Good news!! We're back with "Let's Read The Quran" campaign!!
During the first campaign (January 14 – February 14 2009) there were four friends Syed, Walski, Marina and Anas who got together in the campaign and about 50 blogs participated helping us reach a larger audience.
This time around, four more friends will be part of the main team; they are Art Harun, Jahamy, Pah Nur and Nizam
To recap, the campaign is not only for Muslims, but also for our brothers and sisters who are Christians, Buddhists Hindus, Sikhs and those who believes in a God-Head but not so gung-ho about being in any brand of religion, too – come join us and share your ideas! You can join this campaign even if you are an atheist!
The goal of this campaign is to encourage people to read the Quran in the language they understand most and find in it areas of common values in our day to day living.
We also want to hear your feedback and comments.
What is the Campaign all about?
Read the Quran in the language that you are familiar with.
When will the campaign start and end?
August 22nd to September 21st (Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri)
Participating blogs in the blogospheres.
So more people know what the Quran says and what the Quran does not say and to match it to what is really said in our daily lives.
Everyone who wants to – the more the merrier! If you have a Blog, Facebook, etc carry the logo/icon.
- To join the campaign, place the accompanying logo/icon at your blog.
- Write or share short articles based on the Quranic text.
- Share what you find in the Quran with family and friends.
- Ask questions about the Quranic message
- Read the Quran – eg click here http://www.islamicity.com/QuranSearch , www.altafsir.com
Peace and Thanks,
Marina Mahathir at http://rantingsbymm.blogspot.com
Syed Akbar Ali at http://syedsoutsidethebox.blogspot.com
Walski at http://asylum60.blogspot.com
Art Harun at http://art-harun.blogspot.com
Pah Nur at http://lunchatthelakeclub.blogspot.com
Rapera at http://jahaberdeen.blogspot.com
Nizam Bashir at http://nizambashir.com and,
Anas Zubedy at http://letusaddvalue.blogspot.com
On personal note;
First and foremost, just in case anyone thinks that via this "Let's Read The Quran" campaign, I'm devoted to converting people into Islam, well, I'm not. I mean, why should I? If what, according to some Muslims, (who obviously missed reading the surah from Al-Baqarah verse 284 :
"To Allah belongeth all that is in the heavens and on earth. Whether ye show what is in your minds or conceal it, Allah calleth you to account for it. He forgiveth whom He pleaseth, and punisheth whom He pleaseth. For Allah hath power over all things.")
who insist that ONLY the Muslims will go to heaven, is true, then why should I try to convert anyone? As far as I'm concern, the more I convert, the more crowded the heaven will become. Don't we all have had enough putting up with each other and with that earthly congestion of the human species with that "propagate forth" to increase quantity (nothing said about quality) crap? It'll be nice to have some quiet and peace for a change. Hmm...maybe that is what it means when people say "Heaven is Serenity"; obviously you get serenity from scarcity of the human species!!!
Apart from showing my Non Muslim brothers and sisters that unlike the misrepresentation of some Muslims today, Islam as a religion, is not vile, (some of the Muslims, perhaps, but not Islam per se) another reason for me to partake in this campaign is to encourage the Muslims including myself, to rediscover Quran, because, unfortunately distasteful as it may sound, the Quran has become, a classic; a book whereby people are very much aware of it’s existence, and know it is a great book, yet no one actually read it, indulge in it, which is a shame, because Quran has so much to offer.
I truly believe, that should the Muslims increase their attempt to decipher Quran in depth, the problems in regards to the Muslim occurring today, known to be caused by either misintepretation of Islam by the Muslims themselves, or simply funda-MENTAL-ism (although I have to point out that fundamentalism can sometimes be CIA sponsored. No? How do you explain CIA's involment in funding and training people like Osama bin Ladin and the Al Qaeda, during the times America wanted to get Russia out of Afganistan? and who knows what else eh?). Who knows, by participating in this campaign, some of us the Muslims may change our minds about that pre-planned suicide bombing say next month at the parliament.
In the first LRTQ campaign postings, I wrote about the scientific aspect of the Quran. If you have the passion not to mention immense patience to read (trust me, I tend to write verbiages), you can read them in HERE, HERE AND HERE. And for the benefit of those who had missed the first Let's Read The Quran (LRTQ) campaign, you can read initial introduction of it HERE. Oh, and I also wrote about controversial issues, (which many like to sweep under the carpet to avoid the wrath of public response) like "To cover or not to cover, was it ever a question" and "Honor Killings" from the first LRTQ.
We have our differences, Muslims (even amongst ourselves) and Non Muslims, but I believe we can and should work on the common grounds instead of concentrating on exacerbating the differences. Let's put aside our differences, and try to bridge on our similarities instead. All religion teaches good, not evil. Even the "Sky Kingdom", founded by Ayah Pin (click HERE to view the family portrait of Ayah Pin) teaches the disciples to "make love, not war"
Well, Happy Reading everyone and to my brothers and sisters who fast, well, let's kill those baaaaaad sugar and cholesterol !! Peace yawll!!!!