Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Qur’an Surah 112: Purity of Faith

The following is from a work-in-progress called The Qur'an: a Book Report, in which I read each surah of the Qur'an and write about what I learn.

This is one of the briefest surahs in the Qur’an.  Despite its brevity, the prophet said that it was equal to one-third of the Qur’an—it was so important.  Here it is:  “Say, He is God the God, God the eternal.  He begot no one nor was He begotten.  No one is comparable to Him.”

In addition to being a concise statement of faith, this surah may also be seen as a refutation of the Christian doctrine of the trinity, and the notion that Jesus was God’s begotten son, an idea which Islam roundly rejects.  In Islam, Jesus is an important prophet, but not God’s son.  The notion of God having a son is seen, by Muslims, as incompatible with monotheism.  To be fair, theirs is the more logical position.

Muslims see the trinity as incompatible with monotheism.

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