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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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