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Part Four: What Does Noble Qur’an Command?

March 6, 2015

IMPORTANT NOTE:

I am not sure if I said it before when I embarked on this project about Qur’an commandments, but I am going to say it now: I am not an Islamic scholar, nor am I a Shar’ia Law lawyer. All of the commandments that I list are found in the Noble Qur’an directly and all of you are welcome to look them up (I give you the chapter and verse). The reason why I am listing Qur’anic commandments is because there is a lot of disinformation out there about the Noble Qur’an and I want to bring you the truth. Also, because of the horrors we hear in the news many are left asking whether Qur’an truly drives some to commit unspeakable crimes. It is my hope that you will be able to judge objectively with all the information I put forth before you.

Please keep in mind that what Muslim religious leadership considers the Islamic Law (Shari’a) includes written traditions (hadiths) that are NOT part of the Noble Qur’an. Also, in some countries, laws from the Old Testament are cited as “Islamic” Laws too (e.g. death for apostasy from Deuteronomy 17:3-5 and death for adultery Deuteronomy 22:22, Leviticus 20:10).  Whether today’s Jews consider those strict Mosaic orders as part of Jewish religious law or practice today is besides the point. The fact is that unfortunately some governments in the Muslim majority nations still implement them (e.g. Saudi Arabia).

COMMANDMENTS TO MUSLIMS:

  1. Bow down only to Allah (God) and ask Him for forgiveness (chapter 11, verses 2-3)
  2. Follow the true path, do not be proud and do not stand with those who are unjust (chapter 11, verse 113-114)
  3. Pray at the beginning and at the end of the day, and in the first hours of the night (chapter 11, verse 115; this covers three of the five mandatory prayers: maghrib/evening, ishaa/night prayer and fajr/dawn prayer)
  4. Be patient (chapter 11, verse 116)
  5. Keep promises to Allah, follow and respect what Allah ordered, stay patient, give charity both in secret and publicly, pray regularly and return evil with good in order to be saved (chapter 13, verses 21-22)
  6. Speak good (chapter 14, verses 24-26)
  7. Pray on time and give charity (chapter 14, verse 31)
  8. Do not believe that anyone/anything is like Allah (God) (chapter 16, verse 74)
  9. Do not proclaim fake oaths to cheat others (chapter 16, verses 91-92, 94)
  10. If you give an oath to Allah, fulfill it and do not cheat on the oath with something that is worthless (chapter 16, verse 95)
  11. Before reciting Qur’an, seek protection against satan (chapter 16, verse 98)
  12. Eat foods that are permitted/halal and be grateful (chapter 16, verse 114)
  13. Do not eat road kill/carcass and pork, do not eat cattle slaughtered in honor of someone else/in sacrifice to someone else other than Allah (God), and do not drink blood. If forced out of hunger, then you may eat what is not permitted/haram only enough to satisfy your hunger (chapter 16, verse 115)
  14. Do not lie about what is permitted and what is not permitted (chapter 16, verse 116)
  15.  If you commit something evil out of ignorance then repent to be forgiven (chapter 16, 119)
  16. Follow the religion of prophet Abraham, the true faith (chapter 16, 123)
  17. Call people to faith in a pleasant manner and debate with them in a good way (chapter 16, verse 125)
  18. You may answer injustice done to you only as far as it was done to you, but patience is better (chapter 16, verse 126-128)
  19. Whether you follow the True Path or go astray, you do it for your own good or harm (chapter 17, verse 15)
  20. Do not believe any other deity besides Allah (God) (chapter 17, verse 22)
  21. Only pray/bow down to Allah (God), do good to your parents and do not raise your voice at them (chapter 17, verses 23-24)
  22. Treat well relatives,  the poor, travelers, but do not be wasteful for satan loves those who are wasteful (chapter 17, verse 26-27)
  23. If you are unable to give charity to the above mentioned, then the least you can do is give a good word (chapter 17, verse 28)
  24. Do not be stingy but not too excessive in charity so that you do not get punished and lose everything (chapter 17, verse 29)
  25. Do not kill your children because of the fear of poverty (chapter 17, verse 31)
  26. Stay away from adultery (chapter 17, verse 32)
  27. Do not kill except if justice demands it. If an innocent person is murdered, then his descendant is given authority, but even then do not be excessive in the treatment (chapter 17, verse 33).
  28. Do not abuse an orphan’s property and use the property only to advance it for the orphan until he/she reaches puberty (chapter 17, verse 34)
  29. Be just when measuring goods for sale on the scales (chapter 17, verse 35)
  30. Do not emulate/accept what you do not know about, for you will be accountable about all your senses: sight, hearing, reason (chapter 17, verse 36)
  31. Do not walk on the earth proudly (chapter 17, verse 37)
  32. Do not believe that there is another god besides Allah (chapter 17, verse 39)
  33. Believers should make only good, beautiful statements to and about each other to avoid satan causing enmity between them (chapter 17, verse 53)
  34. Pray the afternoon/asr prayer and the dawn/fajr prayer (chapter 17, verse 78)
  35. And spend a portion of the evening in prayer (chapter 17, verse 79)

COMMANDMENTS TO JEWS AND CHRISTIANS

  1. Honor the Saturday Sabbath (chapter 16, verse 124)
  2. Anything you do, good or bad, you do it to yourselves (chapter 17, verse 7)

Sources:

The Noble Qur’an

The Holy Bible

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