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The Qur'an: Three Volumes from the Ramseyer Collection

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Poster: The Qur'an - Three volumes
from the Ramseyer Collection



Featured Last Year: Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys

Five books explored in Muslim Journeys discussion series

Five books explored in Muslim Journeys discussion series
held at the University of Minnesota DUluth

 


Three Qur'ans



Qur'an from 15th Century (?). MS on fine paper.
Text and page decoration in black, red and gold.



Qur'an opened to center showing
intricate painted designs

 



About Al-Hajj Ta'lim Ali Abu Nasr


Qur'an, The first American Version,
T.B. Irving, Al-Hajj Ta'lim Ali



Qur'an, English. The First American Version, opened
to Jonah. Amana Books, 1985. 401 pages.



A far shot of one of the display cases



The Qur'an distributed by the UMD
Muslim Student Association. Brown and orange with
bright gold details on softcover



You Must Know This Man: a leaflet distributed
by the UMD Muslim Student Association

The Holy Qur'an Text, Translation and Commentary, Two Volumes, 1946.

The Holy Qur'an Text, Translation
and Commentary, Two Volumes, 1946.

Four paragraph bio about Abdullah Yusuf Ali

Four paragraph biography for Abdullah Yusuf Ali

Closefup of preface to first edition, 1934.

Close-up of preface to first edition, 1934.

 

Open to pages 1180 and 1181.



Islam Explained: a leaflet distributed by
the UMD Muslim Student Association

 



Placard: Below are some excerpts from
the Qur'an I've found to be influential in my life -
Professor Nik Hassan, PhD,
Labovitz School of Business and Economics,
University of Minnesota Duluth

Photo of Sura 76, Human Being (8-9) Text is below this image.

Sura 76 - Human Being (8-9)

وَيُطْعِمُونَ الطَّعَامَ عَلَىٰ حُبِّهِ مِسْكِينًا وَيَتِيمًا وَأَسِيرًا And they give food, inspite of their love for it to the  poor, the orphan (helpless), and the captive إِنَّمَا نُطْعِمُكُمْ لِوَجهِ اللَّهِ لَا نُرِيدُ مِنكُمْ جَزَاءً وَلَا شُكُورًا
(Saying): "We feed you seeking Allah's Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you.    

This explains what sincerity is about and what it means to "do something for the sake of God." It's not so we feel good about ourselves, we shouldn't even be expecting thanks, only that God looks fondly at us. This is extremely liberating. I don't have to worry about what others say, it reduces stress, and gives me peace of mind.

Photo of Sura 103, Time. Text is below this image.

Sura 103 -- Time

 وَالْعَصْرِ
By Time    
إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ
Verily, man is in loss,    
إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ 

Except those who believe, and do corrective actions, and counsel each other about the truth and counsel each other to be patient

Here, God swears by the enigma and mysteries of Time, that mankind is at loss, emphasizing the one single thing that all of us-rich, poor, beautiful, ugly--have, that is, all of us are given Time. And this precious gift is wasted, or rather we are all in danger if we squander this gift. The four conditions that will save us are to believe, do corrective action, talking to one another about what is right, and talking to one another to be patient.


Photo of Sura 98, The Relief. Text is below this image.

Part of Sura 98 -- The Relief

أَلَمْ نَشْرَحْ لَكَ صَدْرَكَ
Have We not opened your breast for you 
وَوَضَعْنَا عَنكَ وِزْرَكَ
And removed from you your burden.  
الَّذِي أَنقَضَ ظَهْرَكَ
Which weighed down your back?    
وَرَفَعْنَا لَكَ ذِكْرَكَ
And have We not raised high your fame?    
فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا
Verily, along with every (single) hardship is relief (in many forms)    
إِنَّ مَعَ ال ْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا
Verily, along with every hardship is relief

Whenever I am down, upset, troubled or feel in any way burdened, this Sura speaks to me, telling me that whatever that is happening, however terrible it may seem, can't be all bad, and that with that little difficulty, God is preparing multiple forms of relief and escape for us as part of His Divine plan. For hasn't God already done this to me in the past?

Photo of Sura 91, The Sun. (7-10) Text is below this image.

Sura 91 - The Sun (7-10)

وَنَفْسٍ وَمَا سَوَّاهَا
By the Inner Self and what He perfected in proportion;
فَأَلْهَمَهَا فُجُورَهَا وَتَقْوَاهَا
Then He showed it what is wrong for it and what is right for it    
قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَن زَكَّاهَا
Indeed already succeeds who purifies it
وَقَدْ خَابَ مَن دَسَّاهَا

And indeed he fails who corrupts it Man is given the potential for both good and evil and the ability to recognize both in our inner self. Although this inner self is constantly moving between these two poles, as long as we are on that journey of purification, we are already successful.

 

 

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