Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sebastian Faulks and the Qur'an

British author Sebastian Faulks read the Qur'an for a book he was writing. His impression?
In an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine, Faulks said: "It's a depressing book. It really is. It's just the rantings of a schizophrenic. It's very one-dimensional, and people talk about the beauty of the Arabic and so on, but the English translation I read was, from a literary point of view, very disappointing." [...]
"With the Koran there are no stories. And it has no ethical dimension like the New Testament, no new plan for life."
And in a move that is likely to anger many Muslims, he calls into question the worth of Muhammad.
"Jesus, unlike Muhammad, had interesting things to say. He proposed a revolutionary way of looking at the world: love you neighbour, love your enemy, be kind to people, the meek shall inherit the Earth. Muhammad had nothing to say to the world other than, 'If you don't believe in God you will burn forever.'"
I've read the Qur'an. I don't know whether Muhammad had schizophrenia or not but I agree with Mr. Faulks' assessment of the Qur'an. Read the story in Jihad Watch.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Please read The Quran cannot be compared to the Bible - a response to Sebastian Faulks and Fay Weldon