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To Shakeel: Help Muslims who are misreading/misinterpreting the Koran

Reader comment on item: Bolstering Moderate Muslims
in response to reader comment: RE:To Shakeel: The Nazis also used another form of Itmam ul-hujja

Submitted by Plato (United Arab Emirates), Jul 2, 2007 at 05:59

Shakeel, what you wrote are in inverted commas:

"---Majority Muslim do/did not understand the difference between a general Muslim and Rasool. I myself was unaware of that. I knew it when it was told to me by my teacher using scriptural arguments and since that day, I am greatly thankful to him. Only those people can understand scriptures who are not stubborn and who wants guidance and seeking guidance.---"

You could have given us some reference to the scriptural argument. A mere statement without any supporting material is not convincing. Anyway, if you can only quote scripture in support of scripture it is circular reasoning and of no value. The Rasool dictates the scriptures and the scriptures say the Rasool is someone special. So the Rasool is someone special. All I can say is Muslims are special in that they accept this kind of reasoning. When someone rasises questions about the logic, contradictions and the ethics in the scripture you dismiss it as being stubborn. You want blind believers. And which scripture should I accept, there are so many floating around?

"---Majority of us are stubborn and not seeking any guidance from the scripture.---"

That is because the majority refuse to be blind believers in cock-and-bull stories.

"---Until, I am not given a scriptural argument against my current interpretation, I will think that others are misreading/misinterpreting Quran.---"

Since your current interpretation has a lot to do with Itmam ul hujja the least you can do is give us some scriptural references to it. The book that claims to be clear and easy to understand has been misunderstood and misinterprted almost from day one. The Koran is tailor made for misreading and misinterpretation. It jumps around from one topic to another, abrogates its own verses, says some verses meaning are known only to Allah (so why did he reveal them?).

2:106 Nothing of our revelation (even a single verse) do we abrogate or cause be forgotten, but we bring (in place) one better or the like thereof.

6:115 Perfected is the Word of thy Lord in truth and justice. There is naught that can change His words. He is the Hearer, the Knower.

How do you reconcile these two verses? 2:106 says Allah does abrogate verses and brings in a better ones. Did He not know that the abrogated verse was no good when He revealed it? 6:115 is even more curious. It says Allah's words are perfected and no one can change His words, so it contradicts 2:106. Maybe Allah has kept the right to change his own mind since He may hear or Know of something at a later time? Keeping your options open is a good trick unless you close it by 6:115.

003.007 YUSUFALI: He it is Who has sent down to thee the Book: In it are verses basic or fundamental (of established meaning); they are the foundation of the Book: others are allegorical. But those in whose hearts is perversity follow the part thereof that is allegorical, seeking discord, and searching for its hidden meanings, but no one knows its hidden meanings except Allah. And those who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: "We believe in the Book; the whole of it is from our Lord:" and none will grasp the Message except men of understanding.

What are the verses whose meaning is known only to Allah doing in the Koran? If the verse has a hidden meaning isn't it right to search for it and find the real meaning rather than follow its false meaning. Why are people who try to find the real meaning called perverse? How do these perverse people know that they are following the verses with hidden meanings if the meanings are hidden? Does Allah know what he is talking about?

Shakeel, are you sure you are one of those 'men of understanding' the verse is talking about? If you claim you have understood the Koran you could tell us which verses are allegorical whose meanings we should not think about or search out. Your Muslim readers would not want to be considered perverse by Allah. So please help them.


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