Salamun alaikum readers, my two latest musings have been about us Muslims as readers. I also gave the links to the Quranic verses where Allah has told us to read. I wrote on my last posting how many Muslims just recite and not read, but today I want to muse about reading and trying to understand the Quran.
The thing is that most Muslims read the Quran in translation, and for most of my life I thought the various translations gave an accurate translation from Arabic to whatever language one was reading it in.
Sadly this is not the case, and this is the root of our greatest problem with understanding Islam. The problem is not even obvious because if you read most translations in English, Norwegian and Indonesian (and I assume it is so in all other languages), they are all mostly translated the same. So if one word means something in one verse and something else in other verses, they all translate it the same. Why is this?
Is there something wrong with the world’s translations of the Quran? Have we been misled? This is a scary subject and for most Muslims a VERY traumatic thought that the Quran they read may be misleading them on some issues! Wow. “I don’t believe it” is their general reply (with “their” I refer to nearly all Muslims, my former self included).
How can I say this, me, just a silly housewife with no greater study of the Quran. Me, a woman that can not read and understand Arabic. Some Muslims say that I don’t know what I talk about and that I should listen to the Ulama and the proper scholars of Islam, they will tell me what the correct interpretation of all Quranic verses is.
So how did I end up with the minority view?
It started for me well over a year ago, until then I was what you could call a traditional Muslim. I followed the Islam of my father and the family I grew up in. But to my great blessing I married a man that have become Muslim late in life, he has always loved and sought God, and when all religions were looked at, he came to Islam. He told me that Allah has given him a gift that as long as he truly look at something from all sides, in the end Allah shows him what is true. This gift was bestowed on him after he left the belief in re-incarnation and saw what this was. This does NOT mean he knows all truth, it only means that when he looks at something from all sides and truly studies it deeply, a guidance is given. Or so he says, and I believe him.
So my husband being who he is continued to read after becoming a Muslim. He went to the missionary school library and read most books on Islam, from its friends and foes. He read from all the various sects and law schools and groups in Islam. He read from their own point of view, and from that of their opponents. He of course also read a lot on the internet.
He also translated some books from English to Norwegian, the first being “Jesus a Prophet of Islam”. He did that so his fellow Norwegians could read in their own language something that could educate them of their Christian beliefs and show some of what Islam was about.
This led him to various new ways to look at things and he realized that as the Christians had corrupted the message of Jesus, so had the Hadith writers corrupted the true message of the Quran.
So what is this all about you may ask? A little you may have seen from my article on Hijab, and how deep this corruption goes you need to find out for yourself. For me this dialogue with my husband and my own study have lead me to not put two lines under ANY answer, to question anything and to READ.
I don’t ask you to “believe” in anything you read from the links below, and I certainly hold judgment on many of the issues presented there. So do my husband, he also continues to read and we both fell strengthened in our faith in Allah.