Quranic Word "Sura" = Pali "Sura" or ...

Quranic Word "Sura" = Pali "Sura" or Intoxicant

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Flushing, NY

#1 Nov 8, 2013
Many people don't know that the verses in the Quran are called "Sura" and this IS NOT AN ARABIC WORD!!! It may have been derived from the Sanskrit or Pali "Sura" which literally means alcoholic drink.

Sura is the name given to the Chapters of the Quran. The Arabs of the Hijaz did not use this word until Muhammad inserted it in his Quran.

Can reading the verses of the Koran make you intoxicated and destroy the true Dharma as intoxicants destroys Dharma?

Definitely. Just look at Muslims -- they look drugged. Their eyes are up in their heads as when someone is drunk!

As Buddhists we must stay away from false teachings --- Sura, Meraya, Majja-- as they cause heedlessness.

Flushing, NY

#2 Nov 8, 2013

Interestingly, the Encyclopedia of Islam mentions that the word sura is of unknown origin. There are many theories that its origin is Hebrew or Syriac, but there is no consensus. In particular, for such a common and important word, commentators have not been able to connect it convincingly to any Arabic root.

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