To Nuray, Find of oldest Quran in Sanaa, Yemen
Submitted by A. Khalaf (United States), Nov 17, 2005 at 17:50Dear Nuray,
In 1972, during the restoration of the Great Mosque of Sana'a, in Yemen, laborers working in a loft between the structure's inner and outer roofs stumbled across a remarkable gravesite, although they did not realize it at the time. Their ignorance was excusable: mosques do not normally house graves, and this site contained no tombstones, no human remains, no funereal jewelry. It contained nothing more, in fact, than an unappealing mash of old parchment and paper documents -- damaged books and individual pages of Arabic text, fused together by centuries of rain and dampness, gnawed into over the years by rats and insects. Intent on completing the task at hand, the laborers gathered up the manuscripts, pressed them into some twenty potato sacks, and set them aside on the staircase of one of the mosque's minarets, where they were locked away -- and where they would probably have been forgotten once again, were it not for Qadhi Isma'il al-Akwa', then the president of the Yemeni Antiquities Authority, who realized the potential importance of the find.
Al-Akwa' sought international assistance in examining and preserving the fragments, and in 1979 managed to interest a visiting German scholar, who in turn persuaded the German government to organize and fund a restoration project. Soon after the project began, it became clear that the hoard was a fabulous example of what is sometimes referred to as a "paper grave" -- in this case the resting place for, among other things, tens of thousands of fragments from close to a thousand different parchment codices of the Koran, the Muslim holy scripture. In some pious Muslim circles it is held that worn-out or damaged copies of the Koran must be removed from circulation; hence the idea of a grave, which both preserves the sanctity of the texts being laid to rest and ensures that only complete and unblemished editions of the scripture will be read.
It was determined that this find was the earliest copies of quran.
What I wrote was the German professor's research from that find (even if I quoted you the dicrepancies you will not believe and ask me to show the coins next. If you are shown the coins you will say how do you know that coins have quranic verses. Bottom line is you are a born blind faither muslim and will find every excuse to justify your blind faith)
However, Islam is a multi billiondollar business.Do you really think that islamic religious heirarchy would have let the German's research come out in the open and hurt their gravy train? Needless to say that after a few articles including one in Atlantic magazine in January 1999, the whole thing was suppressed and vanished. You can buy almost every one in this world. If you cannot buy some one , you can have him killed. After the death threat even Salman Rushdie was willing to revert to Islam
Do you think that Saudis would allow such info. out and jeopardize their billion dollar Haj industry ?
It really does not matter to me whether this quran is exactly Usmanic quran or a corrupted version. I can tell just from the following aya that it is not Allah talking but Prophet Mohammed allowing himself unlimited wives, and sex with captured women and with first cousins, a priviledge he allowed only for himself and not for other muslims whom he allowed captured women but not first cousins ( whom they can marry but not have free sex with)
033.050 : O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee; and daughters of thy paternal uncles and aunts, and daughters of thy maternal uncles and aunts, who migrated (from Makka) with thee; and any believing woman who dedicates her soul to the Prophet if the Prophet wishes to wed her;- this only for thee, and not for the Believers (at large); We know what We have appointed for them as to their wives and the captives whom their right hands possess.
And the fast one he pulled when Abdullah bin Obay and other Madinans accused him of incest by marrying his own lovely daughter in law "Zainab bin Jash", by a timely revelation, to shut their mouths.
33.37"Then when Zaid had dissolved (his marriage) with her, with the necessary (formality), We joined her in marriage to thee: in order that (in future) there may be no difficulty to the Believers in (the matter of) marriage with the wives of their adopted sons".
It takes a hard core believer to stomach all these timely self serving revelations Nuray, I cannot digest these. I know you are too scared of hell fire to question.
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