Isl+Civ+Lecture+8 - Lecture 8: The Quran and its...

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Lecture 8: The Qur’an and its interpreters
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As guide and source of honor and blessing on earth: “The Qur’an is right guidance from error and a light against blindness. It is a support against stumbling…a source of illumination against sorrow and a protection against perdition. It is the criterion of truth against sedition and the best way leading from this world into the next. No one turns away from the Qur’an but that he turns toward the fire.” (`Ayyashi, I, p. 5)
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“Usayd ibn Hudayr came to the Prophet one day and said, ‘As I was reciting a sura of the Qur’an last night, I heard when I came to its end a noise behind me, so that I thought that my horse was being spurred on in fright…I then looked back and saw something like lamps between heaven and earth…I could not go on reciting.’ The Prophet then said, ‘These were angels, descended to hear the recitation of the Qur’an. Had you gone on, you would have seen wonders.” (Ibn Kathir, VII, p. 474) “There are no people assembled in one of the houses of God to recite the Book of God and study it together but that the sakinah descends upon them. Mercy covers them, angels draw near to them, and God remembers them in the company of those who are with Him.” (Ibn Kathir, VII, p. 475)
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We shall surely lay upon you weighty speech ” (73:5)
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This note was uploaded on 11/20/2011 for the course MIDDLE EAS 508:201 taught by Professor Russell during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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