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1 Name Date Class Period Quaestio: Directions: Read and annotate the documents below, and answer the questions that follow. The Quran For Muslims, the most important source of information on the religion comes from the Quran. Muslim believe that the Quran was revealed by God to the Prophet Muhammad in pieces over the course of 23 years, and is therefore viewed not as the words of Muhammad, but as the literal word of God. While the Quran was being written down during Muhammad s life, the Arabic script was not fully developed, so its main form of preservation was through oral transmission and memorization. While Muslims soon developed a better writing system for recording the Quran, the tradition of memorization still continues today. 1. How was the Quran mainly preserved? The Hadiths Secondary to the Quran are the Hadiths, collected accounts of the words, actions, and qualities of Muhammad, as reported by those who knew him. It is from the Hadiths that Muslims learn, and attempt to follow, the Sunnah, or the example of the Prophet. While the Quran is believed to be unchangeable and perfect, Muslims consider the Hadiths, which were transmitted and recorded by people rather than God, to be subject to error. For this reason, Muslim scholars developed a tradition of rating Hadiths by level of trustworthiness based on the reliability of their sources. The best Hadiths were graded authentic or good, while others were labeled weak or fabricated. 2. Why are Hadiths considered secondary to the Quran? In the name of God, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. All praise is due to God, Lord of the worlds - The Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful, Ruler of the Day of Judgment. It is You we worship and You we ask for help. Guide us to the straight path - The path of those whom You have favored, not of those who have earned anger or of those who are astray. Source: Quran 1:1-7 (recited daily in prayer)

2 Say: He is God, One. God, the Eternally Self- Sufficient. He does not beget* and was not begotten*, and there is nothing comparable to Him. Source: Quran 112:1-4 (*beget = to have a child) O People of the Book! Do not exaggerate in your religion, and do not say anything about God except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, is the Messenger of God, and His Word that He conveyed to Mary, and a Spirit from Him. So believe in God and His messengers, and do not say, Three. Stop it is better for you. God is only one God. Glory be to Him, He is above having a son. Source: Quran 4:171 Those who believe, and those who are Jewish, and the Christians, and the Sabeans any who believe in God and the Last Day, and act righteously will have their reward with their Lord (in heaven); they have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve (be sad). Source: Quran 2:62 And when one of them is informed of [the birth of] a female, his face becomes dark, and he suppresses grief. He hides himself from the people because of the ill of which he has been informed. Should he keep it in humiliation or bury it in the ground? Unquestionably, evil is what they decide. Source: Quran 16:58-59 (Context: Pagan Arabs often killed their daughters because of a preference for sons) And do not kill your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Indeed, their killing is ever a great sin. Source: Quran 17:31 (Context: Pagan Arabs often killed their daughters because of a preference for sons) Indeed, the Muslim men and Muslim women, the believing men and believing women, the obedient men and obedient women, the truthful men and truthful women, the patient men and patient women, the humble men and humble women, the charitable men and charitable women, the fasting men and fasting women, the men who guard their private parts and the women who do so, and the men who remember Allah often and the women who do so - for them God has prepared forgiveness and a great reward. Source: Quran 33:35 The truly strong is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength, but the truly strong is the one who controls himself while in anger. Source: Prophet Muhammad, from Sahih Bukhari Hadith Collection, narrated by Abu Hurayra

3 Whoever truly believes in God and the Last Day should do good to his neighbor. Source: Prophet Muhammad, from Sahih Muslim Hadith Collection, narrated by Abu Hurayra None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself. Source: Prophet Muhammad, from Sahih Bukhari Hadith Collection, narrated by Anas ibn Malik All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non- Arab nor a non- Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Source: Prophet Muhammad, Final Sermon, from Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim Hadith Collections, multiple narrators Biblical Teachings (for Reference) Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Source: Gospel According to Matthew, 6:9 13, New Testament of the Bible One of the [Jewish] scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that [Jesus] answered them well, he asked him, Which commandment is the first (most important) of all? Jesus answered [quoting the Torah], The first is, Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is One; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these. Source: Gospel According to Matthew, 5:17, New Testament of the Bible For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Source: Gospel According to John, 3:16 17, New Testament of the Bible

4 Name Date Class Period Directions: Using the documents provided, find examples for each of the two essential questions below. Start by working individually on your assigned documents, taking notes in the margin to the right. Then, while discussing in groups, take notes on the documents discussed by your group mates. Finally, work together to compile a bullet point list of examples to support the two essential questions How are the teachings and practices of Islam connected to Judaism and Christianity? In what ways did Islamic teaching advocate reform of Arab culture and society?

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