The first thing that I want to say is that I am not a Muslim. I wanted to read this during Ramadan this year because I have an interest in the religion and I’ve been meaning to read this for a very long time. I’m not a very religious person. I’m more agnostic and my religious leaning is not Abrahamic.
I am extremely empathetic and I understand the religion as well as a layperson who has taken a couple of world religion classes would. If I get something incorrect or interpret something incorrectly, please leave a comment! I want to learn! I want to be corrected! But, please keep in mind that I’m not in the religion and I simply read this because I wanted to learn. This text doesn’t have the same weight for me that it does for others.
Are we all on the same page?
All that being said, I liked this! I would definitely read this again one day, perhaps with commentary on the text so I can get more out of each surah as I read it.
Because, I have to say, a lot of it felt repetitive. I understand that it’s that way to really get the main points hammered down. And I took those three points as: 1) this is a further revelation within the Abrahamic religions, 2) there is a right and wrong way to act and it comes down to submitting to God, and 3) if you don’t submit to God bad things will happen to you.
I definitely see Islam as a religion of peace based on the radical (and radical like The Gospel) notion that you should care for others and that they matter and that you need to love people who are not your “equal”. We are all humans and we all should be treated with dignity.
But, there is a lot of fire and brimstone in the book. A lot. And, it got repetitive for me. Along with linking this text to Moses and Abraham and Noah. It just really got repetitive and I found myself bored because I don’t have that emotional link to the text.
Would I read this again? Definitely! I really hope to read this again after I read the Tanakh and the Bible. That way I can have a full picture in my mind and make better connections that I wasn’t able to this time around.
Have you read the Quran? What were your thoughts if you have?
If you haven’t, do you plan to?