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Go to: The "miraculous" eloquence of the Qur'an

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I'm not remotely religious (the opposite in fact) - however a Muslim friend of mine showed me this clip of a young child performing an extract from the Qur'an (I said I thought singing was more or less forbidden in Islam but was told this is 'recitation' not singing).

If I hadn't known what it was I would have said it was actually very beautiful, and have heard similar clips especially at the Haaj where grown men recite verses and burst into tears half way through. I can understand the emotions it conjures up in Muslims. They often challenge anyone to come up with anything more beautiful, or a verse of equal or greater beauty (but fail to see the irony of the subjectivity!).

Bubbub's post here said:

It makes me wonder if undermining the crediblity of the Qur'an as a supernatural text, particularly by Arabic speaking ex-muslims, could be the best way to weaken Islam.

There are Qur'an-only Muslims who accept that the stories of Muhammad, the hadith etc are fabrications but they can't let go of the Qur'an itself, despite clear evidence that it wasn't actually compiled until many decades after Muhammad's purported death and the errors it contains.

I'm hoping that there will soon be people brave enough to do documentaries about these issues along the same lines as BBC2's The Bible Mysteries, but suppose it would be far too incendiary. So far, all the evidence is hidden / kept under wraps / out there then withdrawn by scholars who receive death threats...

Sun, 27 Mar 2011 12:14:51 UTC | #607867

Go to: BBC2 - Questioning religious history, at last?

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Zalvation I watched Melvyn Bragg's piece on the King James Bible too and must say I found it very illuminating in terms of our society's history.

Labman, if you want to see some interesting posts with documentary research on the evidence for Muhammad you could take a deep breath and dive into here:

Good luck!

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 17:41:07 UTC | #605910

Go to: Those happy few: unsung heroes of reason, science and math

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Can I have just one? Cesar Millan.

Mon, 03 Jan 2011 20:06:55 UTC | #572828

Go to: Cranial osteopathic treatment, woowoo?

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Also, I just asked my son who is an osteopath - this is what he said:

"Depends on the recipient. Only truly justifiable as a placebo treatment - however wouldn't knock the power of placebo (basically airyfairy - some people like to think different, but can't prove it) but if the patient is in the realm of the airyfairys it can have miraculous effects) therefore it depends on the patient.

Do I use it: yes.

Do I think it can work: yes.

However I don't agree with the justifications people use as to why it works (ie the crainial bones reciprocal tension membrane etc is not working correctly)."

Hope that helps

Tue, 21 Dec 2010 10:17:47 UTC | #566481

Go to: Cranial osteopathic treatment, woowoo?

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If the baby is unsettled, any form of calm massage / touch is going to help. If the parents are feeling anxious, so will the baby.

Tue, 21 Dec 2010 09:45:09 UTC | #566461

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