Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

I’ll be involved with family doings quite a bit for the next couple of days, so posting will be light. However, I hope to be able to put up the news feed every evening, if all goes well.

4 thoughts on “Giving Thanks

  1. In the spirit of Thanksgiving,

    https://www.cair.com/cair_islam_oped_ibrahim_hooper_share_the_blessings_of_thanksgiving

    is an inspiring message from Ibrahim Hooper, who is the National Communications Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). It commemorates the Islamic festival of Thanksgiving. In his message, Imam Ibrahim notes various passages in the Quran that refer to sharing the blessings of Thanksgiving. One he quotes is Quran 90:12-17: “What will explain to you the path that is steep? 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 (stranger) in distress, and to be of those who believe, enjoin patience (in adversity) and encourage deeds of kindness and compassion.”

    What is noteworthy about this passage is that it makes no reference to giving thanks, but gives hints about what kind of life Allah thinks you lead: you might own a slave or two, you might have a close relative who is an orphan (why didn’t you adopt her or him?), and you should be among “those who believe”. What if you are not among the believers in Islam? The next three verses tell you: “Those are the companions of the right. But they who disbelieve on Our signs — those are the companions of the left. Over them will be fire closed in.” Source: https://legacy.quran.com/90/12-20

    This is written in the usual mealy-mouthed style that the Quran’s author is fond of, but with a little exegetic effort, you will get the message: If you are a non-believer (i.e., a companion of the left), you are going to Hell.

    Happy Thanksgiving, kafir.

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