Sorry, I was overly defensive; it was unwarranted. I get a lot of negative attention because of my desire to improve my Arabic and projected that onto you and it was uncalled for.
Originally Posted by notuptome
Gosh, Islamic theology is crazy. I've been reading about the Ismaili schism and the constant reversals of Nizari scholars, Mohammad II and Hasan III of Alamut, for example, and it's just nuts. To go from an ultra-strict Shariah dude like Hassan-i Sabbah to Hasan III literally shrugging off Shariah completely, in what..less than 150 years? Only for the next Lord of Alamut to reverse straight back to Shariah!
Of particular interest are suras telling the stories of prophets such as Abraham, Jonah, Jesus, etc. and the second sura (Al Baqara) which contains a huge portion of Islamic theology, although it's quite long.
The minstrel boy to the war is gone,
In the ranks of death ye will find him;
His father's sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;
"Land of Song!" said the warrior bard,
"Tho' all the world betray thee,
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!