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Selected quotations from the Holy Qur'an

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Muslims believe that the Holy Qur'an (Recitation) are the words of God, and that it was revealed to Muhammad by the archangel Jibril (Gabriel). This was originally in oral and written form. It was later assembled together into a single book, the Qur'an.

Its name is often spelled "Koran" in English. This is not recommended, as some Muslims find the word to be offensive.

These quotations were taken from news releases by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Their web site is at:

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Some quotations from the Qur'an:

bullet Honor each other: "O mankind! We created you from a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes that you may know and honor each other (not that you should despise one another). Indeed the most honorable of you in the sight of God is the most righteous." Chapter 49, Verse 13
bullet God loves the kind: "God does not forbid you to be kind and equitable to those who have neither fought against your faith nor driven you out of your homes. In fact God loves the equitable." Chapter 60, Verse 8
bullet About Jesus: "And in their [the earlier prophets] footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the law that had come before him. We sent him the Gospel, therein was guidance and light and confirmation of the law that had come before him, a guidance and an admonition to those who fear God." Chapter 5, Verse 46
bullet Good and evil: "Whoever recommends and helps a good cause becomes a partner therein, and whoever recommends and helps an evil cause shares in its burden." Chapter 4, Verse 85
bullet Reaction to evil: "Repel (evil) with what is better. Then will he, between whom and thee was hatred, become as it were thy friend and intimate. And no one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint." Chapter 41, Verse 34 and 35
bullet Do good: "Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Garden (paradise) whose width is that of the heavens and of the earth, prepared for the righteous - Those who spend (freely), whether in prosperity or in adversity, who restrain (their) anger and pardon (all) men - for God loves those who do good." Chapter 3, Verses 133-134
bullet Reward for righteousness: "Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has faith, verily, to them will We give a new Life, a life that is good and pure, and We will bestow on such their reward according to the best of their actions."  Chapter 16, Verse 97
bullet Acts of compassion: "And what will explain to you what the steep path is? It is the freeing of a (slave) from bondage; or the giving of food in a day of famine to an orphan relative, or to a needy in distress. Then will he be of those who believe, enjoin fortitude and encourage kindness and compassion." Chapter 90, Verses 12-17

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bullet God is light: "God is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His Light is as if there were a Niche, and within it a lamp; the Lamp enclosed in Glass; the glass a brilliant star, lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive neither of the East nor of the West whose Oil is well-nigh luminous though fire scarce touched it. Light upon Light! God doth guide whom He will to His Light." Chapter 24, Verse 35
bullet Even the birds praise God: "Seest thou not that it is God whose praises all beings in the heavens and on earth do celebrate, (even) the birds (of the air) with wings outspread? Each one knows its own (mode of) prayer and praise." Chapter 24, Verse 41
bullet Love and mercy: "And among His signs is this that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts); verily in that are signs for those who reflect." Chapter 30, Verse 21
bullet Forgiveness and justice: "Show forgiveness, speak for justice and avoid the ignorant." Chapter 7, Verse 199
bullet Revelation: "Say ye: 'We believe in God and the revelation given to us and to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord. We make no difference between one and another of them, and we bow to God.' " Chapter 2, Verse 136
bullet About the virgin Mary: "Relate in the Book (the story of) Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place in the East. She placed a screen (to screen herself) from them: then We sent to her Our angel and he appeared before her as a man in all respects. She said: 'I seek refuge from thee to (God) Most Gracious: (come not near) if thou dost fear God.' He said: 'Nay I am only a messenger from thy Lord (to announce) to thee the gift of a holy son.' 1 She said: 'How shall I have a son seeing that no man has touched me and I am not unchaste?' He said: 'So (it will be): thy Lord saith "That is easy for Me: and (We wish) to appoint him as a Sign unto men and a Mercy from Us:" it is a matter (so) decreed.' " Chapter 19, verses 16-21.
bullet Honor one's parents: "Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none save Him, and show kindness to your parents. If one or both of them attain old age with thee, say not 'Fie' unto them or repulse them, but speak unto them a gracious word." Chapter 17, Verses 23-24

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  1. This passage is occasionally translated into English as "pure son." A Google search returned about 2,080 web sites with "holy son" and 310 with "pure son."

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Copyright 2002 to 2007 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally compiled: 2002-AUG-6
Latest update: 2007-AUG-15
Compiler: B.A. Robinson

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