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in response to reader comment: Quran AND Science

Submitted by B. Mustapha (Nigeria), Mar 9, 2006 at 09:39

Dr. Keith Moore said

"It has been a great pleasure for me to help clarify statements in the Qur'an about human development. It is clear to me that these statements must have come to Muhammad from God, or Allah, because most of this knowledge was not discovered until many centuries later. This proves to me that Muhammad must have been a messenger of God or Allah".

I believed that this three lines statement of Dr. Keith Moore has led thousands of people accept Islam. And for a person like Dr. Keith Moore to revealed this fact is enough to earn him what ever amount, just to prove to the ignorant ones that this is what their experts view on Muhammad.

If for instance someone like Dr. Pipes will make a beautiful statement about Muhammad will be worth more than thousands of us making such statement.

When president Bush said Islam is a peaceful religion, we appreciate it even if he intended politics out of it.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I stay away from praising or criticizing religions. Here is what I have written (at http://www.danielpipes.org/article/351) on Islam:

"Not being a Muslim, I by definition do not believe in the mission of the Prophet Muhammad; but I have enormous respect for the faith of those who do. I note how deeply rewarding Muslims find Islam as well as the extraordinary inner strength it imbues them with. Having studied the history and civilization of the classical period, I am vividly aware of the great Muslim cultural achievements of roughly a millennium ago.

"I approach the religion of Islam in a neutral fashion, neither praising it nor attacking it but in a spirit of inquiry. Neither apologist nor booster, neither spokesman nor critic, I consider myself a student of this subject. I ask such questions as: What is the nature of Islam's principles, customs, and implications? How does the Shari`a affect Muslim societies? Are there elements common to Muslim life from West Africa to Southeast Asia, yet absent elsewhere?"

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