The Qur’an and why I am not Impressed

When talking to friends, if the topic of why I am no longer a Muslim ever pop up, I usually reply saying that I don’t have any reason to believe in Islam, and that it has failed to produce the evidence needed to back up its claims. This is when they whip out the Qur’an and present if as if it were some sort of divine trump card able to magically obliterate all doubt and skepticism. The following is a list of reasons why I reject the Qur’an as evidence. Please note that by doing so I am expressing my freedom of speech and I do not intend to offend anyone. If you are likely to find this offensive, or to preach, proselytize and condemn, please move along. As always, criticism (of all sorts) is more than welcome.

1) I am not convinced that the most important message that I am ever to receive, the most important message bar none, was revealed privately to an individual who lived 1400 years ago, in a culture that I am not familiar with and in a language that I do not even speak. When most of these barriers are removed, i.e. when it is translated and annotated by both Muslim and Non-Muslim scholars throughout the ages, it still fails to make any logical sense or appeal to my sense or morality. This will be further elaborated upon in the following points.

2) I cannot accept the premises that this book is everlasting and unchanging. Reading translations or commentaries made by scholars such as Yusuf Ali disrupts the transmission between the author (supposedly God) and its intended recipient (me, in this case) as they (the translators and interpreters) are human, therefore are neither infallible nor immune to bias (not to mention corruptible by Satan, but that’s a different story). Even if the book’s scriptural characters were preserved for 14 centuries (which is highly doubtful considering recent archaeological evidence and historical narration of how the book was originally compiled), the meaning of the contained verses are dynamic further adding to my disbelief. The fact that controversial verses have more than one interpretation clearly illustrates this point.

3) If I were to suspend my disbelief for a moment and accept the author of the book as God, then He strikes me as an unjust, immoral, cruel and petty being, far removed from what my expectations of an immortal, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient & omnibenevolent entity that genuinely cares about it’s creation. This being, who claims to have authored the Qur’an, relishes in flawed human emotions such as jealousy and anger, filling page after page of the book with boastful tales of how He destroyed entire nations for their impiety and not to mention His intentions of torturing those who disobey Him for all eternity. Which incidentally brings me to ask yet another question… since when did Humans ever exhibit the best qualities of their nature while cowering in fear? On a side note, I know that my expectations does not hold any weight in the face of reality, but they are inspired by the existing body of knowledge in my mind so I cannot modify them in the absence of reasonable evidence. The Qur’an is NOT that evidence for the simple reason that this would create a logical fallacy of a circular argument.

4) I am skeptical of the book’s claim to be inerrant. It contains various contradictions (and not all of them arise due to flawed translations) within its pages and I shall focus on one of my favorite: what did God use to create Man? Was it water, blood clots, mud, dust, fluid drops or nothing? Of course, being the unabashed polishers of turds, Muslim Apologists don’t shy away from making up excuses for God’s sloppy copy-editing. They claim that all of the references mentioned above are all scientifically proven to be part of the “recipe” to make Man. Zakir Naik asserted that this contradistinction, not contradiction and made the analogy of the ingredients needed for a cup of tea. My only contention is that no competent person would include an ingredient list to produce a cup of tea (let alone a human being) scattered across pages 13, 29, 53, 68 ,87, 93 and 145 of a book he was writing. It is also important to note that these apologists gleefully claim that modern science has revealed dust to contain all the elemental ingredients of Man, they categorically reject anything else in modern science that is in conflict with their precious scripture, which means they are selectively accepting hard-earned knowledge that only conforms with their introverted ideologies. This is the reason behind my wholesale rejection of all scientific miracles claimed by these contemptible charlatans. The Qur’an is poetry and its verses are open to deeper interpretation that can yield basically anything the reader desires. Modern scientific facts can even be claimed from literature that doesn’t have anything to do with it as demonstrated in this video.

5) While I am not altogether entirely skeptical about the Qur’an’s inimitability or uniqueness, I do doubt its (i.e. its inimitability) significance. I could argue (and I am sure literary experts will agree) that the works of Shakespeare, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Dante’s Divina Commedia or Milton’s Paradise Lost are unique and inimitable in their own right but this does not prove that their origins are divine, no more than the Qur’an’s does, despite its insistence.

Stripped of its cover of being the last and final testament of God, I perceive the Qur’an as yet another construct of humans to control mankind. It’s authors (who are very likely to be anything but divine) can at this point be accused of plagiarism as it extensively borrowed from existing Judeo-Christian traditions, which can only be for political reasons. And not surprising, when you consider the early political climate of Arabia. For example, possibly in order to placate the Jews, Muslims were first required to pray facing Jerusalem when eventually fed-up, Muhammad changed it to Mecca. Christians and Jews shouldn’t probably feel too comfortable. Modern archeology has found that historical variants of biblical stories (such as the Genesis account of Adam & Eve) in numerous cultures that far, far predate the whole concept of monotheism (i.e. older than 3,000 BCE).

I can’t tell anyone else what to believe and what not to, but I acknowledge that there are many, many holy scriptures that humanity has produced under the pretense of divine revelations or authorship (or even inspiration) and they can be traced back possibly to the very invention of writing. (See Ancient Sumerian Hymn from the c. 2,000 BCE). As an end note, think about why there are no traces of the God of Abraham beyond 5,000 years of history when the human race has existed for over 200,000 years.

So what if I am wrong about God, the Qur’an and Islam? Well…

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13 responses to “The Qur’an and why I am not Impressed

  1. shareef

    just one question to you…
    what drives you to write about your religious views?
    What drives you to write up ‘long’, religious articles?

    • Leo

      Guess thats a valid question. Firstly, I believe that I have the God given right (pun intended) to express myself. I do hope that you ask the same question to those who incessantly write about how we are all going to end up in the mysterious sex dungeon up in the sky (or is it below?) they call Hell, too. Secondly, this would serve as a record of my thoughts and ideas, which I could come back to in the future and compare/contrast. Thirdly, I’d like to share these ideas and thoughts with actual living (thinking) people, and get feedback on them, which would allow me to modify/update them accordingly. You see, unlike religious folk, my beliefs and rationality are not based on iron age scripture so I am allowed to do that. Hope that answers your question.

  2. Mihad

    So you don’t believe in Qur’an and you changed your religion.. So, what? This is so 2001.. Next please!

    • Leo

      I did not change my religion oh and since neither of us are getting paid to either write to or read from, I suggest that you GTFO (no hostility here, said that just for kicks)

  3. Gabriel

    maadhan iru ossumuge kurin thiya beyfulhaage dhuvas dhaane

    • Leo

      Are you the voice of the fictional being called God, sir? If so, I am trembling in my boots. I repent for all my sins and denounce all my heretical ramblings… Allah Snackbar!

  4. Ahmed

    I am just curious. If there is no God, afterlife or judgment, what do you believe happens when we die? Do we just shut down into nothingness?

    • Leo

      The short answer is Yes! But why is that such a big deal? Its not like we are unfamiliar with this dreaded nothingness. We have all experienced it before after all. I am assuming that you are no older than 40 year of age. Do you remember anything before 1970?

      Anthropologists have speculated that this irrational fear of mortality is one of the chief reasons why human culture gave birth to gods, concepts of afterlife (whether it is Reincarnation, Valhalla or Paradise) and other associated superstitious nonsense. I would argue that we have evolved out of this state of primitiveness with our understanding of science and philosophy. Our present lives does not have to revolve around the supernatural… we can lead perfectly moral and fruitful lives based on secular beliefs.

      • Ahmed

        A free mind like that would be such blessing for women. Next time they feel they can’t bear their PMS they can simply blow their brains out and fade into nothingness instead of going through it again and again and again.

        Same hold for everyone who get migraines or even anything else unpleasant.

        If there is nothing more to life than the hassle of this world, why prolong it? Or are you saying you are completely happy with this world with not a single worry or complaint? What is the reason you want to live? Next time you get sick and are about to take medicines, ask yourself “why?”. Why not just die and get it over with?

      • Leo

        The same argument could be made for religious people. Every time they suffer from PMS or migraines, why won’t they just blow their brains out?!? Oh, that’s right. Suicide is a big sin huh? So the only reason why religious folk don’t succumb to offing themselves every time they suffer or feel pain is because they’re afraid of the hellfire fairytale?

        I hope you see my point. Of course, this is not the case for religious people, because suffering is only part of their lives and it provides the all too necessary contrast without which happiness would be meaningless. (heaven would be torture!) The very same thing is true for non-theistic people. We cling on to life because its not all misery and pain… it has happiness, wonder, discovery, excitement and a lot of other things that I’d like to experience for a very, very long time. I would suggest that you use your god given gift (pun intended) of thought before spewing more bullshit like this in the future, mate. 😉

  5. As one of the commenters posted above, this is all very 2001. We get it; you don’t ‘get’ the religion, you read Richard Dawkins and your atheist zeal is now almost religious, and therefore want to vent about it. My question is : can you not take out the positives from what the religion preaches instead of picking nits? Is that a crime? Or has the Maldivian ‘blogoas’sphere degressed to such a point that we now have people sinking to new depths in order to be heard.
    btw, I’m in no way trying to start a fight on your own blog, just voicing my opinion.

  6. Leo, I invite you to join this facebook group (be anonymous though lol.) http://www.facebook.com/groups/57232602638/

    It has many Maldivian atheists, agnostis, deists and such, fighting together against the increasing radicalization of this society. By the way awesome blog, really inspiring.

  7. zeek

    hahaha, why bother to write all this? it seems like you are looking for some other person to reassure you that you are correct, cause you arent so sure.. save your breath, it’s not going to happen.

    for me, this article is very ignorant of facts. what exactly are you trying to prove? So, according to you,
    1) half the world’s population is mistaken about their beliefs.
    2) the whole world is a ‘coincedence’.
    3) the quran itself is a miracle. there are so many ways by which this book is like no other. mathematically even. man wrote a large of books. have you seen another like this one? you base your rejection on Islam because ‘you think’ that it could not have stayed exactly the same for 14 centuries. there is evidence that the book lasted 14 centuries. how many books have you seen that was written 14 centuries ago in that manner?

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