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Qur’an Study: Ramadan 14 (Sura 15-16)

by PastorMinton on June 9th, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

Ramadan 14

Today’s Text: Sura 15-16 (http://www.trinityslayton.net/ramadan/quran.pdf, pages 139-150)

Sura 15, “al-Hijr” (The Rocky Tract)

This Sura is aptly named “The Rocky Tract” because it gives a very rocky road for a true Muslim to trek in his desire to be a true Believer. It is very similar to the hard road and narrow gate Jesus speaks about in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:13-14). Allah’s irresistible will is shown in the fact that Allah has determined the height and depth of every civilization (15.4). In fact, Allah knows each individual’s stance toward him at any given time (15.24-25).

The Sura goes on to retell the fall of Satan from Heaven (15.28-43). “Hell is the promise abode” for Satan and all those he has beguiled into following him (15.43). In Islam, Hell is surrounded by seven gates. Each gate allows a special class of sinners (15.44). This is possibly the inverse to the ancient idea (both religious and philosophical) that Heaven has seven levels.

Verses 51-76 retell the account of God visiting Abraham before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (cf. Genesis 17:15-19:29). There are some variations in the story, but the major details are the same. These differences include Abraham’s visitors telling him that only Lot and his daughters would survive (15.58-60) and Sodom and Gomorrah lay upon the high road (15.76) instead of in the valley (Genesis 19:25).

Sura 16, “an-Nahl” (The Bee)

In Allah’s creation, everything is subject to man except for himself. This also includes the day and the night, the sun, moon and stars (16.12). These were created to be signs for wise men for days and times and seasons (cf. Genesis 1:14). These signs are clear for those who are wise. Every Messenger was sent by Allah with clear signs but dark prophecies (16.43-44). Everything given by Allah is plain.

Islam is a very male-centered religion. It goes so far as to say that female children are not welcome news in Islamic homes (16.58-59). Although God makes mates for men and livestock (16.72), it is a much greater blessing to have a multitude of sons.

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