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At-Tin: Original sin again

September 17, 2010 2 comments

When I first read Al-'Asr, I thought there was talk of original sin. Not so, the experts say, but then there's this:

Surely we created man of the best stature
Then we reduced him to the lowest of the low
Save those who believe and do good works, and this is a reward unfailing

I guess it's not sin, per se, that laid man low here. It was an explicit act of God, not the temptation and fall of man. But the idea that man is flawed in some fundamental fashion is the same, regardless of the causality.

On the other hand, I infer from this that the extreme Calvinist viewpoint about pre-destination–that some people are doomed to hell no matter the good works they do–could never hold water in Islam. Good works and belief in God are enough for rebirth on Judgment Day, no matter who you are.

Full text (different translation) after the break.

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