New Testament Book of James and the Quran
By ANNA JORDAN
J4:1. What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Isn't it because there is a whole army of evil desires within you?
Q. 2:190-193 You may fight in the cause of God against those who attack you, but do not aggress. God does not love the aggressors.
You may kill those who wage war against you, and you may evict them whence they evicted you. Oppression is worse than murder. Do not fight them at the Sacred Masjid, unless they attack you therein. If they attack you, you may kill them. This is the just retribution for those disbelievers.
If they refrain, then God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.
You may also fight them to eliminate oppression, and to worship God freely. If they refrain, you shall not aggress; aggression is permitted only against the aggressors.
J4:2. You want what you don't have, so you kill to get it. You long for what others have, and can't afford it, so you start a fight to take it away from them. And yet the reason you don't have what you want is that you don't ask God for it.
Q. 9:69 Some of those before you were stronger than you, and possessed more money and children. They became preoccupied with their material possessions. Similarly, you have become preoccupied with your material possessions, just like those before you have become preoccupied. You have become totally heedless, just as they were heedless. Such are the people who nullify their works, both in this world and in the Hereafter; they are the losers.
J4:3. And even when you do ask you don't get it because your whole aim is wrong - you want only what will give you pleasure.
Q. 9:85 Do not be impressed by their money or their children; God causes these to be sources of misery for them in this world, and their souls depart as disbelievers.
J4:4. You are like an unfaithful wife who loves her husband's enemies. Don't you realize that making friends with God's enemies - the evil pleasures of this world - makes you an enemy of God? I say it again, that if your aim is to enjoy the evil pleasure of the unsaved world, you cannot also be a friend of God.
Q. 100:6-11 The human being is unappreciative of his Lord.
He bears witness to this fact.
He loves material things excessively.
Does he not realize that the day will come when the graves are opened?
And all secrets are brought out.
They will find out, on that day, that their Lord has been fully Cognizant of them.
Q 60:1,2 O you who believe, you shall not befriend My enemies and your enemies, extending love and friendship to them, even though they have disbelieved in the truth that has come to you. They persecute the messenger, and you, just because you believe in God, your Lord. If you mobilize to struggle in My cause, seeking My blessings, how can you secretly love them? I am fully aware of everything you conceal, and everything you declare. Those among you who do this have indeed strayed off the right path.
Whenever they encounter you, they treat you as enemies, and hurt you with their hands and tongues. They want you to disbelieve.
Q. 60:8,9 God does not enjoin you from befriending those who do not fight you because of religion, and do not evict you from your homes. You may befriend them and be equitable towards them. God loves the equitable.
God enjoins you only from befriending those who fight you because of religion, evict you from your homes, and band together with others to banish you. You shall not befriend them. Those who befriend them are the transgressors.
J4:5. Or what do you think the Scripture means when it says that the Holy Spirit, whom God has placed within us, watches over us with tender jealousy?
Q. 16:102 Say, "The Holy Spirit has brought it down from your Lord, truthfully, to assure those who believe, and to provide a beacon and good news for the submitters."
J4:6. But He gives us more and more strength to stand aginst all such evil longings. As the Scripture says, God gives strength to the humble, but sets Himself against the proud and haughty.
Q. 2:58 Recall that we said, "Enter this town, where you will find as many provisions as you like. Just enter the gate humbly, and treat the people nicely. We will then forgive your sins, and increase the reward for the pious."
Q. 5:54 O you who believe, if you revert from your religion, then God will substitute in your place people whom He loves and who love Him. They will be kind with the believers, stern with the disbelievers, and will strive in the cause of God without fear of any blame. Such is God's blessing; He Bestows it upon whomever He wills. God is Bounteous, Omniscient.
Q. 31:18,19 "You shall not treat the people with arrogance, nor shall you roam the earth proudly. God does not like the arrogant showoffs.
"Walk humbly and lower your voice - the ugliest voice is the donkey's voice."
Q. 3:188 Those who boast about their works, and wish to be praised for something they have not really done, should not think that they can evade the retribution. They have incurred a painful retribution.
Q. 7:146 I will divert from My revelations those who are arrogant on earth, without justification. Consequently, when they see every kind of proof they will not believe. And when they see the path of guidance they will not adopt it as their path, but when they see the path of straying they will adopt it as their path. This is the consequence of their rejecting our proofs, and being totally heedless thereof.*
Q. 17:37,38 You shall not walk proudly on earth - you cannot bore through the earth, nor can you be as tall as the mountains.
All bad behavior is condemned by your Lord.
* God has given everyone freedom of choice. Once we make that choice, God guides us accordingly.
J4:7. So give yourselves humbly to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Q. 2:168,169 O people, eat from the earth's products all that is lawful and good, and do not follow the steps of Satan; he is your most ardent enemy.
He only commands you to commit evil and vice, and to say about God what you do not know.
Q. 16:98-100 When you read the Quran, you shall seek refuge in God from Satan the rejected.
He has no power over those who believe and trust in their Lord.
His power is limited to those who choose him as their master; those who choose him as their god.
J4:8. And when you draw close to God, God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and let your hearts be filled with God alone to make them pure and true to Him.
Q. 2:112 Indeed, those who submit themselves absolutely to God alone, while leading a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord; they have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.
Q. 3:150 God alone is your Lord and Master, and He is the best supporter.
Q. 7:29 Say, "My Lord advocates justice, and to stand devoted to Him alone at every place of worship. You shall devote your worship absolutely to Him alone. Just as He initiated you, you will ultimately go back to Him."
Q. 22:31 You shall maintain your devotion absolutely to God alone. Anyone who sets up any idol beside God is like one who fell from the sky, then gets snatched up by vultures, or blown away by the wind into a deep ravine.
Q. 39:3 Absolutely, the religion shall be devoted to God alone. Those who set up idols beside Him say, "We idolize them only to bring us closer to God; for they are in a better position!" God will judge them regarding their disputes....
Q. 39:45 When God ALONE is mentioned, the hearts of those who do not believe in the Hereafter shrink with aversion. But when others are mentioned beside Him, they become satisfied.
Q. 39:66 Therefore, you shall worship God alone, and be appreciative.
J4:9. Let there be tears for the wrong things you have done. Let there be sorrow and sincere grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy.
Q. 9:81,82 The sedentary rejoiced in their staying behind the messenger of God, and hated to strive with their money and their lives in the cause of God. They said, "Let us not mobilize in this heat!" Say, "The fire of Hell is much hotter," if they could only comprehend.
Let them laugh a little, and cry a lot. This is the requital for the sins they have earned.
Q. 53:53-62 The evil communities (of Sodom and Gomorah) were the lowliest.
Consequently, they utterly vanished.
Which of your Lord's marvels can you deny?
This is a warning like the older ones.
The inevitable is imminent.
None beside God can relieve it.
Are you questioning this matter?
Are you laughing, instead of crying?
Are you insisting on your ways?
You shall fall prostrate before God, and worship.
J4:10. Then when you realize your worthlessness before the Lord, He will lift you up, encourage and help you.
Q. 3:160 If God supports you, none can defeat you. And if He abandons you, who else can support you? In God the believers shall trust.
Compare this with the Bible passage:
Romans 8:31. If God is for you, who can be against you?
J4:11. Don't criticize and speak evil about each other, dear brothers. If you do, you will be fighting against God's law of loving one another, declaring it wrong. But your job is not to decide whether this law is right or wrong, but to obey it.
Q. 24:51 The only utterance of the believers, whenever invited to God and His messenger to judge in their affairs, is to say, "We hear and we obey." These are the winners.
Q. 49:11 O you who believe, no people shall ridicule other people, for they may be better than they. Nor shall any women ridicule other women, for they may be better than they. Nor shall you mock one another, or make fun of your names. Evil indeed is the reversion to wickedness after attaining faith. Anyone who does not repent after this, these are the transgressors.
J4:12. Only He who made the law can rightly judge among us. He alone decides to save us or destroy. So what right do you have to judge or criticize others?
Q. 2:210 Are they waiting until God Himself comes to them in dense clouds, together with the angels? When this happens, the whole matter will be terminated, and to God everything will be returned.
Q. 22:17 Those who believe, those who are Jewish, the converts, the Christian, the Zoroastrians, and the idol worshipers, God is the One who will judge among them on the Day of Resurrection. God witnesses all things.
J4:13. Look here, you people who say, "Today or tomorrow we are going to such and such a town, stay there a year, and open up a profitable business."
J4:14. How do you know what is going to happen tomorrow? For the length of your lives is as uncertain as the morning fog - now you see it; soon it is gone.
Q. 18:23,24 You shall not say that you will do anything in the future,
without saying, "God willing." If you forget to do this, you must immediately remember your Lord and say, "May my Lord guide me to do better next time."
J4:15. What you ought to say is, "If the Lord wants us to, we shall live and do this or that."
Q. 18:32-44 Cite for them the example of two men: we gave one of them two gardens of grapes, surrounded by date palms, and placed other crops between them.
Both gardens produced their crops on time, and generously, for we caused a river to run through them.
Once, after harvesting, he boastfully told his friend: "I am far more prosperous than you, and I command more respect from the people."
When he entered his garden, he wronged his soul by saying, "I do not think that this will ever end.
Moreover, I think this is it; I do not think that the Hour (the Hereafter) will ever come to pass. Even if I am returned to my Lord, I will (be clever enough to) possess an even better one over there."
His friend said to him, as he debated with him, "Have you disbelieved in the One who created you from dust, then from a tiny drop, then perfected you into a man?"
"As for me, God is my Lord, and I will never set up any other god besides my Lord."
"When you entered your garden, you should have said, 'This is what God has given me (Ma Sha Allah). No one possesses power except God (La Quwwata Ella Bellah).' You may see that I possess less money and less children than you."
"My Lord may grant me better than your garden. He may send a violent storm from the sky that wipes out your garden, leaving it completely barren."
"Or, its water may sink deeper, out of your reach."
Indeed, his crops were wiped out, and he ended up sorrowful, lamenting what he had spent on it in vain, as his property lay barren. He finally said, "I wish I never set up my property as a god beside my Lord."
No force on earth could have helped him aginst God, nor was it possible for him to receive any help.
That is because the only true Lord and master is God; He provides the best recompense, and with Him is the best destiny.
Q. 68:17-33 We have tested them like we tested the owners of the garden who swore that they will harvest it in the morning.
They were so absolutely sure.
A passing (storm) from your Lord passed by it while they were asleep.
By morning, it was barren.
They called on each other in the morning.
"Let us harvest the crop."
On their way, they confided to each other.
That from then on, none of them would be poor.
They were so absolutely sure of their harvest.
But when they saw it, they said, "We were so wrong!"
"Now, we have nothing!"
The righteous among them said, "If only you had glorified (God)!"
They said, "Glory be to our Lord. We have transgressed."
They started to blame each other.
They said, "Woe to us. We sinned."
"May our Lord grant us a better one. We repent to our Lord."
Such was the requittal. But the retribution of the Hereafter is far worse, if they only knew.
J4:16 Otherwise you will be bragging about your own plans, and such self-confidence never pleases God.
J4:17. Remember, too, that knowing what is right to do and then not doing it is sin.
Q. 47:25 Surely, those who slide back, after the guidance has been manifested to them, the devil has enticed them and led them on.
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