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MMW 3 4.30.08 - MMW 3 4.30.08 Life of the Prophet Ebanishok...

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MMW 3 4.30.08 Life of the Prophet – Ebanishok – goes back to what the Prophet told somebody -Should go back to what he said or what people saw him do 40 years old – 610 AD Prophet -Hot months – usual retreat – went off into the desert -Seeker of spiritual truth – would’ve heard about monotheistic religions -Cannot conclude that he simply took some from Judaism and Christianity -During the month of Ramadan – In his days one of the hot months -pre-islam solar calendar – time of great heat -Ramadan = time he goes to fast and meditate -apparently Gabriel came to him as he was in a deep state and showed him a cloth with writing on it and said to him 3 times “read” -Translator says ‘what shall I read?’ -Should be “What? Me read?” -We are told that the prophet cannot read -Becomes problem – if cannot read – where’s all the talk came from? -Finally angel reads it to him, now imprinted on his brain -Thinks of killing himself – angel prevents him -“Never let them say that I am a poet or possessed” -Poet – would make up verses as if they’re real -Whenever words of Allah comes down to him he gets into a trance (seizure?) -no convultions but a lot of sweat -remembers what went on during this state – when he comes to, has more verses
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-Pretty intermittent – a time when he didn’t get any – started to wonder if he was going crazy – continued till his death -Ku’ran = record of these visions -At first hardly anybody was persuaded – Kadija wife was first convert Allah -One God – everybody else you believed in are empty idols, just God and merciful God -Worthy will enter a blissful state, and unworthy will be punished in hell Ch. 52 and 53 Ku’ran = non-linear
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This note was uploaded on 09/04/2008 for the course MMW 3 taught by Professor Chamberlain during the Spring '08 term at UCSD.

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