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The Progressive Nature of God's Revelation-
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1 The Opening (Al-Fátíha)

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds;
Most Gracious, Most Merciful;
Master of the Day of Judgment.
Thee do we worship, and Thine aid we seek.
Show us the straight way,
The way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace, those whose (portion) is not wrath, and who go not astray.
(Qur'án Surah 1 - A.Yusuf Ali translation
http://www.orst.edu/groups/msa/quran/index.html)
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2 This is the Arabic word for the concept of unity and oneness of God.
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3 Orthodox Islam maintains that it was actually God, through the medium of the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet, who was the author of the Qur'án: for the purposes of this essay, however, I shall simply refer to Muhammad as the speaker of the text of the Qur'án without referring to its divine origin.
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4 Qur'án 42:13
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5 Qur'án 2:136
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6 Ali, Syed Ameer. The Spirit of Islám: A History of the Evolution and Ideals of Islám: With a Life of the Prophet. Reprinted and revised. (London: Christophers, 1955) p240.
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7 These are Arabic terms for that which is forbidden and allowed.
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8 The Bible. Matthew 19:8-9 (King James version)
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9 Qur'án 22:67
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10 Direction in which the believers must face whilst praying. In previous dispensations it was Jerusalem, however Muhammad changed this to Makkah.
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11 The Spirit of Islám. p183.
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12 Townshend, George. Christ and Bahá'u'lláh. Reprinted and revised. (Oxford: George Ronald, 1985) p34.
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13 ibid.
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14 Hakim, Khalifa Abdul. Islámic Ideology: The Fundamental Beliefs and Principles of Islám and their Application to Practical life. Third edition. (Lahore: The Institute of Islamic Culture, 1961) pxi.
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15 Qur'án 33:41
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16 The period of time beginning with the Prophet Adam and culminating in the Day of Judgement.
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17 Qur'án 5:4
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18 The Spirit of Islám. p182-3.
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19 ibid p183.
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20 Age of ignorance
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21 The Spirit of Islám. p262.
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22 ibid. p265.
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23 Qur'án 4:4
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24 Qur'án 4:130
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25 Some scholars have pointed to the fact that Muhammad Himself had over four wives to argue either a sinful nature on the part of Muhammad (according to some Christian apologists) or that polygamy is sunnah (according to some Islamic apologists). However a closer inspection of the marriages of Muhammad after the death of His first wife Khadija show that rather than being the lustful excesses of a sinful man, or the normal practice of a Muslim; they were political or charitable arrangements that the leader of the infant Muslim community had to undertake.
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26 Qur'án 42:15
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27 Qur'án 3:9
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28 Qur'án 14:48
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29 Qur'án 39:69
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30 For a greater exposition of this concept, refer to Chapter 5 of Christ and Bahá'u'lláh.
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31 Sahih Bukhari 4:56:735
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32 Prophecy Fulfilled
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33 See Qur'án 5:64 for an understanding of the continuing nature of God's revelation
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34 Qur'án 2:139
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This essay is a reflection of the author's personal understanding of the nature of Islám and the Bahá'í Faith and as such does not constitute an official Bahá'í view.