Muslims believe that the Qur’an, the Holy book of Islam, is literally, the word of God. Hence, the Word was made book. The Qur’an in Islamic thought is comparable to the Torah in the Jewish tradition and to Jesus in the Christian tradition, in the sense that each is perceived by its followers as the central revelation of God. The Qur’an is neither a book of legal codes, nor systematic theology, nor a book on ethical morality per se. The Qur’an is basically a book of faith from which we, as Muslims, should derive laws, ethics and the theology we need in order to define the type of human and society God wants us to be. From the Qur’an we should be able to define the ethical theology which would hopefully explain the meaning and purpose of this life. As such, the Qur’an for Muslims is the primary means of encountering God.
Amira Shamma Abdin
2000, 5760, 1420?
Michael Hilton, Ruth Scott, and Amira Shamma Abdin
The Annual Jewish-Christian-Muslim Student conference, jointly organised by the Leo Baeck College, the Hedwig Dransfeld Haus and the Deutsche Muslim Liga (Bonn), celebrated its twenty-seventh anniversary with a reflection on the theme of the Millennium – or rather the different 'ages' of the three monotheistic religions. The speakers were asked to reflect on where their religions were in terms of their historic development and where they were personally in their own religious lives.