Back to Index

Re: Questionable quotes attributed to the Koran

Les Robinson sent a "quotation" from the Koran applying it to 9/11. I thought his turkey's leg was being pulled.

Alejo Orvananos writes: "There is a great site in which the Koran may be consulted:

According to that site 9.11 reads:
Koran [9.11]: "But if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, they are your brethren in faith; and We make the communications clear for a people who know".

But Koran [9.14] certainly calls for revenge:
"Fight them, Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace, and assist you against them and heal the hearts of a believing people".

More indignantly, Steve Margulies writes: "Here is the (Yusuf Ali) translation of Koran [9:11]: "But (even so), if they repent, establish regular prayers, and practise regular charity, They are your brethren in Faith: (thus) do We explain the Signs in detail, for those who understand."

I have to say that I'm slightly disgusted that a WAISer would post this claptrap, even on a lark, without proofing it first. The reference linking Bin-Laden and Hussein as cohorts or coconspirators is ridiculous in it's outright ignorance and panders to popular uninformed public sentiments.

Saddam Hussein is an irreligious Dictator, who crushed any internal dissent, but was especially ruthless in his affairs to route religiously backed opposition, which was part of the motivation behind the protracted war with Iran.

Osama Bin-Laden started out a religious idealist, a fanatic by all western accounts; A "Freedom Fighter" while in Afghanistan, turned "Terrorist" when he finished with the Russians and focused his attentions on us. Before the war into Iraq, Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin-Laden were mortal enemies of the first magnitude. Now, I fear we will have pushed these two camps into an alliance against their common enemy: Us".

WAIS does not censure materials such as the cartoon ridiculing drivers' licences for illegal Mexicans. They indicate widespread sentiment. Was the alleged quotation from the Koran just the kind of humor which might have appeared in the New Yorker? Was it put out with the calculated intent of ridiculing the Koran, which would certainly be a dangerous business? In the US there has been a heated debate about the inerrancy of the Bible. Is such a debate brewing among the anti-mullah students of Iranian universities? Steve is right to warn that Islam may be uniting against the US, or us, but there may be an undercurrent in the Islamic world which opposes the jihad against the US.

Ronald Hilton - 09.20.03