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read the Koran and be misinformed

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Submitted by trans-parere (Canada), Feb 5, 2008 at 18:07

Ali Khalaf Although a Persian, Omar al-Khayyami studied the Koran under some of the most famous Islamic scholars of the day. Many fellow students and others of his society tried to bring him to ruin for his disbelief in the "perfection", or "living example" given to the prophet Mohammad. It is not difficult to imagine that an educated, open minded scholar, even around the year 1070, would find it difficult to equate Mohammad's history of rape and pillage as told in the Koran is any kind of religious epiphany or sacrament ordained by any "God". Omar Khayyam had this to say about the fanatics; Allah, perchance, the secret word might spell; If Allah be, He keeps His secret well; What He hath hidden, who shall hope to find? Shall God His secret to a maggot tell? The Koran! well, come put me to the test— Lovely old book in hideous error drest— Believe me, I can quote the Koran too, The unbeliever knows his Koran best. And do you think that unto such as you, A maggot-minded, starved, fanatic crew, God gave the secret, and denied it me?— Well, well, what matters it! believe that too.

Wishing you success in your endeavors, Trans-parere

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