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In a small isolated village within the heart of the desert, one small portion of the Qur’an has traveled: Sura 23 – “The Believers.” This will have a major impact on the peoples of the village because it is the first text of its kind to ever be brought here. Lacking the entire wisdom granted in the pages of the Qur’an, our scholars must do the best they can to interpret the meaning hiding within the poetry of this text. Because not all residents are scholars – only some in the village can even read! – the text is given to the wisest elders in the hope that they will be able to extract the greatest wisdom and teachings from this most hallowed document. This is a record, documented carefully by the leaders in order that the messages in this text will be preserved for future generations. The first and most important point to come out of this work is that God – Allah – is all-knowing and all powerful. This idea is illustrated, emphasized and repeated over and over. It is obviously a very important concept and something that is critical to any who strive to become faithful followers. For example: “Say [Prophet], ‘Who owns the earth and all who live in it, if you know [so much]?’ and they will reply, ‘God.’ Say, ‘Will you not take heed?’ Say, ‘Who is the Lord of the seven heavens? Who is the Lord of the Mighty Throne?’ and they will reply, ‘God.’ Say, ‘Will you not be mindful?’ Say, ‘Who holds control of everything in His hand?’ Who protects, while there is no protection against Him, if you know [so much]?’ and they will reply, ‘God.’ Say, ‘Then
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This essay was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course TRAD 101 taught by Professor Weiner during the Spring '08 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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