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How to read and study the Qur'an?

In undertaking this work (Quran434.com), I had to completely re-assess commonly accepted ideas and prevailing thought. Whilst this task was demanding, my approach was relatively simple, which anyone can follow. When I study The Quran, I often consider the following:
 
Am I for/against a certain outcome?

If I sense I am, I try to understand why to free myself from this bias/shackle, so I can truly let the message tell me what it is saying, rather than me tell it.
 
The perfect way is only difficult for those who pick and choose. Do not like, do not dislike; all will then be clear. Make a hairbreadth difference and heaven and earth are set apart; if you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against. The struggle between "for" and "against" is the mind's worst disease. 
~ Zen commonly attributed to Bruce Lee

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Judgement Day, Hell & Earth

One of the most recurring subjects to deal with in the study of the Qur’an is that of Judgment Day, Earth, and Hell – all of which touch on mankind’s inevitable fate of facing our Creator for the deeds we have done and the paths we have taken.

7:187 They ask you regarding the Hour: “When will be its time?” Say: “Its knowledge is with my Lord, none can reveal its coming except He. It is heavy through the heavens and the earth; it will not come to you except suddenly.” They ask you, as if you are responsible for it! Say: “Its  knowledge is with God, but most of the people do not know.”

This article will attempt to assemble the verses that deal with these various topics, drawing a picture – grim as it may be – of what lies ahead for us all.

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Where Was Mohammed?

 [DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE IS CONTROVERSIAL IN ITS FINDINGS AND ONLY REPRESENTS THE VIEWS OF THE AUTHOR. IT MAY NOT REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF OTHER FREE-MINDS MEMBERS. HOWEVER, IT HAS BEEN POSTED FOR ITS THOUGHT-PROVOKING CONTENT]

Preface: This article has been written with the intent of looking into humankind's history through the legacy of the Patriarch Abraham and some of the messengers that followed. The search for the actual Mohammed will take us to several locations in the Middle East, ending with conclusions that are quite different from today’s perceived history.

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Noah and the Great Flood

Disclaimer: This work is built on the understanding that the flood was a `global` event and as such all the points made are in relation to such an understanding. While the reader may disagree with the findings, the article is being presented for its thought provoking content.

The story of Noah and the Great Flood is a tale that has been repeated and retold by various cultures and various religious denomination spanning the length and breadth of the planet Earth. At its core is the story of how God was so angered with humankind that He instructed Noah to build a great ship with which to carry a pair of each animal and then He sent a flood to wipe clean the Earth and begin anew...

This article will attempt to construct the details of this event from the Quran while linking such events with their respective counterparts in archeology and science.

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Women's Dress Code In Islam

God, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful, insists on making His religion easy, practical and enjoyable for His true believers. God also told us that those who reject Him or His books are making life miserable for themselves and for their loved ones who follow in their footsteps. He reminds us in the Quran that He has placed no hardship on us in practicing our religion (see 22:78).

"You shall strive for the cause of GOD as you should strive for His cause. He has chosen you and has placed no hardship on you in practicing your religion - the religion of your father Abraham..." 22:78

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The Night of Decree

According to the Almighty, there is a very special night that occurs during which He sends His decrees to Earth and during which all matters of importance are undertaken. It was during this blessed night that the glorious Qur’an was sent down.

“We have sent it down in the Night of Decree. And do you know what is the Night of Decree? The Night of Decree is better than one thousand months. The angels and the Spirit come down in it by their Lord’s leave to carry out every matter. It is peaceful until the coming of dawn.” (97:1-5)

“We have sent it down in a blessed night. Surely, We were to warn. In it, is a decree for every matter of wisdom.” (44:3-4)

The timing of this blessed night has been shrouded with some mystery and uncertainty, with the Sunnis claiming that it occurs during the 9th lunar month and that it specifically occurs during the last ten nights of Ramadhan, in one of the odd numbered days.

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Saleh's Camel

Amongst the many narrations of people and places that God has revealed in the Quran, one story deals with the people of `Thamud` who inherited power after the people of Aad and to whom the messenger Saleh was sent from amongst them to warn them of their misdeeds and to ask they change their ways...

"And to Thamud was sent their brother Saleh. He said: `My people, serve God, you have no god besides Him. He established you in the land and gave you control over it, so seek His forgiveness, then repent to Him. My Lord is Near, Responsive.` They said: `O Saleh, you were well liked amongst us before this. Do you deter us from serving what our fathers served? We are in serious doubt as to what you are inviting us.`" (11:61-62)

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Satan the Master Hypnotist!

Why does man deny God's profound signs within himself and throughout creation? Why did early peoples deny the miracles God sent to them? Why do most people prefer innovations, conjecture, opinion, and tradition over the sure guidance of the Quran? Why have Muslim religious leaders attempted to ignore and belittle the irrefutable miraculous code dis-covered in the Quran? Why have Muslim religious leaders made such absurd claims as "the Quran does not contain 114 chapters" and "the Basmalah does not consist of 19 letters?"

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5 Pillar Myth

In today's version of Islam, we hear that the religion has been built upon 5-Pillars which, if upheld, grant the person a very high chance of his/her succeeding in this worldly life and entering paradise...

The 5-Pillars are described as follows:

  1. Witnessing there is no god but GOD, and that Mohammed is His messenger;
  2. The daily Prayer/Salat - 5-times per day;
  3. The obligatory charity (zakat) amounting to 2.5% per annum;
  4. Fasting the month of Ramadhan;
  5. Pilgrimage to Mecca at least once.
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Al-Rahman, Al-Raheem: The Most Important "Pair"

The first aya of Al-Fatiha firmly establishes that these two names refer to Allah, the Supreme Power, and to Him exclusively. They are used together (as a pair) and separately (individually) throughout the Qur’an extensively to describe or refer to Him in various contexts. The context of usage of these names in the Qur’an clearly defines their meaning. It is also important that their usage in Al-Fatiha, in aya 1 and again in aya 3, points out the fact that they are, in fact, a pair - as well as indicating the significance of being a pair.

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