Question Response – Coursework Example
Religion/Colonialism Qur’an is the Islamic Holy Book that gives the Islamic religion guidance as well as spiritual nourishment. On the other hand the Bible is the Holy Book acknowledged by the Christian faith. Being born in the realms of colonialism, Leira Ahmed encounters challenges in relation to colonial atrocities as well as religious affiliations. In this regard, she has several works that highlights these events as well as tries to bring to the limelight that which construed; among them is ‘A Boarders Passage’. This piece briefly encompasses the teachings of Qur’an from selected chapters, the differences between the Bible and the Qur’an as well as their similarities, the problem of colonialism as described in Ahmed’s book as well as the interaction of the three monotheistic religions in history.
Being the backbone of the Islamic religion, the Qur’an has several teachings that offer guidance to every individual that observes the faith. God is the sovereign being; he created the world and everything in it (including man) and put himself on the throne. He sees every action that is undertaken by men and condemns the evil, inconsiderate, insincere and unloving individuals. He has control over everything on earth. It gives an assurance that God is always in control even in our most trying moments. For instance, he gives shelter to the orphans and provides for the poor. It also reminds the faithful the existence of heaven and earth and assures those who trust in Allah will dine in heavens while the non-believers and the wicked will constantly burn in hell. It reminds the faithful that God is merciful and compassionate by highlighting the story of Moses when he was sent by God to rescue people from the hands of Pharaoh. Above all there is only one true God.
Being at the realms of two distinct religions, the Bible and the Qur’an have differences as well as similarities. The Bible is the holy book for Christianity, the Bible was written by many writers who were inspired by God, there is no description the Bible in the Bible, gives vivid description of the biography of the Messiah (Jesus Christ), and contains 66 books which are divided into new and old testaments. On the other hand, the Qur’an is the Islamic Holy book, it is a dictation where the first person is God himself directly addressing man, it contains chapters; in some of these chapters the Qur’an is described (the Qur’an is mentioned seventy times. Unlike the Bible which demands belief, the Qur’an invites belief. On the other hand, both books advocate for one true God and teach their believers the value of love, trust, faith, compassion, honesty and loyalty to the Lord. For instance, the story of Moses features in both books.
At the helms of colonialism racism, exploitation, poverty, dependence and dictatorship were evident. For instance Ahmed was slapped by a Palestinian teacher for claiming she was Egyptian rather than Arab. She undergone exploitation in her studies as teachers exploited her. For instance, Mr. Price accused her of plagiarizing her original essays.
Judaism is the mother of Christianity and Islamic religions. The three are monotheistic religions. The followers of these religions have and continue to interact on a daily basis in the society. Some of their doctrines may be different but they undertake some general activities together. For instance, government systems and social activities like education.
Ahmed concludes that Arab national identity was formed to fulfill political agenda while individual identity is vital in helping an individual place him/herself as well as aid in smooth existence.
Ahmed, L. (2012). A border passage: From Cairo to America--a womans journey. New York: Penguin Books.