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.
Libyan rebel fighter near the town of Zlitan [Darren Whiteside/Reuters]
Day 4 || Qur'an 3:93 - 4:23
Rendering from Qur'an 3:180
Because everything ultimately comes from God's bounty, un-generosity is a very twisted quality of self-concern. Here is a warning: the wealth or resources we are afraid of losing in this world contribute to determining the trajectory of our lives in the next. It's a severe moment of solemnity for any culture, or person, not given to reflect.