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24/09/2018 The Fit Hijabi in Religion / No comments

The next book of this Islamic Bookclub is:

In the Footsteps of the Prophet by Tariq Ramadan

This book is all about lessons from the life of the Prophet.

Lineage

“Of all messages, the most important figure in the Last Prophet’s lineage is undoubtedly Abraham” page 1.

Abraham stands out most because he is talked about in the book of Genesis.

“On a purely factual level, the Prophet Muhammad is a descendant of Ishmael’s children and is therefore part of that ‘great nation’ announced by the Scriptures” page 3.

(Genesis 17:20, Quran 14:37-39)

 

Trial

“These simple facts alone illustrate the remarkable bond linking Muhammad’s life to Abraham’s

  • His faith is trust in God:
    • he hears God’s command–as does Hagar–and he answers it despite his suffering, never ceasing to invoke God and rely on Him. Hagar questions Abraham about the reasons for such behavior; finding it was God’s command, she willingly submitted to it.
  • She asked, then trusted, then accepted, and by doing so she traced the steps of the profound ‘active acceptance’ of God’s will:
    • to question with one’s mind, to understand with one’s intelligence, and to submit with one’s heart.

In the course of those trials, beyond his human grief and in fact through the very nature of that grief, Abraham develops a relationship with God based on faithfulness, reconciliation, peace, and trust” page 4.

  • “The trial is a terrible one:
    • for the sake of his love and faith in God, Abraham must sacrifice his son, despite his fatherly love.

The trial of faith is here expressed in this tension between the two loves” page 5.

  • “He educates Abraham in faith:
    • Abraham doubts himself and his own strength and faith, but at the same time the signs prevent him from doubting God.

This teaches Abraham humility and recognition of the Creator” page 5.

 

Tragic Experience

“Quranic Revelation tells the stories of the prophets, and in the course of this narration it fashions in the Muslim’s heart a relationship to the Transcendent that continually insists on the permanence of communication through signs, inspirations, and indeed the very intimate presence of the One, so beautifully expressed in this verse of the Quran:

‘If My servants ask you concerning Me: I am indeed close [to them]. I respond to the prayer of every supplicant when he or she calls on Me'” page 6-7.

(Quran 2:186)

All of the messengers have faced trials of faith and have had their own doubts by God, His signs, and His word.

“Their suffering does not mean they made mistakes, nor does it reveal any tragic dimension of existence: it is, more simply, an initiation into humility, understood as a necessary stage in the experience of faith” page 7.

Getting to know the life of the Prophet is a privilege because we learn how we should behave and succeed spiritually.

“From his birth to his death, the Messenger’s experience–devoid of any human tragic dimension–allies the call of faith, trial among people, humility, and the quest for peace with the One” page 7.

 

 

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