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.
Malaysian boy inside a mosque in Kuala Lumpur [Photograph: Mohd Rasfan/AFP]
Day 2 || Reading: Qur'an 2:142 - 2:252
Rendering from Qur'an 2:168-169
There is an enemy. And it is Satan. And one of his most insidious schemes -- from which, it would appear, no one is totally impervious -- is this: he can convince us that when we talk about God we do so with perfect knowledge.