‘Go to Hell!’ Egypt Responds to French Call to Revise Koran

‘Go to Hell!’ Egypt Responds to French Call to Revise Koran, by Raymond Ibrahim.

Recently I explained how, by Muslims’ own (inadvertent) logic, various Koran verses stand to be banned on the basis that they defame and incite violence against non-Muslims. Two days later, the French newspaper Le Monde published a letter signed by some 300 French public figures across party lines, including former president Nicolas Sarkozy. In it, they “ask that the verses of the Qur’an calling for the killing and punishment of Jews, Christians and unbelievers be obsoleted by theological authorities.” …

Of course, the notion that Muslims will willingly strike out certain verses from the Koran because they upset or threaten infidels is a nonstarter.

From a Muslim perspective, because the Koran is Allah’s word, it cannot be tampered with or altered in any way. If Sarkozy, et al made these claims in certain Muslim countries, they would either be incarcerated on blasphemy charges or killed outright. …

Enter Al Azhar. Located in Cairo and attached to the government of Egypt, it is the Muslim world’s most prestigious “university” (that is, madrassa) and regularly hosts — and engages in “dialogue” with — the likes of Barack Obama and Pope Francis. Responding to the French letter, the deputy chief of Al Azhar, Dr. ‘Abbas Shuman, said:

The call from 300 French persons to freeze verses in the Noble Koran, which they claim urges the killing of non-Muslims, is unjustifiable and unacceptable. (emphasis added)

And if that wasn’t clear enough, he exclaimed:

No to freezing one letter from the Koran — and those calling for it can go to hell! …

By the way, here is Koran 9:29:

Fight those among the People of the Book [Christians and Jews] who do not believe in Allah nor the Last Day, who do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden [i.e., embrace sharia law], and who do not embrace the religion of truth [Islam], until they pay the jizya [extortion money] with willing submissiveness and feel themselves utterly subdued.

All authoritative exegeses see this verse as enshrining Islam’s “messianic” mission of subjugating infidels by force.

Glenn Reynolds:

To be fair though, I wouldn’t expect Christian leaders to take seriously any Muslim call to rewrite parts of the Bible.