By W. St. Clair Tisdall
Tisdall's vintage paintings explores the resources from which Muhammad borrowed the tips and narratives and precepts he has included into the faith he based. Which of those have been his personal invention, which ones have been derived from prior structures? To what volume had he the technique of studying the lessons of these who professed different religions than his personal? If he borrowed from different platforms, what specific elements of the Qu'ran will be traced to such resources? How a lot of the Qur'an is because of the nature of Muhammad himself and the situations of his time?
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And it came to pass at morning time that the Queen of Sheba went forth by the sea to worship. And the birds darkened the sun; and she laid her hand upon her garments and rent them, and she became surprised and troubled. And when she was troubled, the cock of the desert came down to her, and she saw, and lo! a letter was fastened to his wing. She opened and read it. And this was what was written in it:— ‘From me, King Solomon. Peace be to thee, peace be to thy nobles! Forasmuch as thou knowest that the Holy One, blessed be He!
Then he called him and said to him, ‘O Abraham, hast thou seen thy God, who hath sent thee, and to whose worship thou dost invite men, and whose power thou recordest and on account thereof dost magnify Him above all other? " The story goes on to inform us that the custom of the tribe to which Abraham belonged was to hold a great festival once every year, during which everyone for a time went out of the city. ) Before leaving the city, we are told, the citizens "had made some food ready. ’ And when they did not answer him, he said, ‘What is the matter with you?
It is hardly likely that Muhammad omitted to verify the tale by consulting his Jewish friends, who would tell him that it was contained in certain of their books, and thus confirm his faith in its truth. We notice, however, that in the Qur'an the name of Abraham's father is stated to have been Azar and not Terah, as in Genesis. But Eastern Jews sometimes call him Zarah, from which the Arabic form may have been corrupted. Or, again, Muhammad may have learnt the name in Syria, whence Eusebius probably derived the form of the name, , which he uses.