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Re: Texts and traditions 2016
« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2016, 04:52:09 pm »
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Hi can any one please give tips on how to structure a good essay?

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Texts and traditions 2016
« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2016, 12:57:11 pm »
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Hi can any one please give tips on how to structure a good essay?
Hmm, I really think it depends on what you are writing.
But the tips I can give are:
-just stick to your topics (don't waffle on about other random things)
-try to incorporate a themes into ur essay (if it isn't a thematic essay)
-remember, quality over quantity! Don't write a lot just 'because it's an essay'.
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Also guys, is anyone willing to mark my  texts and traditions work? If not, thank you anyways!

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Re: Texts and traditions 2016
« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2016, 01:08:31 pm »
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Hey moaning myrtle, I totally didn't know you do T&T!!!  Welcome to the fold ;)

I can totally give advice on people's work if you post it up here on the forums!

Also, click on the spoiler below for tips on essays from my overview thread:

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Be concise!  And focus on forceful, crisp, to the point and summarising topic sentences.

Stick like glue to the topic!
 - check you know exactly what the topic is, and cover the ENTIRE topic (so easy to miss bits under exam pressure)
 - write a plan first so you don't wander off topic
 - don't try to force a response you can do well into a different topic
 - never go off on tangents just because you know a whole lot of side info - it may look good but misses the point
    and wastes time

Ensure you include:
 - quotes, ideally with specific references (not ESSENTIAL, but impresses the examiner that you know your stuff)
 - scholarly terms throughout (e.g. Parousia, salvific)
 - something on the historical background; it can be hard to fit in, but is worth (theoretically) 1/5th of the marks...
 - quotations from scholars (not essential but impressive)

About examples:
 - cite a wide range of quite diverse examples, and try to make paragraphs as different as possible
 - don't use three separate but similar incidents/with a similar message,, or you end up repeating yourself
 - try to balance examples and explanation - it shouldn't be just a list of examples without analysis, but on the
   other hand ensure you quote a wide variety of situations to show wider knowledge and avoid fluff
 - if a question isn't limited to the special chapters, cite at least one example from outside them, to show
    you know the entire text
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Re: Texts and traditions 2016
« Reply #18 on: November 05, 2016, 02:01:30 pm »
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Hey moaning myrtle, I totally didn't know you do T&T!!!  Welcome to the fold ;)

I can totally give advice on people's work if you post it up here on the forums!
This is an Extended Response answer. Thanks so much Heidi!
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According to Surah 31 (Luqman), for whom is the Quran a mercy and guidance? How does Surah 31 describe the people? According to surah 31, what are the characteristics of those who do not follow the Quran? (2015 exam Q)

The Quran is the last Holy book revealed to Prophet Muhammed. It is a paramount source of creed, ethics, laws and rituals. In surah Luqman,  great detail is shared on who the Quran is a guidance and mercy for, their characteristics of those who do not follow the Quran.

The 31st chapter begins by articulating that “the book of wisdom (31:2)” is “a guidance and a mercy for the righteous ones (31:3)”. The righteous ones can be understood as those who want to seek guidance from the Quran. Allah is ‘The Guide’ (Al-Hadi), only whomever he wills, will be guided.

Furthermore, the characteristics of the righteous and pious ones are those who “establish salah (prayer), give zakat (charity), and firmly believe in the hereafter (31:4)”. All these qualities are either part of the ‘pillars of Islam’ or the ‘pillars of faith (iman)’. What should be noted, is the usage of the word ‘establish’. Hence, it can be derived that a feature of a good-doer (muhsinin) is not one who just prays but rather one who builds and institutionalises prayer. An individual must not compromise prayer but rather, he should live in accordance and around his prayer.

Moreover, the Makkan Chapter also lists the characteristics of those who do not follow the Quran. “Those who purchase idle talk so that he (they) may lead people away from Allah (31:6)” and those who turn their face away in arrogance, as if they “did not hear (31:7)” will be the misguided individuals. During the period of this chapter’s revelation, the last years of the middle stages of the Prophet Muhammed’s life in Makkah, idle talk (lahwul hadi) was prevalent. According to authentic scholar, ibn Kathir, idle talk during that time was specifically characterised as Iranian men who used to loudly narrate their travelling stories and servant girls who used to sing beautifully, both doing these actions in hopes of leading the believers away from being steadfast in Islam. Also, when the Makkans who were distracted by the idle talk were reminded about Allah, they did not listen due to their pride and arrogance. It depicts that these people are truly “blind, dumb and deaf (2:171)” to the Quran’s guidance and mercy.

To conclude with, one must realise from Surah Luqman, that guidance will only be given to those who sincerely want it. The individuals who have the characteristics listed as the good-doers will only see the Quran as a true guidance and mercy, and those who do not possess these qualities will surely be misguided and on the wrong path.

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Re: Texts and traditions 2016
« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2016, 10:56:40 am »
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Bumping this!^^ Will appreciate if anyone can check it out!
I've also attached another E.R, if someone could pls check it out too!
Thanks in advance (:
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Explain the Quranic notion of ‘permissible food’ for Muslims, illustrating your answer withe examples from the passages for special text (I’m just going to use the texts we studied and not the special texts as it doesn’t correspond to the texts this year). (2005 exam Q)

Islam is a religion built upon fundamental code of rituals, ethics, laws and actions. One of the most important notions in Islam, is that to prohibit oneself from indulging in forbidden (haram) food. The sixth chapter of the Quran, Surah An’aam, goes into detail about what foods are permissible and what are impermissible.

There are four main categories of impermissible food: “carrion, or blood poured forth, flesh of swine…slain invoking a name other than Allah (6:145)”. The reason why these types of food are not allowed is due to its very unhealthy nature. Foods that involve swine, running blood or carrion (already dead animals) have been proven to be very unhealthy to humans. Allah has put down these guidelines to test the Muslims and see who remains steadfast in the rules laid out and who falls into the temptations of Shaitan (waswasa).

One of the ways Shaitan has lead man to engaging in the forbidden is by constructing superstitions and inviting man to believe in them. This is evident from the event that took place when the Jews of   Prophet Yaqub’s (Jacob’s) time proclaimed that birds are prohibited due to the fact that Prophet Yaqub had been associated with them (6:146).

Moreover, all the above mentioned foods are allowed if “whoever is forced (to eat it by necessity), not desiring nor transgressing (6:145)”. Allah is The Forgiving (al-Ghaffar) and he values lives over a set of rules and regulations.

To conclude with, this reveals a greater link between the reasons of why specific foods are allowed or not and Shaitan’s evil scheme which he uses to lead man away from Allah’s guidance.