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Answer to Henrik: "Whatever they take out of context from the Koran that sounds good...."

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in response to reader comment: What good parts?

Submitted by Dr RJP (United States), Oct 3, 2006 at 16:21

I know about the Hadith that came later. I was referring to the original Qu'ran (Koran).

According to a very knowledgable source, the original Koran was written by a rabbi! Before you start shaking your head in disbelief, think about the following:

As the story goes, he was forced against his will to write it, and his way of rebelling against the task was to make it jumbled and difficult to read. I do not know how true is the story, but it does provide one reason for the initial similarites between the Torah and the Koran.

One of the "good" things written in the Koran is the notion of the Children of Israel as the "People of the Book," and the directive to treat them with respect. Likewise, the Koran had many good things to say about Moses (Unfortunately, all of the "good" things were negated later on).

Early in his career, Mohammed did try to win Jews over as converts with a "nice guy approach" by pointing to the Koran and saying, "See, this book is just like your Torah and I am a prophet just like your Moses."

Needless to say, the Jews were not fooled, and they refused to accept him as the new Moses, or anything other than a false prophet.

Then, "No more Mr. Nice Guy!" and the rest is history -- a history that does not seem to be a part of the Islamic curriculum.


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