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God uses Moses and teacher as an example
The Quran teaches us that Moses was an impatient and curious student
who was not afraid to question any lesser authority, i.e. other
than God. When he came to God, he finally met the ultimate authority
to which he submitted. He was even chosen despite his questioning
of God’s servant. This should remind us that God is the only
teacher of the Quran. When humans are unable to provide the understanding
that satisfies our desire for knowledge, those with sincere hearts
should continue to seek answers to their questions in the Quran
following the guided path of God alone.
[10:109] Follow what is
revealed to you, and be patient until GOD issues His judgment; He
is the best judge.
Those who are unafraid to question could be a disbeliever or a
true seeker in the process of getting rid of their doubts…
why do we tend to judge them to be disbelievers?
Individuals fight the hardest before giving in. We have all experienced
giving up on someone to later see him or her among us. Submitters
should remember that there are several reasons for inquiries: challenge
authority, doubt, disbelief as well as inquiry/interest/curiosity.
The natural tendency to view inquiry as challenge may put us on
the defensive thereby causing confrontational debate with information
seeker. The Quran states
that submitters should avoid suspicion
so it is very important that we are careful not to prejudge each
God does not need a defender. The Quran (God’s word) has
withstood the test of time and faced many challenges to its authenticity.
We are now aware of the mathematical code that provides miraculous
proof of its authorship. Therefore we should ask ourselves what’s
really going on within us when we become so dogmatic with each other.
Is it about God alone or our egos? Surely God guides the hearts
of those who genuinely seek truth. We can use our hearing, eyesight
and brains to study, question and examine the Quran (the book that
contains no doubt) until all of our doubts are removed. As God says
in Quran, “who wants to learn?”
Command those who are rich in this present age not
to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living
God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good that
they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing
up for themselves a good fortune for the time to come, they may
lay hold of eternal life.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
[Ed.’s note: God willing, if you send us your
favorite verses from the scriptures, we will print them in the newsletter
as the space allows, and acknowledge the submitter. Please e-mail
Ramadan 2003 USA/CANADA
October 26 - November 23
To calculate the Ramadan start date: Compare the time of the New
Moon with the sunset at your location. If the new moon is born before
sunset, you should fast the next day. Similarly to determine the
last day of fasting, compare the time of the next New Moon with
the sunset at your location. If the new moon is born before sunset,
the month of Ramadan is complete on that day. For further details,
see the Ramadan page on www.masjidtucson.org .
God, teach me to be patient,
Teach me to go slow,
Teach me how to wait on You
When my way I do not know.
Teach me sweet forbearance
When things do not go right
So I remain unruffled
When others grow uptight.
Teach me how to quiet
My racing, rising heart
So I might hear the answer
You are trying to impart.
Teach me to let go, dear
And pray undisturbed until
My heart is filled with inner peace
And I learn to know your will.