from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A soft twilled fabric of silk or of a blend of silk and rayon.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. soft twilled silk
- n. Alternative spelling of sura.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A soft twilled silk fabric much used for women's dresses; -- called also surah silk.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as sura.
- n. A soft twilled silk material, usually of plain uniform color without pattern, used for women's garments, etc.
And it says in it's English translation, in that surah, which is called "Time Through Ages," it says, "By the time verily mankind is in loss, except such as have faith and do righteous deeds and join together in the mutual enjoining of truth and of patience and consistency."
I mean, the first surah, that is recited five times a day, is anti-Christian and anti-Jewish.
The pope's intentions in discussing "holy war" were presumably good -- he approvingly quoted an early Qu'ranic "surah" (chapter), which says "there is no compulsion in religion" -- and he was right to raise the issue of how to confront and combat the religious extremism that gives rise to terror and violence.
Well, here is what I said: When I read the Quran for the first time, I was immediately impressed, even struck, by a statement in verse 164 of the 6th surah chapter: 'Nobody shall be made to bear another's burden.'
The term salsal, occurring in three verses of this surah as well as in 55:14, adds a further dimension to this concept.
(This has Islamic authority behind it, as it happens: surah 9: 5, speaking of a theological strategy.)
You may havce noticed that I am no fan of the BNP, but to be fair, the prosecution of Nick Griffin for daring to declare in a speech a direct precis of a surah in the Quoran ... a simple statement of fact ... could arguably have been considered a British version of this case.
Importantly for Islam, the Koran itself 17th surah tells of Mohammed's famous dream in which he took a night journey on the winged horse El Buraq along with the Angel Gabriel.
During this visit, they clean the grave, recite Ya-Seen, a chapter surah from the Qur'an and also perform the tahlil ceremony.
The first revelation concerning the struggle against the Meccans was surah 22, verses 39-40: This first Jihad occurred after the migration (hijra) in the year 622 CE.