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By Ahmed E. Souaiaia

Argues that the rights of ladies in Muslim society are in keeping with the preserved cultural criteria of elites, now not the moral philosophy of the Quran.

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Finally, the wall belongs to two orphan boys from the town and there under was a treasure left for them by their righteous father. Your Lord willed that they reach adulthood and retrieve it. That is your Lord’s mercy; I did not do it on my own. ” [Q18:60–82]5 The above passage is the full story as told in less than three pages of the Qur’n. The only person mentioned by name is Moses. 6 Muslim scholars are not sure why certain information is left out in the Qur’n although that is not unusual. Some argue that information is purposefully left out because it is not critical to the legal or moral purpose of telling the story.

Finally, the wall belongs to two orphan boys from the town and there under was a treasure left for them by their righteous father. Your Lord willed that they reach adulthood and retrieve it. That is your Lord’s mercy; I did not do it on my own. ” [Q18:60–82]5 The above passage is the full story as told in less than three pages of the Qur’n. The only person mentioned by name is Moses. 6 Muslim scholars are not sure why certain information is left out in the Qur’n although that is not unusual. Some argue that information is purposefully left out because it is not critical to the legal or moral purpose of telling the story.

12 For Sunni Muslims, the story teaches humility and speaks for God’s vast and absolute knowledge. This view is underscored by an anecdote that is embedded in the exegesis dealing with these verses. It is reported that, while the “knower” and Moses were riding on the ship, a bird landed near the sea and took a sip of water. The “knower” then pointed to the bird and told Moses that his knowledge compared to God’s is similar to the amount of water taken by the bird from the sea: it is so minuscule that it hardly adds to or subtracts from the divine knowledge.

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