Is Ripping Up A Koran Ever Justified?

Police intervened at a Toronto-area school board (Peel) meeting on Wednesday evening after members in the audience shouted anti-Muslim rhetoric, tore pages from a Koran and stepped on the religious text.

Globe and Mail, March 23, 2017

Every year the University of Ottawa, the capital's largest, is host to Islam Awareness Week. Ground zero for this event is the Jock Turcot Centre, "a multi-purpose facility, offering many venues for students, faculty, alumni, and others, to meet and relax."

At this event, anyone can pick up a free copy of the Saudi funded translation of the Koran. Its free distribution, courtesy of Saudi subsidies, has made it the most widely read and quoted edition of the Koran on the planet.

From the beginning, the Hilali and Muhsin Khan translation reads more like a supremacist Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian polemic than a rendition of the Islamic scripture…

Professor Khaleel Mohammed, Department of Religious Studies at San Diego State University on the Saudi Koran

Islam being the later religion which the prophets of the Bible failed to anticipate means that its one prophet could denounce with impunity the message of those who came before, Jesus in particular, as the Koran does repeatedly.

Adding insult to injury, the Saudi Koran concludes with evocatively titled denunciations squarely aimed at recruiting Christians in Allah's Cause. Examples (capitalization theirs):



In both invectives, writers of the gospels are extensively quoted in support of the Koran's assertion that Jesus did not die on the cross and that Allah does not share power with a son and those who make that claim are not only perverts but committing the greatest sin of all, that of Shirk, an unpardonable sin.

The Koran would have the community of believers, because of what it asserts is their superiority in faith, rule the universe and purge it of undesirables, i.e. unbeleivers. In 1925 a man published a book in which he made the same claim for his community based on its alleged racial superiority.

The near success of the latter and the continued success of the former supremacist doctrine is largely due to a strategy of deceiving your opponents as to your stated intentions until such a time as your inferiors find themselves at a disadvantage.

47:35 So do not weaken and call for peace, while you have the upper hand and Allah is with you. He will not stint you your actions.

Bavaria has maintained a ban on the publication of the 1925 supremacist polemic even after the author's copyright expired in 2016. Banning or ripping up books, except perhaps in protest, even those which contain invitations to genocide and are as openly contemptuous of your beliefs as is the Saudi Koran is not the answer.

Nonetheless, something must be done to alert more people to the Koran's supremacist message and ways found to effectively counter it, otherwise, another holocaust that will make the last one pale into insignificance is inevitable. Perhaps children are the answer?

Reads well, but shops would be very reluctant to stock something on this subject that isn't by a scholar or authority of some kind or other. If you could get some endorsements.

In looking to satisfy a publisher’s requirement that I obtain the endorsement of a religious scholar or authority of some type before they would consider publishing Pain, Pleasure and Prejudice, the then Rector of Saint Paul University arranged for me to meet with an eminent European theologian and guest lecturer who had written extensively on Islam and the Koran. He asked if my book presented the Koran and the Prophet in a positive light.

When I answered "no, not always", he handed me back my manuscript. His concern was that the Bible also contained questionable passages, and for him to endorse a book that contained even mild criticisms of the Koranic text was to invite retaliation in kind. That ship sailed 1,400 years ago.

Bernard Payeur