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12,347. A fifth of the world’s population believe Jesus was not a Jew or a Christian but a Muslim. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Muslims & Islam & Koran) Dr Robert Beckford, The Hidden Story of Jesus, Channel 4 2007
12,348. The Koran mentions him too – thirty-six times. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Muslims & Islam & Koran) ibid.
12,312. Here in Kashmir there is a totally different story – one that claims that Jesus was 49. In Islam Jesus is regarded as one of God’s prophets – a precursor to Muhammad. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Muslims & Islam & Koran) ibid.
59,050. Much of the Bible and the Koran is life-destroying gibberish. (Religion & Religion & Bible & Koran) Sam Harris, Believing the Unbelievable, Aspen Ideas Festival 2007
13,734. So what if our guys flushed copies of the Quran down the toilet? We hope they did. They probably did; we hope they flush more. Mohammed was a demon-possessed whoremonger and pedophile who contrived a 300-page work of satanic fiction: the Quran! Like America's own whoremonger and pedophile wangled his own hokey Book of Mormon! (Cults: Westboro Baptist Church & Insults & Koran) Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church
61,324. The most direct, the most uncritical statement in the Koran, is there is no compulsion in religion. Merryl Wyn Davies, director Muslim Institute London
57,429. What the Koran is very emphatic and explicit about is that the world will end. And there will be a cataclysmic eruption of the natural order. (Koran & Apocalypse & End of the World) Sherman A Jackson, University of Michigan
61,341. The social fabric had been so shredded to the point that he did not feel that he would be able to physically continue in his mission in Mecca. And that he would have to begin to search for some kind of alternative base of operation. Sherman A Jackson
61,087. The Koran contains no guarantee of paradise except for those who slay and are slain in the cause of Allah. (Islam & Koran) Robert Spencer
57,430. The Koran is not shy about explaining the explicit punishments that people will suffer in hell fire. (Koran & End of the World & Hell) Jonathan Brockopp, Penn State University
61,330. It’s not merely what God inspired his prophet to say, or say the history of some important event, it’s actually God’s own message to the world. Jonathan Brockopp
61,325. Muslims believe that the Koran is something that was revealed by God directly to the prophet of Islam. Akbar Ahmed, American University
61,326. The prophet never said, I bring a new religion for you. The prophet simply said I am a messenger bringing the same message which has been brought to you by dozens and dozens of these extraordinary figures of our mutual history. Akbar Ahmed
61,327. Muslims are asked, Well all right, what proof have you got that this is a divine revelation? And Muslims will answer, and they have answered this over a thousand years, the proof is the Koran itself. That is the miracle – that an illiterate man in the middle of nowhere suddenly produces this magnificent powerful document. Akbar Ahmed
61,328. The Koran is quite an elastic document. You can find things in it to justify one side or the other. But you know people often do it when they’re quoting from Lincoln or Washington – you can find things you’re looking for. And it’s the same with the Koran. Tariq Ali, author Clash of Fundamentalists
61,329. It’s one thing to have it written in the Koran, and another thing to implement it. Tariq Ali
61,331. There is this almost what we would describe in modern times a kind of stream of consciousness style to it. It’s a kind of mysteriousness. The curious reader on reading the text is left wondering. Andrew Rippin, University of Victoria
61,332. Jesus is the son of God is certainly understood within the Islamic context to mean that he is divine. And this would suggest from the Muslim point of view that Christians hold to different gods actually existing, whereas Muslims would hold that there can only be one God. Andrew Rippin
61,333. It’s a rule book about how to live one’s life. About how to define one’s morality. About how to experience the world and the struggles and the conflicts that the world brings about. Reza Aslan, author No God but God
61,334. He [Muhammad] would go into these convulsions; he would sweat; he would suddenly look off into the distance; he would be almost dead to the observer. And when he came out of these prophetic moments he would suddenly spew out these revelations. Reza Aslan
61,335. Suddenly he [Muhammad] felt this intense pressure in his chest; he was surrounded by this darkness; he felt as though he was being clasped by a giant hand and squeezed; he could barely breathe. And in his mind he heard this voice, and the voice said, Recite! Recite! Reza Aslan
61,336. It really doesn’t tell any stories at all. The Koran is essentially God’s dramatic monologue. Reza Aslan
61,337. As a Muslim you must believe what the Koran says. But the interpretation of what the Koran says could be different depending on who you listen to. Irfan Omar, Marquette University
61,338. The revelation that is in the Koran in chapter 2 verse 191 and again at 218 that persecution is worse than slaughter ... leads to a kind of elasticity of Islamic morality without any absolute other than what is good for Islam is good, and any kind of moral principle otherwise can be set aside. And so that as the basis for warfare and also Muhammad’s oft repeated dictum War is Deceit, which is found in numerous kadiff, it unfortunately lays the groundwork for a culture that is often quite marshal and belligerent towards its neighbours and others. Robert Spencer, author The Truth About Muhammad
61,339. The permission is only this in the Koran: if you are under oppression, people are attacking you, you have the right to resist. Professor Tariq Ramadam, Contemporary Islamic Studies, Oxford University
61,340. The verses are basically about a society that needs regulation. And therefore the most striking thing about the Medina period is the laws. Wada Kadi, University of Chicago
61,342. The Koran says slay the unbelievers wherever you find them. Well this is within the context within which the Muslims are under siege; they have enemies and the Koran is saying, Fight your enemies. You have a right to fight the enemies of God. The Koran also says when the enemy ceases to be a threat, when it ceases to fight, then remember that God is merciful. Remember that warfare is not the primary way you should go. John Esposito, Georgetown University
61,343. The Koran: it is one of the most influential books ever written. A sacred text that over a billion people live by. And yet it holds many mysteries. From the Koran’s mystical origins in the Arabian desert. To its dire warnings of justice and retribution ... Koran translates from Arabic as The Recitation. Decoding the Past s2e10: Secrets of the Koran I, History 2006
61,344. One can instantly see similarities between the Koran and Jewish and Christian scripture. Each speaks of one eternal and omnipotent deity and they each tell some of the same stories. But the Koran is also a book immersed in mystery. Its verses, considered to be some of the most beautiful Arabic ever written, are a labyrinth of language more poetry than prose, and its layout defies easy understanding. Unlike the Bible the Koran doesn’t follow a chronological narrative. Its 114 Chapters or Suras are organised mostly according to length, with the longest at the beginning and the shortest at the end. ibid.
61,345. It is this clarity and authenticity that Islam claims distinguishes the Koran from Christian and Jewish scriptures. Muhammad proclaimed the message he received from God was the same message taught by Moses and Jesus. ibid.
61,346. Why is the scripture as given to Muhammad sometimes so cryptic? ibid.
61,349. Muslims believe that it was because of distortions in the Bible that it was necessary for God to reveal his word one final time. ibid.