Published: Saturday, March 10 2012 5:00 a.m. MST
Thank you for sharing your insight on this topic. Very informative!
This may explain a phenomenon I have noted but not understood. I have often
thought that English-speaking American Muslims do themselves a PR disservice in
these tense political times by using the Arabic "Allah" instead of the
English "God" in referring to their deity. It sets them apart from
Christians and Jews, who nominally share the same god. You do not hear an
English-speaking French Catholic immigrant say, "I confess my sins to my
Dieux." in everyday conversation. Knowing that the Arabic text itself is
sacred helps explain the practice.By the way, does anyone else think
it is a bit presumptuous that the three monotheistic Abrahamaic faiths use a
proper form of the common noun for deity (god) as their standard reference to
their deity, instead of using the given name (Yahweh/Jehovah)?
Dear writer,Thank you for your positive, unbiased view of the subject. As
a Muslim, I want to confirm that Quran is in fact the word(s) of God. Muhammad
only conveyed them to us, being God's messenger. Muhammad himself, as you may
very well know, was an illiterate person when he became a messenger, so he
couldn't have written the Quran. More than 14 centuries have passed since Quran
first (existed), and there is still one version of it only, because God, in the
Quran itself, promises that he will preserve Quran from being changed, so that
it will preserve it's status as the main source of guidance for all humanity. As
you know, Islam is a comprehensive way of living.As for the
transliteration of Quran into other languages, not every one can understand the
meanings of Quran, so the transliteration is important for such people to be
able to get spiritual benefits from merely reciting the transliterated text.
Needless to say, people who can read the meanings and understand them will get
more and more benefits out of it. That's about all I can say in 200 words.Wishing you all the best.Mr. K.
There is a certain (limited) parallel here to the Hare Krishnas. If I
understand correctly, according to their tradition, words in the spiritual world
are equal to their meaning. Thus, in the spiritual world, saying the word
"water" will quench your thirst. (I don't find that this works so well
in the material world.) That is why the Krishnas chant the Hare Krishna mantra,
the 16-word name of god. At some point, by chanting the name of god repeatedly
enough they will take god into themselves.
Ah yes the Quran. The golden book that has inspired so many wonderful suicide
bombers as well as countless acts of terrorism. The same book that instructs
it's brain washed followers to kill Christians and Jews. I'm tired of hearing
how peaceful the Quran is. If the Quran is so peaceful then why do so many
terrorists find specific instruction and motivation within its pages?
If its so divine, then why are the people who follow it amongThe least
advanced and the most backward people in theWhole world?
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