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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Ignorant preaching to the gullible

Those who follow Islam rely so heavily on the Qur’an (Koran) for their “truths” that it is surprising to me that in the Muslim world many who preach those “truths” cannot read. All their lives they have depended on others for their knowledge and interpretation of the contents of their holy book.

No where is this more so than in Afghanistan, where so many of the Mullahs apparently have never read the very book they rely on for guidance on virtually every aspect of their lives and the lives of their followers. There is a country where Islamic, Sharia, deals with most aspects of day-to-day life, including politics, economics, banking, business, contracts, family, sexuality, hygiene, and social issues. And yet these laws are often handed on orally from one generation to another without actual reference to, or personal confirmation from, the Koran itself. For many in Afghanistan, even if they can read, they cannot read Arabic, the language of the Koran.

Egregious misinterpretations of the Koran have been allowed to flourish among the illiterate and ignorant of that poor country, often putting lives at risk.

Perhaps the greatest gift we can give the people of Afghanistan is education, not democracy—especially so for their women. With education, more of the common people will be able to discover for themselves that many of their sacred traditions are not covered at all in the Koran, but are the invention of men who wished to control their lives or, in the case of the women, to enslave them.

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  1. You are correct - to expand on your correctness - it is an act of apostasy to translate the Koran. 90% of Muslims cannot speak Arabic so cannot read the book and depend on their imams for verbal instruction.