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Koran

By Muhammad محمد‎;

Because the work of only one person, The Koran became by far the most influential book ever written. Mainly a transliteration of basic Jewish teachings, stories, and themes; it principally only differs from Judaism in believing that the Messiah has already come. Symbols like angels, devils, heaven, hell, the resurrection and Last Judgment came through the Jewish tradition from Babylonia and Persian Zoroastrianism. Muhammad’s knowledge of Christianity was much less and consequently its influence was slight. He respected Christ, believed he was a prophet, but not that he was a Son of God. The Koran, along with the Bible and the Talmud formed the inspirations and justifications for hundreds of years of barbaric wars and monstrous atrocities.

Quotes from Koran

“Avoid being angry at all times.”

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Themes: Anger

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“Give tidings of painful doom to those who disbelieve... Slay the idolaters wherever you find them... and fight until persecution is no more, and religion is all for Allah.”

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Themes: Evil Aggression

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“He is the best of men who dislikes power.”

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Themes: Leadership Power

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“I found [there] a woman ruling them, and she has been given of all things, and she has a great throne. I found her and her people prostrating to the sun instead of Allah, and Satan has made their deeds pleasing to them and averted them from [His] way, so they are not guided.”

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“Justice is an unassailable fortress, built on the bow of a mountain which cannot be overthrown by the violence of torrents, nor demolished by the force of armies.”

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Themes: Justice

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“None of you have faith until you love for your neighbor what you love for yourself.”

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Themes: Golden Rule

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“Paradise is surrounded by hardships, and the Fire is surrounded by desires.”

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“Return evil with Kindness.”

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Themes: Evil Kindness

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“The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.”

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Themes: Books

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“They who believe not shall have garments of fire fitted unto them; boiling water shall be poured on their heads; their bowels shall be dissolved thereby, and also their skins, and they shall be beaten with maces of iron”

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“To parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor farther away, the companion at your side, the traveler, and those whom your right hands possess.”

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“Whatever you put out at usury shall have no increase from God; but whatever you give in alms shall be doubled to you.”

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“If you disclose your charitable expenditures, they are good; but if you conceal them and give them to the poor, it is better for you.”

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Quotes about Koran (4 quotes)

“Many well-meaning people have told me in all earnestness that nothing in Islamic culture incites abuse of women, that this is just a terrible misunderstanding. Men all over the world beat their women, I am constantly informed. In reality, these Westerners are the ones who misunderstand Islam. The Quaran mandates these punishments. It gives a legitimate basis for abuse, so that the perpetrators feel no shame and are not hounded by their conscience or their community… I want secular, non-Muslim people to stop kidding themselves that ‘Islam is peace and tolerance.’”

Ayaan Hirsi Ali 1969 CE –
Powerful voice for Islamic reform
from Infidel

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“According to the mystics, every text of the Koran has 7 or 70 or 700 layers of interpretation, the literal meaning being only for the ignorant vulgar… they believed that the populace should take the Koran literally but wise people need not do so.”

Bertrand Russell 1872 – 1970 CE
“20th century Voltaire”
from History of Western Philosophy

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“I am not a Muslim in the usual sense, though I hope I am a Muslim as one surrendered to God; but I believe that embedded in the Qur’an and other expressions of the Islamic vision are vast stores of divine truth from which I and other occidentals have still much to learn.”

William Montgomery Watt 1909 – 2006 CE
"The Last Orientalist"

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“It is the long-honed expertise of religious scholars in reinterpreting texts that makes religion irrelevant. No matter which economic policy Khamenei chooses, he can always square it with the Quran. Therefore the Quran is degraded from a source of true knowledge to a source of mere authority.”

Yuval Harari יובל נח הררי‎ 1976 CE –
Israeli historian, professor, and philosopher

from 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

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