the gases and dust that characterize nebulas as stars are
forming.

The Qur'an was never meant to be a 'science textbook'; whether
highlighting the wonders of nature or the lessons of history, its
verses direct us to reflect on the glory of God, However, no other
ancient book or Scripture is accurate in this way, Muslims believe
that this is one of the Qur'an's proofs; one of the things that makes
it a credible, ' living revelation' for a modern age, and allows it to
reveal itself afresh with passing time.

The Qur'an and the development of knowledge

The word 'Qur'an' means 'recitation'. And the first verse; of the!
Qur'an to be revealed by the Angel Gabriel to the prophet Muhammad was
a command to {Read! In the name of your Lord...}

{??????? ??????? ???????...}

Transliteration: Iqra biismi rabbika
This directive to a man who, like most people of the time, could
neither read nor write; marked the beginning of a new age in human
communication, learning, and development. Whereas earlier Scriptures
had been written and passed down by elite circles of priests and
scribes usually long after the death of the religion's founder the
preservation of the Qur'an was a community effort from the beginning,
and it was completed during the Prophet Muhammad's own lifetime. The
Prophet's early followers eagerly memorized and recorded each new
revelation as it was revealed: by the time he passed away, thousands
had memorized the entire Qur'an by heart. Within two years after the
Prophet's death, the first caliph Abu Bakr requested the Prophet's
secretary Zayd to collect all existing copies and fragments of the
Qur'an in one place, in order to compile a standard edition. This
manuscript became the basis for the authorized editions that were
distributed to each Muslim province during the rule of 'Uthman (the
third caliph): remarkably, a few of those early manuscripts have been
preserved and can still be viewed in museums today.

Following the example of the beloved Prophet, who encouraged all
Muslims, male and female, to seek beneficial knowledge, mosques became
centers of learning as well as prayer. The concept of universal, free
basic education originated in Islam; children learned to read, write,
memorize the Qur'an and do basic maths at village mosque schools;
bright students were sent to cities to pursue higher education. The
world's first universities, hospitals and postal services were
established by Muslims. Early caliphs set up institutions like the
'House of Wisdom' in Baghdad, where scholars were paid to translate
scientific, literary and religious works from every known language
into Arabic. It was this open-mindedness that inspired Jews and
Christians under Muslim rule in Spain to translate classical Roman and
Greek texts from Arabic into European languages, sparking the European
Renaissance.

A Book with a Message & a Purpose

Like all books, the Qur'an is a means to convey a message in this
case, a very special message from the Creator to all humanity.

The Qur'an is an 'owner's manual for the human being': whoever wonders
about the purpose of life and their own existence will find to be
guide par excellence.

Building on prior revelations, this Final Testament confirms the age-
old truths of previous Scriptures, but clarifies points of faith where
error or confusion have crept into them over the centuries. Those who
have read the Bible will find much that is familiar: descriptions of
God's handiwork, stories of the Prophets. Satan, angels and the Day of
Judgment, m***and ethical guidelines, and spiritual practices like
prayer and fasting. Yet the Qur'an is not just a re-hashing of old
stones, its perspective is unique and fresh, and its worldview
eminently suited to people of today.

To give one example, according to the Qur'an, God held Adam and Eve
jointly responsible for tasting the forbidden fruit; no special curse
was laid on Eve for leading Adam astray. And no 'original sin' came
into being, to be inherited for all time by innocent children. Adam
and Eve simply sought His forgiveness and were forgiven, and Adam
(peace be upon him) is respected in Islam as the first Prophet.

There are other important distinctions between the Qur'an and the
Bible; the Qur'an asserts that much of the original books of the Bible
and other Scriptures have been lost or corrupted over time (whether
through war fare, political intrigue, religious schisms or other
reasons). One only has to consider the number of different versions of
the Bible in use today, the lack of "first" originals, and the late
discovery of long-lost scriptures like the Dead Sea Scrolls to realize
that this viewpoint is an objective one. The Qur'an rejects the
concept of salvation or special privilege based on ethnicity: God does
not discriminate on the basis of race or colour. It also denies the
need for the sacrifice of innocent life, animal or human in order for
people to attain salvation. It states that Jesus (peace be upon him)
was not crucified as claimed, but that God saved him from his enemies,
as one would expect of God's honoured and beloved Messenger; his life
was meant to be an inspiring example. Spiritual salvation is to be
achieved solely through humble repentance, coupled by an attempt to
make amends for one's sins, and a sincere intention not to repeat
one's mistakes in the future. There is no official priesthood in
Islam, and the Imam is no more than a knowledgeable prayer-leader and
brother in faith; one's sins need only be confessed directly to the
Creator.

The Qur'an's main message is to call people to turn to the Source of
all being and the Giver of life, and to serve Him with a pure heart
free of idolatry or superstition. In Islam, "One God" means just that
there is no concept of trinity, or anything else to complicate one's
understanding Like the single nucleus of a cell or an atom. He alone
is the control centre' behind it all: anything else would lead to
chaos and confusion. God is Unique and without partner; He was not
born and did not give birth; he is All-Compassionate and Merciful,
Almighty and Just, and the only One we need turn to for guidance and
help. Anything that we allow to come between ourselves and our Creator
even our own egos is an idol.

Wealth, fame, physical attraction and all the pleasures of this world
will someday fade, and we will not be able to take them with us when
we die. Only our faith and good deeds will remain, to light our graves
and be a beacon for us on the Day of Judgment.

Although no translation of the Qur'an can faithfully capture its
Arabic meaning (and all Muslims are encouraged to learn Arabic), the
following excerpt illustrates these points beautifully:

{ And recite to them the story of Ibrahim (Abraham). (69) When he said
to his father and his people: "What do you worship?" (70) They said:
"We worship idols, and to them we are ever devoted." (71) He said: "Do
they hear you, when you call (on them)? (72) "Or do they benefit you
or do they harm (you)?" (73) They said: "Nay, but we found our fathers
doing so." (74) He said: "Do you observe that which you have been
worshipping, (75) "You and your ancient fathers? (76) ...

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The Quran...A Book You Can Believe In

Post by Mr.Will Musi » Tue, 02 Apr 2013 00:35:11

it still doesnt explain the scrummaging rules however.


The Quran...A Book You Can Believe In

We invite you to take a few minutes to learn something about a book
that is the foundation of the worldwide & culture of almost one-fourth
of
the people on this planet.

The Quran A book you can believe in

The Quran is the most often-read book in the world. Revealed by God to
the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in the 7th century, and
revered by Muslims being God's final Scripture and Testament; its
words have been lovingly recited, memorized, and implemented by
Muslims Of every nationality ever since.

The faithful are inspired, consoled often moved to tears by its
eloquence and poetic imagery, especially when recited aloud. And yet,
the Qur'an is unique in being the only Scripture that is free of
scientific inaccuracies, whose historical authenticity can be
verified, and whose text has been so carefully preserved that just one
authorized version (in Arabic) exists. Approximately the length of the
New Testament, the Qur'an is also the only holy book that can be
memorized in its entirety by people of all ages and intellectual
abilities including non Arabic speakers, which Muslims consider to be
one of its miracles. We invite you to take a few minutes to learn
something about a book that is the foundation of the worldview and
culture of almost one-fourth of the people on this planet.

A Scientific Scripture for a scientific age

One of the most remarkable things about the Qur'an is that it contains
many verses which accurately describe natural phenomena in various
fields such as embryology, astronomy, geology and oceanography.
Scientists have found its descriptions to be inexplicably valid for a
book dating from the 6th century, in fact, many of the processes and
functions mentioned in the Qur'an have been discovered only recently.
This fact alone has been the cause of a number of distinguished
scientists embracing Islam. It never arose in Islam; the Qur'an
repeatedly encourages people to reflect and use their intelligence,
and most Muslim scientists and inventors have also been pious
believers.

Some of the Qur'an's 'scientific' verses include an accurate
description of embryonic development during the first forty days of
life; an explanation that the roots of mountains are like pegs which
help to anchor and stabilize the earth's crust, that a natural barrier
exists wherever two seas meet (each maintains its own salinity,
temperature and density); that waves occur in layers in the depths of
the ocean; that the heavens and earth were first joined together
before being split apart; and that the heavens emerged from "smoke',
i, e, the gases and dust that characterize nebulas as stars are
forming.

The Qur'an was never meant to be a 'science textbook'; whether
highlighting the wonders of nature or the lessons of history, its
verses direct us to reflect on the glory of God, However, no other
ancient book or Scripture is accurate in this way, Muslims believe
that this is one of the Qur'an's proofs; one of the things that makes
it a credible, ' living revelation' for a modern age, and allows it to
reveal itself afresh with passing time.

The Qur'an and the development of knowledge

The word 'Qur'an' means 'recitation'. And the first verse; of the!
Qur'an to be revealed by the Angel Gabriel to the prophet Muhammad was
a command to {Read! In the name of your Lord...}

{??????? ??????? ???????...}

Transliteration: Iqra biismi rabbika
This directive to a man who, like most people of the time, could
neither read nor write; marked the beginning of a new age in human
communication, learning, and development. Whereas earlier Scriptures
had been written and passed down by elite circles of priests and
scribes usually long after the death of the religion's founder the
preservation of the Qur'an was a community effort from the beginning,
and it was completed during the Prophet Muhammad's own lifetime. The
Prophet's early followers eagerly memorized and recorded each new
revelation as it was revealed: by the time he passed away, thousands
had memorized the entire Qur'an by heart. Within two years after the
Prophet's death, the first caliph Abu Bakr requested the Prophet's
secretary Zayd to collect all existing copies and fragments of the
Qur'an in one place, in order to compile a standard edition. This
manuscript became the basis for the authorized editions that were
distributed to each Muslim province during the rule of 'Uthman (the
third caliph): remarkably, a few of those early manuscripts have been
preserved and can still be viewed in museums today.

Following the example of the beloved Prophet, who encouraged all
Muslims, male and female, to seek beneficial knowledge, mosques became
centers of learning as well as prayer. The concept of universal, free
basic education originated in Islam; children learned to read, write,
memorize the Qur'an and do basic maths at village mosque schools;
bright students were sent to cities to pursue higher education. The
world's first universities, hospitals and postal services were
established by Muslims. Early caliphs set up institutions like the
'House of Wisdom' in Baghdad, where scholars were paid to translate
scientific, literary and religious works from every known language
into Arabic. It was this open-mindedness that inspired Jews and
Christians under Muslim rule in Spain to translate classical Roman and
Greek texts from Arabic into European languages, sparking the European
Renaissance.

A Book with a Message & a Purpose

Like all books, the Qur'an is a means to convey a message in this
case, a very special message from the Creator to all humanity.

The Qur'an is an 'owner's manual for the human being': whoever wonders
about the purpose of life and their own existence will find to be
guide par excellence.

Building on prior revelations, this Final Testament confirms the age-
old truths of previous Scriptures, but clarifies points of faith where
error or confusion have crept into them over the centuries. Those who
have read the Bible will find much that is familiar: descriptions of
God's handiwork, stories of the Prophets. Satan, angels and the Day of
Judgment, m***and ethical guidelines, and spiritual practices like
prayer and fasting. Yet the Qur'an is not just a re-hashing of old
stones, its perspective is unique and fresh, and its worldview
eminently suited to people of today.

To give one example, according to the Qur'an, God held Adam and Eve
jointly responsible for tasting the forbidden fruit; no special curse
was laid on Eve for leading Adam astray. And no 'original sin' came
into being, to be inherited for all time by innocent children. Adam
and Eve simply sought His forgiveness and were forgiven, and Adam
(peace be upon him) is respected in Islam as the first Prophet.

There are other important distinctions between the Qur'an and the
Bible; the Qur'an asserts that much of the original books of the Bible
and other Scriptures have been lost or corrupted over time (whether
through war fare, political intrigue, religious schisms or other
reasons). One only has to consider the number of different versions of
the Bible in use today, the lack of "first" originals, and the late
discovery of long-lost scriptures like the Dead Sea Scrolls to realize
that this viewpoint is an objective one. The Qur'an rejects the
concept of salvation or special privilege based on ethnicity: God does
not discriminate on the basis of race or colour. It also denies the
need for the sacrifice of innocent life, animal or human in order for
people to attain salvation. It states that Jesus (peace be upon him)
was not crucified as claimed, but that God saved him from his enemies,
as one would expect of God's honoured and beloved Messenger; his life
was meant to be an inspiring example. Spiritual salvation is to be
achieved solely through humble repentance, coupled by an attempt to
make amends for one's sins, and a sincere intention not to repeat
one's mistakes in the future. There is no official priesthood in
Islam, and the Imam is no more than a knowledgeable prayer-leader and
brother in faith; one's sins need only be confessed directly to the
Creator.

The Qur'an's main message is to call people to turn to the Source of
all being and the Giver of life, and to serve Him with a pure heart
free of idolatry or superstition. In Islam, "One God" means just that
there is no concept of trinity, or anything else to complicate one's
understanding Like the single nucleus of a cell or an atom. He alone
is the control centre' behind it all: anything else would lead to
chaos and confusion. God is Unique and without partner; He was not
born and did not give birth; he is All-Compassionate and Merciful,
Almighty and Just, and the only One we need turn to for guidance and
help. Anything that we allow to come between ourselves and our Creator
even our own egos is an idol.

Wealth, fame, physical attraction and all the pleasures of this world
will someday fade, and we will not be able to take them with us when
we die. Only our faith and good deeds will remain, to light our graves
and be a beacon for us on the Day of Judgment.

Although no translation of the Qur'an can faithfully capture its
Arabic meaning (and all Muslims are encouraged to learn Arabic), the
following excerpt illustrates these points beautifully:

{ And recite to them the story of Ibrahim (Abraham). (69) When he said
to his father and his people: "What do you worship?" (70) They said:
"We worship idols, and to them we are ever devoted." (71) He said: "Do
they hear you, when you call (on them)? (72) "Or do they benefit you
or do they harm (you)?" (73) They ...

read more »