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Old 11-20-2017, 12:01 PM   #1
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The Qur'an

I am taking a course on the Qur'an from the Wilmette Institute. As part of the program, I am going to give a deepening on the Qur'an. I want to share what I've produced so far on this project:

Qur'an means recitation so the Qur'an is meant to be recited aloud melodiously. So in Islamic countries there are great reciters and everyone stops to listen to this. Muslims consider that the style of the Quran is inimitable and of divine beauty and power. Try as he may, no man can write a paragraph that is comparable to a verse of the revealed Book. This has to do partly with the literary merit of the text and the efficacy of the words their transforming and saving power that is inimitable.

A translation is considered to be an explanation of the Qur'an, not the Qur'an itself. Only the Qur'an in Arabic is considered the Qur'an, because it has all of the various meanings of those words.

To a Muslim it is not considered a saying by Muhammad but what is recited to him from God through Gabriel, which we know as the Holy Spirit.

Some excerpts from the Baha'i Writings on the Qur'an:

The Báb, quoted in World Order of Bahá'u'lláh, pp. 126-27

"Should a tiny ant desire in this day to be possessed of such power as to be able to unravel the abstrusest and most bewildering passages of the Qur'án, its wish will no doubt be fulfilled, inasmuch as the mystery of eternal might vibrates within the innermost being of all created things.”

'Abdu'l-Bahá, Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 201
"I wish now to call your attention to a most important point. All Islam considers the Qur'án the Word of God. In this sacred Book there are explicit texts which are not traditional, stating that Christ was the Word of God, that He was the Spirit of God, that Jesus Christ came into this world through the quickening breaths of the Holy Spirit and that Mary, His mother, was holy and sanctified. In the Qur'án a whole chapter is devoted to the story of Jesus. It records that in the time of His youth He worshiped God in the temple at Jerusalem, that manna descended from heaven for His sustenance and that He uttered words immediately after His birth. In brief, in the Qur'án there is eulogy and commendation of Christ such as you do not find in the Gospel. . . ."

The Qur'án should be to some extent studied by the Bahá'ís but they certainly need not seek to acquire a mastery over it, which would take years, unless they really want to. All Divine Revelation seems to have been thrown out in flashes. The Prophets never composed treatises. That is why in the Qur'án and our own Writings different subjects are so often included in one Tablet. It pulsates, so to speak. That is why it is "Revelation." (Shoghi Effendi, Unfolding Destiny, p. 453-54)

1664. Muhammad's Teachings Heightened and Guarded the Cause of Human Development. ". . .From the standpoint of institutionalism Islam far surpasses true Christianity as we know it in the Gospels. There are infinitely more laws and institutions in the Qur'án than in the Gospel. While the latter's emphasis is mainly, not to say wholly, on individual and personal conduct, the Qur'án stresses the importance of society. This social emphasis acquires added importance and significance in the Bahá'í Revelation. When carefully and impartially compared, the Qur'án marks a definite advancement on the Gospel, from the standpoint of spiritual and humanitarian progress. "The truth is that Western historians have for many centuries distorted the facts to suit their religious and ancestral prejudices. The Bahá'ís should try to study history anew, and to base all their investigations first and foremost on the written Scriptures of Islam and Christianity." (From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, April 27, 1936)

The Plurality of Wives in Muslim Countries Does Not Conform with the Teachings of Muhammad.
"Concerning the question of plurality of wives among the Muslims: This practice current in all Islamic countries does not conform with the explicit teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. For the Qur'án, while permitting the marriage of more than one wife, positively states that this is conditioned upon absolute justice. And since absolute justice is impossible to enforce, it follows, therefore, that polygamy cannot and should not be practised. The Qur'án, therefore, enjoins monogamy and not polygamy as has hitherto been understood." (From a letter written on behalf of the Guardian to an individual believer, January 29, 1939)
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Old 11-25-2017, 11:51 AM   #2
Tony Bristow-Stagg
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That is a formidable task you have undertaken

All the best with your studies.

Regards Tony

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