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nathan f. elmore

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Ramadan Renderings/Day 6

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.

 

Malcolm X, reading the Qur'an

Day 6 || Reading: Qur'an 4:148 - 5:81

 

Rendering from Qur'an 5:27-31

http://quran.com/5/27-31

 

In the case of at least one of the sons of Adam, to start off is to end up lost. And what sort of journey is that? In particular, the temptation to kill another person is, more than likely, an absolutely losing proposition. And, according to this story, God can use the animal creatures beneath us to reveal the human creature inside us.