To Elise Allen
Dr. Mark Spencer
Monday Wednesday Friday 11:00-11:50
Selections from the Koran
The Koran is basically the Muslim’s “bible”. The Quran is composed of verses (Ayah) that make up 114 chapters (suras) of unequal length which are classified either as Meccan or Medinan depending upon their place and time of revelation. Muslims believe the Quran to be verbally revealed through angel Jibrīl (Gabriel) from God to Muhammad gradually over a period of approximately 23 years beginning in 610 CE, when Muhammad was 40, and concluding in 632 CE, the year of his death. Muhammad addresses his readers by saying things like “O David” or “O sons of Israel”. He wants it to be very clear and understood about who he is talking to. The Koran is very clear about it’s opinions on believers and disbelievers. It says, “Those who believe in the unseen and keep up prayer and give in charity out of what We have given them. And who believe in that which has been revealed before you and who are sure of the life to come. These are on a right course from their Lord and these shall be triumphant. Basically this is saying if you pray, donate money and honor God with everything that you do, then you will be successful. It also says, “those who disbelieve, whether you warn them or do not warn them, will not believe. God has set a seal upon their hearts am upon their hearing and there is a covering over their eyes, and there is a great punishment for them. This basically says that God already has picked out who is going to heaven and who isn’t. The ones that he has chosen to go will live very happy and successful lives and the ones that he has not chosen to go will live long miserable lives and will have a terrible punishment after they die.
The Koran says, “do not tale the Jews and the Christians for friends, they are friends of each other; and whoever among you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely God does not guide the wrong-doers. All I...
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