Muhammad story misinterpreted or fabricated

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Klatt defends his interpretation of the Quran”
Nov. 2, 2007

To the editor:
Dr. Heinz Klatt’s story about the Prophet Muhammad does nothing towards “destroying” the arguments of those who have criticized his bizarre statements regarding Islam...

Unfortunately, [Dr. Klatt did not] provide an source or citation for the episode he described. The tale in question, in which the Prophet allegedly orders the murder of a poetess, appears frequently on anti-Muslim hate websites on the Internet, where the authors also tend to be short on details as to the source of their story.

The investigation of narrations regarding the Prophet’s teachings and life is a rigorous discipline unto itself, but without presuming to be an expert, I must point out the tale does not appear in any of the authenticated sources for such narrations.

I have searched as many as are available, including the most reliable ones, and have been unable to find mention of it, although I did find a great many instances where the Prophet’s behaviour was quite the opposite.

The story is, however, reputed to have appeared in two somewhat obscure Arabic biographical books (Ibn Adiyy’s Al-Kamel, and in Al-Gawzi’s Al-Ilal), both of which list it as being untrustworthy, with one of them noting an individual in the story’s documented chain of transmission is accused by the others of having forged it himself.

With the absence of any evidence to the contrary, the reasonable observer will conclude the tale quoted by Dr. Klatt is a fabrication, plain and simple. The reasonable observer is nevertheless encouraged to seek the truth independently.
"Wajid Sayeed
Medicine II

To the editor:
In all religions, there are a few blood-hungry savages who choose to interpret a religious text a certain way to justify their barbaric acts.

The Quran was revealed in the seventh century at a time when the early Muslims where killed for choosing to accept the Prophet’s word, where even the prophet himself was attacked violently and humiliated for accepting the revelation and trying to spread it.

So yes, there are many verses that when taken out of context (ignoring the historical circumstances under which the verse was revealed), are extremely violent.

The major sect of Islam follows not only the text. They also follow the way of the Prophet " who was a peace-loving man " and also apply the revelations of the Quran to their lives.

This is a very important aspect of Islam that many Muslims and non-Muslims alike seem to ignore. I have not read Bakhtiar’s interpretation of the Quran, but it sounds like she just attempted to put into words the interpretation of the text that the majority of Muslims believe in.

She needs to be commended for this, since the name of Islam has been dragged through the mud by a tiny demented minority.

Finally, to quote Blaise Pascal: “God has given us evidence sufficiently clear to convince those with an open heart and mind. Yet evidence is sufficiently vague so as not to compel those whose hearts and minds are closed.”

No matter how many texts are published about Islam, those with a closed mind who choose to remain ignorant of history will always view Islam as a violent, intolerant religion, when really it’s everything but that.

But it never hurts to try spreading the true meaning of Islam.
"Hisham Sadiyyah
Economics and Computer Engineering IV

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