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Submitted by John M. (United States), Jan 23, 2006 at 12:47

Quranists, submitters, tulu e islamists and people in denial like Nuray only like to believe in Quran only to escape what is in islamic history, hadiths and siras.

Quran says Muhammad had "sublime morals" (68:4) and was a good example to follow" (33:21). How can Muslims follow his examples if those examples are not recorded? Denying the hadith make it impossible for Muslims to practice Islam properly or follow the examples of Muhammad and therefore the quranic injunction stated above cannot be observed. In fact without the haidth, none of the rituals of Islam, such as salat, hajj and fasting can be performed and these are the pillars of Islam. Without the hadith and Sira the very historicity of Muhammad becomes dubious. How can you prove that the Quran is not written by a bunch of Arab rulers as a manifesto for their imperialistic ambition?

What about the authenticity of the Quran? Can anyone prove the authenticity of the Quran? What is good for the goose is also good for the gander. How do we know that Muhammad did not lie? How do we know the entity that he claimed visited him was not Satan pretending to be Gabriel? How could he know the difference if he never met Gabriel? If Muhammad admitted that he was fooled once by Satan, how do we know he was not fooled more often? How do we know the Quran that we have today is the original one? Who collected it? Was this person(s) trustworthy? How can we be sure that it is preserved without alteration? If it was possible for the Jews and the Christians to corrupt their books, hundreds of years after they were written, as Muhammad has claimed, to erase his name, how can we be sure that Muslims did not do the same with the Quran only a few years after his death? At that time no copy of the Quran even existed, so although the accusation of Muhammad that the Bible is corrupted is farfetched, it is not illogical to believe that the Quran was corrupted even before it was collected and put into a single binder. Can you prove the Quran's authenticity in a court of law?

The fact that some Muslims are ashamed of what Muhammad did, does not make those stories invalid. Muslims should be ashamed for following such a thug and Mr. Asadi should be ashamed for thinking that by denying the hadith and the Sira that report Muhammad's crimes he can acquit that fiend.

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