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5.0 out of 5 stars The Qur'an ( A New Translation) by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem, 16 Sept. 2011
This review is from: The Qur'an (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
I am Christian and have never read any version of the Qur'an before so have no comparison,and I have only read the first 5 sura's(sections)so far, but I would highly recommend this version to anyone who (like me ) was curious to find out the truth about what exactly it did sanction. Non Muslims tend to believe that it sanctions violence against the rest of the non Muslim world. This is completely untrue. This is a misconception fuelled by terrorists to justify violence. i was surprised to find that it also tells Muslims that not only is this the word of Allah (God)but that the(Christian) Holy Bible and (Jewish) Torah are in fact ALSO the word of god. The word Islam explained IN context in the Arabic Holy Qur'an actually means "complete devotion/submission to God." Isn't this what the Holy Bible and the Torah say too? The Qur'an refers the Christians and Jews as "People of the book" and forbids arguments between Muslims and anyone who believes in the one true God. I know a few Muslim people and this book has given me a better insight into their beliefs. It has made me realise that we have much more in common than we have to differ about. I can hardly put this book down it is so interesting. I would highly recommend it to anyone who has any opinions on religion, negative or positive. It will open your eyes and make you ask questions but not in a bad way.
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Initial post: 6 Sep 2013, 03:01:48 BST
Last edited by the author on 6 Sep 2013, 03:05:48 BST
Honestly you have sugar plums dancing inside your head. You are reading a DIFFERENT version of Quran, a rather whitewashed version.
The REAL Quran teaches hatred and violence against non-Muslims like Christians and Jews. Quran refers to Christians as pigs and Jews as apes. This is how disgusting Islam is. Don't tell me what Islam is or isn't as I already know Islam inside out. I too know the Quran by memory. I first read it 20 years ago.

When others tell you "Oh Islam is the religion of peace", remember they are playing TAQIYYA and KITMAN on you. Beware of Taqiyya, especially those used by Dawah groups. Taqiyya is a DISHONEST way of winning conversions. I had even it happening over the years. People convert to Islam for variety of reasons, usually for wrong reasons. Some convert for a sense of belonging, but some later drop out of Islam when they become disenchanted.
When Muslims win your conversion, remember they've been DISHONEST with you from the beginning when they have used Taqiyya on you. They are your friends ONLY for your conversion , not for who you are (your conversion to your Dawah-giving "friends" only means scoring extra brownie points in Jannah.) That is the painful truth.
MAJORITY of Muslims are all smiles to your face and sneers behind your back. In other word, they are nice to you, that is, to your face. But in your absence, they laugh at your weaknesses like your gullibility. Unfortunately, most Muslims are two-faced, sanctimonious lot. Very controlling and manipulating as well. Exceptions are far fewer than you think. I am sorry to say so, but it is the truth painfully learned by long experiences. Realise this, most born Muslims look their noses down on your non-Muslim family. Imams and Mullahs all do it too. This was why I rejected Islam. Why would I want so-called friends for only my conversion?

Is it not better to see the REAL people as they are than be years sucked in by all their friendship lies and flatteries? Is it not better to see harsh truth early than to get hurt by broken illusions at a much later stage?
Islam won't really fulfil your inner needs. It won't do anything for you in the long run. As to relationships and marriages in Islam, you will not find honesty in your spouse who will keep using TAQIYYA on you. You will find unconditional love very lacking in your spouse.
Don't be blinded by Taqiyya. Live for the truth, not for illusions.

Posted on 9 Apr 2014, 20:02:22 BST
lisa says:
thanks for the review. i have been looking for a version of koran to download and this seems to be highly recommended. I wonder if people who say they hate the koran have really read the bible. there is much that is shocking to modern western readers in both books. These books written over a thousand years ago have to be carefully interpreted and to castigate the koran without mentioning the bible and its similarities gives a very un balanced view.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2014, 01:28:15 BST
You can equally apply the two faced nature to many many Christians. And Sikhs. Hindus. Non religious. So, people then.

Posted on 9 Dec 2014, 14:55:34 GMT
Preacher says:
I'm surprised at your comments...especially as you claim to be a Christian.
You, obviously, don't understand either Islam OR the Qur'an.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2015, 13:20:00 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jan 2015, 13:37:41 GMT
Islam is a religion which was influenced by archangel Gabriel, an archangel mentioned in various religions, (including the Christian bible) an archangel of peace, beauty, womanhood, motherhood and childhood. Why do you think Muslims are more family orientated, than us white Europeans? Why do they hold such strong beliefs about women being covered up and having arranged marriages? They lack individuality, but rather see themselves belonging to a big family, and they like to preserve a woman with her innocence ( which is not a bad thing). This is not how it is with Christianity, because Christianity is not under the influence of archangel Gabriel who is connected with womanhood and motherhood, but archangel Michael, who is influencing individuality, courage, freedom etc..
An archangel would never influence hatred and killing. If there is evil and hatred in certain versions of the Quran, it's because evil humans have deliberately put things there in the past which shouldn't be there; to achieve what they want today, which is deluded extremists, terrorism and divisions amongst races. Divisions and chaos which make it easier for evil to control people. It is really is no coincidence that Islam and Muslims are increasing in Europe. These things really do connect. The bible has equally been altered, incarnation , karma and the names of four archangels were taking out of the original bible centuries ago. These are not things just merely connected with other religions but incarnation and karma are a truth for the whole of humanity, a truth which has been deliberately taken out of the Christian bible.
The fact is different religions differ because of the different races and cultures being at different stages of evolution, and what is expected from one particular race is different to that of another. Some say the white Christian European race is leading the way in evolution, whereas others are following behind. This is not an insult against different races and religions, but a fact. Muslims refuse to accept Christ, so in that respect they haven't caught up with Christians, because accepting Christ is the only way to go forward. The fact is, all of these religious books tell the same thing, even if it is in a different context, so it's about time Christ was accepted in Islam, and Christmas was celebrated by Muslims. Perhaps we should all embrace all religions, and learn something from them all, instead of thinking one is more superior to the other, as they all hold truths about human kind and evolution.There is not different gods for different races and religions, they are the same gods disguised under different names, and that is a fact!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2015, 13:46:00 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jan 2015, 13:46:22 GMT
Preacher says:
Bob, you're confusing Christianity with how some Christians live their faith. Christianity is based upon God; Christians are flawed people.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2015, 13:49:39 GMT
Preacher says:
You make some astonishingly false claims. Prove that the Bible has been altered. All these "religious books" DON'T tell the same thing. You place evolution in the same sentence as God's Word. Please, support your viewpoint with facts....no more self-opinionated thoughts. This is about book reviews, not your personal musings.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2015, 17:07:05 GMT
Sjidj Dgijj says:

hi. You say, in the first line of your comment that Islam is a religion influenced by the archangel Gabriel. This is an interesting point. I must own up, right at the outset, to being an atheist, although, I like to think, not of the 'hard core' variety. I therefore would like you to tell me how it is that you assert the existence of angels when there is absolutely no evidence of this being the case. I fail to see how, in the total absence of certain evidence, you are able to make that claim. I also fail to see, with my own eyes, in what way Islam is of any benefit to mankind, except for some very dangerous people who seem to need to back up a complete delusion of grandeur by flying planes into tall buildings, strapping explosives to themselves and murdering women and children who have absolutely no guilt and no knowledge of the atrocities that are supposedly perpetrated in their name, under the banner of that foul belief system that it Islam. I have no time for anyone who literally by a book written many, many centuries ago, way way back in the dark ages - same as the bible - who completely believe that what is contained in the book - just words on paper, papyrus, or whatever - is the literal word of some superhuman being which/who has never, ever, been seen or - of paramount importance - proved in any way whatsoever. Religions have it easy, very easy: it is easy to assert what cannot be known or proven on frightened people with a childish need to belong. I cannot condone religion. I can never approve with attempting to rule other people with a book. I will fight a global caliphate until I lie dead. Islam cannot win. Sane people will not allow it to. Thank you.

Posted on 4 May 2015, 17:31:31 BST
A says:
You have only read 5 sura's, but offer lengthy lecture as to it's contents and meanings to other potential readers. This is stupidity of the dangerous kind.

Posted on 14 Jul 2015, 23:16:54 BST
Oliver_York says:
The mainstream Muslim view is that the Old Testament (possibly just the Torah, I'm not sure) and the Gospels of the New Testament are also scripture, however that they have become corrupted over the years, as Moses and Jesus were Muslims and things that sound non Muslim in them must be corruptions. However liberal Muslims that I know would say don't go by what mainstream traditions claim today, just look at what the Quran actually says.
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