Comments on the "Problematic Verses in the Koran" Page
October 14, 2002
Just thought Id drop you a line after having visited your web page.
I have a really good friend that is Muslim and we had recently been talking about our religions, being that I am Catholic. Your site really put things into perspective. For one thing, I really admire the manner in which you approach this debate, it says a lot about you. In this day in age, it is very hard to find someone that is so respectful of other cultures and that has the willingness to try to understand them.
So I hope that you keep this web site up-to-date, Im sure its a really good start off point for trying to understand each other in this ever changing world.
I do have a question, though. My friend says that the Koran has not been altered in any way since it was first written down. I find this hard to believe because as we all know, mortals are not perfect and languages change throughout time. Im going to do more research on this, but I was wondering if you had any good sources.
July 23, 2002
I read with
interest your constructive criticisms regarding the quran, and
me that certain criticisms were not answered by muslim brothers
I believe that the quran is a closed book today. Many muslims
I have a
very busy schedule but I would like to make amends for the neglect
me begin with a response to your criticism regarding 'Militant
In the first
instance, it is true that the quran does indeed provide
To the legal
mind, an immediate problem becomes apparent in this scenario.
facts are beyond question, even christian historians accept
gives muslims the following precepts with regard to warfare: 'And fight
in the cause of Allah against those who fight against you, but do
to fight is given to those against whom war is made, because
gives the right to fight in self-defence. The quran also gives the
It is true
that certain militant muslims may misconstrue passages of the
me say that I do not and indeed cannot defend the behaviour of
Thank you Rasheed for your reply,
You have fallen into the classic error of judging Christianity by its misapplication - wars fought by its followers and/or atrocities committed in the name of the Cross.
That is not how I judge Islam. If you notice my article is purely theological and I make no reference to any wars or atrocities committed in the name of Islam. Islam has devolved since its golden age and fallen into the quagmire of stagnant legalism and clericalism. It has robbed itself of the right to self-criticize which will lead to its extinction.
You commented on one issue I have with Islam. What about the other absurd verses: "Scientific and Spiritual Inaccuracies ", "On Poets and Art In General", "Verses On Jews and Christians ", "On Women ", and "The Muslim Paradise".
I appreciate your time and effort.
Rami E. Cremesti BS, MS
Hey there Rami
I was doing a search on the internet and I came by a site that was obviously yours :) It was, as expected, great. You had some questions about Islam which I find quite valid and I too, even as a Muslim, am waiting for a response. :)
You're a good guy Rami, but I'm sure I don't have to tell you that. I loved the pictures of Lebanon. My father just returned from a 5 month stay in the "old country".
I hear some Lebanese say, "where is Lebanese patriotism?" and I found it on your site Rami.
Anyway, just wanted to send you a "hey, how you doin'?". :)
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