Justice to Shaima.
” (57) And [thus, too,] they ascribe daughters unto God, who is limitless in His glory — whereas for themselves [they would choose, if they could, only] what they desire:
(58) for, whenever any of them is given the glad tiding of [the birth of] a girl, his face darkens, and he is filled with suppressed anger,” [16:57-8] Muhammad Asad
The first ayah refers to the pre-Islamic Arabs who believed that the goddesses Al-Lat, Al-Uzza, and Manat, as well as the angels, were all female, and that they were “God’s daughters.” The Qur’an rejects completely the idea of God having progeny, whether male or female.
Yet these two ayah, illustrate something that illustrated the hypocrisy of the pre-Islamic Arabs, who while venerating and literally worshiping these “daughters of God,” they would still treat women like trash and they would get angry when they would have a daughter. That desire for sons over daughters is what is referred to at the end of 57; to an extreme degree (I’m referring to the pre-Islamic practice of burying unwanted infant daughters alive) which illustrates the hypocrisy and ugliness of the society, a society which claims to worship “daughters of God,” yet kills them as infants.
The Qur’an rejects the idea of God having daughters (and sons), and in something that is unique among religious scriptures, The Qur’an explicitly highlights how the Muslim must view a daughter: as a “glad tiding.” As a Muslim, you must look at your daughters as a glad tiding. Take a moment and think about how powerful and how new an idea this would have been. Not just in pre-Islamic Arabia, but the World.
I am asked constantly why I believe in The Qur’an, and there is just tremendous evidence in The Qur’an to illustrate what is best for our society and ourselves, not just for those who follow our religion, but what would be best for humanity.
I pray that we are able to follow The Qur’an in our feelings, our thoughts, and our perceptions so that we may act in accordance to the wisdom and justice of The Qur’an. I pray that we may see how perfect The Qur’an is, not because we are told to, but because of what we read and what we learn from The Qur’an, and that we realize that we must use The Qur’an to better ourselves so that we may better the World, for our daughters and our sons, insha Allah ya Rabb.
Very sad news from deep in bear country: Jan Berenstain, the cocreator of the Berenstain Bears, has died.
Aww :( these books are one of my favs! I would take my allowance and buy these books at my school book sale.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cake
Ooh, baby, do you know what that’s worth?
Ooh, heaven is a place on earth.
They say in heaven love comes first.
We’ll make heaven a place on earth.
Def making this negro right here….