Because all of these posts form one study of the Qur’an, and relate to one another, this page was originally intended to provide permalinks to each post. Now, since many more blog posts have been added, such a comprehensive list is far more arduous, so I have left it to the “categories” section to the left on the Home page for assistance. The “Introduction to 114 Chambers” post below is the very first post for this blog, and its study has developed further. Nonetheless, I will try to link and describe some of those posts I consider important. A Closer Look at lā ilāha illā Allāh would be a possible place to start as it gives an example of close analysis. For an overview of what is meant by Quranic Architecture on this blog, check out the summary below:
What can we learn about the mysterious character named (but not in the Quran) Al-Khidr whose story is told in Surat Al-Kahf (The Cave)? It’s about knowledge and how Allah bestows different kinds of knowledge on different people according to their nature and needs. And the need for patience: Wisdom from the Quranic Story of Al-Khidr
The above is the very first post, shorter than most.
Here we dig deeper into what it means for Allah to be Omniscient, with examples from advanced mathematics.
Details about the structure of Al-Fatiha; how its structure forms a “blueprint” for prostration.
Al-Fatiha: The Blueprint
Using “ring composition” to analyze Surat Al-Fatiha, revealing both a symbolic cosmology of faith and proof the Bismallah is the first aya of this Surah.
The significance and meaning of prayer in Islam, and the difference between Salat (sometimes spelled “salah”), the “formal” Islamic prayer, and du’a or “supplication”, whose meaning is the same as “prayer” in English.
For those who are unfamiliar with either the Quran or the Bible, and/ or want to know the difference: The Difference Between the Quran and the Bible
How the Quran raises the status of women with the example of Mary/ Maryam, and how her status was raised:
The story of Ibrahim/ Abraham’s sacrifice in the Quran. Many do not understand why the father of the prophets was given the unbearable instruction to slaughter his own firstborn son. This post addresses the issue, showing the huge difference between the Quranic and Biblical/ Judaic narratives:
The meaning of Surat Al-Nasr, which seems very simple, is also an example of how Muslims as an Ummah or community can succeed.
Surat Al-Nasr: Victory Then, Now, and Hereafter
How the Quran’s order of surahs forms an architectural calendar with an updated image and PDF:
The Quran tells us that Allah decreed upon Himself the attribute of mercy exemplified in the name Al-Raheem. This post shows us how He embedded this, literally written, in the Bismalah:
And what’s the connection between Quranic architecture and the chambered nautilus pictured on this blog? Here’s the answer in greater detail.
The Chambered Nautilus and Its Connection to the Quran
Islam is often described in the West as lacking in compassion and mercy, but nothing could be farther from the truth. This post addresses that, focusing on the relationship between compassion and justice.
Exploring comparative religion, some connections with other faiths can be found here as well:
Yin/Yang: The names Al-Rahman Al-Raheem
An earlier examination in this blog of the order of Suras in the Qur’an and its relevance to the message as a whole.
A Picture of Time, a Calendar, a Guide
An overview of what “structure” means in the Qur’an, and of types of patterns to examine.
Structure as Metaphor in the Qur’an
An examination of the name Allah in Arabic, and what is lost in translation.
A more recent elucidation of Allah’s name, focusing on how it forms a metaphor for the heart, and its profound meaning for us.
An examination of the two names that follow the name “Allah” in the Bismallah, their significance, and how the name Al-Rahman, “The Almighty,” has been misunderstood, both in Arabic explanations and in translations.
Al-Rahman, Al-Raheem: The dynamic Pair
The Quran on the Environment
The Islamic Creed “There is no god but God” closely analyzed in Arabic for English-speaking readers. Also called the Statement of Tawheed, or monotheistic faith. This is an example of the type of close analysis this blog is interested in, and is also listed above in its original title.