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Sunday, 10 October 2010

Proper Context, But Only For Negative Koranic Passages

Isn’t it funny that the only passages of the Koran which require a ‘proper context’ or a sanitised interpretation are the negative (as non-Muslims see them) ones? You know. The ones about ‘cutting off the infidels’ heads’ and even their ‘fingertips’. Why is it that the often-trotted-out passage about ‘as if one were to kill the whole world’ does not seem to require a ‘proper context’ or a fluffy interpretation?

And why is it that those who embraced Islam only last week can speak to their hearts’ content about how great Islam is without needing to be an expert or needing to consult a scholar? Critics, on the other hand, are ‘theologically naïve’ or they are required to study the fifty volume Cambridge study of 14th century Shia Islam before they can even utter a single critical word about Islam and the Koran. Why do I have to study the use of glottal stops in Koranic Arabic before I dare even whisper something remotely critical about the Koran?

Let’s face it. One has to be a Muslim to be allowed to be a critical of Islam or the Koran. The thing is, though, once one is a Muslim, one will not be critical of Islam or the Koran – as over one thousand years of the history of Islam has shown us. And, no, the ‘myriad and many differing interpretations of the Koran in Islamic scholarship’ do not equal a single genuine criticism of the Koran.

Islam and the Koran are self-referential. That is, the Koran says of itself that one cannot doubt or criticise the Koran. Islam says of itself that one cannot doubt or criticise the basic fundamentals of Islam. Checkmate to the Muslim. The silence of the infidel is therefore assured. That is precisely the intention. That is why Islam has survived so long. That is why Islam has spread so far and wide.

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