September 7, 2010

Let’s Have A Read The Qur'an Day

In reaction to the crazy and dangerous suggestion that people here in America burn the Qur'an on September 11 of this year, I think I will reread the Qur'an on that day. It’s been while. I suggest that as many as are willing take some of their September 11th to read it. Reading the whole of the Qur'an in translation in a day certainly can’t be too hard. It’s not all that long.

I will read it in memory of Salman Hamdani the New York City police cadet who died under the debris of the North Tower with his EMT medical bag beside him and the other Muslim victims who died on that September day.

If I remember correctly, like the many holy books (including the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament), parts of the Qur'an are relatively inspiring, other parts are horrifying, some parts are incomprehensible, and a lot of it is just plan dull. And I don’t intend any of this to imply that one need believe the claims of any of it or any of those other supposedly holy books. I don’t. It’s just that in the light of the despicable acts of a very small minority of Muslims who claim that the god of the Qur'an requires them to do unspeakable violence against anyone they consider infidel, including other Muslims, and the fear the Qur'an inspires in some Christians, I think September 11, 2010, would very be a good day to give it a read.

Update: September 12, 2010
Well, I’d quite get it all read. An unanticipated but welcome visitor and a planned but more difficult than expected router replacement cut deeply into my time. I did get about two-thirds through it. I’ll probably finish it over the coming week. But for now, I need to get back to my Ugarit project and something abnormally interesting or at least abnormal I've been thinking about with regard to the Hebrew Bible.

Posted by Duane Smith at September 7, 2010 9:05 AM | Read more on Religion |

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I'm with you--though it hasn't been all that long since I last read it.

Posted by: sbh at September 7, 2010 1:39 PM

I'll bet that it was from you that I first heard the idea, and so by all means claim to be the source of it! I knew I had read about it somewhere, but when I went back to look I found another article but not this one. So I apologize for not giving you credit!

Posted by: James F. McGrath at September 9, 2010 12:46 PM

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