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The Idea of America

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America the Beautiful...Who are you beautiful for?
[source: Elvert Barnes]

I love the idea of America: of inalienable rights, of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, of being made equal, of justice for all. It’s what made many of us come here and it’s what makes many of us stay here.

Ramadan Reflection 10: What the Quran Says About Finding Hope

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For everyone living on earth, life is full of mistakes, trials, disappointments, failures, unpleasant surprises, and tragedies.

The Quran offers consolation and hope to those who find themselves in a hopeless place.

The following translations of the Quran are adapted from those made by M. M. Pickthall. His translation is a bit dated, but it still carries a certain charm.

O ye who believe! Seek help in steadfastness and prayer. Lo! God is with the steadfast.
Quran 2:153

Ramadan Reflection 9: What the Quran Says About the Beauty of Nature

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In Islam, the Quran is not the only reliable source of knowledge that contains the signs/verses (ayat) of God. Nature itself contains those signs and verses as well so that it becomes another reliable source of knowledge alongside the Quran.

This is what inspired Muslims in the past to explore the natural world as a revelation of God. This gave rise to mathematicians, scientists, physicians, artists, poets, architects, philosophers, and so on. These early Muslim explorers saw the signs of God’s beauty and artistry in all the things they were exploring in the world.

The following translations of the Quran are adapted from those made by M. M. Pickthall. His translation is a bit dated, but it still carries a certain charm.

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God sendeth down water from the sky and therewith reviveth the earth after her death. Lo! herein is indeed a sign for a folk who hear.

Ramadan Reflection 8: What the Quran Says About Interfaith Understanding

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[Islam is considered the latest articulation of the religion that God has articulated over and over again in different places and different times to different peoples.

That means different messengers have been sent in the past who have established different religions. As long as such a religion affirms the oneness of God and the importance of ethical relations among people then it is a religion that God accepts.

The following verses from the Quran give glimpses of this interfaith/multi-faith understanding.

The following translations of the Quran are adapted from those made by M. M. Pickthall. His translation is a bit dated, but it still carries a certain charm.]

There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is henceforth distinct from error. And he who rejecteth false deities and believeth in God hath grasped a firm handhold which will never break. God is Hearer, Knower.
Quran 2:256

Ramadan Reflection 7: What the Quran Says About Mary and Jesus

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[In Islam, Mary has an honored status with God and Jesus is one of the great messengers of God, along with all the other prophets in the Bible.

The following verses from the Quran tell some of the story of Mary and Jesus and John the Baptist. Other parts of the story are told in other verses, but this set of verses gives us a taste of how much Christianity is part of the same family of religions as Islam. This is what makes all Christians our sisters and brothers in faith.

The following translations of the Quran are adapted from those made by M. M. Pickthall. His translation is a bit dated, but it still carries a certain charm.]

Lo! God preferred Adam and Noah and the Family of Abraham and the Family of ‘Imran above (all His) creatures.