Is Qur'aan Perfect?
responding to the propaganda that if verses in the
Qur'aan incite violence, I came across a set of five
questions, that have been repeatedly asked and I am pleased
to respond to them followed by the actual comments from Mr.
the warning about the fundamentalists; a few of them would
not like any comment that is different than what they subscribe to.
Of course their stand retracts the stretch the liberals
pull. Most of us are on the middle ground, a firmer ground
that makes sense to a whole lot of people.
I am a Muslim and blessed to be
one and I pray every one feels the same about their
individual faith. My faith connects me with my Creator and
answers the purpose of life, death, accountability, justice
and results. The Islam I know is what the majority of
Muslims practice around the world, it is universal, all
embracing and pluralistic. I relate with every faith and see
the same essence and beauty in them as I see in Islam. I am
comfortable with every beautiful way people have come to
worship the divine. We do not have to undermine other
faiths to make our faith better, faith is beyond
comparisons. Faith brings humility to oneself and not
Some of us are too eager to point the fingers at the
"apparent words in the scriptures of Qur'aan or any book
that appear to be exclusive in nature ",
my urging is not to get stuck in the given understanding of
the scripture and re-examine and understand it from a
perspective of inclusiveness, as God cannot be exclusive, if
he (she or it) does, then he is not the kind of God we all
believe; the causer, source of creation and the sustainer.
The questions and my answers;
5. Prophet Muhammad did nothing wrong or bad in his life?
He never claimed to be divine, he was a human like you and I
and he mentioned that he will die like every one else and
wanted to be buried like every one. His life was a model for
living the life with human fallibilities and how to get up
and be the best human you can be, despite the adversities.
He faced a whole range of difficulties and accusations, as
most of the humans would, and the way he handled the
situations became a model for any human to follow. When he
was pelted with rocks and was bleeding, his associates
wanted to go and get the miscreants, instead the prophet
prayed for the wellbeing of them boys and asked his
associates to join him in wishing them well.
4. Qur'aan is immutable?
Qur'aan offers broader understanding of the human issues and
as such it has room to absorb diversity. We believe it is
for all seasons and all times to come, it lends itself to be
a guidance book for any situations, imagined and real. It is not a dogma
to go against a good idea and become immutable, it is rather a
book of guidance and you are free to practice it or ignore
it, the choice is yours. You are accountable for your Karma
and not any one else. What some Muslims have done in
enforcing their way upon others is wrong, there is no
compulsion in faith, and one can choose to be a Muslim or
not any number of times. The apostasy laws were politically
motivated and go against the very grain of Islam; free
in power tend to dictate others, including "pushing
democracy" onto others, or buying the influence or subduing
others with the military might; the religion of Islam is
about free will. Individuals are responsible for their wrong
doing not their religion, just a Presidents ought to be
responsible for his ( and eventually her) wrong doings and
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3. Qur'aan is perfect?
Muslims believe, it is the word of God, as in the case of
Bible and Torah. However, serious research has not been
about including the Vedas, Bhagvad Gita, Avesta and other books of
wisdom, which are as wise as Bible, Torah and Qur'aan. The
problems we see stem from our myopic views. If I get the
funding or some one who has the funds can undertake the
2. Qur'aan was the only word of God apart from Bible and
Qur'aan has never claimed that, it acknowledges that God has
sent a messenger to every nation, every community and every
tribe to convey his message of living a just and a peaceful
life. An all inclusive idea is communicated through the
preceding statement. Indeed, Qur'aan repeats a number 124,000 to denote presence of
the messengers in every nook and corner. This message
resonates in Gita, when Lord Krishna says whenever people go
astray and become Adharmic, he will appear among them and
bring the dharma back. The Qur'aan does claim that it is
God's word (wisdom) that has been imparted before as well.
God has made sure that people receive the message of living
a balanced life resulting from justice, no matter where you
live and from any whichever spiritual teachers you get the
message from. Qur'aan further affirms that, it is your
karma, i.e., how you treat others earns God's grace. Prophet
Muhammad even told his daughter that she has to earn the
right to be in paradise through her Karma, and she will not
get a free pass even if she is daughter of the prophet. Such
is the emphasis on individual responsibility.
1. Qur'aan was the true and final word of God?
It is the true and final word of God for the Muslims who
believe in it, it is not for the Christians, Hindus, Jews or
others who are not familiar with it. However, if one
sincerely reads the Qur'aan, they will find the essence of
Justice, fairness; truth and peace resonate in Qur'aan as
they may find it in their own scriptures. It is not only
Qur'aan but any book, the ones I am well familiar with; the
Bhagvad Gita and the Bible have God's wisdom in it. To
create a balanced society.
Finding the truth is your own responsibility, as you will be
one to bear the joys and miseries of life based on what you
believe or not.
I have a few questions regarding Quran for you:
Do you believe that:
1. Quran was the true and final word of God?
2. Quran was the only word of God apart from Bible and
3. Quran is perfect?
4. Quran is immutable?
5. Prophet Muhammad did nothing wrong or bad in his life?
From the previous blog and you reply to my comment, it is
obvious that you want to keep the dialogue civil and logical
and I appreciate that. But in my opinion you are trying
defend the indefensible. I am not saying this to point
finger at Quran or Muslims per se, but to show that no book
is infallible and no people are perfect. By trying to make
Quran sacrosanct, you are playing into the hands of
fundamentalists. Perhaps it is hard being a Muslim and
criticize Quran and the Prophet - even fatal in some cases.
But we need more moderates among Muslims, more introspection
and more questioning of the establishment.