MQSP: Field Notes #8

This is Part III, and will be the second to last portion of the chapter Al Qalam, covering verses 17 to 33. The previous field notes, FN#7 Part II, covers Surah Al-Qalam, verses 8-16. To recap from the beginning check out FN#2 Part I. By the time these verses of Al-Qalam are revealed the message of the Quran was being openly propagated by theContinue reading “MQSP: Field Notes #8”

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MQSP: Field Notes #7

FN#7 covers Surah Al-Qalam, verses 8-16, and its Part II (this is long-er chapter). To recap, check out FN#2 Part I. By the time these verses of Al-Qalam are revealed the message of the Quran was being openly propagated by the Prophet. He was also facing stiff opposition. Opposition…there’s the external sort, and then the internal sort.Continue reading “MQSP: Field Notes #7”

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MQSP Bibliography

I guess I need to put together a list of resources I am using for the Millennial Quran Study Project. This post is a collection, which I will continue to update as the project goes along, of resources I am using. Quran and Tafsirs The Meaning of the Quran, by Syed Abul Ala’Maududi; however, thisContinue reading “MQSP Bibliography”

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MQSP: Field Notes #6

Friends I am quickly coming to the end of my first Field Notes memo book. While I planned this activity to be trailing my actual reading, note taking, and reflective process, that too is a shrinking margin. Part of the challenge for me is to keep focused on the task. Except, I am also realizingContinue reading “MQSP: Field Notes #6”

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MQSP: Field Notes #5

There were two phases of revelation. After the first phase there was a period where no revelations were received. This worried the Prophet incredibly. When revelation began, it was with the first seven verses of Surah Al Mudatthir. Once this second phase began it would be relentless and only end with the death of theContinue reading “MQSP: Field Notes #5”

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MQSP: Field Notes #3

Before a mission can be given, there must be preparation for it. The Prophet had spent significant time secluded from society, searching in this solitude for the Divine. When the Divine finally answered his prayers the message came down first as an acknowledgement that human capacity is limited unless it is coupled with knowledge ofContinue reading “MQSP: Field Notes #3”

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MQSP: Field Notes #4

The Shrouded One I mentioned that I learned that the Quran revelation from God stopped for a period of time after the first five verses of Surah Al-Alaq in my MSQP Field Notes (FN) #1. This actually was news to me. I was under the impression that once revelation began it was continuous, without fail.Continue reading “MQSP: Field Notes #4”

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MQSP: Field Notes #2

The Pen, or Surah al Qalam, came down after the exhortation from God to “Read!” According to Asad. A casual observation of the title of this chapter and the contents from the first revelation would suggest a clear connection between Reading, Writing, and Knowledge. All three were from the deep ocean that is Divine Wisdom. What a magnificent foundation for religious belief!

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Field Notes for the Millennial Quran Study Project

Field Notes are the posts that have my running notes on what I am gleaning, unfiltered to an extent, from the project. It serves as the first order of learning from this project for me. As such, I hope you view these particular blog posts as “Cliff’s Notes” to the project and can draw from them your ownContinue reading “Field Notes for the Millennial Quran Study Project”

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