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Submitted by Mohammed Saleem Akhtar (United States), Oct 16, 2005 at 10:02

Both of you are muslims, let me ask you one question:

'How was Koran delivered to Muhammad (PBUH)'?

It was not a written book with exact 100% accuracy that was handed over to him. It was in the form of 'Wahi'. Wahi in arabic is the message or the 'thought' that was spiritualy conveyed from God to Muhammad. Remember, Muhammad was still a human being. The God muslims preach made it clear in the Koran that Muhammad is a normal human being like all others, he is just a messenger who receives the 'Wahi' from us. Now for more deep interpretation of Wahi perhaps you should consult arabuc texts as I am not really aware of that. Now during the life-time of Muhammad, Koran was not organized into a complete book form. Muhammad (PBUH) himself did not do it.

After the death of Muhammad the Caliph ordered accumulation of all of the writings of the 'Wahi' and then the Koran was organized and complied by a group of highly regarded Arabs. Now one can imagine that there migth have been faults in that compilation.

That is the things that Arabs must need to focus upon. Koran can have its faults becuase in the end it was NOT compiled or organized by Muhammad himself. The WAHABISTS ARE COMPLETELY WRONG in picking out 2 line verses in the 10,000 page book and manipulating it to suit their own agenda. Has a wahabist ever read the true interpretations of Islam? one that tell you to not to hurt people of other religions and dont try to change them? NO. They read the verses that were delivered to Muhammad at times to wars to spread hatred.

DO YOU EVEN REALIZE THAT TIMING OF THE DELIVERY OF THE KORANIC VERSES MUST BE CONSIDERED BEFORE TAKING THEM LITERALLY OUT OF THE KORAN AND USING THEM?

The True Koran is the one that were the 'Wahi' of the preachings. It simply tells you that faith is the key in belief in God and religion is praying (namaz). Jihad is a misued term taken out of context by the Wahabists. The wahabists are fooling the Muslim world and exploiting wrong 1-2 sentence verses taken out of context to use their agenda. Exactly the same applies for verses in regard to Women or Alcohol. One is advised not to get 'drunk' and hence better to avoid alcohol but IT IS NOT SAID that dont touch a drop of alcohol and you will be an infidel. That is complete false and fabrication of a holy book.

Now my second question is that I am not sure which sect if Islam you follow, but can each and every saying of Muhammad ever be validated? The Arabic theologists have deep divisions in this matter. Wahabists for example completely disregard Muhammad's saying because they feel the sayings are not part of the theologic framework of Islam.However the Ahl-Hadith sect feels that Hadith are the mainstay of Islam even more than the koran.

As I said, Islam needs to be reformed. The negative aspects have been incorporated into the religion by the Wahabists and many Arabs. Other non-muslim arabs look towards arabs to do an IJTEHAD. Yes, that is the need of the day to make the religion itself compatible with the times.

Keyword is 'Ijtehad'.... remember there is a difference between 'faith' and 'religion'.
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