I struggled long and hard over the inclusion of this material. In that I am a Christian, there are sentiments expressed here that I obviously find in striking contrast to what I believe to be the truth. That being said, it’s always relevant to seek to understand the ways of others.
Through this understanding there might be fostered dialog between the faiths and those who adhere to the different belief systems. I finally elected to include this study in the spirit of tolerance toward a religion that even its most mild forms hold my Savior as less than God and whose religious teachings include that I as a Christian should be either forcefully converted, made a slave with a huge tax or killed. Obviously, I cannot agree to any of the above.
So, I had as I said a huge struggle as to how I might present this material and not offend my own conscience. The final decision was to include this a cultural study. It is after all the anniversary of the founding of this religion,
The Meccan suras or surahs are the earlier chapters of the Qur’an that were revealed prior to the migration of Muhammed and his followers from Mecca to Medina also known as Hijra. These relatively short verses called ‘ayat’ are found near the end of the Qur’an due to the general rule that the suras are ordered from longest to shortest.
The Mecca surahs in their pertinent part may be read here:
As a cultural experience for many of us, this may be heard here: