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Fragile: Handle with Care

Sher Khan  


When breakable goods are shipped, they are stamped with a distinctive sign--“Fragile: Handle with Care”. Even though the Quran, the holiest book on Earth, does not carry the warning, Quran-maniacal Muslims do handle it with the same attitude, as if the holy book will shatter into pieces. Apparent respect shown towards this book is not because of its contents. Instead, it has become a religious mandate, propagated by extensive propaganda and it is an exhibition of a natural human instinct to worship something, whether it be an idol or a book. Muslims believe that thawab (a spiritual reward) is earned every time a portion of the book is recited. It’s a kind of credit card that offers mileage on flying—the more you charge the card, the more points you earn.  

Is the book that Muslims are holding in their hands today nothing but a replica of the master copy, which Allah has preserved in his sacred library? All Muslims of the world would unanimously vote for “Yes”. Their assessment is not based on facts but on a Quranic verse that says, “This is a Glorious Quran, (inscribed) in a tablet preserved!” (Q85:21). So, did Allah use his gigantic copier machine, creating thunder and storm, to make copies of his Quran?  

Not really!  

In today’s world, people would reject any attempt of initiating a new religion. If someone did try, he would immediately be put in a straightjacket and sent to a psychiatric hospital. The same rule applies to Muhammad; his claim of receiving commands from Allah is an outright lie. However, for the sake of this article, let’s pretend that Allah revealed the Quran.  

Whenever a verse was revealed to Muhammad, it was memorized by his associates and sometimes written on pieces of wood, deerskin, palm leaves, bones, etc.  

Why were those verses written on wood, deerskin, bones and palm leaves?  

Historical records show that Ts’ai Lun, a Chinese official, reported the invention of paper to the Chinese Emperor in 105 AD, 500 years before the era of Muhammad. Recent archeological investigations, however, claim the actual invention may have been around 140-86 BC in Gansu province of China . Although the word “paper” came from “papyrus”, there is a significant difference between these two. Papyrus was a type of plant found in Egypt along the Nile River . Approximately 5000 years ago, Egyptians made flat and uniform sheets from these trees for writing purposes.  

Maybe China was a little too far from Arabia and Allah was not able to help Muhammad with paper. How about using papyrus, which was available in Egypt ? In another archeological discovery, a roll of papyrus more than 2000 years old was found in Egypt . This papyrus contains 112 short poems of a Greek poet and they are in good condition. Allah could have easily commanded, “O prophet! Get a bundle of papyrus and write down what’s sent to thee!” But it did not happen.  

People used to make false a Quran when Muhammad was alive. We read in verse 2:79,

“And woe unto those who write the scripture with their own hands and then say, ‘This is from God,’ that they may in this way obtain a small gain. Woe unto them for what their hands have written and woe unto them for what they gain thereby!”  

Despite the possibility of creating a false Quran, Allah or Muhammad never thought about the importance of compiling the Quran and putting the verses in the form of a book. Apparently, the foremost method of preserving the Quran was memorization. Some verses were written on stones, bones and leaves, without realizing the fact that goats love to eat leaves. Yes, a darned animal with four legs known as a goat ate a piece of the all-powerful Allah’s Quran. “Narrated by Hazrat Ā’ishah that ayat-e-Rajm and ayat Raza’at were revealed, they were written on something. I kept them under the cart, meanwhile the holy prophet died and we became busy and one GOAT came and ATE those ayyat” (Ibn-e-Maja).  

A’ishah had a problem with domestic animals before. In another instance, in order to resolve a scandal, a slave girl, Barirah, testified (al-Tabari, p.1523), “The only fault I ever found in ‘Ā’ishah is that, when I was kneading my dough and ordered her to watch it, she fell asleep over it, and the pet sheep (or a goat) came and ate it.” It’s very normal for a little child; however, a goat eating the Quran is a noteworthy phenomenon that will have an enduring effect on believers of Islam.  

Evidently, those two verses were very important as they spelled out the punishment for adultery, but they don’t exist in today’s Quran. “Narrated by Ibn Abbas: Umar said, ‘I am afraid that after a long time has passed, people may say, 'We do not find the Verses of the Rajm (stoning to death) in the Holy Book,' and consequently they may go astray by leaving an obligation that Allah has revealed. Lo! I confirm that the penalty of Rajm be inflicted on him who commits illegal sexual intercourse, if he is already married and the crime is proved by witnesses or pregnancy or confession.’ Sufyan added, ‘I have memorized this narration in this way.’ Umar added, ‘Surely Allah's Apostle carried out the penalty of Rajm, and so did we after him’” (Sahih Al Bukhari V8.B82.N816).  

The hadith has been confirmed by al-Tabari (p.1821) and also Ibn Ishaq quoted Umar saying (1015), “Part of what he sent was the passage on stoning; we read it, we were taught it, and we heeded it.” However, those verses simply disappeared because of a goat. It’s unknown if the goat became pregnant after eating the verse; after all, the verses talked about pregnancy from an illicit relationship. I am assuming, without quoting any Islamic resource, that this shameful behavior of a goat may have motivated Muslims to slaughter millions of goats during the Eid festival. So much for Allah’s guarantee, “We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption)” (Q15:9).  


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