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The Satanic verses or الايات الشيطانية and Prince Charles

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), May 18, 2014 at 08:39

Dr. Pipes you wrote

I had an argument with Prince Charles at a small dinner party. He said—very typically, it seems to me—"I'm sorry, but if someone insults someone else's deepest convictions, well then," blah blah blah

Then we must blame al-Tabari too after all the story of the Satanic verses or الايات الشيطانية is found in his exegesis of Q22:52 as well as in a more expanded form in his Tarikh


And in short what the verse says is that Allah abrogates what the devil would "reveal" to a prophet.

al-Tabari quotes Q53:19-20 as an example

{ أَفَرَأَيْتُمُ اللَّاتَ وَالْعُزَّى وَمَنَاة الثَّالِثَة الْأُخْرَى

Or Did you not see Allat and al-3Uza and al-Manat (these are supposed to be pagan godesses and also the daughters of Allah)) the other third

Then al-Tabari says

أَلْقَى عَلَيْهِ الشَّيْطَان كَلِمَتَيْنِ : " تِلْكَ الْغَرَانِقَة الْعُلَى , وَإِنَّ شَفَاعَتهنَّ لَتُرْجَى

Or and satan told him (Muhammad) two words (sentences) these high al-Gharaneeq (Cranes) and their intercession is desired

And here is the meaning of the word al-Gharaneeq or cranes


So this is as clear as we can get. Then we are told by al-Tabari that Gabriel alerted him to what happened and this is why Allah revealed Q22:52

So this is the story in a nutshell and for readers interested in how Muslims view this fable here is a great article from al-Hiwar al-Mutamaden web site


The question is how come Prince Charles was not aware of such story? My only guess is there are blatant liars among East Indian Muslims and Pakistanis and Prince Charles did listen and believe them. The Arabs?


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