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The Heart of Islam: Reflections on Love in the Holy Quran


Islam is a monotheistic religion that originated in the Arabian Peninsula in the 7th century CE. It is based on the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, who is considered the final prophet in Islam. The central religious text in Islam is the Quran, believed to be the literal word of God as revealed to Muhammad over a period of 23 years. The Quran contains teachings on a wide range of topics, including ethics, morality, law, spirituality, and history. It is divided into chapters, or surahs, which are recited in daily prayers and in other religious rituals. Muslims believe that the Quran is the ultimate source of guidance and that it provides a complete code of conduct for all aspects of life. It has been translated into many languages and is widely read and studied by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The Quran is a central element of Islamic faith and has been a driving force behind the spread of Islam throughout the world.


"And among His signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your hearts." - Surah Ar-Rum (30:21)


"And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. And remember the favor of Allah upon you - when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favor, brothers. And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it." - Surah Al-Imran (3:103)


"It is He who has created you from clay and then decreed a term, and there is with Him another determined term; yet you doubt within yourselves. And He is Allah, in the heavens and the earth; He knows your secret and your declaration, and He knows what you earn." - Surah Al-An'am (6:2-3)


"And speak to people good [words]." - Surah Al-Baqarah (2:83)


"O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them. And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames. Wretched is the name of disobedience after [one's] faith. And whoever does not repent - then it is those who are the wrongdoers." - Surah Al-Hujurat (49:11)


"And do not let the hatred of a people for having hindered you from the Sacred Mosque lead you to be hostile. And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is severe in penalty." - Surah Al-Maeda (5:2)


"And say to My servants that they should speak that which is best. Indeed, Satan induces [dissension] among them. Indeed Satan is ever, to mankind, a clear enemy." - Surah Al-Isra (17:53)


"And if you punish [an enemy, O believers], punish with an equivalent of that with which you were harmed. But if you are patient - it is better for those who are patient." - Surah An-Nahl (16:126)


"And those who believe and do righteous deeds - We charge no soul except [within] its capacity. Those are the companions of Paradise; they will abide therein eternally." - Surah Al-Baqarah (2:286)


"O you who have believed, enter into Islam completely [and perfectly] and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy." - Surah Al-Baqarah (2:208)


"And We have sent down to you the Book as clarification for all things and as guidance and mercy and good tidings for the Muslims." - Surah An-Nahl (16:89)


"And those who are patient, seeking the countenance of their Lord, and establish prayer and spend from what We have provided for them secretly and publicly and prevent evil with good - those will have the good consequence of [this] home -" - Surah Ar-Ra'd (13:22)


"Say, [O Muhammad], "If you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful." - Surah Al-Imran (3:31)


"And do not mix the truth with falsehood or conceal the truth while you know [it]." - Surah Al-Baqarah (2:42)


"And walk upon the earth humbly. And when the ignorant address them, they say, "Peace." - Surah Al-Furqan (25:63)

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