The Quran Essay

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It is no question whether or not religion is intertwined with morality. Even organized religion has a set of guidelines to help its followers behave in a more pious manner. Christianity as well as Judaism has the Ten Commandments, given to Moses in order to instill order upon his unruly folk. Buddhism has the four noble truths as well as the eightfold path to guide its followers to nirvana. However, even though these set obligations have been given to each religion and each religion acknowledges the fact that these rules were given by their deity, there are many different interpretations within each religion about exactly how important the adherence to these rules is. For example certain sects of Christianity believe that breaking one of the Ten Commandments is a certain path to hell and since that person broke the lord’s law not even Jesus can forgive you. And yet another sect within the same protestant form of Christianity can believe that a person can break the Ten Commandments as frequently as they like, as long as they have truly accepted Jesus Christ and their lords forgiveness into their hearts. Consider for a moment that this variation in interpretation occurs even when these rules are out rightly displayed. Both of these sects of Christianity in this example acknowledge that these ten commandments are the primary laws that god has delivered to them, however even though they agree that they are holy they cannot agree on the subject of exactly how important are they to achieve salvation. Now consider the Quran. To say that it is difficult to get more than two Muslim scholars to agree on the same set of laws within the Quran is an incredible understatement. Since the ambiguity that is often associated with the Quran’s multiple translations already complicates the task of simply interpreting the wording of potential rules and laws, it is easy to see why it would be difficult to agree on these rule’s significance to one’s salvation. So that is the question, exactly how important are the rules that Allah has laid out within the Quran? Are they just guidelines that each Muslim should take with a grain of salt, or are they definite deciding factor in whether or not a person is sent to heaven, or hell?
In order to discuss this very interesting topic more in depth I have chosen to analyze Surah 6 al-Naam, or the Cattle, verses 151 to 161. For this discussion I will be using the Sahil International translation of the Quranic text. I chose these verses after discussing with multiple Muslim friends which set of rules in the Quran they believed were the most important to a Muslim’s piety and reputation as an upstanding believer, the most common answer among my associates was to look at a few verses from Surah 6. During this analysis of these particular verses I will attempt to answer my own question of exactly what is the importance of these rules. I plan to derive my conclusion to this question using the textual evidence within the verses themselves...

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