What bangs taught me about the Quran and Islam

The concept of one God also seems logical; because if someone can make something out of what he is, then he can’t mean anything. Thus, sura Al-Ikhlas 112, confirms the monotheism stated in the Shahadah, that there is only one God, that he is the Absolute and that there is nothing comparable to him. .

A friend who learned Arabic to better understand the Quran told me that Islam is a matter of fact and a simple religion. It was intended to guide men and women to conduct their daily affairs according to the precepts of Allah.

The truth of this observation became apparent to me when I visited a mosque. I was surprised by the total simplicity of the place. There was no altar, no bouquets of flowers, no candles, no sacred utensils, whether brass or copper, no bells to awaken the Almighty. Just a few mats unrolled for the faithful to pray.

Even the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad on Mount Hira was a down to earth experience. As the famous Islamic scholar, Lesley Hazleton explains, “He did not come floating from the mountain as if walking on air. He did not run shouting “Hallelujah” and “Bless the Lord”. He did not radiate light and joy. There was no choir of angels, no music from heaven. No exaltation, no ecstasy, no golden aura surrounds him. No sense of his absolute, predestined and indisputable role as a messenger of God. Not even the entire Quran fully revealed, but only a few verses”. (Lesley Hazleton, The First Muslim, Page, 5).

The Prophet, who would ordain against all kinds of supernatural phenomena or black magic, was convinced, says Hazleton, that what he had encountered could not be real. At most a hallucination.

Such a religion should not rightly place too much emphasis on rituals and festivities. Accordingly, there are only two holidays in Islam, namely Eid Al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha. The first is celebrated to mark the end of fasting during Ramadan, the holy month when the Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad. Eid al-Adha commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to Allah’s command.

The word Islam in Arabic, is actually a verbal phrase, meaning, ‘I submit’, ie, ‘I submit to Allah who is the Creator, the Cherisher and the Eternal to lead a life according to the teachings of Allah’ and his Last Prophet, Muhammad. Therefore, Islam emphasizes good conduct, Kenneth Cragg believes, rather than mere speculation.

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