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Secrets of the Koran: Revealing Insight Into Islam's Holy Book Hardcover – 1 Jan 2003
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My understanding of truly holy men is that they NEVER kill in gods name.
Why do they not publicise the fact that at 50 the 'prophet' "married" a 6 year old and consummated the marriage when he was 53 and his "wife" was 9 years old!!!!
This is in the Koran, not made up by myself.
Why is this not made more open to decent minded people???
Can Muslims please advise if their most holy man married a 6 year old and had sex with her at 9 years old or not. Is this a mistake in the Koran?
If it is a mistake and he did not, then I apologise for maligning him.
terror alerts at UK airports.
If you still believe that non-Muslims have a duty to be more accommodating
towards the religion of Islam, you should read this book. It doesn't make
for comfortable reading if you consider yourself a reasonable and tolerant
person, but if you're as open minded as you like to think you are, do your
own research and come to your own conclusions. I did, and that's why I'm
writing this review.
As an atheist, I was sceptical about the book's ability to address the
issues that the Western world in particular, has to confront if it hopes to
defuse the threats posed by Islam, written as it was, by a Christian and
published by a Christian publisher.
But despite Don Richardson's religious beliefs (he is clearly anti abortion
and gives at least a passing nod in the direction of creationism), he for
the most part (although not entirely), resists the temptation to attack the
Koran from a purely 'Christian Moral' standpoint, even when there is
evidence of this, it's usually a technique he uses to construct a logical
argument rather than merely answering one set of nonsensical dogma with
There is an undertone throughout the book, that paints Islam as a
supremacist, intolerant, misogynistic, cruel and dictatorial religion that
stifles free speech and even free thought, and is fundamentally opposed to
"Secrets of The Koran", provides us with a potted history of Mohammed, his
early rejection as a prophet by the Jews of Medina (due to his failure to
meet their standards of proof), his leadership of a band of thieves and the
method he devised for recruiting men to fight for him (the promise of
eternal sexual gratification in Heaven).
Richardson then goes on to critique the Koran both as a literary piece and
on the meaning of the work and its interpretation by Muslims.
He continues by discussing Islam's infiltration of the West and the Muslim
strategy (based on the Koran's teachings) for continued penetration of
The book asserts that Muslim terrorists act out of a sense of religious
duty rather than a sense of social injustice and asks why there is so
little evidence of suicide attacks from other variously 'socially
disadvantaged' groups such as Sikhs, Rastafarians, Hindus or Buddhists.
The assertion, sadly, is backed up by logical well deliberated and
Richardson also challenges non-believers, such as myself, to stop 'picking'
on Christianity and present a common front against the spread of Islam. I
must acknowledge that I am able to buy, read and criticise this book
because the Judeo-Christian culture, developed over the last three thousand
years, in which I live, allows me so to do.
This book is part of a growing number published in the wake of recent terrorism and the author is not shy to expose and denounce Islam. He firmly believes that the fundamentalism of the Koran is true Islam and is terribly wicked compared with for example the love of enemies of fundamental Christianity. Whereas liberal Christianity has caused problems, in Islam liberalism is a good thing, but the real answer is for Muslims to convert to Christ.
The book exposes what lies beneath the surface such as the history of the rejection of Mohammed by the Jews as a false prophet, the war like nature of Mohammed and how he promised those who died in battle eternal sexual pleasure to compensate for the loss of sexual rewards with the captured women.
The subject is vast and the author recommends that readers read several books. I would add the recommendation of marking the verses in your Koran with notes so that you can tell Muslims what their religion really is and why they should abandon it for the far better greatness of the Lord Jesus Christ.
You may lose some sleep reading this but that will not be a bad thing if the Lord stirs you up to take on one of the greatest challenges for evangelism that the church has known. How it would shame atheistic Britons if multitudes of Muslims were converted to Christ on our shores.
The Koran is in my view is by turns repetitive warlike, racist, supremacist and an incitement to violence against "Kaffirs" i.e. non Muslims. The author makes that point forcibly but does not give enough emphasis to the fact that the majority of Muslims do not act in that way. The author does validly point out that a fundamentalist reading could be the root behind the Islamic terror we see throughout the world.
The history of Mohammed is brief but well analysed and shows his propensity to violence in the latter sages of his career.
Overall a good read and better than the sugar coated Karen Armstrong critiques one of which I read side by side with this, (review to follow)
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