I'm back -- been too busy enjoying the warm weather. But it's too hot for enjoying today, so I blog instead...
Chapter Three talks about The Abrahamic Family "Feud" ← Yeah, I put those quotation marks there. I don't think that there's a feud here in any sense, but whatever...it's not my book!
What really got me in this chapter is when the Jewish woman went to her Rabbi...then he said "I never liked that word 'tolerance'. It's too passive. Think about it. To tolerate someone? That doesn't sound very positive. It's not a call to engage and understand someone else. I like the phrase 'mutual appreciation.' That can lead to an understanding that no one faith has a monopoly on the truth."
May I just say AMEN?
Then Ranya tells the story of our Prophet's miraculous night journey to heaven. Let's just say that Ranya's tale has a few elements that are left out or added, which disturbs me. It makes the story seem so....weird. I'm not going to get into a lesson on it, but the story that I know and love is a little different, more detailed and makes sense. It is essentially a story of Mohammed being brought up to heaven by the angel Gabriel. They stopped to pray in Jerusalem then began ascending to heaven. A rock that they'd been near started to rise to join them, and the prophet told it that it must stay (to this day, the miraculous floating boulder can be seen in the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem). Anyhow, the two went to heaven where they met all the previous prophets and Mohammed eventually got our 5 daily prayers prescribed to his followers. **I have certainly edited the story, but it doesn't seem so strange without all the pearls and gold and other fanciful things that Ranya felt she needed to put into her story.
When I tell non-Muslims this story, they usually pause and say "...oh...interesting" It's kinda unbelievable. Yet people have no qualms about believing the story of Moses splitting the sea or Jesus raising people from the dead....they are all signs from God. Believe, or don't believe.
I also have a few problems with some other parts of Ranya's part here. She states that "...Muslims believe Muhammed to be the last of a series of twenty-five messengers and prophets" - well, yes and no. We believe he was the last in the series of prophets, however, there are more than 25. 25 of them are mentioned in the Quran, but there are others that we don't know about (and it even states this in the Quran).
People are often surprised in the prophets and messengers that we believe in -- because we believe in all the same ones that are in the New and Old Testament. We believe in Moses, Ishmael, Abraham, Adam, Jonah, Solomon....and more.
Anyhow -- that's it for now. I have more issues with the next chapter, but the kids just woke up from their nap, it will have to wait!
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