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Sura 2 encapsulates the essence of the Quran discuss For Muslims the Quran is the most important source of religious and social guidance for Muslims Ibadah or service to Allah involves not just observation of the five pillars but also a genuine presence of mind when carrying out duties These pillars and the six beliefs which are the exegesis of the Shahada are all dealt with in Sura 2 of the Quran A Hadith describes Sura 2 of everything there is a pinnacle and the pinnacle of the Quran is sura al-Baqarah The six beliefs are explained in detail throughout the Quran but Sura 2 The Cow makes reference to all of them The first of these beliefs is Tawhid the unity and wholeness of Allah On line 163 of Sura 2 in the Penguin version of the Quran translated by N J Dawood we can find the passage Your God is one God There is no god but Him He is the Compassionate the Merciful Those who do not acknowledge this monotheism are guilty of shirk or association which is the highest sin in Islam The Quran teaches Muslims of the existence of angels or spiritual beings And when We said to the angels Prostrate yourselves before Adam they all prostrated themselves except Satan who in his pride refused and became an unbeliever This passage shows that obedience to Allah is expected of the angels or Malaikah and those who refuse will be punished Satan was forced to reside in Hell However the Quran stresses that angels have no free will but this seems problematic considering Satans choice to disobey God Angels are ordered in a hierarchy with the archangel Jibrael Gabriel in Christianity being the most important Is was Jibrael who revealed the Quran to Muhammed Islam recognises the Old Testament prophets Risalah and Sura 2 mentions them repeatedly Through time the prophets have had the duty of guiding mankind along
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