|5 years ago :: Nov 10, 2011 - 2:01AM #1|
As most of us know, the powerful Sermon of the Mount is generally regarded by scholarly exegetes as a summary of Jesus's main Message and His most remembered sayings, collated and edited by Matthew for maximum effect. Based on exegetical analysis, most unbiased scholars doubt that such a speech in its exact form was ever delivered by Jesus at any one time. The following is my humble and highly subjective personal attempt to convey the core message of the Qur'án by means of some of the most remembered verses of the Qur'án. Like Matthew, I have tried to organize them into an order which flows like a single speech or a sermon. Call it "The Sermon of the Qur'án" if you will and consider it a "crash-course" into the Qur'án.
We created you into male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, so that you may come to know one another.
Verily the noblest among you in the sight of God is he who is the most aware of Him. (049.013)
Wherever you turn, the face of God is before you. (002.115)
The seven heavens and the earth, and all beings therein, declare His glory. There is not a thing but celebrates His praise. And yet ye understand not how they declare His glory! (017.044)
God is the Light of the heaven and the earth. His light shines like a lamp in a niche. The lamp is in a glass like a shining star, kindled by the oil of a blessed olive tree, neither from the East nor from the West.
Light upon light. God guides to His light whom He will. (024.035)
Among His signs is that He created you from dust, and behold you are men scattered far and wide. (030.019-20)
Among His signs is that He created for you companions from among yourselves that you may live in tranquillity with them. He has put love and mercy between your hearts. (030.020)
Among His signs is the creation of heavens and the earth and the diversity of your tongues and colours. (030.021)
Among His signs is that He shows you the lightning, by way of hope and by fear, and He sends down the rain from the sky and bestows life on the earth which was dead before. (030.024)
And among His signs is that He sends the winds as glad-tidings to give you a taste of His Mercy, that ships may sail by His command and you may seek His Bounty. (030.046)
And when He sends the rain to meet His servants, behold how they do rejoice even though before they were dumb with despair. (030.048-50)
Blessed is He Who created death and life to try you and to see which of you is best in deed. And He is the exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving. (067.002)
By no means shall ye attain righteousness unless ye give freely of that which ye love. (003.092)
We, verily, created man and We know what his soul whispers to him. (050.016)
We are closer to him than his jugular vein. (050.016)
Good and evil are not equal. Repel evil with good and behold how he who was your enemy becomes your bosom friend. But this can be done by only those who are patient and fortunate. (041.034-5)
Every soul is the ransom of its deeds. (074.038)
You love the fleeting life and forsake the life beyond. (075.020-1)
Know ye that the life of this world is but play, pastime and vainglory; one to another ye boast and compete in riches and children.
How the rain and the growth it brings forth delight the tillers but soon withers, dries up and crumbles away. In the hereafter a severe chastisement awaits but also forgiveness and the good pleasure of God. What is the life of this world but deceiving pleasures? (057.020)
Every misfortune that befalls the earth or yourselves has been recorded in a Book before it transpires. This, verily, is easy for God.
This We tell you that ye may not despair over that which is taken away from you nor rejoice over that which is given to you. (057.022-3)
What will explain to you the Straight Path? To free the slave and to feed, in lean times, the orphaned relative or the poor destitute, and yet believe, encourage to be patient and to be compassionate. (090.011-16)
Did He not find you an orphan and give you shelter? Did He not find you wandering and provide you guidance? Did He not find you poor and made you rich? Therefore treat not the orphan with harshness nor drive away the needy, but proclaim the bounty of your Lord. (93)
Have We not cheered your heart, relieved the burden which galled your back, and raised you to high esteem?
With every trial there is a relief. Verily, with every trial there is a relief. Therefore when you are free of work, still labour hard and devote yourself to your Lord. (94)
Let the man of means spend according to his means, and the poor give from that which God has given him. God puts no burden on anyone beyond what He has granted them. God shall grant relief after a difficulty. (065.007)
O believers! Shun suspicion to the utmost for suspicion can be a sin. Spy not on each other nor speak ill behind their backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? No, you would abhor it. Fear God, for God is Generous, Most Merciful. (049.012)
O believers! Let not one tribe mock another, for the latter may be better. Nor should women mock others for the latter may be better. Do not speak ill of one another nor call each other by names. (049.011)
O believers! If a wicked person comes to you with gossip, ascertain the truth, so that you do not unwittingly hurt people and regret your actions later. (049.006)
Verily, different are your paths. He who gives, is righteous and believes in the best reward, his path shall We make smooth. But he who is a greedy miser, self-satisfied and cares not for the best reward, his path shall We also make smooth. His wealth will not profit him when he falls headlong into the Pit. (092.004-12)
Hence I warn you of a Fire blazing fiercely.
But none shall reach it but the most unfortunate ones. Those devoted to God shall be safe, those who give out of their wealth, who do good without thought for gratitude, but seek only the pleasure of their Lord Most High. (092.014-21)
If all the trees of the earth would turn into pens and the ocean into ink, with seven oceans further to add to its supply, yet the words of God would not be exhausted. (031.027)
For each age is revealed a Book. (013.038)
Every people shall receive a Prophet. (010.047)
Those of the believers and of the Jews, Christians and the Sabeans, who believe in God, in the Last Day and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord. They need not fear nor grieve. (002.062)
Those that received the Torah but observe it not are like a donkey carrying a load of books. (062.005)
Say not to anyone who offers you a salutation: “You are not a believer.” You were once in the same state. (004.094)
Let there be no compulsion in religion. Truth stands out clear from Error. Whoever rejects corruption and believes in God, has clung to the most reliable hand-hold that breaks not. (002.256)
And tell My servants to speak in a kindly manner. (017.053-54)
They say: ”Become Jews” – ”or Christians” – ”and you shall be guided to salvation.” You say: “We believe in God and that which was sent to us, and that which was sent to Abraham, to Ishmael, to Isaac, to Jacob and the Tribes, and that which was sent to Moses, to Jesus and to every other prophet from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them and we bow to God.” (002.135-6)
Not all of them are alike. From among the People of the Book are they that stand and rehearse the signs of God all night long, and prostrate themselves before Him in adoration. They believe in God and the Last Day, they forbid what is wrong and enjoin what is right, and vie with each other in good works. They are the righteous. None of their good deeds will be rejected, for God knows well those who know Him. (003.113, 003.115)
Say: “Will you argue with us about God even though He is our Lord and your Lord? We shall be held in account for our deeds and you for your deeds, and Him alone we worship.” (002.139)
And if they would truly follow the Torah and the Gospel and everything that was sent to them by their Lord, they would verily partake in all the fruits of earth and heaven. (005.066)
In this day all pure and good things are made lawful unto you. The food of the People of the Book is lawful unto you and yours is lawful unto them. Lawful unto you in marriage are chaste women from the believers and chaste women from among those who were sent a Book before your time. You may give them their due dowers, but be chaste and not lewd, and do not take mistresses. (005.005)
Truly man is ungrateful to his Lord. Violent is he in his love for wealth. Does he not know that when the graves burst asunder and secret thoughts are made manifest, their Lord had all along been well-acquainted with them? (100.006-11)
Woe to the scandal-monger and backbiter who piles up wealth and counts it, thinking his wealth would make him immortal. By no means! He is sure to be cast into the Grinder. (104.001-4)
Woe to the worshippers who care not about their prayers but only wish to be seen, and refuse to offer relief for the needy. (107.004-7)
On that Day will men be separately shown their deeds. Then shall anyone who has done an atom’s weight of good, see it. And anyone who has done an atom’s weight of evil, see it. (099.006-8)
If anyone does evil or wrongs his soul but then seeks God’s forgiveness, he shall find God Forgiving, Most Merciful. (004.110)
O my servants who have wronged your own souls! Never lose your hope for the Mercy of God, for God forgives all sins. (039.053)
O tranquil soul, return unto your Lord well-pleased and well-loved, enter among My servants and step into My Garden. (089.027-30)
Strong is the power of your Lord. He created in the beginning and re-creates. He is the Forgiving, the Loving, the Lord of the Throne of Glory, Him Who fulfils His Will. (085.012-16)
Say: He is God the One and Only, God the Eternal, the Absolute. He begets not, neither is He begotten. And there is none like unto Him. (112)
"All things have I willed for you, and you too, for your own sake."