Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics

(Jacob Rumans) #1

‘‘praise to Allah, the Cherisher and

Sustainer of the worlds’’ (Sura 1:2). If

Allah is the only speaker of the entire

Koran, is he offering praise to himself?

Muslims explain that Allah is teaching

mankind this prayer, as the Fatihah has

a status among Muslims akin to the

Lord’s Prayer among Christians. But

this is never stated in the text.

[ 20 ]Laura Veccia Vaglieri, ‘‘The

Patriarchal and Umayyad Caliphates,’’

in The Cambridge History of Islam, ed.

P. M. Holt, Ann K. S. Lamberton and

Bernard Lewis, New York: Cambridge

University Press, 1970, p. 73.

[ 21 ]Toby Lester, ‘‘What is the

Koran?’’, Atlantic Monthly,

January1999. Available online at

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