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I  THE EXORDIUM

IN THE NAME
OF PASSION

Praise be to
the straight path
of those who have gone astray



80   HE FROWNED
(IN THE NAME OF PASSION)

He might have sought
to purify himself - but that
wealthy man remained to 
cleave asunder the thickets, 
to delight in each brother; 
each of them beaming, 
smiling, joyful, face veiled 
in unbelieving.



88 THE OVERWHELMING EVENT
(IN THE NAME OF PASSION)

Have you heard
of men, worn out, drinking
from a bitter gushing
fountain, soft silken carpets
spread, and Heaven leveled
to their account?



90   THE CITY
(IN THE NAME OF PASSION)

I swear you
are a created
affliction



91   THE SUN
(IN THE NAME OF PASSION)

The sun and the moon,
the day, the night spread
Him with knowledge of sin:

"Blessed shall be the man
who kept pure ruined pride
when Allah's own spurge razed
the city. He was afraid
of none."



92  NIGHT
(IN THE NAME OF PASSION)

By the night she lets fall
her radiant female endeavours.

He himself, against salvation, takes
the path of affliction, breathes
his last -- the life of this world
comes blazing, in which none burns
save the hardened
good good
men.



93  DAYLIGHT
(IN THE NAME OF PASSION)

The light of day and the fall
of night abhor you for this
gratified error



94  COMFORT
(IN THE NAME OF PASSION)

Have we not lifted
the burden? You follow
every hardship
with fervor.



97 QADR
(IN THE NAME OF PASSION)

On our night of glory you knew
what a thousand angels come
down to decree.



99   THE EARTHQUAKE
(IN THE NAME OF PASSION)

When her last convulsion shakes
off her, she will proclaim that
men come
an atom's weight of good, and 
an atom's weight
of evil.
:new: Many thanks to ^neurotype for featuring this piece as a Daily Deviation, and many more thanks for all of you for reading it. The irony of this piece being DDed on Laylat al-Qadr is not lost on me, not even a little.

These pieces are found poetry in free verse that I have compiled using strict erasure (removing the vast majority of the words of the source, then adding my own line breaks) from the first edition of The Koran, A New Translation by N. J. Dawood, as printed by Penguin Classics in 1956. These excerpts are from shorter sura (chapters, sort of), with each sura being one poem-within-the-poem, and each poem being tied to the sura's title. The other two-hundred-odd sura are in progress in my notebooks right now, and I'm hoping to pitch it as a poetry chapbook (or maybe even a collection, if it ends up on the fantastically long side) once I am finished.

Okay, so I'm going to be frank: I very nearly didn't start this, and I've been sitting on it for a month since finishing it thus far, because although I do court controversy with some of my writing tactics, this is by far the most balls-out-ly controversial piece I've ever attempted and it even made me personally question whether I was comfortable taking it to this limit. Working with a religious text is daunting to begin with, but when I first got the notion to attempt this, I had a Muslim acquaintance who I respected deeply that refused to speak to me again. She's a liberal Muslim, not even remotely a fundamentalist, and I know that in writing this I have alienated about a quarter of the world if it's enough to get her to that point.

My understanding of Islamic law is that only the qur'an in Arabic is the invoilate word of God as revealed to Muhammed, not translations - thus why I used an English version, rather than doing my own translation in some sort of crack found-poetry-translation-type deal. I hope that, if any of you are Muslim, you're not completely offput by this. I'll attempt doing this with the pentateuch next, promise; I've done similar with some Upanishads in the past. This work is not an insult to your religion, it's simply based on a source that I wanted to use because of its sheer poeticness and beauty.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-08-04
Emotions, sexuality, and the human condition: The Redacted Qur'an (Excerpts) by `tiganusi

Thank you for respecting the author's intent. ( Featured by neurotype )
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foureyes Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
Love ....Your words went right thru me !
"
By the night she lets fall
her radiant female endeavours.
He himself, against salvation, takes
the path of affliction, breathes
his last -- the life of this world
comes blazing, in which none burns
save the hardened
good good
men"
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TheBIankCanvas Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
wow the fact that you got this DD on Laylatul Qadr gives me shivers. 

I thought I'd share this with you though. 
Theres so much more than just beauty in the poeticism of the Quran. 
These are super short videos, like 2 mins long each. 
I hope you watch them. 

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:icontiganusi:
tiganusi Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Professional
Those videos are great. Thanks for sharing!
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:iconmadameshadowenn:
madameshadowenn Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I wasn't sure if you'd be interested, but I thought I'd let you know anyway. Your work inspired me to attempt something similar, using the Bible. If you'd like to read it, here's the link: madameshadowenn.deviantart.com…
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your-methamphetamine Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student Writer
i'm a Muslim myself and i must say that you handled this really well. using an English version definitely reduced the negativity around this piece. and of course, with found poetry, you break a text down to just words so this really is just words. so i rather liked this. thank you for sharing!
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RiseandBe Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I especially like the second half. The last one being my favorite.
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madameshadowenn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hi there! I'm Jasmine, a staff blogger from :iconpoeticalcondition:. Just to let you know I've featured your piece in this journal: poeticalcondition.deviantart.c…
It's a round-up of all of our members who have received a DLD or DD over the past 9 days, so please do check it out!
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Professional
Cheers!
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madameshadowenn Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcme!
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Words fail me, but not enough to write this sentence.
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joyeshaa Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
I have read some of the comments and I totally understand why some people showed disagreement for what you did here. It is not about whether people read the description you provided or not, this can actually be misunderstood since in some of the excerpts you changed the whole meaning stated in the Holy Quran, especially in 90. And just the idea of a "redacted Quran" is unacceptable to Muslims.

Despite how beautiful they all are and how nice the way you write, I think you could have changed the main title and the titles of the each one of the poem as they have different meanings of the "suras" in the Quran. 
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you familiar with the concept of found poetry? If not, it's worth looking into. :)
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katworks Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
ohh well deserved!!! :clap:
a bold and well done piece! :peace:
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:icontiganusi:
tiganusi Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional
thanks! :heart:
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Synaesthetic1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
break everything- learn everything
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:icontiganusi:
tiganusi Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional
the breaking of things isn't nearly mainstream enough these days.
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renzemian Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Muslims will not take this well. I advise not traveling and hiring a body guard. They will come to your house, guy. Be careful.

In my defense, I am a bible preaching Follower of Jesus in the reformed tradition, not a Muslim and not even kind of. I'm just warning you because I've seen the eccentric vengeance they take on people who do stuff like this. Also, don't do the Pentateuch...
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your logic lends itself nicely to the notion that all brown people are terrorists. Good times.
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:iconrenzemian:
renzemian Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Right, because all Muslims are brown people, right?
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your statement indicated that all Muslims are angry and belligerent, so might as well extend it across all brown while you're at it.
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:iconrenzemian:
renzemian Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
What you just said is so fraudulent and myopic that it is astonishing and silly, and I will cease to reply after this last response.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So you're capable of recognizing it in others but not yourself? That's strange.
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:icontiganusi:
tiganusi Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional
I'm really not afraid of muslims coming to my house, there tend to be muslims in and around my house to begin with. Thanks for the advice anyway.
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:iconrenzemian:
renzemian Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Fearlessness is useful in the arts! Take care.
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glossolalias Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
my favorite parts of this comment are the broad generalizations regarding a group of about 1.6 billion people who live all over the world and practice their faith in different ways. isn't ignorance adorable?
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:iconrenzemian:
renzemian Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, because I am suggesting that 1.6b people are going to arrive at a single man's house at once.
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glossolalias Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
your inability to understand the point of my comment makes this even funnier.
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BatmanWithBunnyEars Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013   General Artist
My favorite part is The Sun, because when you mention "Him with knowledge of sin" with "Him" capitalized, then talk about God/Allah razing a city, it's as though you're shining a light on how horrific many of the acts of the supposedly benevolent God/Allah are.  (The Qur'an and the bible have this in common.)
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional
I intended that section to reflect more on the sanctity of human nature and the knowledge of sin being an allegory for homosexuality.
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional
thanks! :heart:
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome dear!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconsweethugplz::iconflyingheartsplz:
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013   Writer
Well, that was extremely interesting, both the read and the explanation.  Cheers for pushing artistic limits. I think you have an aptitude for that. :beer:

And of course, congrats on the feature.
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional
Cheers for the support! :lolly:
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TwilightPoetess Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations on the DD! :heart:
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:icontiganusi:
tiganusi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional
thanks! <3
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Amikazi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is pretty cool! Being a Muslim myself I really like the compilation. With the Qur'an being as poetic and marvelous as it is, the translations must still retain a little of its elegance (still incomparable to the Arabic Qur'an nevertheless). And you should try to explain to your Muslim friend a little more thoroughly that this compilation is in no way wronging the Islamic community. Also I'm pretty sure your intentions are good; after all "Actions are but by intentions and every man shall have only that which he intended."-The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) :)
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Amikazi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
However I might also add that since some of these are taken out of context that you should emphasize that the verses have different meanings in the context and maybe provide some information about verses that may be misunderstood and possibly even misused after the interpretation. 
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional
Many thanks for the show of support! I love that quotation, thank you for sharing it.
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Dr-royal Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I honestly dont accept this :/ There are so many ignorant fools out there, that they will use anything to make us look bad. Even though you say this isnt to insult Islam, it will motivate other Non-Muslims to actually believe that this came out of the Qur'an.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The only way to eliminate ignorance is through open discussion, not blind assumptions ;)
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Dr-royal Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
IF you are referring to me, I am not assuming anything. As i grew up with Islam, I of course have to learn it, which in case, Islam doesn't allow the Qur'an to be modified.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're assuming that people are not going to take the three seconds they need to read the title and/or the artists comments of this piece, which both clearly state this isn't from the Qu'ran.
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Allendra3 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Most people don't read the artist description when it's one sentence. I doubt many people will read as much as this guy wrote.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't imagine someone getting through a whole poem and failing to at least skim the description. Or, you know, looking at the title.
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Allendra3 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You'd be surprised. But the title really doesn't say much except that this is pieces of the Qur'an.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm also counting on the fact that people who can't grasp the meaning of the word 'redacted' wouldn't be reading poetry at all, to be honest. :I
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Dr-royal Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Listen, I understand that he was only trying to revise it to make a story out of it, not as in actually trying to revise the Quran and make people believe that that's what he is doing. But there are Muslims out there that will actually think the opposite.
But there are a few lines taken from the Qur'an such as "In the name of passion" Which is not correctly translated, which can stir up some people.

What bothers me is that there might be people who will start saying, "so this is how Islam is" And not actually try to take in the whole concept of this piece of work. I've experience a lot of this, and seen a lot of people trying to do something like this, just so people can hate us. But I understand this author isn't trying to bring negative thoughts into others. You cannot start assuming things, assuming there is no reason to what a certain person has to day. And my reason is that there are Idiotic Muslims that will misunderstand this. I clearly see what he did but others wont.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He mentions which translation he used in the artists comments :B given the age of it, I'm not surprised it's not accurate.

I hope you're able to help spread the word that it's not like that, then. We need more of this in the world.
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mode300 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013

it's so bad translation if any one wants to learn or to take part of Qur'an here is a great url quran.com/

but u can't just make it like this way

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