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Jumada II 1419

Volume 14 No 10

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Submitters Perspective

Monthly Bulletin of the International Community of Submitters Published by Masjid Tucson


A Quranic Perspective

In studying the Quran, one often finds important lessons “hidden” between seemingly unrelated subjects. For example, the Quran discusses idolaters who invented dietary prohibitions and attributed them to God in Sura (Chapter) 6, Verses 138-144. In the subsequent verses, God not only answers and nullifies people’s argument by detailing what the real dietary prohibitions are, but He explains the essence of the matter as only the Creator can. Verses 145 and 146 of the sura specify in no uncertain terms the four dietary prohibitions. However, God does not stop there. In Verses 151-153, He goes on to point out what the real prohibitions and commandments are. These can be summarizes as follows:

  • Not to set up idols beside God

  • To honor our parents
  • To give Zakat (Obligatory Charity)
  • Not to kill the children for fear of poverty (abortion) or any person (except in the course of justice)
  • Not to commit gross sins obvious or hidden
  • Not to commit gross sins obvious or hidden
  • Not to touch orphans’ money except for their own good
  • To give full weight and measure in trade
  • To be just when bearing witness
  • To fulfill the covenant
  • Not to accept any information unless verified
  • Not to be arrogant (See also 17:22-39)
Similarly one can find an important concept illuminated in many different subjects within the book. This exemplifies another aspect of the Quran’s beauty. In 2:62 and 5:69, we learn that the three minimum requirements for anybody’s salvation and eternal happiness are:
  • Belief in God
  • Belief in the Hereafter
  • Leading a righteous life

One cannot attain God’s grace without being righteous. How do we know how to live a righteous life? Within the Quran, righteousness

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