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Under the Shade of Al Quran Volume 1 Surah 1 2

Under the Shade of Al Quran Volume 1 Surah 1 2

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Contents
Contents
.............................................................................................................................................................II
 
Transliteration Table
..........................................................................................
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Al-F
ā
ti
ĥ
ah (The Opening) .................................................................................................................................. 1
 
Overview ..................................................................................................................................................... 2
 
Al-Baqarah (The Cow) ....................................................................................................................................... 9
 
 Prologue ........................................................................................................................................................... 9
 
Seeking a Secure Base ............................................................................................................................... 11
 
A Major Breakthrough .............................................................................................................................. 13
 
The Making of a Unique Community ........................................................................................................ 14
 
The S
ū
rah’s Central Theme ....................................................................................................................... 16
 
1 The Message Spelt Out ................................................................................................................................ 21
 
Overview ................................................................................................................................................... 25
 
The Qualities of True Believers ................................................................................................................. 26
 
Believing in the Imperceptible .................................................................................................................. 28
 
A Contrasting Picture ................................................................................................................................ 32
 
The Mark of Hypocrisy ............................................................................................................................. 32
 
The Enemy Within .................................................................................................................................... 35
 
A Divine Challenge ................................................................................................................................... 38
 
The Use of Parables in the Qur’
ā
n ............................................................................................................. 40
 
God’s Covenant with Man ......................................................................................................................... 42
 
Giving Life after Death ............................................................................................................................. 43
 
2 Man in Charge of the Earth
........................................................................................................................ 47 
 
Overview ................................................................................................................................................... 48
 
Establishing Man’s Authority .................................................................................................................... 50
 
Man’s First Test ......................................................................................................................................... 52
 
Points to Consider...................................................................................................................................... 53
 
Man, the Master on Earth .......................................................................................................................... 55
 
The Concept of Sin .................................................................................................................................... 57
 
3 Glimpses of Israelite History
....................................................................................................................... 59
 
Overview ................................................................................................................................................... 65
 
God’s Covenant with the Israelites ............................................................................................................ 68
 
Matching Words with Deeds ..................................................................................................................... 70
 
Two Sources of Strength ........................................................................................................................... 71
 
When Every Soul Stands Alone ................................................................................................................ 72
 
A Long List of Favours ............................................................................................................................. 73
 
Ingratitude at Its Worst .............................................................................................................................. 74
 
Inviting God’s Punishment ........................................................................................................................ 75
 
Unhappy with God’s Bounty ..................................................................................................................... 77
 
Boastful Claims by the Jews ...................................................................................................................... 78
 
Where Mockery Is Inadmissible ................................................................................................................ 79
 
The Episode of the Cow ............................................................................................................................ 80
 
A Murdered Man Brought Back to Life .................................................................................................... 83
 
4 Covenants Breached All the Time
............................................................................................................... 85
 
Overview ................................................................................................................................................... 91
 
Falsification of Scriptures .......................................................................................................................... 92
 
Reply to False Arguments ......................................................................................................................... 94
 
 
 III
Going Back on Firm Pledges ..................................................................................................................... 95
 
A Long List of Contradictions ................................................................................................................... 98
 
Claims Falsified by Actions .................................................................................................................... 100
 
A Strange Enmity to an Angel ................................................................................................................. 103
 
Casting God’s Revelations Away ............................................................................................................ 104
 
Magic and Psychic Phenomena ............................................................................................................... 106
 
The Nature of Magic ............................................................................................................................... 107
 
5 Jewish Efforts to Undermine Islam
........................................................................................................... 110
 
Efforts to Undermine the New Religion .................................................................................................. 113
 
Begrudging God’s Grace ......................................................................................................................... 115
 
Claims without Basis ............................................................................................................................... 118
 
Unbelief Is All One ................................................................................................................................. 120
 
Jewish and Christian Arguments ............................................................................................................. 122
 
6 Universal Faith
......................................................................................................................................... 126 
 
Overview ................................................................................................................................................. 129
 
Abraham’s Covenant ............................................................................................................................... 131
 
Building the Ka`bah ................................................................................................................................ 133
 
A Faith to Pass to Your Children ............................................................................................................. 136
 
The Argument Is Finally Settled.............................................................................................................. 137
 
7 Change of Direction
.................................................................................................................................. 140
 
Overview ................................................................................................................................................. 142
 
A Middle Community and a Pure Faith ................................................................................................... 147
 
Clarification of Issues .............................................................................................................................. 151
 
The Final Say on the Direction of Prayer ................................................................................................ 154
 
Abraham’s Prayers Are Answered .......................................................................................................... 156
 
When God Remembers His Servants ...................................................................................................... 158
 
8 Acquiring Real Strength
........................................................................................................................... 161
 
Overview ................................................................................................................................................. 161
 
The Power of Patience ............................................................................................................................. 162
 
Sacrificing One’s Life ............................................................................................................................. 164
 
9 Setting the Record Straight
....................................................................................................................... 169
 
Overview ................................................................................................................................................. 173
 
A Very Significant Ritual ........................................................................................................................ 174
 
Suppressing the Truth .............................................................................................................................. 176
 
Those Using Their Reason ...................................................................................................................... 178
 
Alliances Fall Apart ................................................................................................................................. 181
 
Which Path to Follow .............................................................................................................................. 181
 
Things Forbidden to Eat .......................................................................................................................... 183
 
Suppression of God’s Revelations ........................................................................................................... 185
 
What Constitutes Righteousness ............................................................................................................. 186
 
10 Social Justice and Fasting
....................................................................................................................... 191
 
Overview ................................................................................................................................................. 193
 
The Law of Just Retribution .................................................................................................................... 194
 
Life Preservation through Retribution ..................................................................................................... 196
 
Fasting: Its Nature and Purpose ............................................................................................................... 199
 
Exemption from Fasting when Travelling ............................................................................................... 202
 
Obligatory Fasting ................................................................................................................................... 204
 
A Close Relationship with God ............................................................................................................... 206
 
Further Rules on Fasting ......................................................................................................................... 208
 
Honesty at All Times ............................................................................................................................... 210
 
11 The Sacred Months, Fighting and Pilgrimage
........................................................................................ 212
 
Overview ................................................................................................................................................. 215
 
The Islamic Transformation .................................................................................................................... 216
 

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