The Koran and Islamic Culture This paper will discuss the Quran and Islamic culture. How the culture and religion evolved from the life of the Prophet Muhammad and the Quran. The Quran which is the guide to Muslim life, from which law was, established for Islamic people. The paper will also show how the Quran shaped not only the law but the culture and traditions of the Islamic community. The Quran is considered the book of life in Islam and highly revered by the practitioners of the Muslim faith and culture. The value of this book isn’t placed on its sole contents, but more so for its status as Revelation. For this reason it is not a common practice among Muslims to make any significant reference to the history of the Quran. Muslims are more apt when speaking on or about the Quran is to make reference to the history of the Revelations of Muhammad within the Quran. According to the Islamic story, Allah revealed the Quran to Muhammad in what was called the Night of Majesty. Afterwards those revelations were then descended unto the prophet Muhammad in stages over a period of 23 years. Because the prophet is believed to have had little education, the book’s great literary distinctions are considered to be a miracle and one of the greatest proofs of revelation. The Quran is regarded with high reverence contrary to what some people believe, the Quran is to Islam what the Bible is to Christians. Generally the Bible is read, studied, and appreciated as a record of God’s revelation. Teachers of the Bible instruct the study of the context and investigating what the first addressees of the text in order to apply the meaning correctly in the present day situation. The Quran on the other hand is not thought of as just a record of revelation. Muslims view it as God’s direct speech. Its revelation is not considered to have brought it into being. They believe that it has always existed as part of a bigger book the umma al katib, the Mother of the book, which is with God.
The Quran was authored in two main locations, those of which are his birthplace and where his early ministry began. The place is Mecca, which is the Middle East region we now know as Saudi Arabia. Mecca is the land Muhammad evolved from, however the later sections of the Quran came during his journeys through Medina. During Muhammad’s days in Mecca, the city was very important to its surrounding populations. Its people, the Quraysh, Muhammad’s own tribe, were very influential to neighboring tribes. Christianity and Judaism were present in the land. Anecdotes are told of Jews and Christians anticipating a prophet during that time, which the Muslims claim to have been fulfilled by the coming of Muhammad. Muhammad’s revelations caused him to strongly denounce idolatry, which earned him rejection and a great deal of persecution by his own people of Mecca. Some of his followers fled to Abyssinia in Africa under the advice of the prophet. The death of Muhammad’s uncle, who had been his protector since childhood, left him vulnerable and unsafe in Mecca. He fled to Medina where he had established a good
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