10 Most Meaningful Passages: Quran

Piety is on the rise world wide, and Islam is fast outstripping all other religions in the sheer volume of followers adopting it as a faith. As I (shamefully) know nothing about Islam,  it seems better to explore the root cause of this cultural tour de force, the Quran (al-qurʾān, or ‘recitation’) through the, ‘Popular Highlights’ on Amazon’s Kindle Edition:
The [Muslim] believers, the Jews, the Christians, and the Sabiansa—all those who believe in God and the Last Day and do good—will have their rewards with their Lord.
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The truly good are those who believe in God and the Last Day, in the angels, the Scripture, and the prophets; who give away some of their wealth, however much they cherish it, to their relatives, to orphans, the needy, travellers and beggars, and to liberate those in bondage; those who keep up the prayer and pay the prescribed alms; who keep pledges whenever they make them; who are steadfast in misfortune, adversity, and times of danger. These are the ones who are true, and it is they who are aware of God.
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Fight in God’s cause against those who fight you, but do not overstep the limits:c God does not love those who overstep the limits.
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People of the Book, do not go to excess in your religion, and do not say anything about God except the truth: the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, was nothing more than a messenger of God, His word, directed to Mary, a spirit from Him. So believe in God and His messengers and do not speak of a ‘Trinity’—stop [this], that is better for you—God is only one God, He is far above having a son, everything in the heavens and earth belongs to Him and He is the best one to trust.
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If you fear high-handedness from your wives, remind them [of the teachings of God], then ignore them when you go to bed, then hit them.
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The prevalent message of the Qur’an is one of peace and tolerance18 but it allows self-defence.
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He has only forbidden you carrion, blood, pig’s meat, and animals over which any name other than God’s has been invoked. But if anyone is forced to eat such things by hunger, rather than desire or excess, he commits no sin: God is most merciful and forgiving.
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They also say, ‘No one will enter Paradise unless he is a Jew or a Christian.’ This is their own wishful thinking. [Prophet], say, ‘Produce your evidence, if you are telling the truth.’ In fact, any who direct themselvesc wholly to God and do good will have their reward with their Lord: no fear for them, nor will they grieve.
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Each community has its own direction to which it turns: race to do good deeds and wherever you are, God will bring you together.b God has power to do everything.
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If you give charity openly, it is good, but if you keep it secret and give to the needy in private, that is better for you, and it will atone for some of your bad deeds: God is well aware of all that you do.
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32 responses to “10 Most Meaningful Passages: Quran”

  1. Jason Wingate says :

    LOL! I have a feeling that not all the kindle users were actually Muslims! (#5!!!!)

    I like these posts of yours. I was going to say, what about making each ‘meaningul passages’ post without mentioning the book you’re using. And we have to guess the book. Might be fun… think I’d’ve got this one though.

    One thing:

    Piety is on the rise world wide, and Islam is fast outstripping all other religions in the sheer volume of followers adopting it as a faith.

    Oh yeah? Says who? 🙂

    Suggest a read of Wiki:

    Claims to be the fastest-growing religion

    • otove says :

      Hi Jason, I didn’t spot number five! Eek, I have an awful feeling they might be (hang head in shame)!

      Tough questions, but Islam seems to be at the top on most lists. even on your link,

      You may not have guessed, “the Secret of the Golden Flower” from last week, plus it would be difficult to find which book it was without a clever hint in the headline.

      Best wishes, Otove

  2. Alex Jones says :

    I have attended a few Islamic conferences in my home town of Colchester to learn about this religion, and it is no way like as portrayed by hostile media.

  3. Sin Alma says :

    I asked G’s opinion. He gave me 63.4. Weird.

  4. happinessisnotadisease says :

    At their core, religions have good intentions, I believe. It’s the people who ignore the limits who gave it all a wrong turn. As long as it advocates goodness, in the primal sense of the word, then I’m ok with it. But I’ve yet to find one where I really belong. Still, I’m pretty sure (or I’d like to believe I am) there’s a higher power of sorts…there really must be a God. It’s just annoying how the concept of religion messed it up.

    • otove says :

      The sense of wonder can lead us into great things you know.
      but as you suggest there maybe a primal good that we can choose to believe in, whether we choose to acknowledge it or not is the next step. After-all where does the sense of Right and Wrong come from?

      Peace be with you, Otove

  5. jessicawritesnow says :

    http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/ras/modusk/musk/two/13.htm Primal Good? Choice? What if what’s inside me is tainted? Then what do I know of primal goodness and which one to believe? Apparently, for each of us one primal goodness exists. Where ever my path places me I have a choice. Pessoa mentioned that until Spirituality united the world, until ego’s of religion took a back seat, until people understood that no matter what–we are all servants, the world would be at odds, at war with/in it’s boundtries. Pessoa said we are truely fighting a spiritual war, egos be damned I guess. For example, forget about the pope, forget about his “power”.

    • otove says :

      Dear Jessica, good to hear from you.

      You make some very deep and moving points. How we choose a path, or how a path chooses us, being perhaps the hardest to answer. A native american called Don Juan, answered it like this:

      “All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. They are paths going through the bush, or into the bush. In my own life I could say I have traversed long long paths, but I am not anywhere. Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn’t. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.”

      I would say that you must be selfish now, take the courage and time to draw out your ‘original nature’, it might be a frightening process, but everything will become clear, and when it is so will the direction you must take.

      Take care, Otove

  6. jessicawritesnow says :

    I think that all paths lead back to self. Self the beating heart self no, not just that, but after traversing a path that led to a deeper need for selflessness and greater need for a “we” being, god, dogma, etc. whatever causes one to look outside self and look at others to see them for the first time or fiftieth time, some of us are slow learners, so greeting Self as a more actualized one than the former and doing the next right thing at that moment. It’s not about windows, and mirrors, and smoke in anyone’s ass, it’s about a true bonding with self when if one works at it truly, a self is like sugar, it dissolves in the beautiful tides of all knowing. Too much of self, as in sugar, eventually causes disease; early death, certainly nothing good.

    • otove says :

      Couldn’t agree more Jessica!

      Interesting that you mention self and mirrors, Zen teachers say there can be no Self without Others, and no Others without self, one a Mirror of the other


  7. Marsha J. O'Brien says :

    Hello otove, it’s marsha. I enjoyed this post and would like to write something similar on my blog, from the Bible..May we exchange thoughts and share beliefs and still be brother and sister? I hope so, my friend. I think it is fascinating and regardless of our differences – our human relationship is so alike, and we love – yes? The cultures and beliefs differ – but I believe we worship the same God. So what do you say, my friend?

    • otove says :

      Of course we can! but i confess to being somewhat ignorant in this area.

      To get the ball rolling, perhaps we could talk about the Sufi and christian interpretations of the holy books, truths may converge in certain passages.

      Safe keeping, Otove

      • Marsha J. O'Brien says :

        Lovely! Of course the rest of the week is suddenly very busy, and I may not even get a “normal” post in before next week. If you have the time and
        inclination, go ahead and start, and if I find MORE time before next week I
        will ring in like a bell….Next week for sure! What fun. I love discussing the
        most important of things!

      • otove says :

        hi, yeah, will mull it over, pretty busy this week as well.

  8. talesfromthelou says :

    I wish we could take ALL God believers and ship them to another planet where they can argue their silly points and beat themselves senselessly to their heart ‘s content and leave us, the peaceful and kind ones, in peace.

  9. Marsha J. O'Brien says :

    I would really like to know because to me that is a rather forbading “If you only knew” ??

  10. otove says :

    If only you knew…. that those who have truly drunk from the the Font of Life have nothing left to argue with.

    • Marsha J. O'Brien says :

      Thank you otove. You are correct, because when true faith enters, there is nothing to argue. A few verses from the Holy Bible.

      Revelation 21:6-7And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

      Psalms 36:7-9 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

      Revelation 22:16-17 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

      Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

      Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

      • otove says :

        Thanks Marsha, Revelations does consider the flux and flow of life, and you have chosen some of the best examples in the whole new testament. The Quran also mentions this strange fluid:

        “It is He Who has created man from water: then has He established relationships of lineage and marriage: for thy Lord has power (over all things).25:54

        It is also said that Alexander the Great set out to reach the End of the World or the Land of Darkness in search of the Water of Life, which in Islam is called ‘al Ma’ul Hayat’

        Water is said to be one of the 7 spirits of God, also representative of one of the 7 Potencies (Courage, Fortitude, Temperance, Justice, [Hope, Faith, Charity]). As such there would be little to argue amongst people for whom virtue was a natural primordial state, rather than an aim, as for most, who im sure TalesfromtheLou is referring to.

        Well,the important thing is to experience God, Nature and Life, as words can get us only up to the walls of the Temple.

        With Kindness,


      • Marsha J. O'Brien says :

        Very interesting. I agree that virtue is a natural primordial state, rather than an aim. In my personal beliefs, I also know there is an area God has placed in our hearts and minds that cannot be filled and at peace, except for the love and worship of Him. Interesting regarding the water and “Potencies” too. As a trainer I include breathing techniques, and teach that breath and water are our two most important gifts. Hope, faith and Charity (Love) are mentioned in the Bible – the most important being Charity. The other Potencies, as you named them are also mentioned in the Bible. Though I don’t recall the specific word Fortitude, I know that bravery and steadfastness are mentioned, and can be used as a synonym for fortitude. I agree to experience God, Nature and Life is
        primary,. Truly words can only “get us up to the walls of the Temple”. I try very
        hard to use words as God would have me use them, because words can be a double-edged sword. Thanks for sharing and I send blessings and kindness to

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