In 2009, we are going to become familiar with the Muslim faith and our Muslim friends in part by reading the Qur’an. The January reading consisted of chapters 1 and 2. For February, we are going to move to the end of the Qur’an and read some the earlier revelations. For February please read:
Chapter 53, verses 1-18 and
Along with this, please read the introduction to Michael Sells, Approaching the Qur’an: The Early Revelations, pp. 1-31.
Here is the reading schedule from the Qur’an for the year:
January, Chapters 1 and 2
February, Chapters 81-114
March, Chapters 3, 4, and 5
April, Chapters 6, 7, and 8
May, Chapters 9-13
June, Chapters 14-18
July, Chapters 19-23
August, Chapters 24-29
September, Chapters 30-39
October, Chapters 40-51
November, Chapters 52-60
December, Chapters 61-80
Each month’s reading will consist of approximately 40-50 pages. In addition there are some additional texts to help in our understanding. They include the Michael Sells book I mentioned above.
Also, I recommend The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson. Dr. Mattson, who is president of the Islamic Society of North America led one of the prayers at the inauguration.
Both of these books are recommended by Taneem Aziz who is president of the Muslim Community of Northeast Tennessee. I have invited Taneem to speak to our adult forum and he in turn invited our community to a potluck with them. More details to come! Also, anyone is invited to participate in Friday prayers in Johnson City at 1:30 p.m.
Finally, on the fourth Tuesday of each month, we will go over the readings for the month.
Our February meeting will be at First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, Tuesday, February 24th from 12-1 p.m.
Do follow along on Qur'an and Jive!