Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Endless repetition in the Quran

Q: I think very few people, Muslims as as well candidate-Muslims, understand anything of the Quran. The reason is simple: the Quran is badly structured, very confusing and jumps from one subject to another. It’s an endless repetition of the same theme: believe in Allah and his Messenger Muhammad or you will receive the most horrible punishments in hell. This is repeated endlessly. Hundreds of times.

A: Yes, the endless repetition is because Allah never misses the point. He, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful, is reaching out to us again and over again, inviting us to a wonderful reward, a life of peace on Earth, and an eternal life of happiness and well-being. At the same time, He is also warning us again and again of the consequences of flunking this temporal, open-book exam, as, even though His love for His creatures is great, He is also the Most Just, and Always FULFILLS HIS PROMISE, thus the continuous reminder.
To the people of Mecca and Medina: that the Prophet is between you, and he and the message that he has brought, will finally prevail, and those who oppose him will be punished; and history testifies to the fact that the leadership of Quraysh was actually wiped out, and Muhammad and his followers finally prevailed.
To all of us: a reminder of the fact that this is indeed a test, and that eventually we must face the Creator and be judged on our performance.

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