Friday, April 21, 2006

A Madman? The Quran's Verdict...


Peace, one and all...

In last night's post I was reflecting on the stereotypical image of Islam - you know, violent, bloodthirsty lunatics, inspired by a vengeful madman!

I opened my Quran this evening and my eyes fell upon the following verses:

'And they say, 'O you upon whom the message has been sent down [Muhammad], indeed you are mad. Why do you not bring us the angels, if you should be among the truthful?' We [Allah] do not send down the angels except with the truth, and they would not then be reprieved. Indeed, it is We who sent down the message and indeed, it is We will be its Guardian. And We certainly sent [messengers] before you, [O Muhammad], among the sects of the former peoples. And no messenger would come except that they ridiculed him'
(al-Quran al-Karim, Surah al-Hijr, 15:6-11)
Reading these verses reminds me that such comments are not new. Indeed, every prophet faced similar accusations: Madman, soothsayer, magician, trickster, fraud! Transplant these sayings from times gone by to recent months and don't they seem familiar? Turn these descriptions into images and I'm sure they'd look like the now infamous Danish cartoons.

Ma'as salama,

Abdur Rahman

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