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191109 - Moses and confronting fears

As'salaam | the source of peace, to you | u'Alykum.

Simple reflection.

  • Had a really nice meeting with a few friends. Quran types. πŸ’•β™₯

The predictability we experience, the laws and such, are a mercy from God. Imagine Moses having to pick up the staff, which became a snake, at night time. Recall, he thought he would bring back some news from the light that caught his attention.

One recurring theme in the Quran is getting comfortable with confronting fears.

Moses, God shows us in the Quran, confronted lots and LOTS of fears and issues throughout his life and career.

Al'hamdulilah.


  • Many of us live "stable" lives
    • Not much drama such as war and other types of depravity
  • Many of us experience disruption
    • I would think almost all of us do at some point ‡
    • |If you live long enough that is ‡
    • At the very least, you age, your body changes, your social life changes, etc
  • In other words,
    • We've been blessed to experience stability and probably something along the other end of the continuum
    • | Caution ‡
    • The life of Moses is a good example of the bizarre, in one's everyday life ‡
    • There are different stories of him in the Quran, doing different sorts of things ‡
    • Apart from his "special" baby experience and the trippy sea parting stuff, he had to deal with the mundane... ‡
    • Dealing with people who simply would not accept the wonders he witnessed
    • The good news is that lots of people did accept

This reflection is based in 28:29 [from the Quran][πŸ“œ].


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191030 - Limits to cause and effect

Bismillah.

Question

On [Stack Exchange][πŸ”] someone asked

Non Muslim person said he believes this world was created by Nature, and that things that happen in his life is due to karma. He doesn't seem to believe in Allah.

I tell him this Nature was created by Allah.

Then he asks so Who created Allah?

How can I answer to him? I know to answer him but our answer should be thinkable. So that's why.

One possible response

As'salaam | The source of peace
to you | u'Alykum.

God says in Chapter 87, | translating into English

87:9 So remind, perhaps the reminder will help.
87:10 He who is concerned will remember.
87:11 And he who is wicked will avoid it.

Sounds like the person you are speaking with is uncomfortable with anything outside the "cause" and "effect" relationship.

In other words, if everything must have a cause, then so too must "God" so-called. It's an age old argument that Aristotle tried to respond to with something called the Un-moved mover argument.

However, cause and effect is a temporal relationship.

But, God claims in 112:2 that Allah'hu'αΉ£amad. [Translators][πŸ“œ] also seem to have a difficult time with that term, however one way of saying it | in English is that God is absolute, indivisible, eternal. Timeless.

God simply is, | in other words. God is a being, from which matter such as "nature" emerges.


Re

Non Mulsim person said he believes this world was created by Nature

  • Yep, that's not an uncommon belief ‡
  • and | Everyone is entitled to their beliefs
  • God says in 2:256 ‡

| translating into [English][πŸš•]

There is no compulsion in the system; the proper way has been clarified from the wrong way. Whoever rejects evil, and believes in God, indeed he has taken grasp of the strongest hold that will never break. God is Hearer, Knower.

  • You can try and respond like Abraham did in 2:258, however be prepared to move on ‡
  • If this person is willing to accept that 'nature' has always existed, then why not God?

the things happened his life is karma

  • Cause and effect ‡
  • Sure | No problem with that
  • In 2:25 God also tells us that the things we do will have an effect ‡
  • Very positive effects if you also believe (āmanΕ« waΚΏamilΕ« l-ṣāliαΈ₯āt)

he doesn't believe Allah

  • Insha'allah (iff God wills)

... but Our answer should be thinkable ...

  • This my friend is not easy
  • There's no "reason" and "logic" based answer that everyone will agree to in 2019 for example | just to be clear, unless God wills
  • God has informed us of this in 2:6

Indeed, how can you expect someone who is 100% totally committed to cause and effect as the explanation to everything be okay with a stick turning into a snake as it did for Moses? See 26:32.

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191028 - Does God have hands, with digits?

Al'ahad

☝ The one,

  • the singularly single ‡

As'salaam | the source of peace
to you | to you

[Chapter 36][οΏ°β›΅] of the Quran talks about [dates][πŸ“Ί], cattle, and ships among other wonders.

God [ends the chapter][πŸ—£] with an ayat that is striking.

[Thoughts?][πŸ’¬]. I would welcome it.


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  • 🏷 #quran #dates #yaseen

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191109 - Is the earth flat? Does it matter? Are you cozy?

Ar'rabb

☝ The cherisher,

  • the sustainer
  • The Lord
  • the teacher
    • who taught the zeebras to run
    • and babies language
    • and on and on ‡

As'salaam | the source of peace
to you | to you

Ψ§Ω„Ω“Ω…Ω“

The earth is our habitat. God be praised. I have had the very good fortune of growing up in tropical climate, and the unbelievably good fortune of living in #Canada. The social issues are awful, here and there, however, the expanse of God's earth is something to behold.

[God uses][πŸ—£] the word firoshan or carpet to describe our shared earth. True? Of course. What's your cozy configuration? My daughter has her preferences. And the [lovely folks][β›“] I've had the opportunity of meeting have theirs. And, yes, I have mine. God is kind.

God is also the Lord of the [belt of orion][πŸš₯] that you might see in the sky. And in Chapter 53 of the Quran, God reminds us that Sirius, the brightest star, is presided over by the rabb'il'Allameen | or Cherisher and sustainer of all worlds.

And then, there's this duniya, or "the world". In [this reflection][πŸ“Ί], the reminder for me is yes, the earth is as real as the soil under your feet, and the illusion before your eyes is something to watch for. That God has calibrated the heavenly bodies precisely as God claims in Chapter 55 of the Quran, ought to give our souls rest.

[Thoughts?][πŸ’¬]. I would welcome it.


On a personal note ‡

Why then do we debate so much? Why the unrest? It is well with my soul.

God reminds us in Chapter [2:257][πŸ›‹] that transitioning from the depths of darkness into the light is by God, for those who don't willfully confound "truth" with "falsehood" so to speak.

May God grant you, my munchkin, your loved ones and mine, the pleasure of His [Light][πŸ“–] now and beyond.

πŸ‘‹ Bog.


[Tags]

  • 🏷 #carpet #quran #heavenly

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191026 - Sujud and salah connection and communion

Al'wali

☝ The ally,

  • the guardian
  • the one who has your back
  • the ferocious protector
    • think mama bear
    • those feisty birds
    • and on and on ‡

As'salaam | the source of peace
to you | u'Alykum

Thanks for visiting. The Quran alone community has good reason for skepticism around the word "salah" or "salat" as it relates to ritualized Islam.

Some from the Quran alone espouse a practice of not following the Sunni 5 daily salah ritual. Note, salah, not "prayer".

Why? Because the Quran only talks about 3 salah as it relates to a routine, and of course, dhikr allah or recollecting God is strongly recommended by God no less, as well as David if you've read the first few lines of chapter 1 of the Psalms, [translating into English][πŸ“–],

  • Blessed is the one,
  • ...
  • whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His law, day and night.

| Side note, I was informed this ☝ "law" is "sharia"

One issue in the healthy discussion around Salah revolves around sujud, which is often translated as prostrate, yield, submit and so on; with prostrate being common, and God knows best.

Where am I going with all of this?

The word "Salah" or "Salat" in the Quran is not mentioned together with "Sujud". Yet the practice of ritualized Islam prominently features a prostration yoga move, which is understood as "a sujud".

  • I have zero problem with that interpretation.

Indeed, it makes sense to me, as it relates to [53:1][🌠] and [53:62][πŸ‚]. That heavenly bodies move, apart from being fascinating, this is a sujud. That my chin should fall to the floor is totally fine, and indeed, is the literal translation of sujud. I don't have a citation unfortunately. However, iff God wills, I'll do you one better. Here is brother Yaseen from Quran Centric breaking down the term [Sujud][πŸ’§] for us.

More [2Β’ here][πŸ“Ί], and I welcome [your thoughts][πŸ’¬].


On a personal note ‡

Salah, to me, has an obvious connection to the term selah which you will find sprinkled around in the book of Psalms. Considering these are Semitic languages I'm almost certain | and I'm no expert. I would love to hear or watch a YouTube video from someone familiar with this Arabic root word methodology stuff share a bit on Selah.

Wa'Al'hamdulilah!

πŸ‘‹ Bog.


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  • 🏷 #sujud #quran #selah #salat #star

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191025 - Tarteel and staying up at night

Ar'rasaq

☝ The provider ‡


As'salaam (the source of peace)
u'Alykum (to you)

Thanks for visiting. Iff God wills, you'll learn about tarteel, at the very least my understanding of the term. I understand it in two ways [as of today][πŸ“Ί],

  • One, the [melodious reciting of the Qur'an][🌊]
  • Two, the [gathering of ayat in clusters for some reason][πŸ‘Ά] you feel inspired | my current understanding

I learnt about tarteel back in my university days.

I was subscribed to this Sunni Islam website that had all sorts of scholars and recordings. Incidentally, it may have been here where heard Abdul Basit for the first time. It was incredibly inspiring to say the least.

I had the opportunity of sampling different reciters in my university days, and Imam Sadullah Khan and Imam Abdul Basit's renditions of the Quran appealed to me. May God bless them and others who continue to share it.

I had an Afghani brother who now manages projects in Afghanistan teach me something super important about reciting the Quran, and it was this: the Quran is not a song. There's a line between reciting the Quran and singing it.

[Thoughts?][πŸ’¬]. I would welcome it.


On a personal note ‡

Turns out that Mohammad, God's prophet, like, the real deal, recited the Quran, basically in bits and pieces during his 40s. God bless him, and the folks with him, and the other prophets back in the day.

Get that? His 40s. It's slightly hilarious and freakin scary. Muhammad had to keep this Quran "in memory" so-called. And had to deal with all the wild trips that constituted his second career into his 60s, we're told. Serious wild trips. Had to have been in the LSD or worse category | I see no other explanation for now, Al'hamdulilah, and God is the best to guide.

I don't know about you, 23 years seems like a short time. And, a really long time.

Today, I learnt how to pronounce "suh-boo-du". All I know, at the moment, is this phrase/sound appears somewhere in Chapter 2 of the Quran, and there's a Chapter 53 connection. I don't know what it means yet.

That's something I ought to be content with for now.

Do you want to live into your 60s?

I ask God that my loved ones, my munchkin, the nice folks from my circle, and I, incorporate this recital called the Quran into our lives so we experience what a Psalm says about, I'm paraphrasing, "waking up with God", [now and beyond][πŸ—»].

[To God belongs the end and the beginning][↔].

Salah, selah, salat?

πŸ‘‹ Bog.


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  • 🏷 #tarteel #quran #studynights #arranging

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191016 - Trading with God

Bog.
Ψ§Ω„Ω“Ω…Ω“
That is the [kitab][πŸ“–], in which there is no doubt, a guidance for the righteous | muttha'keen


Al'hamduliah.

Peace, and salaam dear reader. Thank you for sharing your time with me today.

When you are done reading this post, if God wills, your journey back to him will continue fruitfully, bearing fruit, here, and no doubt, in the future where God has assured the believers that the good you did now will be, essentially, in better condition in the future.

It's like an investment. You trade with a currency of muttha'keen-hood. The good you do with your soul is the token, be it small or great, from the vessels your commandier that you trade with. And remember, you are trading with the greatest dealer, who doles all fortune you've been fortunate to see, and regrettably for some, the same dealer who permits a great deal of misfortune you see, but the good God doles is far easier to see, sans doubt.

Don't believe me? Try counting your blessings and see how long you last.

Wa'salaam u'Alykum


[Ar'rahman][πŸ—£]. The one who literally taught the Quran, created man, with the ability to decipher stuff and articulate, vocally, and in so many other ways. Al'hamdulilah.

May God grant us good sense to opt for excellence worthy of his pleasure.

You read that right. Pleasure.

Certainly the one, who makes laugh, and makes weep, according to chapter 53 of the Quran must know about good pleasure. Indeed, the almighty is the source of pleasure, the ultimate initiator, of pleasure, and much more.

So, yes, if God wills, we'll do things that give that "God" pleasure.

I for one ought to wonder what does seeking God's pleasure, and face, mean?

πŸ‘‹


☝

191015 - Timeline

Bog.

Ψ§Ω„Ω“Ω…Ω“
In the name of Allah.

Bog is a beautiful name of God, and to God belongs the most beautiful names according to the Quran.


We often think of timelines as our own. Think facebook timeline, twitter timeline, your own digital trail on YouTube and Chrome, your browser history on all your devices, then there's your MasterCard transactions, that get logged to PayPal, and of course, Netflix and on an and on.

That's one part of your timeline. I have a version of that too.

That's a deep timeline of some visible traces of an individual.

Is there a timeline across all individuals? I'll go one one step further, is there a timeline across all entities sharing this present moment in time with us?

Yes, I humbly offer for you to consider.

| disclaimer, to my knowledge, and I could be wrong, and God knows, best

That timeline is called now. God in the Quran assures us that there is a future. Indeed, many of us know that a future exists.

None but God, and those that God permits know what that future is, and indeed, only God truly knows what it will be.

All but God are subject to this shared timeline.

All of us alive now share this moment in time. This starting point. This line in time. This is our shared timeline.

In this timeline my daughter is probably finishing her evening bath, somewhere in India someone is waking up to what the Yuguslav's call [pro'puh][🌬], and so on.

You get the idea, our shared now is our shared timeline. And yet, each one of us has a history, and that's our other timeline.

And [God says in the Quran][πŸ—£], I'm translating into English,

By time

Mankind is in utter loss

Except those who

  • believe
  • and do good works
  • and support and urge each other towards the truth
  • and those who support and urge one another towards sabr | endurance, patience and persistence

May God enrich you and me with prudent and wise utilization, of this time, we have left, together, here.

Post here? What's referred to as the akhi'rah, or "here" "after" or the hereafter which comes after now..., if God wills, it'll be favourable to you, your loved ones, and if God wills, whoever else is fortunate enough to have you along for the ride. I'm presupposing you're a believer. Else, bad scene.

Wa'salaam u'Alykum, and the blessings and mercy of God.


☝

191015 - Yep, we can express oursleves alright

Ψ§Ω„Ω“Ω…Ω“

Peace.

The Qur'an talks about holding salah at midday. Insha'allah you will ask me for a citation.

This is one part of it for me: [https://tab.bz/6wsbo][πŸ–‡].

Peace, and I hope your day is going well.

Wa'salaam u'Alykum | or "And, on your be peace from its source

πŸ‘‹


Bog

I'm opting to reflect on verse 4 of chapter 55 of the Quran or 55:4 for short.

It [sounds like this][πŸ—£], or try pronouncing the text below

'all-la'ma h'ul bayaaaann

The [english translation is pretty astounding][πŸ“‘].

Peace.

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πŸ‚πŸŠ

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191019 - Find your satisfaction in God

Bismillah, hir'Rahman nir'Raheem.


Imgur Allah, however, you've said Allah, in the Yusuf Ali translation, that you, Allah, you have placed love between people.

Yet, Allah, you say, somewhere in your Quran, that you stand in the way between two individuals, perhaps, two entities of any kind.

Love Allah, are you love?

Sweet Malik, love..., Ar'Rahman, Thabath'yadaa, ab'hi luh'bi'yuh wataa'bb.

Allah, does that not translate to perish, the hands, the father of flame? Or, "Perish the hands of the firebrand?"

Are my hands producing? Let it Allah be that it but produces the advancement of learning and practice of singing your praises, yes, learning to truly sing your praises dear God, so that they give you, the one to whom belong the most beautiful pavilions in one of your heavens joy and delight, and I'd be glad if you teach me, and your loved ones from my family, and my daughter, to rely on the glimpse of perfection we've been permitted to perceive, your measure, perfectly measured, now and for ever after.

Thank you dear Allah.


Let God's will prevail, it will anyway. If God wills, it will happen. Insha'Allah, in short.


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191009 - Quran chapter 2, 1 to 39 | Visual Argument

In the name of God, the wise, the knowledgeable.


In [this video][πŸ“Ί] I read and briefly discuss the [Monotheist Group's translation][πŸ“Ž] of chapter 2 of the Qur'an, from ayat (verses) 1 to 39. I turned that into [this visual][πŸ–Ό] which you can download, or you're welcome to sample the work in progress [here][πŸ–‡]. It will show you the argument in English.

The oral rendition of the Qur'an, the recitation that I have been fortunate to experience is that of the late [Abdul Basit][πŸŽ™]. It's an acquired taste for sure, and God be praised. The link below is of chapter 2, and literally the first 25 minutes of that video covers the recitation of verses 1-39.

I urge you to give it a listen.

Why?

You will hear, if God wills, the vocal versatility, the rhythm and the sheer weight of some of these ayat. My gentle, well spirited, and mindfulness based challenge to you? Just hold your breath for as long as the reciter recites the words, follow the reciter's breath basically. This is just one of many ways to experience the Quran, the actual oral recitation.

In "my commentary" so-called, I touch on a [few][πŸ“Ί] of these things starting at 13:33 ‡

  • The chapter separator convention
  • Positivist culture
  • Bits, yep, those ones and zeros that fly through our unseen air
  • My somewhat alarming realization of waking up in 2019 to lens tech
  • I'm sure there's other banter

Thank you for spending your time here with me. I encourage you to post a video response, or [a comment][πŸ—¨] linking to a resource you care about, and if God wills, I will pay it a visit.

Wa'salaam u'Alykum.


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191005 - Salaat discussion of Quran 108

In the name of God, the provider, the wise


Welcome πŸ™

In this [video]|[πŸ“Ί] I compare translations of chapter 108 of the #Quran in #English. I have used the works of the [Monotheist Group]|[🀝], [Sam Gerrans]|[🌲] and [Islam Awakened]|[πŸ“Ž]. You can learn more about their work using the links below.

If you have any feedback on Ayat 2 of Chapter 108, I would appreciate it, especially the "superlative mastery" rendition by Sam Gerrans.

So perform thou the duty to thy lord

And attain thou superlative mastery.

☝ Peace.


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191001 - A visual explanation of the Quran's argument in Chapter 76

In the name of God, the wise, the source of peace.


It's news to many folks that the Qur'an is an argument. Before I was led to the Qur'an, I was a budding student of philosophy. My history prior to that was trinitarian baptist christianity, Al'hamdulilah! God was kind enough to introduce me to so many lovely people and fun along the way.

At any rate, it was in my university years that I learnt about philisophical argumentation, and logic in particular, and that piqued my interest.

God be praised. Today, I was fortunate to spend the #fajr hours literally reading out loud Chapter 76 of the Qur'an in English with a friend. In other words, I was reading a translation out loud. It went well, and perhaps that's what brought me to this post.

In [this]|[πŸ“Ί] video, I do the same thing, however, it's a 2.0 of sorts. It has a visual layer where I try and show you the flow of the argument.

I hope you like it.

No time to watch a less than 10 min video? No problem. I'm glad you've read this far. You can follow [this]|[πŸ•Œ] link and you can check out the visual in your browser.

Wa'salaam u'Alykum. Feedback welcome.

191001 - Chapter 2 Ayat 255, 256 and 257

2:255

Allahu laaa ilaaha illaa Huwal Haiyul Qaiyoom;

  • God, there is no god except He, the Living, the Eternal.

laa taakhuzuhoo sinatunw wa laa nawm;

  • No slumber or sleep overtakes Him;

lahoo maa fissamaawaati wa maa fil ard;

  • to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth.

mann thal lathee yashfa'u indahooo illaa bi-idh-nih;

  • Who will intercede with Him except with His permission?

ya'lamu maa baina aydeehim wa maa khalfahum wa laa yuheetoona bishai'im min 'ilmihee illaa bimaa shaaa';

  • He knows their present and their future, and they have none of His knowledge except for what He wishes.

wasi'a Kursiyyuhus samaawaati wal arda wa laa ya'ooduho hifzuhumaa;

  • His Throne encompasses all of the heavens and the earth and it is easy for Him to preserve them.

wa Huwal Aliyyul 'Azeem

  • AND He is THE Sublimely Exalted, the πŸ’ impressively beautiful (glorious, fine, wonderful, extravagant, striking, elaborate, majestic, splendid, spectacular, breathtaking, arresting, admirable)

2:256

Laaa ikraaha fid deeni

  • There is no compulsion in the way of life, system, path you opt to take;

qat tabayyana rushdu minal ghayy;

  • the proper path (or right way) has become distinct (or been clarified) from the wrong (way, "approach", etc).

famai yakfur bit Taaghooti

  • Whoever rejects evil (intentionally disbelieves in false deities),

wa yu'mim billaahi

  • and believes in aLLaH!,

faqadis tamsaka bil'urwatil wusqaa la in-fisaama lahaa;

  • indeed (then surely) he has grasped of the strongest hold that will never break.

wallaahu Samee'un 'Aleem

  • AND All-ahH is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.
  • and God is Hearer, Knower.

2:257

Allaahu waliyyul lazeena aamanoo yukhrijuhum minaz zulumaati ilan noori

  • God is the ally of those who believe, He brings them out of the darkness and into the light.

wallazeena kafarooo awliyaaa'uhumut Taaghootu yukhrijoonahum minan noori ilaz zulumaat;

  • As for those who reject, their allies are the evil ones, they bring them out of the light and into the darkness;

ulaaa'ika Ashaabun Naari hum feehaa khaalidoon

  • these are the people of the Fire, in it they will abide.

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190928 - Be nice to your parents

Parents are a big deal in the Qur'an.

I've been blessed by two wonderful parents. Obviously, over the years, completely out of it kinda parents, however, also over the years, unbelievably loving, resilient, strong, principled and all sorts of other amazing qualities type of parents.

I did a quick "keyword search" for parents in the Monotheist Group's translation of the Qur'an and these were the verses that turned up.

I've added my own "commentary" below, and it represents my thoughts as of this morning. May God increase me in wisdom and practical good behaviour well before I check out from earth.


Chapter 2

2:83: And We took the covenant of the Children of Israel: "You shall not serve except God, and do good to your parents, and regard the relatives, and the orphans, and the needy, and say kind things to the people, and hold the Connection, and contribute towards purification." But then you turned away, except for a few of you; you were objecting.

What's interesting for me here, and this pattern is repeated in other parts of the Qur'an, is that God says, I'm translating into English, "do not associate partners with me", and then, basically, "be good to your parents".

That's pretty astonishing.

Chapter 4

4:7: For the men is a portion from what the parents and the relatives left behind, and for the women is a portion from what the parents and relatives left behind, be it little or much; a forced portion.

This is actually, "technically", a beautiful verse.

God is saying, when your folks pass on, make a deliberate effort to split what's left behind between men and women.

I'm seeing an "equity" message here. God goes into more detail elsewhere in the Qur'an, so I don't want to get too caught up with the split ratio just yet.

Assuming that I only saw this verse and had to make a decision. Then I would interpret it as

  • Split the stuff between men and women
  • Do it (aka forced portion, aka strongly recommended)
  • Parity? If I saw just this verse, I might go with parity
  • Feminists in the audience will say, duh... obviously (yay Qur'an)

4:11: God directs you regarding your children: "To the male shall be as that given to two females; however, if the women are more than two, then they will have two thirds of what is left behind; and if she is only one, then she will have one half. And to his parents, each one of them shall have one sixth of what is left behind, if he has a child. If he has no child, and his parents are the heirs, then to his mother is one third; and if he has siblings then to his mother is one sixth. All after a will is carried through or a debt. Your parents and your children, you do not know which are closer to you in benefit-an edict from God, for God is Knowledgeable, Wise."

This is the technical stuff.

If you're reading this carefully, you'll notice that this translation is saying, that God is saying, in English, All after a will is carried through or a debt. That's super important to pay attention to. For me it is.

Why?

What's being said here is that write a will, and execute a will, implicit according to the will.

If you don't have a will, and many of us don't, then follow the split that God is recommending. It has an algebraic feel to it, however to me, there has got to be wisdom to this. I haven't explored that yet because the math here is not fun.

Al'hamdulilah.

4:25: And whoever of you cannot afford to marry the emancipated female believers, then from those committed to by your oath of the believing young women. And God is more aware of your faith, some of you to each other. You shall marry them with the permission of their parents, and give them their dowries in kindness. To be emancipated-not for illicit sex or taking lovers. Once they are emancipated, then any of them who comes with an immorality shall have half of what is upon those already emancipated of the punishment. This is for those who fear a hardship from among you, but if you are patient it is better for you. And God is Forgiver, Merciful.

So you and a love interest are getting, lets say, ready to take it to the next level.

God is recommending "meet the parents", if the gal is not independent yet. Wait, not just any gal, "believing women", they're different. So if this youngish not yet independent believing gal is your love interest, then you're gonna need her parents permission.

There's obviously a lot more going on in this verse, however that's the "parents" bit as I understand it.

4:33: And for each We have made inheritors for what was left behind by the parents and the relatives. And those bound by your oath, you shall give them their portion. God is witness over all things.

God is reiterating, that what's left behind from parents must be split. There is no good kid winner takes all kinda thing going on here. That's just a straight and plain reading.

4:36: And serve God and do not set up anything with Him, and do good to the parents, and the relatives, and the orphans, and the needy, and the neighbor who is a relative, and the neighbor nearby, and the friend nearby, and the wayfarer, and those committed to by your oath. God does not love the arrogant, the boastful.

Again, for me, this is astonishing. At 37 I've only just begun to notice this in the Qur'an. The high pedestal upon which parents rest in God's sight.

Why is this so astonishing for me? Because you've seen pictures of dads in superman suits. They look ridiculous. You've seen old mums, and how sweet they look. The years they've lived on earth, the hardships they've experienced, the yum food they cook, all the hassles they deal with both from men, and ungrateful kids. Apparently the teen years are going to be fun for me. My daughter is just 3 and counting right now. In the west, apparently, the teen years are pretty wild. Speaking from experience, I was one of those privileged kids who was loved by their parents, and I was and probably am to some degree still a "privileged kid". So what God is doing here is so bizarre. God, the entity that props everything up is saying, essentially, after you do your duty to me, be good to mum and dad, and other folks in your family.

4:135: O you who believe, stand with justice as witnesses to God, even if against yourselves, or the parents or the relatives. Even if he be rich or poor, God is more worthy of them, so do not follow desire into being unjust. And if you twist or turn away, then God is Expert over what you do.

Check God out here. God is basically giving you the license to disobey your parents if it is for a just cause. You'll obviously want to work out for yourself what "justice" means given the context you're dealing with, however God is prompting you to be just and to be mindful of God.

I hope one day that my daughter will cite this verse to me, and I hope on that day I am mature enough to handle it wisely and decently, and if God wills, favourably to God and all parties dealing with whatever is going on at that time. I pray that I am not in some arrogant state and that my daughter and I are still well wishers and good influences to each other at that time.

Al'hamdulilah.

Chapter 6

6:151: Say: "Come let me recite what your Lord has forbidden for you: that you should not set up anything with Him; and do good to your parents; and do not kill your children for fear of poverty, We provide for you and for them; and do not come near immorality, what is public of it and private; and do not kill the life, as God has forbidden this, except in justice. That is what He enjoined you that you may comprehend."

This is that pattern again. Be good to God first, then be good to mum and dad. It's fascinating.

Also note the do not kill your children for fear of poverty. Lately, I've been reading this as abortion. Believe me, I'm as left leaning as the other nutjob you come across in your life, and I've been a proponent of "pro-choice" for the longest time.

Lately however, I'm beginning to see the abortion issue in this verse.

I have a 3 year old. I'm so glad she's here. And I literally didn't do a thing to give her the colour of her eyes, the hair on her head, the energy that propels her, her "default settings" and baseline health pattern. Zero. Pure God's grace.

Chapter 7

7:27: O Children of Adam, do not let the devil afflict you as he evicted your parents from the paradise; he removes from them their garments to show them their bodies. He and his tribe see you from where you do not see them. We have made the devils as allies for those who do not believe.

In our present world, circa 2019, pornography is rampant. I remember the first dirty mag I came across when I was in grade 7 or 8. Those "innocent days" are nothing like what's here today. And yes, regrettably, I've seen stuff, and it's frankly bonkers.

Note what God is saying, in this English translation, that the producers of nudity I guess, can see you where you do not see them.

People tend to think that if they turn on "Incognito mode" on their browser, that they're okay! Nope. I have been led to understand that this is naive and not the case. At the very least your ISP knows exactly where you've been from the logs they have. Obviously the website owners have some sense of the traffic hitting their servers. And if the tech budget is good, you can commission obscure tracking cookies that fingerprint you apparently.

Plus, "data", your personal data is routinely sold on the web. Google, in 2018 "bought", as in exchanged cash for data legally, to buy your MasterCard transactions. Your so-called offline purchases. They'll augment it with all the Googling you do, and yeah, they have a good sense of who you are and what you like, and so on. This is just a trivial uncontroversial example.

You might say, TOR browser is the answer. Bad news. Apparently there are like 5K nodes upon which the traffic is anonymized. Yeah, that's probably better than nothing, however 5K for Putin and Trump, and heck any motivated 3rd party with enough cash, can probably work out the 5K node traffic issue.

Point being: God is aware, God is also telling us to be aware of what we're dealing with.

Parents? Right. If you read the verses leading up to 7:27 you'll see a simple moral story. There's God, you'll see God asking and recommending that we conform to His words and advice, and we see the result of not doing so.

If people can't believe that this occurred, that's fine. Let them ponder the meaning of the tale.

Chapter 12

12:99: So when they entered upon Joseph, he took his parents to him and he said: "Enter Egypt, God willing, in security."

12:100: And he raised his parents upon the throne, and they fell in prostration to Him. And he said: "My father, this is the interpretation of my vision from before. My Lord has made it true, and He has been good to me that he took me out of prison and brought you out of the wilderness after the devil had made bitterness between me and my brothers. My Lord is Kind to whom He wills. He is the Knowledgeable, the Wise."

The story of Joseph is pretty fascinating. I was thinking the other day about the scene where Joseph sends a towel or cloth or something and asks for it to be put onto his dad's face. And his dad's "blindness" is lifted.

The story of a dad, who cares for his sons, and this son in particular, is pretty poignant.

For one, the dad knows that his other kids are up to no good, however isn't sure. The dad is sure of God's grace.

This dad waits years and years, his kids' lives go through lots of ups and downs, and he goes blind or blind-ish, and then after everything is reunited with his son.

God cites many stories like this in the Qur'an. Indeed, the story of Moses is pretty fascinating like this. On the "parent" front, Moses' mum drops him into a river out of a feeling of inspiration from God. The tyrant of the day was killing babies, and this mum didn't want her kid to suffer the fate of other kids, and it took her a lot of courage to do what she did.

Parents go through lots of trials. Buckle up.

Chapter 14

14:41: "Our Lord, forgive me and my parents, and the believers on the Day the reckoning is called."

God here is narrating what Abraham asked. In this chapter, one of the takeaways is there is a day of recompense. Those who live their lives on this "assumption" to use philosophical argument speak, are hopefully going to make good calls vis-a-vis the hands they've been dealt.

Abraham was one of these types of people.

Abraham was driven mad by the folks around him in his day.

There's a real sad scene recounted in the Qur'an about the time when Abraham was, I guess a little out of it, and Abraham begins speaking to the statues and expects an answer. No answer. Then he flips out and destroys a few of the statues.

Abraham as a dad, is also hit with lots of dreams of killing his kid. And he quite innocently talks to his kid about it. But then God intervened.

Abraham as a dad, indeed in this chapter 14:37, is said to have left his kids in a pretty harsh environment. Freaky stuff. And here Abraham asks God to provide real fruit to them so that they learn how to be grateful.

Abraham's story, like many other parents' stories in the Qur'an is fascinating.

The contexts are all situated in what we might think of as these Game of Thrones scenery, however, the issues they're confronting and how they're dealing with them are basically still present.

Therefore, seeking forgiveness from God for oneself and ones folks is something to do when we're feeling sincere about it.

Chapter 17

17:23: And your Lord decreed that you shall not serve except He, and do good to your parents. Should one of them or both of them reach old age, do not say to them a word of disrespect nor shout at them, but say to them a kind saying.

Beauty. Etiquette.

It's so easy to take out your frustrations on your loved ones. They allow it by God's will for some reason. At any rate, this is plain good advice: neither shout nor disrespect your elderly mum and dad. That's not okay.

Chapter 18

18:80: "And as for the boy, his parents were believers, so we were concerned that he would oppress them by his transgression and disbelief."

This passage in the Qur'an is quite fascinating. It's a little known story of Moses that folks who've read this chapter of the Qur'an know about.

Basically, Moses witnesses a murder, and is puzzled by it. The perpetrator of the murder has an interesting justification. See 18:82. The English translation suggests, that God says, that this guy who killed someone said, among other things, "And none of what I have done was of my own accord."

We have to be kidding ourselves to act as if we don't know what that means. Except, for this guy, these so-called higher level executive functioning decisions also happened, I guess inadvertently or automatically, without his volition. That's interesting to me.

Parents? Make your peace with your situation with your kids. Someone can kill them with justification, and if God wills, you'll have a kid who will be alive, helpful, respectful and loving to you if you live to be elderly. God decides.

Chapter 19

19:14: And dutiful to his parents, and never was he a disobedient tyrant.

This is a verse from a beautiful passage about John.

Many trinitarian Christians don't know that John and others from Christian lore feature in the Qur'an. God is recounting in this passage a reminder of His mercy on Zechariah, whom God calls His servant.

John was a good kid, and from the sounds of it, a great kid to have.

Al'hamdulilah.

Chapter 27

27:19: He then smiled, amused by what she said. And he said: "My Lord, help me to be thankful for the blessings You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents, and that I may do good works that pleases You, and admit me by Your mercy with Your righteous servants."

This is a fun "fairy tale" kind of story to us who think we've got it all down with GitHub and nodeJS, and nutrinos and quarks, and dark matter and whatever else we seem to take for granted. I've been immersed in the world wide web and related geek tribes, web developers and software makers, and so these ideas jump to mind.

The above passage however relates to Solomon. Yeah, that Solomon who is credited to have penned the book of Proverbs, and the Song of Songs.

This Solomon, according to God in the Qur'an, says that he was able to decipher what birds were saying, and indeed from 27:16 we can infer he was able to impart this knowledge to others.

Look, my dad was a veterinarian. I had a fair bit of exposure to "animals" growing up. In the west, we eat animals a lot, and folks who live in urban areas think that eating meat is a right, and forget they're live creatures who are born and raised and slaughtered, and then through our supply chain end up as beef jerky in plastic bags.

The world we inhabit is, in many ways, a lot stranger than the one Solomon inhabited.

All of this aside, parents? Solomon's prayer to God here is quite nice. It's actually awesome. This is something I need to cultivate in my practices, to acknowledge not just the good things that have happened to me, but also to thank God for the good things that have happened to my parents.

Chapter 29

29:8: And We instructed the human being to be good to his parents. But if they strive to make you set up partners with Me, then do not obey them. To Me are all your destinies, and I will inform you of what you used to do.

There, God is giving you explicit permission to disobey your parents if they're getting in the way of you cultivating a relationship with God.

Chapter 31

31:14: And We enjoined the human being regarding his parents. His mother bore him with hardship upon hardship, and his weaning takes two calendar years. You shall give thanks to Me, and to your parents. To Me is the final destiny.

This pattern again. Where God puts parents up there in regard. I cannot believe I'm 37 and seeing this pattern almost as if it's the first time I've come across this.

Not that I've been bad to my parents (I'm sure there are plenty of episodes of that nature), however, it's just that I never associated their function as so important that God explicitly draws our attention to this fact, that parents ought to be treated well by their kids.

In the west, people are led to believe that everyone has a choice and can opt to do anything they want. Sure, there's no contradiction of this type of thinking as it relates to the Qur'an. What is interesting however is that God is prompting those who are attending to His words in the Qur'an that parents and parenthood is a different ball game.

Something happens in his "parenthood" world that God is reminding us to attend to them. Adam may have been the first orphan and indeed, the first dad. And Adam's kids were borne by a mother. Adam didn't have a clue about the hardships.

God is saying here, God is aware of the hardships of bearing and raising kids, and is reminding us that our journey on earth is something to be grateful to God about, and, is something to be grateful to our parents about, and, that there's an important meeting coming up when we wake from our death.

The certainty with which God speaks about this meeting in the Qur'an is like waking up from sleep. When we fall into deep sleep, well..., it's lights out. Then, we wake up. Exact same pattern, except, this is meant to happen after we die. Try and get comfortable with this idea, it's entertaining at the very least. It's freaky too.

Chapter 34

34:43: And when Our clear revelations were recited to them, they said: "This is but a man who wants to turn you away from what your parents were worshiping." And they also said: "This is nothing except a fabricated lie." And those who disbelieved say of the truth when it has come to them: "This is nothing except evident magic!"

God is warning in the Qur'an about the peer-pressure of "tradition", and of norms in society. God here is giving you the talking points of people you're going to confront sooner or later in your journey of trusting God.

The situation is as follows. You may decide to believe in God (for which there's "abundant proof"), and you might decide to believe in a day of recompense (for which there is only a promise, no peer-reviewed empirical evidence cited in the journal of Nature), and you may opt to do good deeds and behave in ways you think aligns with these beliefs.

When you do that, you may be in contexts where the folks around you just don't seem to be onboard with your "beliefs" about God, the day of recompense, and how you're implementing "good deeds". At this point, you might hear stuff like what's in 34:43, basically all sorts of reasons, some of which might be compelling to not follow what God has revealed in the Qur'an.

This passage goes on to highlight and equip you with talking points regarding how to respond to folks in this situation. I unfortunately haven't committed those suggestions to memory just yet. May God make it easy for those who believe.

But parents? Just because your parents do something a particular way, doesn't mean it's right. As a parent encourage your kids to question your practices. As kids, question your parents practices. Bottom line.

Chapter 37

37:69: They had found their parents astray.

This verse is from a passage in the Qur'an that's frankly quite disturbing. It's graphic horror. And the beauty of the Qur'an for the western audience that just doesn't have a clue is this: they're words, and the "visuals" that imprint in your imagination when reading the passage are unique to you.

You can go all out Marvel (Disney really) and imagine all sorts of lucid imagery, or you can opt for something different. These are the words in the Qur'an, rendered in English, by human translators.

To some sensibilities, yeah, this is going to be revolting. To some sensibilities (I've seen a bunch of "goth" stuff on Tumblr) it might actually be intriguing, and to yet other sensibilities, it might be bananas so to speak.

With this context aside, parents? God is saying in this passage that some kids will see their parents "off mark" so to speak. What's implicit here is that these kids know what their parents are doing isn't right. Yet, these kids voluntarily opt to follow their parents and their practices.

These kids are going to be in hot water. Bad scene.

Chapter 46

46:15: And We enjoined the human being to do good to his parents. His mother bore him with hardship, gave birth to him in hardship, and his bearing and weaning lasts thirty months. So that, when he has reached his independence, and he has reached forty years, he says: "My Lord, direct me to appreciate the blessings You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents, and to do good work that pleases You. And let my progeny be righteous. I have repented to You; I am of those who have submitted."

This is a beautiful verse. It's the infamous "mid-life crisis" point that many experience at this age. It's definitely an age of maturity. If you've made it to age 40, somewhat intact, it means there's a good chance you've seen plenty of stuff in the world.

You've seen plenty of good, and plenty of bad. You've probably learnt a thing or two about how your world operates. If you're a plumber, you know stuff about that, and if you're a banker, you know stuff about that. You probably have positions about lots of things in life, some of them are grounded in fact, and some are grounded in fiction.

In addition to all of this, God is showing us that some of us will have the good sense of knowing our fragile relationship with the world in relation to God. Some of us will have the presence of mind and humility to seek guidance from God, and most importantly, in this context, to opt to live more responsibly.

Al'hamdulilah.

46:17: And the one who says to his parents: "Enough of you! Are you promising me that I will be resurrected, when the generations who died before me never came back?" While they both will implore God: "Woe to you; believe! For the promise of God is the truth." He would say: "This is nothing except tales of old!"

God juxtaposes the wise 40 year old with one who is not. In this verse God is saying you'll come across individuals who cannot accept that some "tales of old" might actually be fact. God is assuring however in 46:18 and 46:19 that these folks have had plenty of runway to evaluate the evidence set before them, and that the destiny that awaits them is deserved.

That's the hard part to confront about this passage, and indeed, in many places in the Qur'an. That our behavioural choices matter, and that they're going to have serious consequences, and that the pleasures that await some of us, and sorrows that await some of us, is deserved, as in, earned.

I used to be a Baptist Christian in my teen years. They were amazing in many ways. Indeed, I sang "Do Lord, O do Lord, do remember me..." and other jingles and hymns. However, I was led to realize that something wasn't right about "A God", aka Jesus according to trinitarian Christian belief, that basically forgives anything and everything in perpetuity. That's how I saw it practiced. There's a weird vibe in some trinitarian Christian circles that dilutes the practice of repentance to God.

What ends up happening in trinitarian Christian schools of thought is all the horrors articulated in the Qur'an seems completely absurd, yet in parallel, we live in societies with conspicuously documented horrors of destitution, animal cruelty, obvious power imbalance injustices, and the list goes on.

God is reminding us in this verse that, yes, some folks are just not going to accept the narrative of parents who urge their kid to believe in the promise of God that these parents happen to be knowledgeable of. And the characteristic of this type of kid (who is now in their 40s)? "Tales of old, see yah!"

Chapter 58

58:22: You will not find any people who believe in God and the Last Day leaning towards those who oppose God and His messenger, even if they were their parents, or their children, or their siblings, or their kin. For these, He decrees faith into their hearts, and supports them with a Spirit from Him, and He admits them into estates with rivers flowing beneath them; abiding therein. God is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Him. These are the party of God. Most assuredly, the party of God are the winners.

Again, folks in the west who know very little about the Qur'an freak out with verses like this.

So lets break this down a bit.

What God is saying here is, when someone gets that God is real, and that this "Last Day" is a real thing, these individuals disengage, and don't enable whoever is getting in the way and attempting to obstruct "God and His messenger"; independent of relationship status.

The related verse is 48:29.

The irony is, be with the Kumbaya crowd in the non-pejorative sense. Put more plainly: beware people who mock God. There is nuance to this "leaning towards" part of the verse.

God goes on to assert that it is God who strengthens someone's faith, and leads these individuals to a pretty sweet deal. God is also saying there's a mutual admiration kind of thing going on between God and these types of individuals.

Now, if you're a western English speaking reader, you might find the Song of Songs super interesting in this regard. One reading of Solomon's Song of Songs, and it cannot be too controversial is that Solomon is infatuated and sort of intoxicated with God. Indeed, the song is credited to have been authored by one person, Solomon, so it's plausible those are one individual's thoughts start to finish.

So what? Well for me, I see it as Solomon appreciating the dual nature of God, the masculine and feminine, and you have Solomon grappling with that problem as he's trying to convince others of who this "God" entity is. Of course, it's one of many interpretations.

The reason I favour this reading of the Song of Songs is because it's very Rumi'esque, and indeed, if you sample the works of scholars like Al Ghazali, you're bound to come across this mysticism that has a similar quality.

Point? As it relates to parents, beware leaning towards and enabling opposition to God and the messenger conveying God's messages. Which also means you citing the Qur'an to them. Every verse was uttered by both God and Muhammad. Guaranteed.

Chapter 71

71:28: "My Lord, forgive me, and my parents, and whoever enters my home as a believer, and the believing males, and the believing females; and do not increase the wicked except in destruction."

God is recounting the plea of Noah.

The story of Noah is pretty freaky in many ways as it is revealed in the Qur'an.

For one, he lived for an inordinately long amount of time of earth. You're going to have to Google the weird physics of lifespan on this file, and arrive at your own conclusion.

For me the story of Noah is also interesting as a veterinarian's son. I wouldn't know the first thing about dealing with an ox for example. My dad does, and not just oxen. I've heard plenty of stories about plenty of different types of animals. Noah was kind of like a vet back in his day.

It takes time to understand animals, and heck, coax them to cooperate with you. Noah had to do that.

What's worse? He had to do that in his old age. It was like a second or third career of sorts. He went from preacher and teacher to boat builder and veterinarian. The thought experiment here is, yikes, imagine being in Noah's shoes? Nope.

So anyway, like Abraham, and others that God cites in the Qur'an, Noah also prays for his parents' wellbeing as it relates to God.

Al'hamdulilah.


God is basically saying, all of this is going to be worth your while. Chapter 55 of the Qur'an expands on the perks.

190917 - Yikes beware arrogance

I never used to do this in the past. Certainly not the way I'm doing it now.

Wha?

Qur'an and "Islam" research on the world wide web.

I stayed clear from it. Not that I didn't care about the subjects and topics, however I was acutely aware (paranoid πŸ€”) of the browser tracking, YouTube watch history, blah, blah, blah. I was super selective about my sources of information.

That bit is out the window now. Not that I don't care about privacy and "where I get my news from" and things like that, I do, it's just that my emphasis has shifted a bit.

Point of all this banter?

My YouTube machine learning and semi-automated process of curating information feeds for myself, and God πŸ™„ led me to a channel called Nourish TV. I've only watched a few videos in 2019.

The videos I've watched has a sis narrating and the overall video that's put together is quite nice. There's a Qur'an lean which I'm happy about. There's a bit of hadith stuff which I attend to, however don't freak out and hit the eject ⏏ button.

With this context behind us. This video.

Main takeaways for me?

  1. Kibr is the Arabic for arrogance
  2. It means to refuse the truth and belittle people

In 2:34, God asks the Angels to yield (be nice to?) Adam, and they did except Iblis. This is pretty sad considering Iblis was in the company beholding this "Adam" event. God goes on to say that Iblis became arrogant.

  • Iblis was around, according to this story, before Adam

  • God says somewhere else in the Qur'an that Iblis was of the jinn, a type of life made of fire

    • Iblis takes pride in his being made from fire
  • Iblis, unfortunately, is an enemy to mankind, God reminds us of this several times in the Qur'an

What's really striking for me is the fact that

  1. Iblis was jinn and God asked the Angels to yield to Adam
  2. Iblis is technically not an angel
  3. It seems like Iblis was supposed to yield to Adam but did not
  4. And then, plonk... 🎹, human history πŸ’, with no chance of peace
    • According to the Qur'an (2:1-40)
  5. And this arrogance misdeed of Iblis cost us this?
    • Yep, seems like the lack of arrogance is a pretty big deal for God

Peace ✌

190827 - Badmouthing someone

God commands that we do not engage in slandering one another in 49:12.

See 2016 Qur'an translation by Sam Gerrans.


Encompassed in this are some of the following

  • Avoid assuming things about people
  • Avoid being suspicious
  • Don't spy on anyone
  • Do not slander
  • Do not speak behind someone's back
  • Observe God
    • Direct your gaze to God (commune in your heart at the least πŸ‘ˆ, rd)
    • Dhikr'allah (remember God)
    • Yeah..., fear God

Al'hamdulilah

190823 - Chapter 2 Ayat 28

2:28

  • Kaifa takfuroo'na billaahi

    • wa kunn'tum amwaatan
    • fa ahyaa'kum
  • thum'ma yumee'tu'kum

  • thum'ma yuhyee'kum

  • thummaa ilaihi turja'oon


  • How can you reject God when you were dead

    • and He brought you to life?
  • Then He makes you die,

  • then He brings you to life,

  • then to Him you return.