Muslims view the Quran as purely divine

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  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    March 15, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    If its so divine, then why are the people who follow it among
    The least advanced and the most backward people in the
    Whole world?

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 13, 2012 3:41 p.m.

    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?

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2012 5:16 p.m.

    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.

  • Mr. K. Syria, 00
    March 12, 2012 3:00 p.m.

    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.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2012 8:52 a.m.

    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)?

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 11, 2012 5:37 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing your insight on this topic. Very informative!