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Some interesting points, but let down by bad formatting and poor grammar
on 9 December 2012
This book makes some interesting points, some of which I had never really thought about before, even as a (non-Muslim) person with a decent knowledge and understanding of Islam, as well as a basic grasp of Arabic.
One particularly interesting point is that of the apparent confusion between Miriam of the Torah (sister of Moses/Musa and Aaron/Haroon), and Mary Mother of Jesus (Maryam umm Isa) of the New Testament and the Qur'an.
Also interesting are al-Rassooli's observations regarding the apparent complete lack of 'Biblical' names amongst the companions of Muhammad, names such as Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses), Da'ud (David), and so on, despite the assertations of both the Qur'an and Ahadith that these well-known biblical figures were the forefathers of the Arabs.
So, some stimulating eye-openers can be found in this book.
However, it is severely let down by a few problems:
1) The typesetting/formatting/grammar is very poor. I understand that this book appears to be based on a series of videos (?), but this format is conveyed very poorly throughout the text of this book (and there's never any excuse for poor spelling and grammar).
2) A lot of the assertations put forth by al-Rassooli are 'backed up' by the Old and New Testaments, as 'proof' that large portions of the Qur'an are somehow 'wrong' - this tactic of using Biblical works as 'evidence' in part relies on the assumption that the Bible IS 'correct'. This notion is hard to swallow for curious agnostics/atheists, and also doesn't solve the question of...what if the Bible WAS 'wrong', and the Qur'an DID 'correct' the Bible, as Islamic tradition asserts? More REAL history and less reliance upon Scripture as a quasi-academic source would have been appreciated.
3) Certain 'positive' aspects of the Qur'an, Ahadith and overall (Muhammadan) Islamic tradition are overlooked, including some very basic elements. I am NOT a Muslim, and I am NOT a defender of the Islamic faith (I like to see myself as neutral on the matter), yet there are many things al-Rassooli has failed to mention (certain women's rights - divorce, inheritance, etc., are overlooked, in favour of pointing out the purely negative, though I do understand that many such 'rights' are in fact quite limited in nature).
4) The book is incredibly repetitive in some of the points it makes - and al-Rassooli even 'apologises' for such repetition. I 'got' it the first time, and don't need to be reminded a dozen times of each individual Muhammadean misgiving.
5) In some parts, the points al-Rassooli attempts to make a more like mere ramblings, than coherent arguments. Also, some of the Sura/Ahadith used to back up his points are in part somewhat irrelevant to the very point he is trying to make.
Overall, I WOULD recommend that you pick up this book, if you're curious about religion and the likes, but it does make for a difficult read. Not because the content is particularly challending (it is not), but because the video-based format of al-Rassooli's original works don't translate very well into the written word, and are also riddled with various types of error.
I think this is a 'book' I'd prefer to listen to in speech form (as intended), as opposed to read.
Al-Rassooli, I respect and appreciate what you've done here, but please clean it up a little, so that it might reach a wider audience, as it deserves.