Today's email brought a press release from Stand Up America, announcing an upcoming event: International Judge the Koran Day. The new Facebook group has grown from 60 to 72 supporters in the last few hours.It appears that the planned event is inchohate at present. Rev. Terry Jones posted this video in which he asks for our advice about what to do with the Koran. Exactly what he will do March 20, 2011 from 6 to 8 pm is unknown, but I am sure that, whatever it is, it will arouse the ire of Muslims and draw protest from politicians and pundits. I suggest that Rev. Jones open the Koran and read the parts which curse and declare war against Jews & Christians. The parts that mandate genocide should be read along with them. Furthermore, those Korans collected for the canceled bonfire should be distributed to churches, read from the pulpet and preserved in the church's library so that the congregation can read it. A moot trial of Moe could well be scheduled for his birthday which falls about February 4, 2012. That timing would allow plenty of time for planning and preparation. Islam considers the Arabic Koran to be authentic, translations are deprecated. Translations lack the Arabic poetry; the magic is in the sound, which is why Muslim students learn it in Arabic even if they do not understand that language. Muslims will contend that translations do not accurately convey the meaning of the Koran. That claim fades when applied to tafsir & hadith. The hadith tell us what Moe did, which is the best possible indication of what the Koran meant to him. Informed readers can visit the Quranic Arabic Corpus to see what the Arabic words mean. We can also visit sites such as Islam Awakened to read and compare multiple parallel translations. Islamic law is based primarily on the Koran & hadith. It shows us what the jihad verses mean with great clarity.
When Caliph Umar conquered the Levant, he made the indigenous people sign a treaty of protection, now known as the Pact of Umar. One of its provisions was "We shall not teach the Qur'an to our children.". This little gem comes from an early attempt to codify Islamic law.
Yahya related to me from Malik from Nafi that Abdullah ibn Umar said that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, forbade travelling with a Qur'an in the land of the enemy. Malik commented, "That is out of fear that the enemy will get hold of it."
Why would Moe fear the enemy gaining possession of Allah's book? Why would Umar forbid teaching it to dhimmi's children? Could it be that it contains incriminating evidence?