Aug 5, 2008

"Thy Lord hath decreed that .."

"Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honour. *

And, out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say: "My Lord! bestow on them thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood." *

Your Lord knoweth best what is in your hearts: If ye do deeds of righteousness, verily He is Most Forgiving to those who turn to Him again and again (in true penitence). *

And render to the kindred their due rights, as (also) to those in want, and to the wayfarer: But squander not (your wealth) in the manner of a spendthrift. *

Verily spendthrifts are brothers of the Evil Ones; and the Evil One is to his Lord (himself) ungrateful. *

And even if thou hast to turn away from them in pursuit of the Mercy from thy Lord which thou dost expect, yet speak to them a word of easy kindness. *

Make not thy hand tied (like a niggard's) to thy neck, nor stretch it forth to its utmost reach, so that thou become blameworthy and destitute. *

Verily thy Lord doth provide sustenance in abundance for whom He pleaseth, and He provideth in a just measure. For He doth know and regard all His servants. *

Kill not your children for fear of want: We shall provide sustenance for them as well as for you. Verily the killing of them is a great sin. *

Nor come nigh to adultery: for it is a shameful (deed) and an evil, opening the road (to other evils). *

Nor take life - which Allah has made sacred - except for just cause. And if anyone is slain wrongfully, we have given his heir authority (to demand qisas or to forgive): but let him nor exceed bounds in the matter of taking life; for he is helped (by the Law). *

Come not nigh to the orphan's property except to improve it, until he attains the age of full strength; and fulfil (every) engagement, for (every) engagement will be enquired into (on the Day of Reckoning). *

Give full measure when ye measure, and weigh with a balance that is straight: that is the most fitting and the most advantageous in the final determination. *

And pursue not that of which thou hast no knowledge; for every act of hearing, or of seeing or of (feeling in) the heart will be enquired into (on the Day of Reckoning). *

Nor walk on the earth with insolence: for thou canst not rend the earth asunder, nor reach the mountains in height. *

Of all such things the evil is hateful in the sight of thy Lord. *

These are among the (precepts of) wisdom, which thy Lord has revealed to thee. Take not, with Allah, another object of worship, lest thou shouldst be thrown into Hell, blameworthy and rejected. *

Has then your Lord (O Pagans!) preferred for you sons, and taken for Himself daughters among the angels? Truly ye utter a most dreadful saying! *

We have explained (things) in various (ways) in this Qur'an, in order that they may receive admonition, but it only increases their flight (from the Truth)! *

Say: If there had been (other) gods with Him, as they say,- behold, they would certainly have sought out a way to the Lord of the Throne! *

Glory to Him! He is high above all that they say!- Exalted and Great (beyond measure)! *

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! Verily He is Oft-Forbear, Most Forgiving! "

Qur'an, Surah 17. Isra', The Night Journey, Children Of Israel, verses 23:44




"The Lord Hath Decreed"? Or, is it just 21st century leaders that speak, pretending that they speak for the Creator of the Universe?

Please pardon my skepticism; the history of wars has made me very, very cautious, and unwilling to trust pious leadership; also Almost All Political Leaders! reb

August 15, 2008


Greetings Mohamed,

I have posted a brief comment on August 16th, with the title "It's The Law". Then I thought of what a European might think about it; or Mohamed, my Egyptian friend, who is 20 years old, and is well- versed in Sharia Law.

What would they think? Have they ever read our short, but very precious First Amendment, dealing with American thinking on "Freedom of Religion", and had any of them ever read other great writings of Thomas Jefferson or James Madison?

That First Amendment was the very cornerstone and bed-rock foundation
that granted a very diverse people from many other nations, a new hope
to forge new beginnings, far from their native lands and customs.

Different cultures coming to a new
land, hoping for new possibilities;
such a courageous risk! Hoping for new freedoms in a new, wilderness frontier, many learning to speak a
different language...English!

My mother came to America at 10 years of age, from Czechoslovakia; it must have been very difficult.

With hard work, they became quite prosperous. Tough people, seeking a better life. Many nationalities, learning to live and work together, in peace; away from old European wars...That's the U.S.A.

People Still Come! Why, if we are so bad, or evil? A curious question, isn't it? Is it hope for a better life? Do they get letters
from relatives about improved conditions here?

Do most hope for improved Law? Or Freedom & Justice for themselves? For their children? What is it that lures them to the United States?

I believe..."It's The Law"




Greetings Mohamed!

I hope you are well. reb

Mohamed said...


Thanks for asking, I'm very well. I hope that you're fine too.

I'd like to announce you that I'm almost in the last steps in my research. I'll try to publish it in the first days of Ramadan month.

See you soon,

Your friend,