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Analysis of the Quran’s Bismillah Verse
The Primacy of Reason and the Bismillah Verse
“We want the reader to now compare the standard translation of the Bismillah Verse with the actual meaning:
Standard translation: In the Name of God the Most Beneficent, the Most Mercifiul.
Revised translation: I swear by the works of the One and Only God, that are proofs of the spontaneity of His beneficence and unending mercy.
The standard translation above, does not convey the dynamic nature of God and the concomitant thought that it tries to instill within the human being. Indeed, gratitude based on certainty, cannot occur if reason is not the paramount mode of operation in the human psyche. What has been worse in the decaying of the Muslim societies over the centuries, after they have strayed away from the Quran, is that aside from a superficial understanding of the verse, through superstition and mysticism, they will even use this verse like an incantation and magic potion, depriving the use of reason and proof for the individual and society that the Quran demands. Indeed, the whole of Islam itself is predicated on reason, as the salvation verse states:
If only we listened or used reason, we would not be among the companions of the hellfire. Quran 67:10
and, among innumerable other verses, here is one more:
Verily, the vilest of all creatures in the sight of God are those who choose to be deaf, dumb, and who do not use their reason. Quran 8:22
The import of this Quranic verse, if generalized, is that the human being is disunited within himself and suffering, families are disunited and suffering, mankind is disunited and suffering and the environment that sustains us is being disunited, torn apart and suffering because of humans and jinn not using reason (connecting things integrally, from the root of the word aql). That is because if you do not listen or use your reason (connect things properly), you will suffer and create suffering.”
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