Thanks for the reply. Good thoughts. But just to point out to you a simple fact... just as you consider yourself as being 'al-muttaqeen' by blindly following the Quran , there are billions of other people blindly following their own scriptures (filled with half-truths and whole lies)... On what basis does one ascertain which book is the truth?
Red: I think you misunderstood. An 'al-muttaqeen' does not follow blindly The Quran. He/she takes the Quran as a guidance not the guidance. When there are things written in the book that goes against his/her judgement of good and bad he/she never forgets the direct instructions from Allah.
Let me give you an example. If I followed blindly The Quran I would have cut off my both hands and every other stealing hand.
BUT I know (This means I have 100% certainty) that this command is not from Allah. This is what "al muttaqeen" means in my dictionary.
There are 4 possibilities now.
1 The Quran is not from Allah.
2 The Quran is from Allah, but I do not understand The Quran
3 The Quran is from Allah but shaytaan (devil) made me think that cutting off hands is not from Allah
4 I am crazy
I have reached a stadium now where I am certain that The Quran is revealed with permission of Allah. If there is something in The Quran that goes against my judgement of good and evil then I know that my understanding of The Quran is not from Allah but from others.
Why would you reject the Old Testament and not the Quran? What is your criteria?
My first criteria is that a book has to claim that it is from The One who created every existing thing.
As far as I know The Old testament does not claim this anywhere. And as far as I know there is no other scripture that has this claim.
If there is a scripture which claims the same then we can discuss my other criteria.
The Quran did not only meet my first criteria but also all my other criteria.
The simple rule would be to follow the scripture that does not have any illogical nonsensical ideas in it and at the same time guides the follower towards the true Creator of the Universe. Any scripture that accepts evil or idolization of helpless human beings or teaches materialism or irrational thoughts would not fit the criteria.
Totally agreed, this is one of my other criteria.
If there is a scripture made by humans who forbids evil and promotes good then follow it, those scriptures are from humans but those humans where certainly inspired by Allah.
As far as I am concerned, there is no historical book that reveals the truth better than the Quran. But there are still some verses that need clarification. Instead of just giving up the realities of the universe and not questioning, I would be at peace if these points were clearer.
Red: totally agreed.
Blue: I don't think there exist(ed) a human being who understand everything from The Quran. Just an example: 95:1 وَالتِّينِ وَالزَّيْتُونِ
Yusuf Ali translation: By the Fig and the Olive,
Take any translation you like, but is there anyone who can explain to me what kind of information this is for me?
Ok lets suppose it's talking about the fig and the olive.
Great information but I still have 0% idea what it is talking about and I guess no one knows what it means except Allah.
I have accepted these kind of verses as part of The Book. Nowadays, I try to take advantage from them from a technical point of view instead of forcing an explanation by guessing.
Green: You should never give up realities, realities are from Allah.
I am not sure what verses you are talking about.
I am not sure if you can read the arabic characters, if not then I strongly advice you to learn them if you want for yourself to explore The Book.
Take from the translations of The Quran only the good things, the bad things are 100% certain mistranslations.
Thank you for your time. Peace.
You too, peace