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The Koran the holy scripture of Islam, is the record of Muhummed's oral teaching delivered between the years immediately preceding the Hegira in AD 622 and the Prophet's death in AD 632.

It has exerted unfold influence upon the history of mankind. Apart from its specifically religious content, inspiring the triumphant arms of Islam throughout vast areas of Asia, Africa, and southern Europe. it was the starting point of a new literary and philosophical movement which powerfully ...

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The Koran the holy scripture of Islam, is the record of Muhummed's oral teaching delivered between the years immediately preceding the Hegira in AD 622 and the Prophet's death in AD 632.

It has exerted unfold influence upon the history of mankind. Apart from its specifically religious content, inspiring the triumphant arms of Islam throughout vast areas of Asia, Africa, and southern Europe. it was the starting point of a new literary and philosophical movement which powerfully affected the most cultivated minds among both Christians and Jews in the Middle Ages; and the movement inaugurated has resulted in some of the finest products of genius and learning.

Alan Jones has restored the traditional ordering of the Suras, enabling the reader to trace the development of the Prophet's mind from the early flush of inspiration to his later roles of warrior, politician and founder of an empire.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780548709863
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.18 (d)

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The Koran


By J. M. Rodwell

Dover Publications, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Dover Publications, Inc.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-486-11484-2



CHAPTER 1

SURA XCVI.—THICK BLOOD, OR CLOTS OF BLOOD


MECCA.—19 Verses

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

    RECITE thou, in the name of thy Lord who created;—
    Created man from CLOTS OF BLOOD:—
    Recite thou! For thy Lord is the most Beneficent,
    Who hath taught the use of the pen;—
    Hath taught Man that which he knoweth not.
    Nay, verily, Man is insolent,
    Because he seeth himself possessed of riches.
    Verily, to thy Lord is the return of all.
    What thinkest thou of him that holdeth back
    A servant of God when he prayeth?
    What thinkest thou? Hath he followed the true Guidance, or enjoined Piety?
    What thinkest thou? Hath he treated the truth as a lie and turned his back?
    What! doth he not know how that God seeth?
    Nay, verily, if he desist not, We shall seize him by the forelock,
    The lying sinful forelock!
    Then let him summon his associates;
    We too will summon the guards of Hell:
    Nay! obey him not; but adore, and draw nigh to God.

CHAPTER 2

SURA LXXIV.—THE ENWRAPPED


MECCA.—55 Verses

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

    O THOU, ENWRAPPED in thy mantle!
    Arise and warn!
    Thy Lord—magnify Him!
    Thy raiment—purify it!
    The abomination—flee it!
    And bestow not favours that thou mayest receive again with increase;
    And for thy Lord wait thou patiently.
    For when there shall be a trump on the trumpet,
    That shall be a distressful day,
    A day, to the Infidels, devoid of ease.
    Leave me alone to deal with him whom I have created,
    And on whom I have bestowed vast riches,
    And sons dwelling before him,
    And for whom I have smoothed all things smoothly down;—
    Yet desireth he that I should add more!
    But no! because to our signs he is a foe
    I will lay grievous woes upon him.
    For he plotted and he planned!
    May he be cursed! How he planned!
    Again, may he be cursed! How he planned!
    Then looked he around him,
    Then frowned and scowled,
    Then turned his back and swelled with disdain,
    And said, "This is merely magic that will be wrought;
    It is merely the word of a mortal."
    We will surely cast him into Hell-fire.
    And who shall teach thee what Hell-fire is?
    It leaveth nought, it spareth nought,
    Blackening the skin.
    Over it are nineteen angels.


None but angels have we made guardians of the fire: nor have we made this to be their number but to perplex the unbelievers, and that they who possess the Scriptures may be certain of the truth of the Koran, and that they who believe may increase their faith;

And that they to whom the Scriptures have been given, and the believers, may not doubt;

And that the infirm of heart and the unbelievers may say, What meaneth God by this parable?

Thus God misleadeth whom He will, and whom He will doth He guide aright: and none knoweth the armies of thy Lord but Himself: and this is no other than a warning to mankind.

    Nay, by the Moon!
    By the Night when it retreateth!
    By the Morn when it brighteneth!
    Hell is one of the most grievous woes,
    Fraught with warning to man,
    To him among you who desireth to press forward, or to remain behind.
    For its own works lieth every soul in pledge. But they of God's right hand
    In their gardens shall ask of the wicked;—
    "What hath cast you into Hell-fire?"
    They will say, "We were not of those who prayed,
    And we were not of those who fed the poor,
    And we plunged into vain disputes with vain disputers,
    And we rejected as a lie, the day of reckoning,
    Till the certainty came upon us "—
    And intercession of the interceders shall not avail them.
    Then what hath come to them that they turn aside from the Warning
    As if they were affrighted asses fleeing from a lion?
    And every one of them would fain have open pages given to him out of Heaven.
    It shall not be. They fear not the life to come.
    It shall not be. For this Koran is warning enough. And whoso will, it warneth him.
    But not unless God please, shall they be warned. Meet is He to be feared. Meet is forgiveness in Him.

CHAPTER 3

SURA LXXIII.—THE ENFOLDED


MECCA.—20 Verses.

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

    O THOU ENFOLDED in thy mantle,
    Stand up all night, except a small portion of it, for prayer:
    Half; or curtail the half a little,—
    Or add to it: And with measured tone intone the Koran,
    For we shall devolve on thee weighty words.

Verily, at the oncoming of night are devout impressions strongest, and words are most collected;

But in the day time thou hast continual employ—

And commemorate the name of thy Lord, and devote thyself to Him with entire devotion.

Lord of the East and of the West! No God is there but He! Take Him for thy protector,

And endure what they say with patience, and depart from them with a decorous departure.

And let Me alone with the gainsayers, rich in the pleasures of this life; and bear thou with them yet a little while:

For with Us are strong fetters, and a flaming fire,

And food that choketh, and a sore torment.

The day cometh when the earth and the mountains shall be shaken; and the mountains shall become a loose sand heap.

Verily, we have sent you an Apostle to witness against you, even as we sent an Apostle to Pharaoh:

But Pharaoh rebelled against the Apostle, and we therefore laid hold on him with a severe chastisement.

And how, if ye believe not, will you screen yourselves from the day that shall turn children greyheaded?

The very heaven shall be reft asunder by it: this threat shall be carried into effect.

Lo! this is a warning. Let him then who will, take the way to his Lord.

Of a truth, thy Lord knoweth that thou prayest almost two-thirds, or half, or a third of the night, as do a part of thy followers. But God measureth the night and the day:—He knoweth that ye cannot count its hours aright, and therefore, turneth to you mercifully. Recite then so much of the Koran as may be easy to you. He knoweth that there will be some among you sick, while others travel through the earth in quest of the bounties of God; and others do battle in his cause. Recite therefore so much of it as may be easy. And observe the Prayers and pay the legal Alms, and lend God a liberal loan: for whatever good works ye send on before for your own behoof, ye shall find with God. This will be best and richest in the recompense. And seek the forgiveness of God: verily, God is forgiving, Merciful.

CHAPTER 4

SURA XCIII.—THE BRIGHTNESS


MECCA.—II Verses

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

    By the noon-day BRIGHTNESS,
    And by the night when it darkeneth!
    Thy Lord hath not forsaken thee, neither hath he been displeased.
    And surely the Future shall be better for thee than the Past,
    And in the end shall thy Lord be bounteous to thee and thou be satisfied.
    Did he not find thee an orphan and gave thee a home?
    And found thee erring and guided thee,
    And found thee needy and enriched thee.
    As to the orphan therefore wrong him not;
    And as to him that asketh of thee, chide him not away;
    And as for the favours of thy Lord tell them abroad.

CHAPTER 5

SURA XCIV.—THE OPENING


MECCA.—8 Verses

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

    HAVE we not OPENED thine heart for thee?
    And taken off from thee thy burden,
    Which galled thy back?
    And have we not raised thy name for thee?
    Then verily along with trouble cometh ease.
    Verily along with trouble cometh ease.
    But when thou art set at liberty, then prosecute thy toil.
    And seek thy Lord with fervour.

CHAPTER 6

SURA CXIII.—THE DAYBREAK


MECCA OR MEDINA.—5 Verses

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

    SAY: I betake me for refuge to the Lord of the DAY BREAK
    Against the mischiefs of his creation;
    And against the mischief of the night when it overtaketh me;
    And against the mischief of weird women;
    And against the mischief of the envier when he envieth.

CHAPTER 7

SURA CXIV.—MEN


MECCA OR MEDINA.—6 Verses

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

    SAY: I betake me for refuge to the Lord of MEN,
    The King of men,
    The God of men,
    Against the mischief of the stealthily withdrawing whisperer,
    Who whispereth in man's breast—
    Against djinn and men.

CHAPTER 8

SURA I.


MECCA.—7 Verses

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

    PRAISE be to God, Lord of the worlds!
    The compassionate, the merciful!
    King on the day of reckoning!
    Thee only do we worship, and to Thee do we cry for help.
    Guide Thou us on the straight path,
    The path of those to whom Thou hast been gracious;—with whom thou art not angry, and who go not astray.

CHAPTER 9

SURA CIX.—UNBELIEVERS


MECCA.—6 Verses

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

    SAY: O ye UNBELIEVERS!
    I worship not that which ye worship,
    And ye do not worship that which I worship;
    I shall never worship that which ye worship,
    Neither will ye worship that which I worship.
    To you be your religion; to me my religion.

CHAPTER 10

SURA CXII.—THE UNITY


MECCA.—4. Verses

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

    SAY: He is God alone:
    God the eternal!
    He begetteth not, and He is not begotten;
    And there is none like unto Him.

CHAPTER 11

SURA CXI.—ABU LAHAB


MECCA.—5 Verses

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

    LET the hands of ABU LAHAB perish, and let himself perish!
    His wealth and his gains shall avail him not.
    Burned shall he be at the fiery flame,
    And his wife laden with fire wood,—
    On her neck a rope of palm fibre.


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Table of Contents

Contents

Title Page,
Copyright Page,
MUHAMMAD,
INTRODUCTION,
Dedication,
TABLE TO FIND THE PLACE IN THIS EDITION OF THE SURAS AS COMMONLY NUMBERED,
INDEX TO FIND THE CUSTOMARY SERIAL NUMBER OF THE SURAS AS ARRANGED BY THE TRANSLATOR,
ADDENDA,
PREFACE,
[I.] - SURA XCVI.—THICK BLOOD, OR CLOTS OF BLOOD,
[II.] - SURA LXXIV.—THE ENWRAPPED,
[III.] - SURA LXXIII.—THE ENFOLDED,
[IV.] - SURA XCIII.—THE BRIGHTNESS,
[V.] - SURA XCIV.—THE OPENING,
[VI.] - SURA CXIII.—THE DAYBREAK,
[VII.] - SURA CXIV.—MEN,
[VIII.] - SURA I.,
[IX.] - SURA CIX.—UNBELIEVERS,
[X.] - SURA CXII.—THE UNITY,
[XI.] - SURA CXI.—ABU LAHAB,
[XII.] - SURA CVIII.—THE ABUNDANCE,
[XIII.] - SURA CIV.—THE BACKBITER,
[XIV.] - SURA CVII.—RELIGION,
[XV.] - SURA CII.—DESIRE,
[XVI.] - SURA XCIL—THE NIGHT,
[XVII.] - SURA LXVIII.—THE PEN,
[XVIII.] - SURA XC.—THE SOIL,
[XIX.] - SURA CV.—THE ELEPHANT,
[XX.] - SURA CVI.—THE KOREISCH,
[XXI.] - SURA XCVII.—POWER,
[XXII.] - SURA LXXXVI.—THE NIGHT-COMER,
[XXIII.] - SURA XCI.—THE SUN,
[XXIV.] - SURA LXXX.—HE FROWNED,
[XXV.] - SURA LXXXVII.—THE MOST HIGH,
[XXVI.] - SURA XCV.—THE FIG,
[XXVII.] - SURA CIII.—THE AFTERNOON,
[XXVIII.] - SURA LXXXV.—THE STARRY,
[XXIX.] - SURA CI.—THE BLOW,
[XXX.] - SURA XCIX.—THE EARTHQUAKE,
[XXXI.] - SURA LXXXII—THE CLEAVING,
[XXXII.] - SURA LXXXI.—THE FOLDED UP,
[XXXIII.] - SURA LXXXIV.—THE SPLITTING ASUNDER,
[XXXIV.] - SURA C.—THE CHARGERS,
[XXXV.] - SURA LXXIX.—THOSE WHO DRAG FORTH,
[XXXVI.] - SURA LXXVII.—THE SENT,
[XXXVII.] - SURA LXXVIII.—THE NEWS,
[XXXVIII.] - SURA LXXXVIII.—THE OVERSHADOWING,
[XXXIX.] - SURA LXXXIX.—THE DAYBREAK,
[XL.] - SURA LXXV.—THE RESURRECTION,
[XLI.] - SURA LXXXIII.—THOSE WHO STINT,
[XLII.] - SURA LXIX.—THE INEVITABLE,
[XLIII.] - SURA LI.—THE SCATTERING,
[XLIV.] - SURA LII.—THE MOUNTAIN,
[XLV.] - SURA LVI.—THE INEVITABLE,
[XLVI.] - SURA LIII.—THE STAR,
[XLVII.] - SURA LXX.—THE STEPS OR ASCENTS,
[XLVIII.] - SURA LV.—THE MERCIFUL,
[XLIX.] - SURA LIV.—THE MOON,
[L.] - SURA XXXVII.—THE RANKS,
[LI.] - SURA LXXI.—NOAH,
[LIL] - SURA LXXVI.—MAN,
[LIII.] - SURA XLIV—SMOKE,
[LIV.] - SURA L.—KAF,
[LV.] - SURA XX.—TA. HA.,
[LVI.] - SURA XXVI—THE POETS,
[LVII.] - SURA XV.—HEDJR,
[LVIII.] - SURA XIX.—MARY,
[LIX.] - SURA XXXVIII.—SAD,
[LX.] - SURA XXXVI.—YA. SIN,
[LXI.] - SURA XLIII.—ORNAMENTS OF GOLD,
[LXII.] - SURA LXXII.—DJINN,
[LXIII.] - SURA LXVII.—THE KINGDOM,
[LXIV.] - SURA XXIII—THE BELIEVERS,
[LXV.] - SURA XXI—THE PROPHETS,
[LXVL] - SURA XXV.—AL FURKAN,
[LXVIL.] - SURA XVII.—THE NIGHT JOURNEY,
[LXVIII.] - SURA XXVII.—THE ANT,
[LXIX.] - SURA XVIII—THE CAVE,
[LXX.] - SURA XXXII.—ADORATION,
[LXXI.] - SURA XLI.—THE MADE PLAIN,
[LXXII.] - SURA XLV.—THE KNEELING,
[LXXIII.] - SURA XVI.—THE BEE,
[LXXIV.] - SURA XXX.—THE GREEKS,
[LXXV.] - SURA XI.—HOUD,
[LXXVI.] - SURA XIV.—ABRAHAM, ON WHOM BE PEACE,
[LXXVII.] - SURA XII.—JOSEPH, PEACE BE ON HIM,
[LXXVIII.] - SURA XL.—THE BELIEVER,
[LXXIX.] - SURA XXVIII.—THE STORY,
[LXXX.] - SURA XXXIX—THE TROOPS,
[LXXXI.] - SURA XXIX.—THE SPIDER,
[LXXXII.] - SURA XXXI.—LOKMAN,
[LXXXIII.] - SURA XLIL.—COUNSEL,
[LXXXIV.] - SURA X.—JONAH, PEACE BE ON HIM!,
[LXXXV.] - SURA XXXIV—SABA,
[LXXXVI.] - SURA XXXV.—THE CREATOR, OR THE ANGELS,
[LXXXVII.] - SURA VII.—AL ARAF,
[LXXXVIII.] - SURA XLVI.—AL AHKAF,
[LXXXIX.] - SURA VI.—CATTLE,
[XC.] - SURA XIII.—THUNDER,
[XCI.] - SURA II.—THE COW,
[XCII.] - SURA XCVIII.—CLEAR EVIDENCE,
[XCIII.] - SURA LXIV.—MUTUAL DECEIT,
[XCIV.] - SURA LXII.—THE ASSEMBLY,
[XCV.] - SURA VIII.—THE SPOILS,
[XCVI.] - SURA XLVII.—MUHAMMAD,
[XCVII.] - SURA III.—THE FAMILY OF IMRAN,
[XCVIII.] - SURA LXI.—BATTLE ARRAY,
[XCIX.] - SURA LVII.—IRON,
[C.] - SURA IV.—WOMEN,
[CI.] - SURA LXV.—DIVORCE,
[CII.] - SURA LIX.—THE EMIGRATION,
[CIII.] - SURA XXXIII.—THE CONFEDERATES,
[CIV.] - SURA LXIII.—THE HYPOCRITES,
[CV.] - SURA XXIV—LIGHT,
[CVI.] - SURA LVIII.—SHE WHO PLEADED,
[CVII.] - SURA XXII.—THE PILGRIMAGE,
[CVIII.] - SURA XLVIII.—THE VICTORY,
[CIX.] - SURA LXVI.—THE FORBIDDING,
[CX.] - SURA LX.—SHE WHO IS TRIED,
[CXI.] - SURA CX.—HELP,
[CXII.] - SURA XLIX.—THE APARTMENTS,
[CXIII.] - SURA IX.—IMMUNITY,
[CXIV.] - SURA V.—THE TABLE,
INDEX,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Just a note....

    When you write a review its supposed to be on the book itself. The Quran is a Holy text originally written in a native language which had to be translated. Therefore its original words are not always synonyms to the translated ones. While reading and studying a translation, one must not take the lazy mans approach to research. Just simply reading this text like the bible wont work. If your going to read it and review it; buy an appendix. It is highly reccomended to purchase one. It is for a deeper understanding of the text. Thhe Quran is not filled with elaborate stories to arrive at the point, it simply states it. Therefore, if you feel it is redudant you may have missed the purpose of repetition. Be a Scholar, not just a student. Noone on this review tab even metioned the quality of this edition or the format. It seems that the reviews posted previously are venting about the ideas and Dichotomy of this text not the purpose, character or content. Once again be a scholar not a student!

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2010

    Bad investment if looking for spiritual insight!

    I have never in my life read a book so ill composed and without logical reasoning as this one! I don't recommend it to anyone. It doesn't provide real hope in spiritual insight (i.e. 72 virgins awaiting martyrdom? Get real!) and smacks of poorly designed, human engineered dogma by the dead prophet. It is written in a manner more like someone's personal agenda to suppress belief in something else that is more logical and realistic.

    5 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Translation good

    Clear translation, well organized and easily readable for non Arabic readers.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2009

    A disappointment.

    I expected to learn more about Islam through reading it's "bible". I found the organization scattered making it, at best, a difficult read, at most, giving faint glimpses of insight into both radical, as well as moderate, Islam. Overall, I came away with no greater understanding than when I had begun.

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    The Koran, and a review.

    For the ignorants who just came here to rant about Muslims killing "infadels", take an unbiased religion course at a community college. I myself am not a Muslim, and I am American high school student. I however, have taken a comparitive religions course, and learned about Islam. The terrorists that participated in the attacks of 9/11 were NOT Islamic, by any means. They followed the teachings of Sayyid Al-Qutb (sorry for spelling mistakes, this is all in my memory.), who took advantage of the openess of the Koran's phrases. Also, as another review stated, the Koran is originally in the Arabic language. If you are the average American, you cannot read the Arabic language, so it has been translated for us. The translations are not always exact, giving us a skewed vision of the Islamic holy text. The chronological order of the Koran is "messed up" because it is not a book of history. The Koran is a book of stories of past prophets and nations. In Arabic, the Koran is almost literally a poem of intricate design, yet it is unseen to us because we have a skewed English version. So, to wrap up this rant I've gone on, don't always judge an entire religion and its followers by the actions of very, very, very few. To give an actual review of this version of the Koran, I found it quite useful in my studies, and gave me an underlying knowledge to the Islamic religion. Also, I found the author's insightful comments to be quite fascinating, and gave me a glimpse of a different view towards the Islamic holy texts.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2011

    Includes commentary

    This version is very heavily commentated, making it difficult to read it by itself. Many pages have more commentary than scripture.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    Too many typos.

    You're better off getting the same item from the Gutenburg Project. The B&N offering is loaded with typos from uncorrected OCR scanning, while the Gutenburg Project version (so far) has been proofread and corrected, making a difficult book a bit more readable.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    diving into the Muslim religion

    I read this book to gain a philosophical insight as to what it really is that Muslims believe in. This book is such a self-contradictory, nonsensical, absolutely ridiculous "sacred text" that it was just hard to understand at times. It is a great read for those who want to learn more about Allah and what he instructed His followers to do, but it is very repetitive all the way through, in the sense of the infidels and the afterlife to come.

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2005

    Wonderfull book and recamended

    This was a relly well done book. Good fo anyone studing Islam and there holy scriptures.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Cool. Nice.

    I want it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Open your eyes

    Muslims are brainwashed from birth to kili lnfidels . Cant you see them for who they really are ? their books are filled with hatred and violence. Its time to open your eye woulda given this no stars if i could

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Well

    Muslims like every one else includig the jews who dont belive will burn in hell if you dont belive in jesus christ. Im sorry but its true. Plus the bible has gone unchanged for 3,000 years icant say that for the koran. They change its text frequently. So sad yet god must punish the sinner who is not cleansed by jesu's blood

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Some Respect Please

    I have a good friend who is muslem and even if I am not muslem myself, I still think they should be respected. Their koran is no more violent than the old testament. One example: Moses leading his people to the promice land, once they got there thay killed almost everyone so they would have the land to themselfs. Or when god purged the earth with the great flood? I think people of all religions deserve respect and kindness. Muslems share alot of the ideas and consepts they have with christions. Dont be so swift to persicute others.

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