To Basimah-Fikree on long-winded ranting...
Submitted by Plato (United Arab Emirates), Jan 25, 2007 at 02:00
Sister Bashimah to quote you: "....then you say it is only meant for those within the Arabic nation/s...."
You have not understood my long-winded ranting. My "long-winded treatise" is saying that it is the Koran which says that Islam is for the Arabs, not ranting old me. I think it was clear from all those ayas I quoted!
And you have used the time worn, well honed tactic of bringing the Christians and Bible into the picture. Does the Bible anywhere say it has been revealed in Aramaic so that the locals would believe it as the Koran does in several places. Does the Bible anywhere say that messengers have been sent to all people in their own languages. Sister Basimah what my long-winded ranting makes clear is that the Koran itself insists it is a message for the Arabs. It is YOU and those trying to convert the rest of the world to Islam who think it is for all. To avoid being long-winded I have not re-quoted the verses.
The Koran is for the Arabs and that too for those living in and around Mecca as another verse makes clear:" 42:7 Thus have We sent by inspiration to thee an Arabic Qur'an: that thou mayest warn the Mother of Cities and all around her,- and warn (them) of the Day of Assembly, of which there is no doubt: (when) some will be in the Garden, and some in the Blazing Fire."
Since it says an Arabic Qu'ran it can only mean at the most people who speak arabic and not the entire world as only the people around Mecca spoke Arabic.
Note the underlined words Sister Basimah. Can you quote a verse from the Bible which says it is for people around Jerusalem and that it is being revealed in Aramaic for that reason? Sister Basimah I may be a ranter and long-winded but you cannot fault my conclusion.
Again let me repeat what you said:" The Koran (or Quran - The Reading) was sent by God to the Arabic nations thru the Prophet Muhammad (peace be unto him) to cease their idolating and worship ONLY the One God." Can you tell me what the underlined part of this sentence of yours means?
Sister Basimah if you are enjoying this as you claim, you should also have looked at the other issues I raised. Let me be brief for fear of being long-winded: 1. Why has Allah placed veils on peoples hearts ears and eyes to prevent them from understanding. 2.What earthly use are those verses Surah 95, and 111 and the ayas specific to the prophet and his wives. 3.Why should there be only one god. 4. If Allah needs helpers, the angels, why can't he also have partners and children?
To you this may still sound like ranting but at least I hope I have not been long-winded
I am enjoying this too. And keep it coming.
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