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March 8, 2012

Week 3

Filed under: Uncategorized — mandi @ 1:27 am

Week 3: “The Qur’anic Commandments”

There are many intersections between the Islamic religion and the religion of Christianity. For this reason I found it appropriate to represent the near Shari’ah-like rules concerning reading and reciting the Qur’an in the shape of the 10 commandments. Islam does not refute the existence of Christianity but instead acknowledges it as a part of the grand history of God. They believe that the Qur’an is the predecessor to the New Testament of the bible. The Qur’an ends with the story of Joseph from Genesis. There are umbrella beliefs that tie Islam to Christianity. For instance the Nicene Creed and the Shahadah are very similar in that they both profess a belief in one God and that one is God. We all pray to the same God. However the difference lies in the second sentence of the Shahadah that says, “Muhammad is the messenger of God”. That is the fork at which the road between Judaism and Islam divide.

To the religion of Islam is the Qur’an. It is a compilation of the teachings that Muhammad taught us by living. It was completely transcribed prior to his death but there were some basic rules left behind, for the Muslims to come, concerning how to go about handling the messages of the Qur’an.  In the two stones I have drawn are the 10 most important guidelines to follow when reciting the Qur’an. These have been set aside as the best ways to approach God through his word. They are said to be the most holy and submissive ways to praise God and is the job of Muslims. 

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