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Submitted by Hafiz AHMED (Sudan), Oct 18, 2006 at 09:58

Thanx for using that polite way, I partially agree with you -not completely-about what you said that muslims should stop interpreting "ayyahs" of Quaran according to scientific discoveries, but some "ayyahs" are really obvious and can't be interpreted except one tnterpretation ,for example:

(you see these mountains ,you think they are steady(still) and they are moving like clouds(a metaphore that they are moving really fast))

you see, how did prophet Muhammed(P.B.U.H.) knew these facts.

and also :

And the sun runs his course for a period determined for him: that is the decree of (Him), the Exalted in Might, the All-Knowing.
And the Moon,- We have measured for her mansions (to traverse) till she returns like the old (and withered) lower part of a date-stalk. It is not permitted to the Sun to catch up the Moon, nor can the Night outstrip the Day: Each (just) swims along in (its own) orbit (according to Law).
you see, the arabic word was an exact translation of the word orbit(arabic:falak). and also :

He has let free the two bodies of flowing water, meeting together:Between them is a Barrier which they do not transgress.

you mentioned:

"Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new. God has done it all! He sent Christ to make peace between Himself and us, and He has given us the work of making peace between Himself and others."

2 Corinthians 5:17-18

i want to focus on the concept of forgiveness in Islam, so I will mention some ayyahs and hadiths:

there are huge number of ayas in Quaran taking about forgiveness, and taking into consideration the weakness of human being:( man was created to be a weak creature(The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. ))

and there is ayya -which I like very much-(my translation):(haven't they known that God forgives his worshippers(believers) )

in a hadith(i don't recall the exact words but there is what it was about ):

a man came to prophet Muhammed(P.B.U.H.) and said i have sinned ,the prophet answered :"tob"(regret for doing it, quit doing it and be determinant never to do it again). the man said : what if i did it again?-tob and it is all cleared, - what if i did it again?-tob and it is all cleared.at last the man said: when is my last chance of "tob",the prophet replied: God never gets bored of forgiveness until you get bored of "istighfar"(asking forgiveness).

I have read an article you has written descriping the prophet to be a "sinner",and i think that wasn't a polite, neither a smart attitude, because it was really obvious that your speech was baseless, making a single sin doesn't make u a sinner it makes you a human being.he asked for forgiveness even though he knew that he was pre-forgiven(his coming and last sins were forgiven).and if you read about his character you would now how a pure character he was.

I hope that you found the article useful(enlighting),thanx

Salam(peace).

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