Qurʾān Surat Al-‘Isrā’ (The Night Journey)

17:33 And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden, except by right. And whoever is killed unjustly – We have given his heir authority, but let him not exceed limits in [the matter of] taking life. Indeed, he has been supported [by the law]. Revenge is lawful by his heir if he was killed unjustly. 17:34 And do not approach the property of an orphan, except in the way that is best, until he reaches maturity. And fulfill … Continue reading >>

Qurʾān Surat An-Naĥl (The Bee)

16: 4 He created man from a sperm-drop; then at once, he is a clear adversary. Is the first half supplement to 15:26? 16:58 And when one of them is informed of [the birth of] a female, his face becomes dark, and he suppresses grief. Female wasn’t desirable? 16:97 Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according … Continue reading >>

Qurʾān Surat ‘Ibrāhīm (Abrahim)

14:34 And He gave you from all you asked of Him. And if you should count the favor of Allah , you could not enumerate them. Indeed, mankind is [generally] most unjust and ungrateful. Mankind is [generally] most unjust and ungrateful. 14:48 [It will be] on the Day the earth will be replaced by another earth, and the heavens [as well], and all creatures will come out before Allah , the One, the Prevailing. Interesting. When will the time be? … Continue reading >>

Qurʾān Surat Ar-Ra`d (The Thunder)

13:2 It is Allah who erected the heavens without pillars that you [can] see; then He established Himself above the Throne and made subject the sun and the moon, each running [its course] for a specified term. He arranges [each] matter; He details the signs that you may, of the meeting with your Lord, be certain. 13:3 And it is He who spread the earth and placed therein firmly set mountains and rivers; and from all of the fruits He made … Continue reading >>

Qurʾān Surat Yusuf (Joseph)

12:111 There was certainly in their stories a lesson for those of understanding. Never was the Qur’an a narration invented, but a confirmation of what was before it and a detailed explanation of all things and guidance and mercy for a people who believe. The core of Qur’an. So if Muhammad made all these up, he must have been very knowledgeable of the history before him. … Continue reading >>

Qurʾān Surat Hud

11:35 Or do they say [about Prophet Muhammad], “He invented it”? Say, “If I have invented it, then upon me is [the consequence of] my crime; but I am innocent of what [crimes] you commit.” People were suspecting Muhammad of making things up. Did he? 11:118 And if your Lord had willed, He could have made mankind one community; but they will not cease to differ. I’m not sure about the first part, but the second part is certainly true in our … Continue reading >>

Qurʾān Surat Yūnus (Jonah)

I couldn’t believe it! It was a year ago since I started reading Qurʾān Surat Yūnus (Jonah). I’m glad that I’m back. Right now it’s Ramadan, the month of empathy. Muslims around the world are celebrating it by fasting in the hours of daylight and engaging in extra prayers and worship. Children, the elderly, the sick, women who are pregnant or menstruating and people traveling are exempt from fasting. The holy month ends on July the 17th for the year of 2015. I have not … Continue reading >>

Who was Siddhartha Gautama

Siddhartha Gautama was born in 566 BC, died in 486 BC. That’s a very long life even by today’s standard. I certainly hope I can live to 80 years old. He was a prince of the Sakya tribe of southern Nepal. Although his mother died 7 days after he was born, he had a lavish, happy, and protective childhood. A well-known sooth-sayer predicted that he could become a great sage. His father, the King, wanted him to be the successor of the kingdom and … Continue reading >>

Qurʾān Surat At-Tawbah (The Repentance)

9:4 Excepted are those with whom you made a treaty among the polytheists and then they have not been deficient toward you in anything or supported anyone against you; so complete for them their treaty until their term [has ended]. Indeed, Allah loves the righteous [who fear Him]. Honor your treaty. 9:5 And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place … Continue reading >>