New Testament Book of James and the Quran
By ANNA JORDAN
J3:1,2. Dear brothers, don't be too eager to tell others their faults, for we all make many mistakes; and when we teachers, who should know better, do wrong, our punishment will be greater than it would be for others. If anyone can control his tongue, it proves that he has perfect control over himself in every other way.
Q. 34:32,33 The leaders will say to those who followed them, "Are we the ones who diverted you from the guidance after it came to you? No: it is you who were wicked."
The followers will say to their leaders, "It was you who schemed night and day, then commanded us to be unappreciative of God, and to set up idols to rank with Him." They will be ridden with remorse, when they see the retribution, for we will place shackles around the necks of those who disbelieved. Are they not justly requited for what they did?
J3:3. We can make a large horse turn around and go wherever we want by means of a small bit in his mouth.
J3:4. And a tiny rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot wants it to go, even though the winds are strong.
J3:5. So also the tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do. A great forest can be set on fire by one tiny spark.
Q. 3:78-80 Among them are those who twist their tongues to imitate the scripture, that you may think it is from the scripture, when it is not from the scripture, and they claim that it is from God, when it is not from God. Thus, they utter lies and attribute them to God, knowingly.
Never would a human being whom God blessed with the scripture and prophethood say to the people, "Idolize me beside God." Instead, (he would say), "Devote yourselves absolutely to your Lord alone," according to the scripture you preach and the teachings you learn.
Nor would he command you to idolize the angels and the prophets as lords. Would he exhort you to disbelieve after becoming submitters?
A careful review of the New Testament where Jesus refers to himself shows that Jesus consistently referred to himself as the Son of Man.
J3:6. And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is full of wickedness and poisons every part of the body. And the tongue is set on fire by hell itself, and can turn our whole lives into a blazing flame of destruction and disaster.
Q. 16:116 You shall not utter lies with your own tongues stating: "This is lawful and this is unlawful," to fabricate lies and attribute them to God. Surely, those who fabricate lies and attribute them to God will never succeed.
Q. 24:11-17 A gang among you produced a big lie....
When you heard it, the believing men and the believing women should have had better thoughts about themselves, and should have said, "This is obviously a big lie."
Only if they produced four witnesses (You may believe them). If they fail to produce the witnesses, then they are, according to God, liars.
If it were not for God's grace towards you, and His mercy in this world and in the Hereafter, you would have suffered a great retribution because of this incident.
You fabricated it with your own tongues, and the rest of you repeated it with your mouths without proof. You thought it was simple, when it was, according to God, gross.
When you heard it, you should have said, "We will not repeat this. Glory be to You. This is a gross falsehood."
God admonishes you that you shall never do it again, if you are believers.
J3:7. Men have trained, or can train, every kind of animal or bird that lives and every kind of reptile and fish,
Q. 5:4 ...."Lawful for you are all good things, including what trained dogs and falcons catch for you." You train them according to God's teachings. You may eat what they catch for you, and mention God's name thereupon. You shall observe God. God is most efficient in reckoning.
J3:8. But no human being can tame the tongue. It is always ready to pour out its deadly poison.
Q. 24:24 The day will come when their own tongues, hands, and feet will bear witness to everything they had done.
J3:9. Sometimes it praises our heavenly Father, and sometimes it breaks out into curses against men who are made like God.
Q. 2:224,225 Do not subject God's name to your casual swearing, that you may appear righteous, pious, or to attain credibility among the people. God is Hearer, Knower.
God does not hold you responsible for the mere utterance of oaths; He holds you responsible for your innermost intentions. God is Forgiver, Clement.
Q. 4:148,149 God does not like the utterance of bad language, unless one is treated with gross injustice. God is Hearer, Knower.
If you work righteousness - either declared or concealed - or pardon a transgression, God is Pardoner, Omnipotent.
J3:10. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Dear brothers, surely this is not right!
J3:11. Does a spring of water bubble out first with fresh water and then with bitter water?
Q. 25:53 He is the One who merges the two seas; one is fresh and palatable, while the other is salty and undrinkable. And He separated them with a formidable, inviolable barrier (evaporation).
J3:12. Can you pick olives from a fig tree, or figs from a grape vine? No, and you can't draw fresh water from a salty pool.
Q. 6:99 He is the One who sends down from the sky water, whereby we produce all kinds of plants. We produce from the green material multitudes of complex grains, palm trees with hanging clusters, and gardens of grapes, olives and pomegranate; fruits that are similar, yet dissimilar. Note their fruits as they grow and ripen. These are signs for people who believe.
Q. 35:12 The two seas are not the same; one is fresh and delicious, while the other is salty and undrinkable....
J3:13. If you are wise, live a life of steady goodness, so that only good deeds will pour forth. And it you don't brag about them, then you will be truly wise!
Q. 2:271 If you declare your charities, they are still good. But if you keep them anonymous, and give them to the poor, it is better for you, and remits more of your sins. God is fully Cognizant of everything you do.
Q. 13:22 They steadfastly persevere in seeking their Lord, observe the Contact Prayers, spend from our provisions to them secretly and publicly, and counter evil with good. These have deserved the best abode.
J3:14. And by all means don't brag about being wise and good if you are bitter and jealous and selfish; that is the worst sort of lie.
Q. 2:109 Many followers of the scripture would rather see you revert to disbelief, now that you have believed. This is due to jealousy on their part, after the truth has become evident to them. You shall pardon them, and leave them alone, until God issues His judgment. God is Omnipotent.
J3:15. For jealousy and selfishness are not God's kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, inspired by the devil.
Q. 15:45-48 As for the righteous, they will enjoy gardens and springs.
Enter therein, peaceful and secure.
We remove all jealousy from their hearts. Like one family, they will be on adjacent furnishings.
Never will they suffer any fatigue therein; never will they be evicted therefrom.
J3:16. For wherever there is jealousy or selfish ambition, there will be disorder and every other kind of evil.
Q. 2:251 They defeated them by God's leave, and David killed Goliath. God gave him kingship and wisdom, and taught him as He willed. If it were not for God's support of some people against others, there would be chaos on earth. But God showers His grace upon the people.
Q. 8:73 Those who disbelieved are allies of one another. Unless you keep these commandments, there will be chaos on earth, and terrible corruption.
Q. 23:71 Indeed, if the truth conformed to their wishes, there would be chaos in the heavens and the earth; everything in them would be corrupted. We have given them their proof, but they are disregarding their proof.
J3:17. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure and full of quiet gentleness. Then it is peace-loving and courteous. It allows discussion and is willing to yield to others; it is full of mercy and good deeds. It is wholehearted and straightforward and sincere.
Q. 16:125-127 You shall invite to the path of your Lord with wisdom and kind enlightenment, and debate with them in the best possible manner. Your Lord knows best who has strayed from His path, and He knows best who are the guided ones.
And if you punish, you shall inflict an equivalent punishment. But if you resort to patience (instead of revenge), it would be better for the patient ones.
You shall resort to patience - and your patience is attainable only with God's help. Do not grieve over them, and do not be annoyed by their schemes.
God is with those who lead a righteous life, and those who are charitable.
J3:18. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of goodness.
Q. 3:133,134 You should eagerly race towards forgiveness from your Lord and a Paradise whose width encompasses the heavens and the earth; it awaits the righteous,
who give to charity during the good times, as well as the bad times. They are suppressors of anger, and pardoners of the people. God loves the charitable.
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