Al-Baqara

 

In coming to a close with the Qur’an, I have discovered an overall peacefulness to this religion. There are obviously points which cause me discontent, but that is so with every book we have read so far. There are traits to Allah which are welcoming and open-minded. He seems to appreciate all people, even those who do not believe in Him. This is something that I admire in what I have seen of Allah thus far. Allah does not seem to ask much of his followers and he seems to be understanding.

“And make not Allah, by your oaths, a hindrance to your being righteous and observing your duty unto Him and making peace among mankind, Allah is Hearer, Knower. Allah will not take you to task for that which is unintentional in your oaths. But He will take you to task for that which your hearts have garnered. Allah is Forgiving, Clement” (Al-Baqara 224-225)

Here we are told that Allah does not want to be a barrier between us and righteousness. Nor between us and our duties to Him. Nor between us and making peace among mankind. It is more important to Allah that we make moral decisions, follow His simple guidance, and make peace among all people. We are told that Allah will forgive the mistakes in our words. We are told that if we say something we do not mean, Allah will not hold that against us. Allah will only judge us based on the what we harbor in our hearts. Later we are told that Allah will not challenge us beyond our capabilities.

Allah tasketh not a soul beyond its scope. For it (is only) that which it hath earned, and against it (only) that which it hath deserved. (Al-Baqara 286a)

I have heard many Christians in my life say that God only gives us what we can handle. That may be true. I have yet to read any such thing so explicitly stated in The Bible, but it may be in there. Personally, I enjoy how quickly it is that the Qur’an tells us so. This is the final passage of the Al-Baqara; the reminder that we will be forgiven for falling short, we will be burdened only by our own decisions, and we will only carry hardship that we are strong enough to bear.

 

 

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