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Ron Roberts, are you allergic to knowledge??

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Submitted by Fazhil (Proud Muslim) (South Africa), Jun 2, 2010 at 03:58

Dear Roberts,

My understanding of your argument is that 200 years after one's death, it is impossible to know with any level of certainty what transpired in that person's life or what that person said and did. Since you have an entire lifetime of unreasoned and poorly argued writings ahead of you, I have no choice but to counter this one because it points to dangerously high levels of self denial. You are pretending to be ignorant but when you are not.

I doubt you have heard about things like History, Archeology, etc. Jesus, Napoleon, Emperor Constantine, Arius, and millions other great men in history lived between hundreds and thousands of years ago. What we know about them today was passed on from generation to generation by word of mouth, written literature among other methods. In 2010, by pouring a few chemicals on some decomposed bones, someone concluded and published that they did not belong to Adolf Hitler, and you believe him, but you find trouble believing that I can accurately recall what I heard from my father who also could accurately recall hearing it from his own father, and all of us were sober (Muslims don't take intoxicants).

Therefore, the fact that the Prophet's (SAW) acts and deeds were never collated into a concrete written form until 200 years after his death does not in any way mean that there cannot be a RELIABLE chain of narration for them. That's why like you wrote, they were carefully reduced significantly to eliminate any on which there was a drop of doubt about authenticity leaving only what is conclusively accurate.

Please try to appreciate also, that this is not merely your (or my) grandfather that is known only to his relatives, but a man whose influence on world order (then and now) is undeniably remarkable and whose every saying and deed was at the very least not negligible. It does not take any measurable sense of humor to have a great laugh at your comparison of the Prophet (SAW) with George Washington. There is a difference between day and night!

So, if the line of argument you are taking, is that the passage of time renders any information no longer authentic, that is at best, absurd.

You started off by claiming that you are not concerned with the Koran. Then, as if you had just quickly lost your memory, you turn to it by claiming that it was written by a 16 year old girl, never reduced to writing until much later and therefore it cannot be divine. Plus the use of derogatory language (idiotic quotes, horse manure, etc). Acknowledging that you are ignorant about Islam and the Quran is the first and only great step to recovery. Which 16 year old girl wrote the Quran? And how do you know about it, knowing that it is 1450 years since and information dies out every after 200 years?

I could tell you some fact you did not know about. The Quran is the ONLY book in the world with the largest number of people who know it and recite it letter-for-letter and OFF HEAD from cover to cover. Knowledge does not have to be in writing for it to be preserved – that is an argument for weak/inferior minds.

Please visit http://ckyeyune.blogspot.com/p/morality-of-prophet-muhammad-saw.html and get to know something about the Prophet's marriage to Aisha at 6 (Yes, 6) years – some people make the mistake of stating it as 9 years. You will also find something about Jihad and stop learning from a certain Paul Fregosi about Islam. You don't learn about Christianity from the Sheikhs, friend.

I pray to Allah to enable you learn some basic truths about Islam.

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