Originally Posted by lolwatever
Hello! Thank you so much for helping me. :D
1) Not true.. God is called Allah in arabic.. and we call him directly with that name...
Well, I'll bag out my friend who told me differently. It's better to come straight to the source.
2) Madrassah's is an arabic word for school... commonly refer to Islamic schools.. they teach Quran and Hadith etc.
I've seen them on T.V. Students read the Quran out-loud and rock back on forth. It can also get quite loud. I have a few more questions about madrassahs. If you only learn about Islam there, does that mean students go to two seperate schools? One to learn maths, science, etc and the other to learn the Quran?
Also, why do people rock back and forth when reading the Quran? I've seen Jews do this on the Western Wall.
3) They are 3 letters from the arabic language, only Allah knows they're meaning, very cryptic, no human knows what they eman.. there's quite a few chapters that start with letters like taht... :)
Intriguing...I love good mysteries. :)
4) Yep, so Alif Lam mim would be "Baqarah verse 1" or.. "2: 1" (Baqarah= chapter 2, verse 1 )
Then what are suras?
Firstly, welcome to the forum and thank you for your interest in Islam . I'll just add to what the brother above has state
It should be a crime to not learn about other people. We should all appreciate the differences that make us unique.
In Islam, we do refer to God by name, and we believe He has 99 beautiful names, any of which can be chosen to invoke Him by. You will find Him commonly referred to as 'Allaah'. The Jewish perspective has been explained here.
Thank you Muhammad, I now know better.
These are letters that only Allaah knows the exact meaning of, and are one of the miracles of the Qur'an in that they demonstrate a kind of eloquence in the Arabic language and a challenge.
Speaking of the Arabic language, I've heard that it is a special language for Muslims in that it is a divinely crafted language. Is this true? Can you understand the Quran without learning Arabic, or do you lose some of the meaning along the way?
In another thread, I noticed you were looking for an english translation of the Qur'an. There are many sites which allow you to read the Qur'an online or download it, as well as have it delivered to your house. See this thread for a discussion of which translations are good: http://www.islamicboard.com/educatio...ou-prefer.html
Thank you Muhammad. I am using the Quran in wikipedia, which uses Yusaf Ali's translation. I am finding it an intriguing read, although I wish I could hold it in my hands! Reading it on the computer screen just doesn't feel right.
Also, are you allowed to read the Quran in your spare time? Or do you have allocated periods of time during the day where you are allowed to read it? I guess I'm asking whether the Quran can be read 'recreationally' or in periods of rest.
I realise these are a lot of questions and I apologise, but I've got so many! I have chosen Studies of Religion for my Year 11 class, so I look forward to learning more about Islam soon...are we atheists allowed to visit a mosque?