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nathan f. elmore

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Ramadan Renderings/Day 5

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.

 

A solitary girl reading the Qur'an [Pg Sulaiman Pg Anom]

Day 5 || Reading: Qur'an 4:24-147

 

Rendering from Qur'an 4:135

http://quran.com/4/135

The correspondence between justice and witness -- between doing justice and bearing witness to God -- is inescapable. Perhaps like an old couple with so much story, justice and witness refuse to see themselves apart from each other. This arrangement, it is said, has implications that are meant for every social arrangement in our lives. And not being attuned to this old couple, and to their story, is to treat justice as a personal whim, which is ultimately a corrupted witness.

 

[Photograph: Bebulaki, via Flickr]