Quran Read-A-Long: The Cow 142-147 Teaches About the Qiblah, the Direction of Prayer

These verses seem to reflect a familiar theme draped in a new guise: the direction of prayer. Muslims are supposed to pray in the direction of the Ka’aba in Mecca, which is indicated by the Qiblah, a mark in the wall of every mask or house of prayer.

What seems to be happening in these verses is that an actual direction is being used as a means of addressing the direction of the straight path towards God – straight to the Ka’aba, if you will. Those who face the direction of the Qiblah believe what they have been given and know it to be true, but we must understand that asking why people turn away is a foolish inquiry, since we know that God possesses all directions.

This is a minimalistic post this week. If there is something you’d like to mention in these verses that I glossed over, please don’t be shy.

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The Cow 142-147

142. The foolish will now ask and say: “What has made the faithful turn away from the Qiblah towards which they used to pray?” Say: “To God belong the East and the West. He guides who so wills to the path that is straight.” 143. We have made you a temperate people that you act as witness over man, and the Prophet as witness over you. We decreed the Qiblah which you faced before that We may know who follow the Apostle and who turn away in haste. And this was a hard (test) except for those who were guided by God. But God will not suffer your faith to go waste, for God is to men full of mercy and grace. 144. We have seen you turn your face to the heavens. We shall turn you to a Qiblah that will please you. So turn towards the Holy Mosque, and turn towards it wherever you be. And those who are recipients of the Book surely know that this is the truth from their Lord; and God is not negligent of all that you do. 145. Even though you bring all the proof to the people of the Book they will not face the direction you turn to, nor you theirs, nor will they follow each other’s direction. And if you follow their whims after all the knowledge that has reached you, then surely you will be among transgressors. 146. Those to whom We have sent down the Book know this even as they know their sons. Yet a section among them conceals the truth knowingly. 147. The truth is from your Lord, so be not among those who are sceptics.

A Thanksgiving Play Extravaganza with Timmy and Turkeys in South Park Episode 414, “Helen Keller the Musical”

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! And South Park is wishing you one, too, with this episode.

To compete with the kindergartners’ play, which Butters confesses is awesome, the fourth graders become determined to put on the best Thanksgiving play of all time.

Unfortunately, all this has to be done with the Helen Keller musical, but somehow they manage to incorporate a turkey that performs feats (not tricks!), Timmy as a sensational Helen Keller, dancing, singing, pyrotechnics and more. But beware the Turkey rivalries that arise between Timmy’s special turkey and the other trained turkey (who’s a stuck-up turkey bitch!).

One notably hilarious part is when Cartman is being trained to write a masterpiece by a veteran of the stage. Cartman is told to close his eyes and write whatever he envisions – if that something is different and inspirational, that is. We see a smattering of some remarkably disturbing images before Cartman says, Nah, just a bunch of the same. How revealing that this is what Cartman sees when he closes his eyes.

What did you think of this episode? What was your favorite part?

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