Saturday, January 17, 2009

Qur'an: Quraysh

In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

[He did this] to make the Quraysh feel secure, secure in their winter and summer journeys. So let them worship the Lord of this House: who provides them with food to ward off hunger, safety to word off fear.

*well, obviously, who are the Quraysh? How were they connected to the Prophet?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Quraish were the tribe of the Prophet. They were an important tribe but because the Prophet was an orphan---he did not share in their status. It was the custom from pre-islamic times that the Kaba was a place where warfare was forbidden.

The early Meccan verses introduces concepts of monotheism to those who are unfamiliar with them. Here the idea of an omnipotent God, who is compassionate and merciful --is introduced. These ideas will be expanded on in later surahs. (When the Quran is read from front to back--these surahs serve as simple reminders of the more complex concepts)

(The tribes in the area are decendents of Prophet Abraham's (pbuh)son Ishmael)