Although I've made good timing on reading the translation of the Quran that I got from my local library, I haven't quite had time to finish it so I went by the library yesterday to renew it. I was lured to the "new books" shelf and there was a National Geographic book that just jumped into my hands and forced me to take it home! Yeah, really! You should have seen how acrobatic that book was! So now I have yet another book to read. But this one seems also exciting. It's The Letter and the Scroll and it's about what archaeology tells us about the Bible. It talks about the ancient cultures and cities and people.Really cool! It's got a lot of colorful pictures so I'm making good time reading it! I spent a few hours last evening enjoying reading about Abraham and the places he lived and traveled. I stand amazed at anyone who saw a clay tablet and decided it was cuneiform. I would have taken it as some fancy basket-weave décor, I think. And major kudos to the ones who figured out how to translate it! There were tablets with divorce and adoption decrees - wow! Impressive! I want to go outside soon and read some more. I've already read my sura of the day (# 41).
Thanks to all of you reading and leaving feedback on my Quran posts. I've learned so much from you and enjoy all the thought-provoking comments and questions and information you leave!
Sura 34 - Saba'
1. ALL PRAISE BE to God to whom belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and the earth, and His the praise in the world to come. He is all-wise and all-knowing.
This sura mentions David, Solomon and Sol's jinns. It had a peculiar story of Solomon dying and the jinn not knowing until a worm ate Solomon's cane which cause his body to fall. In the meantime the jinn had been "suffering demeaning labor." (vs. 14) Not sure why this was necessary or the point of the story.
23. No intercession avails with Him except his He allows, so that when their hearts are freed of fear, they ask (one another): "What did your Lord say?" They will answer: "What is expedient. He is the all-mighty and supreme."
Does this mean there IS an intercessor or not? Couldn't tell about the "his" in the first part ("except his He allows"). Is "his" the intercessor? Who is "his"?
Around verse 31 you find weak and arrogant sinners arguing and blaming each other for being tossed into hell.
Sura 35 -- al-Fatir
Nice sura with much talk about God being the creator - originator - of all things. Mostly pleasant reading with nothing new that stood out except maybe this verse.
43. As did their arrogance in the land, and their plotting of evil. But their evil plots will turn back on the plotters themselves. So can they expect any thing but what befell the earlier people? You will not find any change in the law of God, nor will you find divine law mutable.
The last phrase about the law of God is what took my attention. I know there was something I read about God abrogating things. I found it here...it's in a different translation.
Surah 2:106 says: “We do not abrogate a verse or let it be forgotten without bringing a better or similar one. Do you not know that Allah has power over all things?”