Surah al-nisa III (updated so posting again)

وَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ أَلاَّ تُقْسِطُواْ فِي الْيَتَامَى فَانكِحُواْ مَا طَابَ لَكُم مِّنَ النِّسَاء مَثْنَى وَثُلاَثَ وَرُبَاعَ فَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ أَلاَّ تَعْدِلُواْ فَوَاحِدَةً أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُمْ ذَلِكَ أَدْنَى أَلاَّ تَعُولُواْ And if you have reason to fear that you might not act equitably towards orphans, then marry what is agreeable or likeable to you from women, twoContinue reading “Surah al-nisa III (updated so posting again)”

surah al-nisa II (finding the One in exchanges & relationships)

A short methodological point/reminder before we begin. People sometimes rely on “history” to make sense of “hard” verses of the Quran, thinking this is the solution to their disturbance about verses of the Quran. In so doing, they make divine speech distant and irrelevant to them. They lose a consistent approach to making sense ofContinue reading “surah al-nisa II (finding the One in exchanges & relationships)”

worship of beings & the practice of “no-deity”

28:88 وَلَا تَدْعُ مَعَ اللَّهِ إِلَهًا آخَرَ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ كُلُّ شَيْءٍ هَالِكٌ إِلَّا وَجْهَهُ لَهُ الْحُكْمُ وَإِلَيْهِ تُرْجَعُونَ and dont call upon any other deity side by side with God. There is no deity save Him. Everything is bound to perish, save His face. With Him rests all determinations and unto Him you areContinue reading “worship of beings & the practice of “no-deity””

Ownership, theft and the cutting of hands

(Read 2:284, 16:49, 4:131 and many others of similar nature. Then read 5:35-40 and if you want also read 2:85, 2:175, 3:177, 16:95 and 9:111) Two considerations that make sense to me: One, revelation from the maker of this universe should speak to my humanity. Material things are not, in themselves, valued by me asContinue reading “Ownership, theft and the cutting of hands”

Closer than ‘this’ to what is right

18:23-24 (kahf) I can only act on what I understand – whether I am aware of this understanding or not. My sense of what the best thing for me to do, thus, includes what I understand at “this” time i.e. at a given moment, as the best understanding or apprehension of truth. This attitude allowsContinue reading “Closer than ‘this’ to what is right”

Relationships & Surah al-nisa

What is a human relationship? How shall I think about my relationship with something else? The Quran asks me to ask this question in 4:1. I take it to be telling me that I am one party to the relation. The Quran makes me one party to a “pair”. I am always one party toContinue reading “Relationships & Surah al-nisa”

What’s the big deal with ‘Bismillah’

The big deal with bismillah is that it demolishes, if and when I adopt it as a practice, a perspective, all the self-injuring prisons and groundless illusions that I take from others or that I have manufactured for myself in order to feel things are meaningful and everything is fine. It proposes a new perspective,Continue reading “What’s the big deal with ‘Bismillah’”

The language of revelation & the meaning of existence.

I want to share some things on the question of language. First, I read the Quran in English, mostly (when it is not my own translation, it is almost always Muhammad Asad’s translation). I do consult Lane lexicon regularly. In my view, knowledge of the Arabic language and knowledge of the meaning of the rootsContinue reading “The language of revelation & the meaning of existence.”

Understanding prophets as prophetic perspectives

Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on Unsplash What I find mentioned in a revelatory text, for instance the idea of of prophets and the idea of believing in prophets, I should expect and ask the text to explain. I should not rush outside the text towards tradition or culture to understand the concept. In my view, a fundamental choiceContinue reading “Understanding prophets as prophetic perspectives”