Qurʾān Surat Al-‘Anfāl (The Spoils of War)

War is a subject that I don’t like to talk about. I believe no one benefit from war in the long run, even for the winners. Because the winners would have psychological issues to deal with as well. Yet, war accompanied human history from ancient times to modern times. In this sense, we’d never evolved. But what was human fighting about? Resources mostly. Resources to survive, to prosper, to become bigger entities, etc. Along with greed, lust, envy, and control. … Continue reading >>

Qurʾān Surat Al-‘A`rāf (The Heights)

7:74 And remember when He made you successors after the ‘Aad and settled you in the land, [and] you take for yourselves palaces from its plains and carve from the mountains, homes. Then remember the favors of Allah and do not commit abuse on the earth, spreading corruption.” Being green and no corruption. 7:130 And We certainly seized the people of Pharaoh with years of famine and a deficiency in fruits that perhaps they would be reminded.  Pharaoh and its people suffered … Continue reading >>

Qurʾān Surat Al-‘An`ām (The Cattle)

6:145 Say, “I do not find within that which was revealed to me [anything] forbidden to one who would eat it unless it be a dead animal or blood spilled out or the flesh of swine – for indeed, it is impure – or it be [that slaughtered in] disobedience, dedicated to other than Allah . But whoever is forced [by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [its limit], then indeed, your Lord is Forgiving and Merciful.” The reason for not … Continue reading >>

Qurʾān Surat Al-Mā’idah (The Table Spread)

5:3 Prohibited to you are dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah , and [those animals] killed by strangling or by a violent blow or by a head-long fall or by the goring of horns, and those from which a wild animal has eaten, except what you [are able to] slaughter [before its death], and those which are sacrificed on stone altars, and [prohibited is] that you seek decision through divining … Continue reading >>

Qurʾān Surat An-Nisā’ (The Women)

4:2 And give to the orphans their properties and do not substitute the defective [of your own] for the good [of theirs]. And do not consume their properties into your own. Indeed, that is ever a great sin. Proper way to treat orphans. 4:3 And if you fear that you will not deal justly with the orphan girls, then marry those that please you of [other] women, two or three or four. But if you fear that you will not be just, … Continue reading >>

Qurʾān Surat ‘Āli Imrān (Family of Imran)

3:47 She said, “My Lord, how will I have a child when no man has touched me?” [The angel] said, “Such is Allah ; He creates what He wills. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is. Interesting. 3:59 Indeed, the example of Jesus to Allah is like that of Adam. He created Him from dust; then He said to him, “Be,” and he was. Interesting. 3:89 Except for those who repent after that and correct themselves. … Continue reading >>

Qurʾān Surat Al-Baqarah (The Cow)

2:113 The Jews say “The Christians have nothing [true] to stand on,” and the Christians say, “The Jews have nothing to stand on,” although they [both] recite the Scripture. Thus the polytheists speak the same as their words. But Allah will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning that over which they used to differ. I’m curious as to how different the Muslims’ Scripture is from the Jews’ and the Christians’. 2:173 He has only forbidden to you dead … Continue reading >>

Who was Muhammad

Muhammad’s full name was Abū al-Qāsim Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib ibn Hāshim. Whew, that’s a pretty long name. 😉 He was born in 570 AD, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia and died on June 8, 632 AD, in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Both cities are in western Saudi Arabia and 440 km or 274 miles apart, which will take about 3.5 hours of driving at a speed of 60 m/h or 96 km/h. So he breathed for 62 years … Continue reading >>

My Study of Religions

I have decided to seriously study Buddhism (non-theism), Christianity (polytheism, originally a split off of Judaism), Judaism (polytheism) and Islam (one god – Allah, originally a split off of Christianity) as philosophy and learn the history of these regions for my personal enrichment. I have come across these in the past, but I never studied in detail in any of them. Whatever the reason, is irrelevant, for I’ve made my decision to start now. Even though my parents were not religious and neither … Continue reading >>