Who is Allah asking for guidance?
Hatun and Daniel question Surah 1 of the Quran. The Qur’an is Allah’s eternal speech – so is Allah talking to himself?
Surah 1: In the name of ALLAH, the Gracious, the Merciful. All praise is due to ALLAH alone, Lord of all the worlds. The Gracious, the Merciful. Master of the Day of Judgment. THEE alone do we worship and THEE alone do we implore for help. Guide us in the straight path, The path of those on whom THOU hast bestowed THY favours, those who have not incurred THY displeasure and those who have not gone astray. To support the work of
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God uses “in the name of the LORD” and “O, LORD”, for Himself:
I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD.
For thus saith the LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O LORD, save thy people, the remnant of Israel.
Salawat in the Bible.
Salawat “from” God “to” people, how God prays figuratively (implores, entreats politely), to the people of Jews and the sinners, so that they may ask His grace:
8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts. 9 And now, * pray you*, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the LORD of hosts.
14 Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the LORD; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean. 15 And now, *I pray you*, consider from this day and upward, from before a stone was laid upon a stone in the temple of the LORD:16 Since those days were, when one came to an heap of twenty measures, there were but ten: when one came to the pressfat for to draw out fifty vessels out of the press, there were but twenty.17 I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labours of your hands; yet ye turned not to me, saith the LORD.
3 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, *I pray you*, betwixt me and my vineyard.6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. 7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.
Paul prays politely to his hungry followers so that they may eat meat:
33 And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.34 Wherefore *I pray you* to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.