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  1. While responding to all of the verse’s posted in the original message by Fawzo would take more time than I have available anytime soon, I have chosen a few primarily because to the uninitiated reader these verses seem to have very anti Jewish and Christian overtones. It is important to note that at the time of the Prophet Muhammad the term “Christian” was not used, or at least not in the Mecca and Medina area. It is also important to note that while in Medina the Jews, Muslims, and early Christians all worked and governed together. Some early translations may have added the term Jews or Christ
  2. English Translations of the Quran Asalaam Alaikum, There are many different English versions of the Qur’an. The word "version" means a Qur’an written in a language different from that in which God's Word was originally written. There are two types of English versions of the Qur’an: translations and paraphrases. Translation - A translation is an effort to express what the Arabic words actually say into another language. It gives as nearly as possible a literal word by word translation. Extra words may be inserted only when it is necessary in order for the reader to understand the meaning of
  3. Asalaam Alaikum, Hmmmm.....A complex topic started on this thread is that of translations and versions of the Quran. First, I will tackle the topic of variations of the Quran. I will attempt, in my own humble way, to explain my views on this topic and attempt to reveal the more common Islamic thoughts on these subjects as I can. Please note that although I have studied the Quran somewhat extensively, I am not an Islamic scholar by any means, and my command of written Arabic is almost non-existent. In addition, I am an American born and raised and having served my country as many have here. I h
  4. Walaikum Asalaam, Murph Thanks, It's good to be back....See you have a new avatar, looks like he's quite the old 'soft shoe'. Abdullah
  5. Asalaam Alaikum GOD - there is no deity save Him, the Ever-Living, the Self-Subsistent Fount of All Being. Neither slumber overtakes Him, nor sleep. His is all that is in the heavens and all that is on earth. Who is there that could intercede with Him, unless it be by His leave? He knows all that lies open before men and all that is hidden from them, whereas they cannot attain to aught of His knowledge save that which He wills [them to attain]. His eternal power overspreads the heavens and the earth, and their upholding wearies Him not. And he alone is truly exalted, tremendous. [The Quran, 2:
  6. Asalaam Alaikum, Hehehe..No offense Mark, been a while since I have had the opportunity to be on the forums, but I hope to be back more regularlly in the near future. The Koran as it is, was revealed in parts as God deemed the Muslims needed such revelation for guidance. Therefore, to truly understand the texts of the Koran we must also look at what particualr situation or crisis the fledgling nation of Islam was facing at the time of the revelations. Something else that must be taken into consideration when looking at English translations is the actual root of certian Arabic words used that m
  7. I have to agree that "Beloved God" is quite non-offensive to most of major Abrahamic faiths. I believe your opening is quite nice and I would not change it if you are happy with it... Asalaam Alaikum (Peace Be With You)
  8. Irie Mon! One Love.....Were Jammin...Is cool as well. Although Peter Tosh has some good songs as well, Marley just happens to be the one most Americans are familar with.....