Surah 13: 25

Those who break the covenant of Allah, after having given their word, and cut apart those things that Allah has commanded to be joined, and work mischief in the land—on them is the Curse, and for them is Hell.  –The Qur’an, Surah 13:25

Four Americans were killed this week by renegade Muslims, ostensibly because of a defamatory video about Muhammad, produced by a renegade Coptic Christian, who intentionally wanted to insult Islam.  One small group of people was looking to incite an incident, and another small group was looking for an excuse.  If hell has any meaning, both groups will spend eternity in the same room.

Libyan Muslims have denounced the murders; Coptic Christians have expelled their member.  But the damage has been done, all of it by people who broke their covenant with God.  As the Qur’an declares, for them is the Curse, and may their eternal chickens come home to roost.

In the meantime, it is for the rest of us not to fall victim to their mischief.  We stumbled in a big way after 9-11, and have little to show for ten years of war and trillions of dollars spent, other than piles of body bags.  Remembering that covenant with God so many people claim is a good place to begin.

According to Muhammad, God commands the joining of two things:  faith with practice, and love of God with love of our fellow humans.  Moses and Jesus say the same thing.  You’d think, with nearly half the world’s populace in agreement about the requirements of true religion, that we’d show a little more brotherly love.  But I guess that’s what Muhammad was warning everybody about.

The murderers will get what’s coming.  The rest of us need to take better care of each other.

About Bucky Dann

I teach religion, sociology, and psychology at Southwestern Community College in the Smoky Mountains. I have worked in the United Methodist ministry and in the substance abuse field. I possess a Masters of Divinity, a Masters of Philosophy, and a PhD in the sociology of knowledge.

3 Responses to “Surah 13: 25”

  1. If only it were that simple…

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