I'm a recently converted Muslim, and I haven't fully read the Q'uran yet. But my intention is to, ofcourse, finnish reading it within a near future.
As a muslim, who's, thanks to God, gotten a lot of support from very knowledgeable, and sympathetic muslims, I wanna give everyone here some humble
advice. And before I do, I also want to applaud the OP for being open-minded, and humble enough to want to give the Q'uran a one on one. That is
something that very rarely happens, unfortunately. Most people will either ignore it, or will go to Google, and just completely devour all the
anti-Islam propaganda that the internet has been infested with. And then believe that they know everything about Islam's "evil plot". That, or they
will have gotten all their information from their former muslim friend (who has psuedo-knoweldge about Islam), who hates Islam as much as the man
does. It's a shame.
So, to my advice. Everyone, PLEASE, read the Q'uran with your own eyes, and not just any version of the Q'uran, but a non-biased, factual, objective
translation of the Q'uran. The Noble Q'uran, being a good example of this. Stay away from academic translations that include interpretations (which
are for the most part, subjective), and blatantly biased translations or interpretations. These will, potentially, give you a distorted view of
And also, if you decide to dig deeper, don't be afraid to ask for help or guidance as you do research about Islam. Whether it's reading and
interpreting the Q'uran, or reading the so called "Hadeeths" (stories and anecdotes about the Prophet Muhammad, stories which are sometimes essential
in interpreting the Q'uran). Sometimes it can be hard to decifer the meanings of the Q'uranic messages, and in these instances you will need help. Go
to your local mosque, and ask for a scholar of Islam, who speaks, and understands the traditional Arabic language (Fus-ha). Don't make the mistake of
going to the internet, and don't make the mistake of going to any person claiming to know about Islam.
There are ofcourse Islamic websites without an agenda, but these are few and far apart. So for that reason, it's better to stay away from the internet
altogether, atleast for starters. Until you're more experienced.
If reading isn't your thing (which if it isn't, I doubt you'd be here in the first place, but still), you can always watch documentaries about Islam.
It's a good starting point. Yes, documentaries very often have an agenda, but they can still provide some decent starters information on Islam. And
again, just watch out for anything blatantly biased. Documentaries from BBC and History channel etc, are usually relatively informative.
My biggest advice of all though, if you get that far, is to read the Q'uran in its original language. Traditional Arabic, which is an incredibly
complex language. Something you will only ever understand, once you learn the language.
If you follow this humble advice, chances are you won't be victim of ignorance when it comes to Islam. Which is unfortunately a big problem today,
especially now, when the worlds attention is turned towards those lunatics ISIS. May God give every open-minded person ease in finding the turth, Amen
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