Saturday, September 30, 2006

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness...

Salaam alaikum all,

There was some discussion in the comment section of an earlier post about the different Books of the Peoples of the Book. Since I was raised Christian I'm familiar with the Bible, and it hadn't occurred to me until Rijju mentioned it that the Muslim readers of this blog might not all have familiarity with the Bible. So I wanted to post a key section of the the New Testament that embodies the message of Jesus as Christians understand it. It's been in my mind recently partly because there's a verse that's very relevant to the meaning of Ramadan and because the messages of Jesus and the Prophet coincide here. I am not familiar at all with the Torah (except as it might overlap with the Old Testament of the Bible) and I'd be very interested if Lirun wanted to post on that?

This is from the King James Version, the book of Matthew, Chapter 5, verses 1-12. It's the famous section called the Beatitudes, which means something like "the blessed states of the soul".

"And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."

8 comments:

Lirun said...

Hi Hannah..

the torah (our bible) is what christians refer to as the old testament.. we have various other book as well and these of course do not include the Qoran or the New Testament..

i am not sure how to translate the names of our other books.. but i will put this idea forward to you for your consideration..

the study of our holy scripts can only be done by debate.. hebrew like arabic is based on roots.. mostly of three consonants from which other words derive..

my knowledge of arabic is too basic to extend this thought over - but in hebrew we have a strong essence of poetry in our language.. or to put this more bluntly - our language is highly inaccurate ;)

for this reason - over history - we have collected opinions from scores of biblical interpretors - many of which conflict..

having studied our bible at all levels of schooling i believe that if i had to name the collection of books today i would call it issues and deliberations and i think that is the key message that i get from my bible.. think - evaluate - consider - act/dont react - appreciate - honour - dont offend - be kind for kindness' sake alone..

kinzi said...

Hannah, this was a good idea.I'd recommend posting what Jesus said about fasting in particular, and the passage from Isaiah 58 on fasting.

Destitute Rebel said...

Hannah, a great post, I read a lot about other religions and have been to church a lot, honestly I loved the atmosphere in most churches, how the services are conducted, sunday school for kids in church, church group activities. The messages of all the religions are universal and there is a lot in common, this post shows that. Reading about other religions only enhances your understanding of them.

Abrahim said...

Hannah,

A nice post about similarities in religions. There are some useful mentions about Christ on fasting on mysticsaint.blogspot.com - one on 'Timeless Wisdom of Christ' and another on 'Beatitudes'.

There is another interesting approach to the semitic religions in the Tent of Abraham, Hagar and Sarah (tentofabraham.org)wherein the common origin of these religions is emphasised.

Boo! said...

Great post Hannah

kaya said...

Good job sweety!

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