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How many more Ramadans do we need to humanize Quran?

  • Aan Anshori

Jombang, East Java   /   Sat, May 23 2020   /  01:22 am

Humanizing the Quran means using Islam’s holy book as divine legitimation to worship God by acting kindly toward fellow humans. If we obey the Quran’s order, for instance, to fast but are unable to treat others, particularly religious or gender minorities, with love and compassion, then we no doubt fail to humanize the message. Allah needs nothing from us. To love God means to love and be compassionate to His creatures.

In Ramadan, God ordered Muslims to fast because the Prophet Mohammad received his first five Quranic revelations in this holy fasting month. Divine revelations also urged Moses and Jesus to fast for 40 days.

The Quran is believed to be the ultimate and primary source from which to seek Allah’s guidance. Without it, Muslims feel lost in gaining the purpose of life to which they were directed.

However, since the Quran is in Arabic, which is not In...