Questioning Islam: Tough Questions & Honest Answers About the Muslim Religion Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : June 26, 2014
- File Size : 3232 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 256 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00LBQ32SE
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- Best Sellers Rank: #220,808 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I thought this was a great book and made me seriously question my faith as a Muslim. I would highly recommend it for any Muslim who is in the same boat, or for those who simply want to see what are the arguments against the "perfect" faith of Islam. My only gripe would be that whereas there is an incredible amount of research at hand, I did not find any bibliography or works cited section. This would have been very helpful for those of us who like to verify claims.
In short, I would highly recommend this book.
Robert A. Hall
Author: The Coming Collapse of the American republic
Apart from the religious foundation, it is behaviour of the followers how peaceful is a religion. Now discuss Islam. Considering the suicide bombings in Islamic countries, I think Islam (whatever it maybe earlier) is hijacked by terrorists in the name of Jihad. They love blood, be it of non-muslims or muslims.
Though sometimes it made me feel like a mimicry but I agree with the views expressed by the author based on facts he mentioned.
No, this book is very different in that it lets the Quran, and ultimately Mohammed, speak for themselves within their correct respective context, and THAT is the most valuable part of this book, for both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
For those that have taken the time to have read not only the Quran, but both major categories of Hadiths (Kutub al-Sittah - Sunni) and the "four books" (Shia Islam), you will find no significant errors of context or attribution within "Questioning Islam" as its scholastic value stands on a very firm footing that is well researched and clearly attributed. This is "Questioning Islam's" greatest value for the rest of us.
Reading the Koran as it is written in a very challenging task as it is not presented in a coherent chronological order, nor are many aspects well explained without resorting to reading numerous hadiths whose value is dependent upon whatever sect of Islam you happen to be an adherent of, be it Sunni or Shia. Questioning Islam really does clear away the clouds of doubt that seemingly allow any number of Islamic scholars to say anything they wish and have it be scripturally correct as per the Quran, but not necessarily accurate in the real world.
Is Islam a "religion of peace", or is it a bloodthirsty religion bent on conquest by the sword and world domination? The simple answer to that question is that it is both, depending on which section of the Quran you wish to quote. The part that make sense of this seemingly contradictory interpretation depends on your knowledge of the Quranic concept of abrogation. The knowledge of the Quranic concept of abrogation is key to correctly understanding Islam and the Quran.
Earlier chronological verses in the Quran are superseded, or are replaced (abrogated), by later chronological verses. The earlier verses tend to be the peaceful verses (that in some cases are plagiarized verbatim from earlier Hebrew sources) while the later "sword" verses in the Quran take precedence, or are considered more authoritative.
Keep this in mind the next time you hear any Islamic scholar, expert, or politician supposedly quoting the Quran with the phrase "If anyone slays a person, it would be as if he slew the whole world: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the whole world." That is a misquotation of the Quranic verse 5:32 which actually says "On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone slew a person - unless it be in retaliation for murder or for spreading mischief in the land - it would be as if he slew all mankind: and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all humanity."
As you can see there is a considerable amount of difference between the actual second verse and the first 'edited' or "fake" Quranic verse.
You should also note that verse 5:32 DOES NOT APPLY TO MUSLIMS, but instead is directed toward Jews and Christians (AKA: People of the book).
The relevant verse for Muslims is 5:33-34 which states:
"The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger (Mohammed), and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter; except for those who repent before they fall into your power: in that case, know that Allah is oft-forgiving, most merciful."
Islam is most defiantly NOT a religion of peace. I say this not to be offensive to any Muslims, but to explain the true concept of Islam that no knowledgeable Muslim can disagree or take offence.
In that light, al Qaeda and The Islamic States (IS, ISIS/ISIL) are actually following almost exactly, if to a severe degree, the exact and precise Quranic teachings as set forth in the "sword verses" (the most authoritative and later part) of the Quran. They are not perverters of Islam, but in fact the ultimate expression of an observant Muslim that is practicing righteous jihad against the infidel or unbelievers.
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This is a factual book, based total on the Koran, hadiths, and on Islamic texts.
I found the book to by worrying to the extent I now view what Islamic extremists speak of as being a standard view of islam. Quiet terrifying when you comprehend the depth of deception taking place.