References to natural phenomena in the Qur’an

The “signs” [Qur’anic references to natural phenomena] accomplish exactly what their designation suggest: they act as guideposts, capture one’s attention, assist in guiding one to deeper reflection, and, sometimes, to belief. Their power lies not in giving explicit and precise descriptions of natural phenomena, but in their ability to inspire man’s curiosity and awe throughout the ages.

Struggling to Surrender by Dr. Jeffrey Lang (page 38)

He knew me better than I knew myself

You cannot simply read the Qur’an, not if you take it seriously. You either have surrendered to it already or you fight it. It attacks tenaciously, directly, personally; it debates, criticizes, shames, and challenges. From the outset it draws the lines of battle, and I was on the other side.

I was at a severe disadvantage, for it became clear that the Author knew me better than I knew myself.

Struggling to Surrender by Dr. Jeffrey Lang (page 9)

Contentment, wealth, and kindness

Riches does not mean having a great amount of property, but riches is self contentment.

Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him)

Verily, Allah (God) does not look at your appearance or wealth but rather looks at your hearts and actions.

Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him)

Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith.

Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him)