Sura 3 of the Koran also goes by the name Al Imran or The Family of Imran. Interestingly depending on the source or commentary you follow "Family of Imran" can mean either the Family of Amran the father of Moses and Aaron, or it can mean Family of Mary the mother of Jesus. So before we start off we already have a screw up as the scholars cannot agree on the meaning of the name of the Sura, and remember this is meant to be the one and only true word of God. However, let me tell you in a nutshell why these two names exist.
The Family of Mary, by designating this name it lends credibility to the Muslim claim that Jesus is not the son of God but rather just a prophet. Naturally this does not do away with the Christianity claim completely as no Christian denies that Jesus birth was by Mary, they just believe that Mary was knocked up by Jehovah. So not sure exactly how this claim does away with immaculate conception, I think a far simpler explanation is that immaculate conception is absurd as it has never happened, well beside this one time in a time when there was no reason to believe it was immaculate.
Father of Amran, this designation is to lend credence to the Koran as a source of knowledge in line with the Bible and that the prophet Muhammad can be trusted. Personally I feel this designation is more appropriate as the word Imran is a male word in the Arabic, and so I can see no specific reason why it should be translated into the female.
So now that you don't understand the meaning of the Sura's name, lets move onto the introductory verses. After two versus of how awesome Allah is we get to the crux of the Sura with verse 3 and 4.
"He has sent down to you the Book with the truth confirming what was [revealed] before it, and He had sent down the Torah and the Evangel before as guidance for mankind, and He has sent down the Criterion. Indeed those who defy the signs of Allah, there is a severe punishment for them; and Allah is all-mighty, avenger."
Here we find that the Koran is explicitly given as the new good book to live by, as the Torah and the Bible (Evangel) are books of guidance from the past. Of course we can know the Koran is the real and true book as there are sure signs from Allah that this is so. Now don't hod your breath for those signs as you will die waiting. Like most claims of superiority of a specific sacred text, you actually have to believe the sacred text before you can see its sacred. And around and around we go with the circular reasoning. However, in case you are wondering what some of these signs are? Well verse 5 and 6 come hastily to the rescue.
"Nothing is indeed hidden from Allah in the earth or in the sky. It is He who forms you in the wombs however He wishes. There is no god except Him, the All-mighty, the All-wise."
Now you get this..
"It is He who has sent down to you the Book. Parts of it are definitive verses, which are the mother of the Book, while others are metaphorical.
As for those in whose hearts is deviance, they pursue what is
metaphorical in it, courting temptation and courting its interpretation.
But no one knows its interpretation except Allah and those firmly
grounded in knowledge; they say, ‘We believe in it; all of it is from
our Lord.’ And none takes admonition except those who possess intellect."
Okay, so in the Koran some verses are literal and some are metaphorical. The problem is that only Allah knows what is true and what is not. In other words anything you gleam from the Koran can be truth or fake. So, why does anyone believe this crap?
This one verse destroys any concepts derived from the Koran, as there is no way to know what is true or not. Let me just reiterate, that this is not me saying this, it is the Koran telling you this.
Todays reading ends of with some more all hail Allah verses which are surely important after all we have no idea what to believe here anyway. Okay this is all for this week, as really I want what you have seen today to really sink in. Its scary that a religion with this many inaccuracies is the fastest growing religion in the world, what does that say about humanity? I leave that question to answer yourself.
The version of the Koran I am reading is the John Meadows Rodwell translation. An online version can be found at the al-quran.info website
Additionally, for commentary I am utilizing the commentary of Maulana Muhammad Ali which is available at muslim.org/english-quran/quran.htm