Standing Shoulder To Shoulder Together As We Fight the Good Fight of Faith A personal letter of encouragement to you, written solely to "lift up hands that hang down". TO SUBSCRIBE send a blank message to shoulders-subscribe@... . TO UNSUBSCRIBE send a blank message to shoulders-unsubscribe@... . IN EACH CASE you will receive an automated request for confirmation which you must answer. FOR BACK COPIES go to www.associate.com/digests/shoulders . Click on "Read Messages" SHOULDER TO SHOULDER #195B ---- 9/27/01 TITLE: "Islam According To The Koran" My Dear Friend and Ministry Partner: After deliberating for nearly two weeks as to what I should do, I feel it imperative to send this special edition of "Shoulder To Shoulder". It contains an article I received from a friend in Canada regarding what Islam actually teaches about hatred, "jihad" and that religion's attitude toward Israel and Christianity. I'm doing this with a degree of "fear and trepidation" because I have a deep love for Muslim people. Our ministry in the Balkans centers in one of the most highly concentrated areas of Muslims in that region, and we know many as friends and we minister to them frequently in caring and loving ways. I'm also aware of the more than one million Muslims who live in the United States, and my Inbox is full of articles and letters of sympathy from Muslims. However, God's Word tells us to, while being harmless as doves, to also be "wise as serpents". It is apparent that most Muslims don't really agree with the militant teachings found in the Koran. Over our years of travel in the Balkans we have also found many Muslims do not practice their religion, but identify themselves with that religion simply because they were born into a Muslim family or they are Bosnian and therefore Muslim. So, my point in sending this note is absolutely not to target people, Muslim or otherwise. I just think it will be helpful to know what the Koran itself teaches. The first article is by Ron Carlson, a Christian apologist and researcher on cults and other religions. For many years he was an understudy to Walter Martin, author of "Kingdom Of The Cults". Carlson's website is www.jude3.org . The second article is by someone unknown to me, but is filled with direct quotes from the Koran. Hopefully this will be beneficial to you as you join me in ministering to all people with compassion, but also being knowledgeable as to the facts of this religion. --------------------------------- WISE AS SERPENTS: From: RLCCMI@... Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 21:17:46 EDT Subject: No Subject Message-ID: <53.b8a1541.28d94c3a@...> Dear Friends, I have been dismayed by the attempt of the media, government, and liberal Christian leaders to be so "politically correct" in the aftermath of September 11. To not be honest about the true intentions of the Religion of Islam around the world, is to mislead people around the world. There are 52 Moslem nations. Not one is a democracy. Not one has freedom of religion. The killing of Christians throughout the Muslim world today (Nigeria, Sudan, Indonesia, Afghanistan, etc.) and what happened at the WTC, is based upon the teachings of the Koran. Here are just a "few" of Allah's revelations to Mohammed. For further information on who Allah is, you can check into the chapter in my book, "Fast Facts on False Teachings." Many of you have asked about the Moslem clerics in America who read from the Koran about peace, compassion and mercy? People do not understand the history of Mohammed and the Koran. Mohammed in the 7th Century first sought to appease the Christians and Jews around him by claiming tolerance towards them. When they and the Arab tribes did not accept Mohammed as a prophet, he fled to Medina from Mecca. There he raised an army of 10,000 men and began to claim revelations to kill those who would not bow down to his Allah and accept him as the Prophet of Allah. The Moslem clerics like to read the 'pre-Medina' Koran passages, and avoid the latter 'post-Mecca' passages that Moslems around the world teach in the Mosques each Friday. It is only in America that they avoid these to seek and win acceptance. They seek to take Christian values found in America, and superimpose them on Islam, trying to claim they teach the same things. This is not the truth, as lived out in every Moslem nation of the world. The sayings below reflect the true Islamic teachings. Only in America do they deny this. Sayings of the Koran: Surah 5:51, 55, 57 "O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and Christians for friends ... He among you who taketh them for friends is one of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrong doing folk." "Your friend can be only Allah; and His messenger and those who believe." "O ye who believe! Choose not for friends such of those who received the Scripture before you ... but keep your duty to Allah." Surah 9:5, 12, 14, 29, 30 "Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them captive, and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship, and pay the poor due them, leave their way free." "If they assail your religion, then fight the heads of disbelief." "Fight them! Allah will chastise them at your hands, and He will lay them low and give you victory over them." "Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah ... and follow not the religion of truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low." "And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of God, and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of God. That is their sayings with their mouths ... Allah, Himself, fighteth against them. How perverse are they!" Surah 2:190-193 "Fight in the way of Allah ... and slay them wherever ye find them and drive them out ... and fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah." Surah 4:171 "O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning Allah save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah ... so believe in Allah and say not "Trinity" - Cease! It is better for you! Allah is only One God. Far is it removed from His transcendent majesty that he should have a Son." How Should We As Christians Then Respond? The call to American Christians is not to turn in the direction of hatred of our Arab and Muslim neighbors, and not to call for the destruction of Muslim states in the Middle East. Rather, it is a call to Christians to be aware of the truths of this religion. To be ready to share with those who need to hear the truths of the Gospel, to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to pray for peace in the Middle East. The call is to pray for Christians in the Middle East, small in number, large in faith, who under incredible difficulty attempt to be salt and light in their predominantely Muslim countries. For ultimately it is only Christ's love, and not our hatred, that will restore peace to this world. Ron Carlson --------------------------------- Article forwarded to me is right on about the dangers of Islam. Jeff Brown Here are examples of quotes from Koran... Koran 47:4 Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; at length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): Thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens. Thus (are ye commanded): But if it had been Allah's Will, He could certainly have exacted retribution from them (Himself); but (He lets you fight) in order to test you, some with others. But those who are slain in the way of Allah, -He will never let their deeds be lost. 101 And when there came to them an Apostle from Allah, confirming what was with them, a party of the People of the Book threw away the Book of Allah behind their backs, as if (it had been something) they did not know! 102 They followed what the evil ones gave out (falsely) against the power of Solomon: The blasphemers were, not Solomon, but the evil ones, teaching men magic, and such things as came down at Babylon to the angels Harut and Marut. But neither of these taught anyone (such things) without saying: "We are only for trial; so do not blaspheme." They learned from them the means to sow discord between man and wife. But they could not thus harm anyone except by Allah's permission. And they learned what harmed them, not what profited them. And they knew that the buyers of (magic) would have no share in the happiness of the Hereafter. And vile was the price for which they did sell their souls, if they but knew! 103 If they had kept their Faith and they guarded themselves from evil, far better had been the reward from their Lord, if they but knew! 104 Section 13. O ye of the Faith! Say not (to the Apostle) words of ambiguous import, but words of respect; and hearken (to him): To those without Faith is a grievous punishment. 105 It is never the wish of those without Faith among the People of the Book, nor of the Pagans, that anything good should come down to you from your Lord. But Allah will choose for His special Mercy whom He will-for Allah is Lord of grace abounding. 106 None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something better or similar: Knowest thou not that Allah hath power over all things? 107 Knowest thou not that to Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth? And besides Him ye have neither patron nor helper. 108 Would ye question your Apostle as Moses was questioned of old? But whoever changeth from Faith to Unbelief, hath strayed without doubt from the even way. 109 Quite a number of the People of the Book wish they could turn you (people) back to infidelity after ye have believed, from selfish envy, after the Truth hath become manifest unto them: But forgive and overlook, till Allah accomplish his purpose; for Allah hath power over all things. 113 Section 14. The Jews say: "The Christians have naught (to stand) upon"; and the Christians say: "The Jews have naught (to stand) upon." Yet they (profess to) study the (same) Book. Like unto their word is what those say who know not; but Allah will judge between them in their quarrel on the Day of Judgement. 114 And who is more unjust then he who forbids that in places for the worship of Allah, Allah's name should be celebrated? -whose zeal is (in fact) to ruin them? It was not fitting that such should themselves enter them except in fear. For them there is nothing but disgrace in this world, and in the world to come, an exceeding torment. 120 Never will the Jews or the Christians be satisfied with thee unless thou follow their form of religion. Say: "The Guidance of Allah, -that is the (only) Guidance." Wert thou to follow their desires after the knowledge which hath reached thee, then wouldst thou find neither Protector nor Helper against Allah. 121 Those to whom We have sent the Book study it as it should be studied: They are the ones that believe therein: Those who reject faith therein, -the loss is their own. 122 Section 15. O Children of Israel! Call to mind the special favor which I bestowed upon you, and that I preferred you to all others (for My Message). 123 Then guard yourselves against a Day when one soul shall not avail another, nor shall compensation be accepted from her, nor shall intercession profit her, nor shall anyone be helped (from outside). 124 And remember that Abraham was tried by his Lord with certain Commands, which he fulfilled: He said: "I will make thee an Imam to the Nations." He pleaded: "And also (Imams) from my offspring!" He answered: "But My Promise is not within the reach of evildoers." 125 Remember We made the House a place of assembly for men and a place of safety; and take ye the Station of Abraham as a place of prayer; and We covenanted with Abraham and Ismail, that they should sanctify My house for those who compass it round, or use it as a retreat, or bow, or Prostrate themselves (therein in prayer). 126 And remember Abraham said: "My Lord, make this a City of Peace, and feed its People with fruits, -such of them as believe in Allah and the Last Day." He said: "(Yea), and such as reject Faith, -for a while will I grant them their pleasure, but will soon drive them to the torment of Fire, -An evil destination (indeed)!" 127 And remember Abraham and Ismail raised the foundations of the House (with this prayer): "Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us: For Thou art the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing." 128 "Our Lord! Make of us Muslims, bowing to Thy (Will), and of our progeny a people Muslim, bowing to Thy (Will); and show us our places for the celebration of (due) rites; and turn unto us (in Mercy); for Thou art the Oft-Returning, Most Merciful." 129 "Our Lord! Sent amongst them an Apostle of their own, who shall rehearse Thy Signs to them and instruct them in Scripture and Wisdom, and sanctify them: For Thou art the Exalted in Might, the Wise." 130 Section 16. And who turns away from the religion of Abraham but such as debase their souls with folly? Him We chose and rendered pure in this world: And he will be in the Hereafter in the ranks of the Righteous. 131 Behold! His Lord said to him: "Bow (thy will to Me):" He said: "I bow (my will) to the Lord and Cherisher of the Universe." 132 And this was the legacy that Abraham left to his sons, and so did Jacob; "Oh my sons! Allah hath chosen the Faith for you; then die not except in the Faith of Islam." 133 Were ye witnesses when Death appeared before Jacob? Behold, he said to his sons: "What will ye worship after me?" They said: "We shall worship thy Allah and the Allah of thy fathers, of Abraham, Ismail, and Isaac, -the One (True) Allah: To Him we bow (in Islam)." 134 That was a People that hath passed away. They shall reap the fruit of what they did, and ye of what ye do! Of their merits there is no question in your case! 135 They say: "Become Jews or Christians if ye would be guided (to salvation)." Say thou: "Nay! (I would rather) the Religion of Abraham the True, and he joined not gods with Allah." 136 Say ye: "We believe in Allah, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another of them: And we bow to Allah (in Islam)." 137 So if they believe as ye believe, they are indeed on the right path; but if they turn back, it is they who are in schism; but Allah will suffice thee as against them, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing. 138 (Our religion is) the Baptism of Allah: And who can baptize better than Allah? And it is He whom we worship. 139 Say: Will ye dispute with us about Allah, seeing that He is our Lord and your Lord; that we are responsible for our doings and ye for yours; and that we are sincere (in our faith) in Him? 140 Or do ye say that Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes were Jews or Christians? Say: Do ye know better than Allah? Ah! Who is more unjust than those who conceal the testimony they have from Allah? But Allah is not unmindful of what ye do! 141 That was a people that hath passed away. They shall reap the fruit of what they did, and ye of what ye do! Of their merits there is no question in your case... 144 We see the turning of thy face (for guidance) to the heavens: Now shall We turn thee to a Qibla that shall please thee. Turn then thy face in the direction of sacred Mosque: Wherever ye are, turn your faces in that direction. The people of the Book know well that is the truth from their Lord. Nor is Allah unmindful of what they do. 145 Even if thou wert to bring to the people of the Book all the Signs (together), they would not follow thy Qibla; nor art thou going to follow their Qibla; nor indeed will they follow each other's Qibla. If thou after the knowledge hath reached thee, wert to follow their (vain) desires, -then wert thou indeed (clearly) in the wrong. 146 The people of the Book know this as they know their own sons; but some of them conceal the truth which they themselves know. 147 The truth is from thy Lord; so be not at all in doubt. 159 Those who conceal the Clear (Signs) We have sent down, and the Guidance, after We have made it clear for the People in the Book, -on them shall be Allah's curse, and the curse of those entitled to curse, - 160 Except those who repent and make amends and openly declare (the Truth): To them I turn; for I am Oft-Returning, Most Merciful. 161 Those who reject Faith, and die rejecting, -on them is Allah's curse, and the curse of angels, and of all mankind; 162 They will abide therein: Their penalty will not be lightened, nor will respite be their (lot). 163 And your God is One God: There is no god but He, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 9 The Religion before Allah is Islam (submission to His Will): Nor did the People of the Book dissent therefrom except through envy of each other, after knowledge had come to them. But if any deny the Signs of Allah, Allah is swift in calling to account. 20 So if they dispute with thee, Say: "I have submitted my whole self to Allah and so have those who follow me." And say to the People of the Book and to those who are unlearned: "Do ye (also) submit yourselves?" If they do, they are in right guidance, but if they turn back, thy duty is to convey the Message; and in Allah's sight are (all) His servants. 21 Section 3. As to those who deny the Signs of Allah, and in defiance of right, slay the prophets, and slay those who teach just dealing with mankind, announce to them a grievous penalty... 29 Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Apostle, nor acknowledge the Religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. 30 Section 5. The Jews call Uzair (Ezra) a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the Son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (In this) they imitate what the Unbelievers of old used to say. Allah's curse be on them: How they are deluded away from the Truth! 31 They take their priests and their anchorites to be their lords in derogation of Allah, and (they take as their Lord) Christ the son of Mary; Yet they were commanded to worship but One God: There is no god but He. Praise and glory to Him: (Far is He) from having the partners they associate (with Him). 32 Fain would they extinguish Allah's Light with their mouths, but Allah will not allow but that His Light should be perfected, even though the Unbelievers may detest (it). 33 It is He Who hath sent His Apostle with Guidance and the Religion of Truth, to proclaim it over all religion, even though the Pagans may detest (it). 34 O ye who believe! There are indeed many among the priests and anchorites, who in falsehood devour the substance of men and hinder (them) from the Way of Allah. And there are those who bury gold and silver and spend it not in the Way of Allah: Announce unto them a most grievous penalty- 35 On the Day when heat will be produced out of that (wealth) in the Fire of Hell, and with it will be branded their foreheads, their flanks, and their backs. -"This is the (treasure) which ye buried for yourselves: Taste ye, then, the (treasures) ye buried!" 36 The number of months in the sight of Allah is twelve (in a year) -So ordained by Him the day He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are sacred: That is the straight usage. So wrong not yourselves therein, and fight the Pagans all together as they fight you all together. But know that Allah is with those who restrain themselves. 38 Section 6. O ye who believe! What is the matter with you, that, when ye are asked to go forth in the Cause of Allah, ye cling heavily to the earth? Do ye prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life, as compared with the Hereafter. 39 Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place; but Him ye would not harm in the least. For Allah hath power over all things. 40 If ye help not (your Leader), (it is no matter): For Allah did indeed help him, when the Unbelievers drove him out: He had no more than one companion: They two were in the Cave, and he said to his companion, "Have no fear, for Allah is with us": Then Allah sent down His peace upon him, and strengthened him with forces which ye saw not, and humbled to the depths the word of the Unbelievers. But the word of Allah is exalted to the heights: For Allah is Exalted in might, Wise. 41 Go ye forth, (whether equipped) lightly or heavily, and strive and struggle, with your goods and your persons, in the Cause of Allah. That is best for you, if ye (but) knew. 42 If there had been immediate gain (in sight), and the journey easy, they would (all) without doubt have followed thee, but the distance was long, (and weighed) on them. They would indeed swear by Allah, "If we only could we should certainly have come out with you:" They would destroy their own souls; for Allah doth know that they are certainly lying. 43 Section 7. Allah give thee grace! Why didst thou grant them exemption until those who told the truth were seen by thee in a clear light, and thou hadst proved the liars? 44 Those who believe in Allah and the Last Day ask thee for no exemptions from fighting with their goods and persons. And Allah knoweth well those who do their duty. 45 Only those ask thee for exemption who believe not in Allah and the Last Day, and whose hearts are in doubt, so that they are tossed in their doubts to and fro. 46 If they had intended to come out, they would certainly have made some preparation therefore; but Allah was averse to their being sent forth; so He made them lag behind, and they were told, "Sit ye among those who sit (inactive)." 47 If they had come out with you, they would not have added to your (strength) but only (made for) disorder, hurrying to and fro in your midst and sowing sedition among you, and there would have been some among you who would have listened to them. But Allah knoweth well those who do wrong. 13 Seest thou if he denies (Truth) and turns away? 14 Knoweth he not that Allah doth see? 15 Let him beware! If he desist not, We will drag him by the forelock, 16 A lying, sinful forelock! 17 Then, let him call (for help) to his council (of comrades): 18 We will call on the angels of punishment (to deal with him)! 19 Nay, heed him not: But bow down in adoration, and bring thyself the closer (to Allah)! Those who reject (Truth), among the People of the Book and among the Polytheists, will be in Hellfire, to dwell therein (for aye). They are the worst of creatures. 7 Those who have faith and do righteous deeds, -they are the best of creatures. 8 Their reward is with Allah: Gardens of Eternity, beneath which rivers flow; they will dwell therein forever; Allah well pleased with them, and they with Him: All this for such as fear their Lord and Cherisher. 14 Section 3. Turnest thou not thy attention to those who turn (in friendship) to such as have the Wrath of Allah upon them? They are neither of you nor of them, and they swear to falsehood knowingly. 15 Allah has prepared for them a severe Penalty: Evil indeed are their deeds. 16 They have made their oaths a screen (for their misdeeds): Thus they obstruct (men) from the Path of Allah: Therefore shall they have a humiliating Penalty. 17 Of no profit whatever to them, against Allah will be their riches nor their sons: They will be Companions of the Fire, to dwell therein (for aye)! 18 One Day will Allah raise them all up (for Judgment): Then will they swear to Him as they swear to you: And they think that they have something (to stand upon). No, indeed! They are but liars! 19 The Evil One has got the better of them: So he has made them lose the remembrance of Allah. They are the Party of the Evil One. Truly, it is the Party of the Evil One that will perish! 20 Those who resist Allah and His Apostle will be among those most humiliated. 9 21 Allah has decreed: "It is I and My apostles who must prevail": For Allah is One full of strength, able to enforce His Will. 55 For the worst of beasts in the sight of Allah are those who reject Him: They will not believe. 56 They are those with whom Thou didst make a covenant. But they break their covenant every time, and they have not the fear (of Allah). 57 If ye gain the mastery over them in war, disperse, with them, those who follow them, that they may remember. 58 If thou fearest treachery from any group, throw back (their Covenant) to them, (so as to be) on equal terms: For Allah loveth not the treacherous. 59 Section 8. Let not the Unbelievers think that they can get the better (of the godly): They will never frustrate (them). 60 Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom Allah doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the Cause of Allah, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly. 61 But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards peace, and trust in Allah: For He is the One that heareth and knoweth (all things). 62 Should they intend to deceive thee, -verily Allah sufficeth thee: He it is that hath strengthened thee with His aid and with (the company of) the Believers; 63 And (moreover) He hath put affection between their hearts: Not if thou hadst spent all that is in the earth, couldst thou have produced that affection, but Allah hath done it: For He is Exalted in might, Wise. 64 O Apostle! Sufficient unto thee is Allah, -(unto thee) and unto those who follow thee among the Believers. 65 Section 9. O Apostle! Rouse the Believers to the fight. If there are twenty amongst you, patient and persevering, they will vanquish two hundred: If a hundred, they will vanquish a thousand of the Unbelievers: For these are a people without understanding. 66 For the present, Allah hath lightened your (task) for He knoweth that there is a weak spot in you: But (even so), if there are a hundred of you, patient and persevering, they will vanquish two hundred, and if a thousand, they will vanquish two thousand, with the leave of Allah: For Allah is with those who patiently persevere. 67 It is not fitting for an Apostle that he should have prisoners of war until he hath thoroughly subdued the land. Ye look for the temporal goods of this world; but Allah looketh to the Hereafter: And Allah is Exalted in might, Wise. 68 Had it not been for a previous ordainment from Allah, a severe penalty would have reached you for the (ransom) that ye took. 69 But (now) enjoy what ye took in war, lawful and good: But fear Allah: For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. 70 Section 10. O Apostle! Say to those who are captives in your hands: "If Allah findeth any good in your hearts, He will give you something better than what has been taken from you, and He will forgive you: For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." 71 But if they have treacherous designs against thee, (O Apostle!), they have already been in treason against Allah, and so hath He given (thee) power over them. And Allah is He who hath (full) knowledge and wisdom. 72 Those who believed, and adopted exile, and fought for the Faith, with their property and their persons, in the cause of Allah, as well as those who gave (them) asylum and aid, -these are (all) friends and protectors, one of another. As to those who believed but came not into exile, ye owe no duty of protection to them until they come into exile; but if they seek your aid in religion, it is your duty to help them, except against a people with whom ye have a treaty of mutual alliance. And (remember) Allah seeth all that ye do. 73 The Unbelievers are protectors, one of another: Unless ye do this, (protect each other), there would be tumult and oppression on earth, and great mischief. 74 Those who believe, and adopt exile, and fight for the Faith, in the cause of Allah, as well as those who give (them) asylum and aid, -these are (all) in very truth the Believers: For them is the forgiveness of sins and a provision most generous. 75 And those who accept faith subsequently, and adopt exile, and fight for the Faith in your company, -they are of you. But kindred by blood have prior rights against each other in the Book of Allah. Verily Allah is well-acquainted with all things.] 156 That they rejected Faith; that they uttered against Mary a grave false charge; 157 That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Apostle of Allah"; -But they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not: - 158 Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise; - 159 And there is none of the People of the Book but must believe in him before his death; and on the Day of Judgement he will be a witness against them; - 160 For the iniquity of the Jews We made unlawful for them certain (foods) good and wholesome which had been lawful for them; -in that they hindered many from Allah's Way; - 161 That they took usury, though they were forbidden; and that they devoured men's substance wrongfully; -We have prepared for those among them who reject Faith a grievous punishment. 162 But those among them who are well-grounded in knowledge, and the Believers, believe in what hath been revealed before thee: And (especially) those who establish regular prayer and practice regular charity and believe in Allah and in the Last Day: To them shall We soon give a great reward 163 Section 23. We have sent thee inspiration, as We sent it to Noah and the Messengers after him: We sent inspiration to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes, to Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and Solomon, and to David We gave the Psalms. 164 Of some apostles We have already told thee the story; of others We have not; -and to Moses Allah spoke direct; - 165 Apostles who gave good news as well as warning that mankind, after (the coming) of the apostles, should have no plea against Allah: For Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise. 166 But Allah beareth witness that what He hath sent unto thee He hath sent from His (own) knowledge, and the angels bear witness: But enough is Allah for a witness. 167 Those who reject Faith and keep off (men) from the Way of Allah have verily strayed far, far away from the Path. 168 Those who reject Faith and do wrong, -Allah will not forgive them nor guide them to any way- 169 Except the way of Hell, to dwell therein forever. And this to Allah is easy. 170 O mankind! The Apostle hath come to you in truth from Allah: Believe in him: It is best for you. But if ye reject Faith, to Allah belong all things in the heavens and on earth: And Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise. 171 O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) an apostle of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a Spirit proceeding from Him: So believe in Allah and His apostles. Say not "Trinity": desist: It will be better for you: For Allah is One God: Glory be to Him: (Far Exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs. 172 Section 24. Christ disdaineth not to serve and worship Allah, nor do the angels, those nearest (to Allah): Those who disdain His worship and are arrogant, -He will gather them all together unto Himself to (answer). 173 But to those who believe and do deeds of righteousness, He will give their (due) rewards, -and more, out of His bounty: But those who are disdainful and arrogant, He will punish with a grievous penalty; nor will they find besides Allah, any to protect or help them. 174 O mankind! Verily there hath come to you a convincing proof from your Lord: For We have sent unto you a light (that is) manifest. 175 Then those who believe in Allah, and hold fast to Him, -soon will He admit them to Mercy and Grace from Himself, and guide them to Himself by a straight Way. 176 They ask thee for a legal decision. Say: Allah directs (thus) about those who leave no descendants or ascendants as heirs. If it is a man that dies, leaving a sister but no child, she shall have half the inheritance: If (such a deceased was) a women, who left no child, her brother takes her inheritance: If there are two sisters, they shall have two-thirds of the inheritance (between them): If there are brothers and sisters, (they share). The male having twice the share of the female. Thus doth Allah make clear to you (His law), lest ye err. And Allah hath knowledge of all things. 1 SURA 5. Maida, or the Table Spread. In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. O ye who believe! Fulfill (all) obligations. 2 Lawful unto you (for food) are all four-footed animals with the exceptions named: But animals of the chase are forbidden while ye are in the Sacred Precincts or in pilgrim garb: For Allah doth command according to His Will and Plan. 3 O ye who believe! Violate not the sanctity of the Symbols of Allah, nor of the Sacred Month, nor of the animals brought for sacrifice, nor the garlands that mark out such animals, nor the people resorting to the Sacred House, seeking of the bounty and good pleasure of their Lord. But when ye are clear of the Sacred Precincts and of pilgrim garb, ye may hunt and let not the hatred of some people in (once) shutting you out of the Sacred Mosque lead you to transgression (and hostility on your part). Help ye one another in righteousness and piety, but help ye not one another in sin and rancor: Fear Allah: For Allah is strict in punishment. 4 Forbidden to you (for food) are: Dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah; that which hath been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by being gored to death; that which hath been (partly) eaten by a wild animal; unless ye are able to slaughter it (in due form); that which is sacrificed on stone (alters); (forbidden) also is the division (of meat) by raffling with arrows: That is impiety. This day have those who reject Faith given up all hope of your religion: Yet fear them not but fear Me. This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. But if any is forced by hunger, with no inclination to transgression, Allah is indeed Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. 5 They ask thee what is lawful to them (as food). Say: Lawful unto you are (all) things good and pure and what ye have taught your trained hunting animals (to catch) in the manner directed to you by Allah: Eat what they catch for you, but pronounce the name of Allah over it: And fear Allah; for Allah is swift in taking account. 6 This day are (all) things good and pure made lawful unto you. The food of the People of the Book is lawful unto you and yours is lawful unto them. (Lawful unto you in marriage) are (not only) chaste women who are believers, but chaste women among the People of the Book, revealed before your time, -when ye give them their due dowers, and desire chastity, not lewdness, nor secret intrigues. If any one rejects faith, fruitless is his work, and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (all spiritual good. 7 Section 2. O ye who believe! When ye prepare for prayer, wash your faces, and your hands (and arms) to the elbows; rub your heads (with water); and (wash) your feet to the ankles. If ye are in a state of ceremonial impurity, bathe your whole body. But if ye are ill, or on a journey, or one of you cometh from offices of nature, or ye have been in contact with women, and ye find no water, then take for yourselves clean sand or earth, and rub therewith your faces and hands. Allah doth not wish to place you in a difficulty, but to make you clean, and to complete His favor to you, that ye may be grateful. 8 And call in remembrance the favor of Allah unto you, and his Covenant, which he ratified with you, when ye said: "We hear and we obey": And fear Allah, for Allah knoweth well the secrets of your hearts. 9 O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: That is next to Piety: And fear Allah. For Allah is well acquainted with all that ye do. 10 To those who believe and do deeds of righteousness hath Allah promised forgiveness and a great reward. 11 Those who reject faith and deny Our Signs will be Companions of Hellfire. 12 O ye who believe! Call in remembrance the favor of Allah unto you when certain men formed the design to stretch out their hands against you, but (Allah) held back their hands from you: So fear Allah. And on Allah let Believers put (all) their trust. 13 Section 3. Allah did aforetime take a Covenant from the Children of Israel, and We appointed twelve captains among them. And Allah said: "I am with you: If ye (but) establish regular Prayers, practice regular Charity, believe in My apostles, honor and assist them, and loan to Allah a beautiful loan, verily I will wipe out from you your evils, and admit you to Gardens with rivers flowing beneath; but if any of you, after this, resisteth faith, he hath truly wandered from the path of rectitude." 14 But because of their breach of their Covenant, We cursed them, and made their hearts grow hard: They change the words from their (right) places and forget a good part of the Message that was sent them, nor wilt thou cease to find them-barring a few-ever bent on (new) deceits: But forgive them, and overlook (their misdeeds): For Allah loveth those who are kind. 15 From those, too, who call themselves Christians, We did take a Covenant, but they forgot a good part of the Message that was sent them: So We estranged them, with enmity and hatred between one and the other, to the Day of Judgement. And soon will Allah show them what it is they have done. 16 O People of the Book! There hath come to you our Apostle, revealing to you much that ye used to hide in the Book, and passing over much (that is now unnecessary): 17 There hath come to you from Allah a (new) light and a perspicuous Book, - 18 Wherewith Allah guideth all who seek His good pleasure to ways of peace and safety, and leadeth them out of darkness, by His Will, unto the light, -guideth them to a Path that is Straight. 19 In blasphemy indeed are those that say that Allah is Christ the son of Mary. Say "Who then hath the least power against Allah, if His Will were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all-every one that is on the earth? For to Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between. He createth what He pleaseth. For Allah hath power over all things." ------------------------------- In His Bond, Bob Tolliver -- Rom 1:11-12 Copyright September, 2001 Life Unlimited Ministries lifeunlimited@... Do You Get "Shoulder To Shoulder"?