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Our dear Barbaric Pagan: The fate of the Qur'an at the hands of Othman v The fate the Nag Hammadi Library

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Aug 28, 2018 at 16:53

Well, this is beyond our dear Barbaric Pagan

For the readers: Compare the fate of the Qur'an at the hands of Othman who burned, yes burned, copies of the Qur'an that he did not accept and let us not forget the disaster of the goat that ate the Qur'an or the missing verses from Surat al-Ahzab where we are told that it was as long as Surat al-Baqara! What a disaster the Qur'an is a corrupted book. However, did Muslims care about filling in the gaps missing from the Quranic text thanks to the goat that ate the text and Othman who burned it? May the Gods forbid And what happened to the verses missing from Surat al-Ahzab? Any guesses our dear BP?

Compare this with the Nag Hammadi Library from Egypt that included the likes of the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas and many other texts including works by Plato. Athanathius of Alexandria wanted to get rid of these texts (not unlike Othman) because he regarded these texts as apocryphal (not unlike the Ahadith rejected by al-Bukhari). The monks did not agree that books can be destroyed or burned and the books were saved. Again it was Christians that saved the literary works from the late antique and Helenized world that was to be destroyed by Islam

The Western civilization owes it to Christians for preserving the historical texts of their civilization and in this case the Gnostic and Neoplatonist texts

So you tell us our dear BP are you a Muslim who is practicing Taqiyya or are you really, and you must pardon me ignorant?


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