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Ramadan: Day 27—Al Qur'an on Humility

Is God meek? A brief investigation comparing one characteristic of Yahweh and Allah

The major difference between Islam and Christianity is the nature of God that is revealed. One aspect of God that is evident in Christianity is his meekness.  This should not be confused with weakness. 

The Qur'an speaks of humility. In 3:159, Muhammad is praised for his humility by dealing gently with those whom could have been in rebellion to him.

 

فَبِمَا رَحْمَةٍ مِّنَ اللَّهِ لِنتَ لَهُمْ ۖ وَلَوْ كُنتَ فَظًّا غَلِيظَ الْقَلْبِ لَانفَضُّوا مِنْ حَوْلِكَ ۖ فَاعْفُ عَنْهُمْ وَاسْتَغْفِرْ لَهُمْ وَشَاوِرْهُمْ فِي الْأَمْرِ ۖ فَإِذَا عَزَمْتَ فَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَوَكِّلِينَ - 3:159


“And by the Mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:159]

Ramadan, Day 13: Contemplating the Oneness of God

Fasting is a time of contemplation. A time to humble yourself before the One God.

by Steve Schlichter


Fasting is a time of contemplation. A time to humble yourself before God. A time to search yourself and confess attitudes and actions that are contrary to the nature of God. Those we commit that we should not and those we omit that we should do. The more we understand God's nature, the more humbling and meaningful our expressions of love and worship can be. God is one. He is unique and indivisible, as these verses bare witness:

       


Moses: "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!" (Deuteronomy 6:4)

Jesus: "The foremost is, 'HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD.'" (Mark 12:29)

Paul: "Now a mediator is not for one party only; whereas God is only one." (Galatians 3:20)

James: "You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder." (James 2:19)

      

Ramadan, Day 9: A Former Muslim Reflects on Fasting

An Iraqi believer shares his reflections on Ramadan as a young boy in Baghdad.

  • 1 June 2017
  • Author: Scott Cherry
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by Wissam— 
Growing up as a Muslim, I loved Ramadan. Ramadan was when mommy and daddy fasted, and this ‎was so cool. The TV talked about Ramadan, people exchange courtesies of mutual respect for their ‎fasting efforts, and mosques were unusually crowded with worshipers. Even the imam, who criticized the ‎majority of those worshipers for not living a life of integrity throughout the rest of the year, calling ‎them “Ubbad Ramadan,” (Ramadan Worshipers)—even he couldn’t hide his joy that his mosque was ‎filled with diligent worshipers, especially after the Eve prayer. The long “Taraweeh” prayer was as ‎much a part of Ramadan as the Find-the-Ring game and the Majeena (Trick-or-Treat) and the Baghdadi ‎music and the Baklava after the Sunset meal.‎ (This story happened when I was eight—Ramadan came in Baghdad’s early hot ‎summer.)
  
  

Ramadan, Day 8—Extreme Fasting

Fasting can be hard. This video seems to be the only artistic collage of fasting.

  • 1 June 2017
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 2566
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Fasting can be hard, even extreme. This 3:41-minute video beautifully captures in art an episode of extreme fasting in total isolation and deprivation. Watch it and read the accompanying article within. Then ponder, "How? ...Why?  What is that about?"

 

Ramadan, Day 8: Extreme Fasting Depicted in Art from Ramadan Courtroom on Vimeo.

Eid Mubarak! 30 Reflections on True Fasting and Piety

The most Extreme Faster and other sages teach us the principles of fasting that God accepts.

  • 26 May 2017
  • Author: Scott Cherry
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by Scott Cherry—

Day 24: Rashad on Moral Consistency

How Yahweh expects moral consistency and we expect it of each other. How about Allah?

Last week I talked to a Muslim man named Rashad who was smoking hookah during Ramadan. I teased him a little about it and he laughed. Then we talked for 2 hours. He explained his view that many Muslims have only a pretense of religiosity; they fast all day during Ramadan and then go clubbing all night, or whatever. Of course, some 'Christians' are like that too. That is one of the qualms that people have with religion these days, and why they prefer not even to bother with it. 


Days 25-29 posted separately: 

Click here for day 25. "Not of this world": At his last night meal Jesus demonstrated something unthinkable and otherworldly.

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