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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

سلام عليك

So everyone is loving Wikipedia...and I admit, so am I...however, we do need to remember that it is up for interpretation, written by all of us, and edited and maintained by all of us as well...so Ill be it a fascinating source of information, I like to use it as a good stepping stone in the right direction. In any case, I was looking at how to write a couple things in Arabic, cause on a post or two ago I pasted some foreign language sayings and it showed up...thus I wanted to find more, like As-Salāmu `Alaykum السلام عليك

Anyways...I started reading the entry for Muslim, and then for Islam, and found a flaw...or contradiction withing the Wikipedia entries...

The "Islam" entry says that Islam "originates with the teachings of Muhammad..." but under the Muslim entry, it says that "Muslims believe that Islam existed long before Muhammad and that the religion has evolved with time..."

Wiki Quote: "Islam (Arabic: الإسلام; al-'islām (help·info)) is a monotheistic religion originating with the teachings of Muhammad, a 7th-century Arab religious and political figure. The word Islam means "submission", or the total surrender of oneself to God (Arabic: الله, Allāh). An adherent of Islam is known as a Muslim, meaning "one who submits (to God)".[1][2] There are between 1 billion to 1.8 billion Muslims on the basis of self-identification, making Islam the second-largest religion in the world, after Christianity.[3]"


"Muslims believe that there is only one God, translated in Arabic as Allah. Muslims believe that Islam existed long before Muhammad and that the religion has evolved with time. The Qur'an describes many Biblical prophets and messengers as Muslim: Adam, Noah (Arabic: Nuh), Moses (Arabic: Musa) and Jesus (Arabic: Isa) and his apostles. The Qur'an states that these men were Muslims because they submitted to God, preached his message and upheld his values."


Thus progresses my quest to understand religions on a very complacent level...accepting and open, curious but not committed...

But these are the things that make wikipedia so unique, its ability to have various contributors of all sides to really crete democratic entries for challenging issues that some people (on both extremes and everywhere in between) are jaded on...

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