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Al-Balad: The most concise set of commandments yet

September 27, 2010 Leave a comment

I'm writing this using the Internet Explorer 9 Beta that I have to dogfood as a Microsoft employee. Everyone says IE9 is fantastic, even the New York Times. They must have a different IE9 beta build than I do. I type faster than the IE9 can render the text on screen. How annoying. This is worse than dogfooding Office 2007, when auto-save was bugged.

Moving on:
This sura has the most concise summary of the Qur'an's early message I have see yet.

12: Ah, what will convey unto thee what the Ascent is! –
13: (It is) to free a slave,
14: And to feed in the day of hunger
15: an orphan near of kin
16: or some poor wretch in misery,
17: And to be of those who believe and exhort one another to perseverance and exhort one another to pity.
18: Their place will be on the right hand.
19: But those who disbelieve Our revelations, their place will be on the left hand.
20: Fire will be an awning over them.

How clean is that?