The Quran: The Worst Book Ever Written
QURAN: Chapter 4, Verse 82: "Do they not consider (ponder) on the Quran? If it had been from anyone except Allah, they would surely have found in it much discrepancy (contradictions)."
Chapter 2, Verses 23 & 24: "And if you are in doubt as to what We have revealed to our servant, Then produce a Chapter like thereunto; And call your witnesses or helpers besides Allah, If you are true. But if you cannot, and surely you cannot, Then fear the fire Whose fuel is men and stones, Which is prepared for those who reject."
The Quran contains many verses claiming it's divine, perfect and matchless. Any normal unbiased non-Muslim person trying to read the Quran will easily see that is quite possibly the worst book ever written and full of contradictions. It contains many circular arguments: Muhammad is a true prophet because the Quran says so. The Quran is true because Allah says so. Allah is the true God because Muhammad said so. These are repeated ad nauseum because Muhammad's 13 year career as a prophet in Mecca was a failure. He was only able to convert around 150 people during this period, mainly relatives and riff-raff and neither the same old circular arguments, the "divine poetry" of the "revelations" nor the self-praise and narcissism were successful.
"I must say, it is as toilsome reading as I ever undertook. A wearisome confused jumble, crude, incondite; endless iterations, long-windedness, entanglement; most crude, incondite; - insupportable stupidity, in short! Nothing but a sense of duty could carry any European through the Koran." - Thomas Carlyle, 1840
In a particularly pathetic and embarrassing attempt to assert the authenticity of his Prophethood Muhammad claimed that Jews and Christians did recognise that he was a bona fide messenger receiving revelations from God but pretended they didn't for nefarious reasons of their own.
Those to whom We have given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) recognize him (i.e. Muhammad SAW as a Messenger of Allah, and they also know that there is no Ilah (God) but Allah and Islam is Allah's Religion), as they recognize their own sons. Those who destroy themselves will not believe. - Quran (6:20)
Mecca was a religiously tolerant town and Muhammad's preaching and worship were mainly ignored. Muhammad eventually got pissed off and went "No More Mr Nice Guy!" The revelations began making threats of eternal punishment for those who reject Muhammad and the Quran and insulting the Meccan gods:
Say: "O men, I am only for you a warner. 'Those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness theirs shall be forgiveness and generous provision. And those who strive against Our signs to avoid them -- they shall be inhabitants of Hell. - Quran (22:49-50)
When the apostle openly displayed Islam as God ordered him his people did not withdraw or turn against him, so far as I have heard, until he spoke disparagingly of their gods. - The Life of Muhammad, Ibn Ishaq translated by A. Guillame p. 118
Have I read the Quran? Yes, I have read the Quran but my early attempts were unsatisfactory as the Quran's verses are so contradictory that until Muslims on the internet published the important information of the chronological order in which it was revealed and the concept of 'abrogation' - which means the verses revealed later override and replace the earlier contradictory ones - I could not understand its message. Reading the Quran chronologically and understanding abrogation makes the message of the Quran obvious though it does not improve the experience and it is a very dark and disturbing message.
So apparently Allah - God who knows everything - wrote the earlier parts of the book knowing he was going to give an opposite message in the later "revelations". Actually standard Islamic teaching is that the Quran is co-eternal with Allah. It can be dangerous to your health to say Allah wrote it as if Allah existed before the Quran. Once you start reading the Quran you soon realise that the 114 chapters (surah) aren't ordered chronologically, they're mainly ordered by size, largest first to smallest last and although they've got titles it's not at all obvious why the verses (ayah p.l ayat) are bundled in together but once the book was compiled criticism was not allowed. If any Meccans took up Muhammad's challenge and blurted out some similar revelations we can be quite sure what happened to them.
The Quran and Hadith are like a "Boys Own Book of Masturbation" if there had been such a thing. I can imagine a Muslim Tom Brown and his chums sitting around discussing Islam's promises: "We'll get Seventy Two virgins! Virgins with big boobs! White Virgins with big boobs! White Virgins with hairless cunts who fuck like crazy! Virgins whose virginity is resurrected after each fuck. Your cock never goes soft! Super multiple orgasms! Eternal Erections." Must have also sounded wonderful for old men like Muhammad with soft cocks and dyed grey hair. (Qur'an, Hadith and Scholars:Sexuality)
The extent of the vilification of non-Muslims and threats about what Allah is going to do to us non-Muslims, apostates and atheists takes up a lot of the Quran. The Australian Catholic, Cardinal George Pell said he had tried to reconcile claims that Islam was a faith of peace with those that suggested the Koran legitimised the killings of non-Muslims. He said "In my own reading of the Koran, I began to note down invocations to violence. There are so many of them, however, that I abandoned this exercise after 50 or 60 or 70 pages." Sam Harris the noted atheist author tweeted "Every person living in a western democracy should read the Koran and discover the relentlessness with which non-Muslims are vilified in its pages." If it had been written and published recently, it would be prosecuted under hate speech and anti-vilification laws. There doesn't seem any point in me specifying these sections as many people have already done this and I can't add anything unique to the lists:
- Is the Quran Hate Propaganda?
- A facsimile of writ in the High Court of Calcutta: demanding forfeiture of all copies of the Quran under Sections 153A and 295A of the Indian Penal Code
Part of a speech by Geert Wilders in the Dutch Parliament in 2007:
Madam Speaker, the Koran is a book that incites to violence. I remind the House that the distribution of such texts is unlawful according to Article 132 of our Penal Code. In addition, the Koran incites to hatred and calls for murder and mayhem. The distribution of such texts is made punishable by Article 137(e). The Koran is therefore a highly dangerous book; a book which is completely against our legal order and our democratic institutions. In this light, it is an absolute necessity that the Koran be banned for the defence and reinforcement of our civilisation and our constitutional state. I shall propose a second-reading motion to that effect.