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nathan f. elmore

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Ramadan Renderings/Day 15

I am a Christian pastor who works as a collegiate minister with the Virginia Baptists at Virginia Commonwealth University. One of my areas of vocational interest and spiritual work is Christian-Muslim relations, including text-centered dialogues or conversations. During Ramadan 2011, I read through the entire Qur'an, in English, via Tarif Khalidi's 2008 translation (Penguin Books). What follows is a personal, meditative rendering of the Qur'an portion of the day. This rendering is devotional in nature, not scholarly. And it comes in the form of textual observations, spiritual reflections, theological questions or poetic responses.

 

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Day 15 || Reading: Qur'an 17:1 - 18:74

 

Rendering from Qur'an 17:94-96

http://quran.com/17/94-96

 

Did God really send a mere human as Messenger? It is said that this question, asked in Muhammad's day, served to prevent people from believing the message that Muhammad was preaching. To desire more from God than what he has seen fit to send -- that is the essence of the question. And it is a question that forces its light on us, exposing us, in numerous unrelenting ways. How often do we ask more of God than what he has already seen fit to send? At what point should we stop asking?

 

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