Guess what came in the mail today? After almost 8 months of waiting, I finally received my Qur’an. I cannot believe it. I had completely forgotten about it. Well, maybe not completely forgotten, but given up definitely
You should see it. You should feel it and heft it. It is beautiful. It is trully a marvelous book. Even if I don’t agree with it’s teachings 100%, I will trully cherish this book.
The book is nearly 3 inches thick. It has a georgous cover with full color glossy pages. Looking through the book, it is extensive. The prologue, foreward and first 20 or so pages cover the meaning of the Qur’an, a little bit about its translation, and such. The most impressive part of the book however, aside from the message, is the extensive amount at which the publisher tries to get the reader to understand how to pronounce the Arabic vowels and consanants.Â Included with the book are a letter from CAIR and a bookmark with an Arabic vowel and consanant pronunciation guide.
I would like to type what came from the letter.
“This is a book that We have revealed to you (Prophet Muhammad) so that you may lead mankind out of the depths of darkness into the light.” (The Holy Quran, 14:1)
Thank you for requesting your copy of the Holy Quran, Islam’s revealed text.Â This is an important step toward understanding and coming to appreciate the universal teachings of Islam.
I hope you will take the earliest opportnity to read its verses and reflect on their meaning, thus doing your part to promote mutual understanding and tolerance of religious diversity in America.
As you may know, Muslims regard the Quran as the inerrant Word of God as revealed to the Prophet Muhammad in the seventh centure CE.Â Coveyed by the Archangel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad in Arabic, the word “Quran” itself means “recitation.”
Translations of the Quran are an approximation of the Arabic revelation, though the larger themes of monotheism, justice and brotherhood transcend the limitations of language.
Muslims are taught from an early age to treat the Quran with great care and respect.Â For example, Muslims avoid placing the Quran on the floor, near the toilet or sink, near the feet, or in dirty or wet areas, as this is considered inappropriate treatment of a holy text.
Many Muslims hold the Quran by taking it in both hands as one would a valuable piece of art and keep themselves in a state of ritual purity, washing before opening the holy book.
Just as Muslims are expected to treat the religious texts of others with the utmost respect and courtesy, so too do we hope that you will take the information above into consideration when handling the Holy Quran.
I hope you find your Quran both educational and spiritually uplifting.Â Congratulations on doing your part to encourage greater interfaith understanding and mutual respect at this crucial time in our nation’s history.Â If you have any questions about handling the Quran, call CAIR at 202-488-8787, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chaperts nationwide and in Canada.Â Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
Well, I am excited.Â Not only to read the holy text, but to talk about it with friends and family.Â I am most certainly not questioning my testimony in the LDS Church, but rather, looking at expanding my cultural and religious knowledge.
When serving my mission in Toronto, Canada, the most warm and inviting people were those of the Muslim faith.Â They were always willing to invite us into their homes and feed us.Â Heck, we had more “dinner appointments” with Muslims than members of our own church! :)Â In fact, while serving, I received a paperback Qur’an.Â I have studied much of it, and have enjoyed what I read.
Anyway, I hope that other LDS members, and Christians in general, can also expand their religious and cultural paradigms.Â Just because we belong to one faith does not mean we cannot be elightened by another.