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."