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Saturday, November 09, 2019

The Fall From Eden = The Beginning of Money & Ownership

I just stumbled upon something about Islam, the Tree of Life, and money I'd never realized before.

For years I've studied the Fall from Grace, the beginning of money and ownership, portrayed in the Biblical Eden story as well as world mythology, alluded to in the Universal Myth of Stealing Fire From Heaven, described in my essays on my website:


The Seven-Headed Dragon: World Commerce  
(which I wrote years ago but hope to revise, both expanding upon it and clarifying it)

and

Our Fall From Grace: Our Departure From Gratis: The Beginning of Money (Examining the Meaning of the Universal Myth of Stealing Fire From Heaven)

I've also studied the Quran a lot, so I'm surprised I had somehow missed this, which I just read in the Wikipedia article on The Tree of Life, because, in another way, it is so blatantly confirms the same theme in the Biblical Eden story!


Painting of Tree of Life in interior of
Shaki Khan palace,
Azerbaijan National Art Museum,
Usta Gambar Garabagi
Muslims believe that when God created Adam and Eve, he told them that they could enjoy everything in the Garden except this tree (idea, concept, way of life), and so, Satan appeared to them and told them that the only reason God forbade them to eat from that tree is that they would become Angels, or they start using the idea/concept of Ownership in conjunction with inheritance generations after generations, which Iblis convinced Adam to accept[26][27] The hadiths also speak about other trees in heaven.[28] When they ate from this tree their nakedness appeared to them and they began to sew together, for their covering, leaves from the Garden[29]. The Arabic word used is ورق [waraqiwhich also means currency/notes [30]. Which means they started to use currency due to ownership. As Allah already mentioned, that everything in Heaven is free (so eat from where you desire) [31], so using currency to uphold the idea of ownership became the reason for the slip. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_of_life]


 Sure enough, I looked up the Arabic word for leaf [ورق ] in the Quran and Arabic lexicon, and it's true.  This root word for leaf [wāw rā qāf (و ر ق)] occurs four times in the Quran:


So he made them fall, through deception. And when they tasted of the tree, their private parts became apparent to them, and they began to fasten together over themselves from the leaves [وَرَقِ  waraqi] of Paradise. And their Lord called to them, "Did I not forbid you from that tree and tell you that Satan is to you a clear enemy?" (Quran 7:22)
 And Adam and his wife ate of it, and their private parts became apparent to them, and they began to fasten over themselves from the leaves [وَرَقِ  waraqi] of Paradise. And Adam disobeyed his Lord and erred. (Quran 20:121)
And similarly, We awakened them that they might question one another. Said a speaker from among them, "How long have you remained [here]?" They said, "We have remained a day or part of a day." They said, "Your Lord is most knowing of how long you remained. So send one of you with this silver coin [بِوَرِقِكُمْ   biwariqikum] of yours to the city and let him look to which is the best of food and bring you provision from it and let him be cautious. And let no one be aware of you. (Quran 18:19)
And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf  [وَرَقَةٍ  waraqatin] falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record.  (Quran 6:59) 

 See also what the Quran and Hadith say about money and possessions:


Also, see what the other world religions say about money, possessions and banking: 





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