Friday, November 9, 2007

Islam and the Koran

The criticisms of Islam concentrate upon the rules or laws that are written in the Koran. The Koran is a group of phrases, organized in order from the shortest phrases listed first to the longest ones. The Islamic legal system that is being used today has developed and evolved from these phrases over the past 1400 years. Islamic scholars have argued over the years about these rules. The scholars have made clear which laws are considered to be ‘authentic’ and which have been added since the days of Mohammed.

The ‘singing’ of the Koran is said to be inspiring. The way it is spoken brings additional meaning and lifts the heart. In my own personal experience, I have been wary of how things are said. Meaning can and is imparted by how something is spoken. However, I have not been very good at it. I have believed since I was very young that what is said is more important. You can sing ‘beat him and take from him’ to me in very nice tones and even inspire additional, positive meaning(s). However, the message is still violence in addition to taking something that is not mine. We shall look at some of the Koran's laws in the next post.

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