It takes a nation to protect the nation
On this page are short essays (mostly one page each) that I have written (click view all) .
The format for each is the scripture source from the either the Qur'an or hadith, followed by an explanation of these sources and sometimes a comment.
This format was partly inspired by a friend who kept asking me questions re Islam. But he wanted answers that would fit on one page only, so that he could easily print it out and distribute to his friends. I am attempting a sort of an ‘Islam-lite’ series!
Also, the world-wide-web is full of long essays on Islam of varying degrees of quality. These tiles do not tax the reader with too much to read too quickly.
What I tried to achieve with all these is first and foremost accuracy. Is what I say correct? Also, given the limited space, have I highlighted the main aspects of a particular subject, leaving out nothing of significance in order of priority? That is, are the most significant aspects mentioned as opposed to the less significant? I try to let the sources speak for themselves, with only a little help from me.
Please note that I am not attempting to write about what individual Muslims actually believe, there are too many of them! I am writing and learning about what Islam teaches Muslims to believe. This is a crucial difference. I am not saying that all Muslims believe what Islam teaches; on the contrary many are unaware of that teaching. But to the degree that teachings affect beliefs and behaviour, it is important to understand those teachings.
When discussing Islam, often Muslims and many non-Muslims raise comparisons with Christianity. Making such comparisons in these papers is not my purpose. But I will say that while Christianity focuses on the Word (John 1:1), Islam focuses on words; and these words are accessible to understanding. The words of the Qur'an are the closest equivalent to the Word in Christianity. Knowing and understanding the words of Islam (the Qur'an and Hadith) is the sum total of Islamic belief.
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