Quran Forbids Lottery, Gambling, Games of Chance
I was not trying to present "approval" of any religion. If you ask any Biblically literate Christian for the context of a book of the New Testament, Paul's letter to the Galatians for example, they can explain that in the first century after Christ the Apostle Paul started several churches in the area of modern Turkey known as Galatia. The reality, however, is that this often results in the verse being much less positive than it appears in the initial text. About Us Contact Us. Within a few short years of his death every single Christian and Jew in Arabia, members of communities that had prospered for hundreds of years, was either expelled or killed. Meaning of the word Hajj. What I Believe Engaging Muslims:
The meaning of that verse is: Say, "In them is great sin and [yet, some] benefit for people. But their sin is greater than their benefit. Say, "The excess [beyond needs]. This verse did not clearly condemn and prohibit gambling. It was only said that sometimes the gambler gains money without any effort, but its moral evil is so great that a few material advantages are of no account.
In the Hadeeth narrations of the Prophet , it is recorded that when this verse was revealed, many Muslims totally gave up wine and gambling without waiting for the command of their prohibition to come later on in the gradual process. They quickly realized that something, which is predominantly disadvantageous cannot meet with the approval of Islam.
The position of Islam on gambling was made clearer through another verse, which means: Satan's only desire is to create among you enmity and hatred by means of intoxicants and gambling and stop you from praying and remembering Allah. Will you not then desist? It is a basic principle of Islam that man must not take that which he has not earned or worked for, as well as fairness and justice.
Indeed, the word "gambling" in the Quran's Arabic language is derived from a root word that literally means "easy," and "something attained with no effort. It connotes that a mere invitation to gambling is such a serious sin as to warrant atonement thereof by charity. Then just imagine the position of a man who indulges in gambling. The Prophet further said: Every game which involves gambling or mischief is a game of chance Maisir. About Us Contact Us.
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You would have seen quoting from so many other books that explain what Islam and what Quran is but you chose to highlight that books in Islamic countries are usually about showing Jesus was not God through Bible or prophecy of P.
It's very clear what your agenda is. Talk about taking things out of context. Read the most authentic commentary of the verses of the Quran accepted by both Sunni and Shia and I am sure you won't end up writing this article so audaciously.
The matter of abrogation in the verse you quoted is completely different, in which God is asserting His power to people who started believing that "His hands are tied up. And please every time, when the mention of some Jews comes in Quran mentioning that they didn't believe or caused corruption in religion, there is no need to take it out of context to show that Islam and Quran is spiteful against Jews and Christians, read the numerous other verses where it admonishes any non believer or person with weak faith among the Muslims.
Again and again, several times, they have been mentioned as hypocrites who say they have believed in One God with their tongues, but haven't really done so with their hearts. Perspectives on life so far. One does not read very far in the comments section beneath any online blog or article asking hard questions about the Quran before finding the accusation by an offended Muslim that the author took texts "out of context". This is usually accompanied by additional claims that the author is ignorant, Islamophobic, or hates Muslims.
Very rarely does the person making the comment try to provide the "correct context" of the passage in question. There is a reason for this. If you ask any Biblically literate Christian for the context of a book of the New Testament, Paul's letter to the Galatians for example, they can explain that in the first century after Christ the Apostle Paul started several churches in the area of modern Turkey known as Galatia. Soon after Paul left the area, Jewish officials visited the new churches and insisted its members continue the Jewish practice of circumcision, follow Jewish dietary laws, and obey other elements of traditional Judaism.
Paul strongly believed the new Christians were to be free from these restrictions, as he saw them, and wrote his letter giving his opinion and advice about the issue. She can explain that about BCE a Jewish family living in Israel was forced to leave their home during a famine and moved to an area called Moab. The father died and his two sons married local women.
Later the two sons also died, and their mother decided to return to her homeland. One of her daughters-in-law, Ruth, chose to return with her and in a remarkable turn of events you'll have to read them for yourself if you don't know the story! Next ask your friend for the context of the only other book of the Scriptures named after a woman, The Book of Esther.
She will tell you that about years later, around BCE, many of the Israelites were taken captive to Persia. As the result of another amazing story again, you'll need to read it if it's unfamiliar to you , the Persian Emperor married one of the captives, a beautiful Jewess named Esther. Queen Esther eventually saved her people from the plans of an evil enemy who plotted their destruction. How do either of them compare with the Spider al-Ankabut?
And why are all of them named after animals? Don't be surprised when the Muslim is unable to answer, because basically the only context to these and the other Suras is whether they were written in Mecca or in Medina, and whether they were written before or after this or that battle.
The story gets even more intriguing. The reality is that it is Muslims, not Muslim critics, who often take both their and the Jewish and Christian Scriptures out of context. If in doubt, read on.
Walk into any Islamic bookstore in Cairo or Riyadh, as I have, and you will be amazed at some of the titles on the shelves. Read those books if you want to see Biblical passages taken out of context! Now read the Quran and compare the hundreds of passages Muhammad stole from their original renderings in the Jewish Scriptures.
These passages were not merely plagiarized, that is, copied and pasted from the Bible into the Quran, they were strategically altered to suit the purposes of Islam's Prophet. Whether Noah, Abraham, Joseph or Moses, whose stories Muhammad repeated dozens of times, the theme was always the same. The Hebrew Prophets faced severe opposition from their own people as they declared the Unity of God. In the end, God always vindicated his Prophets and the disbelieving people were punished.
Muhammad never failed to explain that he was exactly the same, and his people would also be punished if they did not accept him as their Prophet. Everyone of these passages was taken out of its original context and inserted into the Quran by Muhammad for his own purposes. It is, however, in their attempts to make the Quran attractive to Western readers that modern Muslim apologists show the most boldness in taking their own Scriptures out of context.
They essentially do this in two ways. First is to ignore the principle, little understood in the West but very important in Islamic theology, of abrogation. The second is to bypass or deny the very historical events that provide the proper context for the passages in question. Abrogation simply means that earlier texts in the Quran are cancelled out by later revelations.
This is not a minor doctrine, but the key to understanding the book. This developed into a major science in Quranic tafsir, in which different scholars might argue about which precise verses were abrogated, but all agree on the principle.
The foundational scholar of this science, Abu Hassan an-Naisaburi who lived years ago, argued that all the "peaceful verses" of the Quran, those so often quoted by Western Muslims, were cancelled out by the single verse in at-Taubah, "fight the infidels and kill them wherever you find them unless they accept Islam" 9: Other Muslim scholars argue that the immediate historical context of verses must be taken into consideration when trying to interpret them.
The reality, however, is that this often results in the verse being much less positive than it appears in the initial text. Muslims love to quote the verse, "There is no compulsion in religion. The context of the verse is given by Quranic expositor Ibn-Kathir. There was a high infant mortality rate among the Arab tribal women of Medina, and some women whose infants had all died determined that if they had a child who lived, they would give that child to be raised by the Jews who lived there.
Considering that the Jews were both literate and observant of the hygienic and dietary laws of their faith, it stands to reason that the children of the Arab women would have a better chance of surviving with the Jewish families.
When Muhammad expelled the Jewish tribes from Medina, some of the non-Muslim women were naturally unwilling to abandon or bid farewell forever to their children. Muhammad's response was the children were to go with the Jews, because "there is no compulsion in religion"; the children could not be forced to return and adopt Islam. Instead of this being a verse of religious freedom, it actually resulted in the breakup of families and the separation of children from their natural mothers.
He was explaining in class one day that Muhammad was a superior prophet to Jesus because Muhammad was sent as a mercy to all mankind Quran To prove his point, he pointed out that Jesus spoke rudely to a Greek woman who asked him to heal her daughter and even compared her to a dog to see if you reach the same conclusion, read Mark 7: I didn't know much about Islam at the time, but I knew that sometimes even the experts need to be challenged. At the end of the class I walked to the front and said, "Dr.
To his credit, he simply replied, "You're right. I imagine they both were the happiest women in the country that evening. And the results of the mercy of Muhammad? Within a few short years of his death every single Christian and Jew in Arabia, members of communities that had prospered for hundreds of years, was either expelled or killed. So Muhammad is a mercy to us all, and Jesus considers all non-Jews to be dogs.
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