posted on Mar, 29 2008 @ 04:42 AM
Hopefully posing this question will not be entirely fruitless, if I explain properly what I'm wondering about. The epicenter is the Koranic verse
2:102, where they talk about what the (some say bad, but, probably not) angels Harut and Marut taught the (probably bad) men in Babylon, but it seems
intriguingly mysterious as to what sort of thing the teaching was.
(Now I already know that the best answer to this question is " Shut up and learn Arabic ". Duly noted.)
Now I'm not looking for what the more authoritative and correct and high-minded commentators and compilers of the traditions would have to say, which
seems to be mainly that angels cannot in fact be evil, and that the folk tales that spring up around this verse allege things contrary to the nature
of Allah. I'm also not asking about parallelism between this and the Masons versus Solomon, or the angel names versus gods from Armenia, or other
similarly written-sourced chains of concept.
What I'm wondering about is the current oral tradition, the living transmission, when a kid growing up Islamic asks his uncle what this verse means,
" Harut and Marut taught them what ?"...What answer is in real life nowadays given?
Anybody who can shed light on this would be kind.
( I'm not against the questionable exciting tales of magic, or fishing for them particularly either. I'm just hoping for examples of what real
people say among themselves, in current-type usage, know what I mean?).