Should we include chapters from the Quran in our Saturday meetings?

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Should we include chapters from the Quran in our Saturday meetings?

qwerty
I think we should still make the Old Testament readings the focus of our meetings, but it might be interesting to read a small section (a fraction of a chapter) of the Quran every week as a point of comparison. We could potentially try to find sections of the Quran that correspond to the Old Testament reading that we are doing this week, and discuss how our interpretation of the Quran passage differs from our interpretation of the Old Testament passage.
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Andromeda07734
Why not read the Koran in order to see if it has anything in it that is against the principles of Judaism?
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fschmidt
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Most of us get enough exposure to the Quran at mosque, so the Saturday meetings are for the Old Testament.  Of course we discuss how the Old Testament compares to the Quran in these meetings.
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Andromeda07734
What is the most significant difference between the Torah and the Koran?
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fschmidt
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The Torah is based on teaching/understanding while the Quran is based on submission.  So the Torah presents a complex nuanced view while the Quran presents a simplified ideal view.
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Andromeda07734
An example would be appreciated.
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fschmidt
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Here is an example I posted a while ago:

http://www.mikraite.org/Choosing-a-king-in-the-Old-Testament-versus-the-Quran-tp947.html

In the Old Testament the people want a king and get one against God's will.  In the Quran, God gives them a king to which the people must submit.

In the Quran, all prophets are considered flawless (religiously and morally).  In the Old Testament, everyone is flawed.  In the Old Testament, Moses argues with God and wins, and the daughters of Zelophehad argue with Moses and win.  In the Quran, there is no argument, just submission.

In the Old Testament, Jacob is the founder of the Israelites.  In the Quran, Jacob is basically ignored because I can't imagine a less Islamic character than Jacob.  Jacob never submits to anyone and always struggles to get what he wants.  God later renames Jacob to Israel because Israel literally means to struggle with God which is a very different approach to the Islamic submission to God.  The Old Testament itself is a scripture for Jacob's approach to life.
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Andromeda07734
Are there any Koranic principles you find objectionable? The Koran is more a book of rules than a book of stories. It should be read as a contract between God and Man, in my view.
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fschmidt
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Not objectionable, just unnatural.  I would make a horrible Muslim.  I am extremely stubborn and skeptical, so I find submission almost impossible.  I read the Quran without finding anything objectionable, but I do not enjoy reading it.  I love reading the Old Testament.

It is clear to me that different religions are designed for different kinds of people.  Islam is well designed for most of the current population, but it isn't designed for me.  The Old Testament was designed for people like me.