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How the Arabs Hated the Quran - By Mumin Salih

How the Arabs Hated the Quran - By Mumin Salih

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Mohammed hated the poets because they attracted the Arabs’ attention and distracted them from listening to his Quran. In addition, some poets produced works, called hijaa, which ridiculed Mohammed.
Mohammed hated the poets because they attracted the Arabs’ attention and distracted them from listening to his Quran. In addition, some poets produced works, called hijaa, which ridiculed Mohammed.

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How the Arabs Hated the Quran
 by Mumin Salih 28 Oct, 2008
Why are you a Muslim?
 Muslims in general love to hear this question because it has a simple and readymade answer in their minds; besides it gives them the opportunity to propagate their religion and talk  proudly about Islam.
A typical Muslim’s answer would be like this: ‘becau
se Islam is the right religion and the
only one that is accepted by Allah’. Having made such a confident start, Muslims wait
impatiently to hear the next question which they predict and to which they also have a readymade answer: what is the evidence?
‘The evidence is in the Quran, which is a living language miracle,’ would be a typical Muslim’s answer. That is the moment Muslims usually wait for; to highlight the ‘fact’ that
Islam is the only religion that has a living miracle. However, the joy comes to an end once you ask for the evidence that the Quran is a language miracle, because no Muslim can  provide satisfactory evidence. Only a few Muslim Arabs would take the risk and try to answer that last question; the others
would rather refer you to the ‘experts’ on the grounds that such issues about the Quran should
 be discussed only by the experts. Still they would insist that the Quran is a miracle, because: 1. The early Arabs were stunned when they heard the Quran. (A big lie) 2. The Quran is praised by top Arab writers and poets, past and present. (A Big lie) 3. Allah challenged the Arabs to produce a sura like it but they all failed. (A big lie)
1. The first big lie: The early Arabs were stunned by the Quran
 I refuted the first big lie in my previous
article ‘when the Arab intellectuals debated Mohammed’, which provided indisputable proof from the Islamic history and the Quran that
the Meccan Arabs believed the Quran was erroneous and full with old myths. They even  believed that Mohammed was mad for producing such a flawed work.
 
 
2. The second big lie: The Quran is praised by top Arab writers and poets, past and present
Let us see what did the top Arab writers and poets think of the Quran.
Freedom of expression in Pre-Islamic Arabia
 The linguistic talent was the main cultural expression in pre Islamic Arabia and reached its
 peak just before the rise of Islam. Indeed, the Arabs’ passion to poetry never waned
throughout history, and even today, their craze to this art has no equal. The immediate
influence of Islam on Arabic poetry, in other words on the Arab’s main cultural expression,
was dramatic- Islam killed the Arabs passion for poetry. It took over a century to revive the art of Arabic poetry to recover from the devastating blow of Islam.
Mohammed hated the poets because they attracted the Arabs’ attention and distracted them
from listening to his Quran. In addition, some poets produced works, called hijaa, which ridiculed Mohammed. In pre-Islamic Arabia, poetry had a status in th
e society similar to today’s free press; the
 poets were the writers, journalists and chroniclers. Their poems were the testimonies of their fine culture, traditions and ethos. As far as my knowledge in history goes, that was the only time when the Arabs really enjoyed the real freedom of expression. It is ironic that Muslims
refer to that era as the era of ignorance or ‘jahylyia’! In such a climate of free expression, it was acceptable for poets to discuss the society’s current affairs and express their fre
e opinions. Poets frequently composed poetry to praise (called madeeh) or condemn (called hija) public personalities. It was traditional for those people who were the subjects of critical  poetry (hija) to respond in kind by composing equally powerful poetry. The rich and famous used to employ professional bards to do it for them; otherwise they had to concede defeat.
When Mohammed was the subject of ‘hija’ he responded by composing some Quranic verses
(Q.26:224) that denounce poetry in general. This was a feeble response that reflected
weakness of Mohammed’s intellectual capability. With anger, Mohammed introduced to
Arabia, and through his followers to the whole world, the policy of assassinations to silence his current critics and intimidate any potential ones. Mohammed brutally murdered Asmaa Bint Marwan, a female poet, as she was nursing her baby at night. His response to Um
Quirfa’s poem was even more brutal; he ordered her to be tied to two camels and split her
apart. Mohammed also brutally murdered Ibn Afak and Ibn AlAshraf and many others. Eventually, Mohammed met a little known poet, called Hassan Ibn Thabit, who was willing to compose poetry in support of Mohammed. Hassan was not recognized as a credible poet
among the Arabs, even with Mohammed’s e
ndorsement. Needless to say, all poetry that did not honour Mohammed disappeared completely from the annals of Arabian poetry.
The Abbasid era
 (750-1258 AD) It may come as s surprise to the reader, and certainly was a surprise to me, to learn that religious fervour as we know it today was far less prominent in the Islamic societies of the
 past. Islam’s role was mainly highlighted and utilised during conflicts. Pure and true Islam, as
 
it is applied today by the the Wahhabis and Talibans, was seldom put to full practice after the death of Mohammed and his companions. Although the Islamic dynasties were generally
oppressive, but there have been periods of relative secularism especially during the Abbasids’
rule. These periods were windows of opportunities that allowed writers, poets and scientists, from all ethnic backgrounds, to excel. We also should keep in mind that some poets and writers were considered like valuable assets to their societies and people were happy to turn a  blind eye towards some of their excesses.
During the Abbasid’s rule many great writers and poets started to appear in Syria and Iraq. I
am only going to briefly mention some of the best known names to see what they thought of the Quran.
Abu Nawas
 (750-810) was close to the famous Caliph Harun Alrashid, and is well known by
his poetry that celebrated wine and male homosexuality. Obviously the Quran didn’t mean
much to this great poet.
Al Mutanabbi
 (915-965) is largely considered to be the most famous Arab poet of all time. How are we supposed to believe that this man had admired the Quran, especially that we know he authored his own Quran and claimed to be a prophet (hence his name). Almutanabbi apologized later to save his life. As would be expect
ed, none of his ‘Quran’ reached us.
Abu Al Alaa Al Maarri
 (973-1057) was a blind Syrian philosopher and poet who is considered by many as the best Arabs poet. Abu Al Alaa was even more outspoken in his criticism to Islam and the Quran, his writings leave no doubt that he was too intelligent to subscribe to an ideology like Islam. Consider. He also authored some verses similar to the
Quran to a group of Arabs. When one of the men commented that the verses didn’t have that familiar resonance of the Quran’ Abu Al Alaa responded: “when you read it days and nights for years, it will.”
Ibn Rushd
 (1126-1198) philosopher and writer.
Ibn Al Rawandi
 
(An Author and outspoken critic of Islam, rejected Mohammed’s claims of
 being a prophet)
Ibn Al Mukafaa
 ( writer and translator, murdered by the Islamists in 755 AD).
Al Razi
 (865-925, Physician and writer) All the above great writers, philosophers and scientists were accused of apostasy by the Islamists of their times. They are the ones meant by Jim Knight, the British minister, who
said recently: ‘teach children what the Muslims did for us’. The British minister was both
idiotic and ignorant to understand that those great men did what they did in spite of Islam and not because of it.
The Twentieth Century
(Note: by the turn of the twentieth century, the Arabs already had enough of the backward rule of the Ottomans and started to move slowly towards secularism. This was alarming to the Islamists who formed their Muslim brotherhood movement in 1928 in Egypt to stop the rising secular trend in that country. However, apostasy has always been a serious offence in the

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