UK: Islamic Cleric Threatens Author: "The Consequences For Saying Things Like This Could Be Quite Severe!"

British author calls Muhammad “schizophrenic,” cleric says “people don’t seem to understand the consequences of saying things like this could be quite severe”

This story is one to watch, given the past reactions and incidents resulting from publications like Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, the Danish Muhammad cartoons, The Jewel of Medina (dreadful, but it wasn’t literary critics who firebombed the publishing house), and others. “Sebastian Faulks risks Muslim anger after calling Koran the ‘rantings of a schizophrenic’,” by Lucy Cockcroft for the Telegraph, August 23: via Jihad Watch:

He said the Islamic holy scripture was a “one-dimensional book” that has little literary value, and added that when compared with the Bible its message seemed “barren”.

Faulks, who is known for his meticulous research, has recently read a translation of the Koran to help him write his latest novel, A Week in December, to be published in September.

Unlike his previous historical works, such as Birdsong and Charlotte Gray, his new offering is set in contemporary London.

The cast of characters include the wife of Britain’s youngest MP, a female Tube driver, a hedge fund manager and a Glasgow-born Islamic terrorist recruit named Hassan al Rashid.

It was during research for al Rashid that he began delving into the Koran, which Muslims believe to be divine guidance passed to Muhammad through the angel Gabriel.

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.'”

Ajmal Masroor, an imam and spokesman for the Islamic Society for Britain, says he does not recognise Faulks’ description of the Koran.

“I could list thousands of scholars, politicians and academics who have given nothing but amazing praise for the Koran, and I am talking about non-Muslims. Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Bill Clinton to name just a few.

Jefferson reported to John Jay:

The ambassador answered us that [the right] was founded on the Laws of the Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Mussulman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.

And let’s be thorough, and not forget John Quincy Adams or Winston Churchill. The article continues:

“I actually find his comments amusing, not offensive. They sound like the braying of someone who is rather resentful and un-objective, I would like to be able to sit down and have an informed debate about the Koran with him.”

He said Faulks’ statement runs the risk of stirring religious hatred against Muslims.

“Attacks on Islam are nothing new, but the danger is this will have a “drip, drip” effect.

“People don’t seem to understand the consequences of saying things like this could be quite severe. History tells us it can encourage hatred.”

Inayat Bunglawala, from the Muslim Council of Britain, said Faulks’ view of the Koran was “blinkered”.

“The Prophet Muhammad has had many detractors both during his own time and later on who described him as a ‘madman’ or ‘possessed by an evil spirit’ and so forth in an effort to drown out his beautiful message,” he added.

“Sebastian Faulks should perhaps draw a lesson from the fact that those detractors are all now long forgotten, whereas the Prophet is remembered with love and admiration.”…

It always helps when you have a bunch of your detractors whacked. Just ask Asma bint Marwan. Or Abu ‘Afak. Or Ka’b bin Ashraf.

14 thoughts on “UK: Islamic Cleric Threatens Author: "The Consequences For Saying Things Like This Could Be Quite Severe!"”

  1. Amjal is an idiot – very few non-muslims have real praise for the quran – and these positive descriptions are imagined by the muslim mind or what passes for one at first glance. And perhaps muslims themselves are encouraging hatred as a consequence of their actions?????

  2. Jesus Christ perhaps has the best take on the “holy” koran & Mo…

    “For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great
    signs and miracles to deceive even the elect–if that were possible.”
    Matthew 24:24

  3. There are three issues here.

    The first is that there is a reality when attacking one’s core faith, it will always upset that person. The reality goes further, understanding the level of education, social upbringing and conservativeness of those that have been offended. Thus for instance you have the famous story of Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Versus. Most moderat Muslims did not care and some would have tried to purchase the book if available to see what all the BS was about, then you had at that time the still new Iranian regime whom for political purposes declared a fatwa but the violence and rioting wast mostly in Bangladesh whom did not even know what the story was – rumours had turned it into one hundred different stories. The point being that there will – if you like it or not – be reactions from the varous levels of communities. Remembering the cartoons, the play-up by radicals in the West but everyone forgets even the conservative Catholics would not allow the Piss Christ or the more recently the Crusified Frog in certain places and both were moved eventually because of bomb-threats. Thus an author whom directly insults the Prophet Mohammed would be rather stupid if he did not think that there would be a reaction, that is simply a reality of this world today.

    The second issue is of course all the references, the blog-owner loves to follow other blogs so puts in the Churchill Statement and even those from over a century plus as if they have any relevance at all. Churchill wrote what he witnessed based on his own culture, faith, education and social stereotyping. Go back further and you will get more dramatic miopyc views, that is normal – but far from relevant, in fact purposefully misleading. Quotes from US Diplomats are the funniest considering that the Maghrebi Sultanate (what is now Morocco) was the first country to recognise the newly declared United States of America and good trade and relations had continued from that day forward until the present.

    The third issue here is very simple, what is the point about all writing this article in the first place? Frankly speaking a fiction writer – (albiet with three biographies that are not relevant) has decided to make a comment probably to be a bit more famous because since his attempt at James Bond writing, Sebastian Faulks has not done very well in sales. His lack of education, experience and work in the field of Islam and his references to “The Bible” and “Jesus” implies that perhaps he has become “born again”, if not it is just for increasing sales.

  4. When you take away all the idiotic repetitiveness, nonsense, contradictions, misogyny , antisemitism and incorrect plaigurism from Jewish and Christian books from the Krap Kran there is virtually nothing left. Having read it I can assure you this is no word of God rather the tugid almost unreadable illogical, inumerate outpourings of a tortured megalomaniacs control freak mind. Stand up Mohammad we are talking about you.

  5. (repeated from another thread)

    “Realist” if we go and look at your own postings you will find it nothing but abusive language and rather banal rantings that give no value. Your the first everytime to use the agend-based “escape clause” taqqiya and you have in this posting even proven your support for that historic class-act bigot Powell.

    What is most laughable is that I tell people here not to bother going to Europe and introduce them to those whom have returned all agreeing that the cesspit is often over there, created by the far-right bigots sh*tting in their own nest to try and make it uncomfortable for others.

    Frankly speaking, your rantings proves all my points ten fold and better than I can ever express.

  6. It’s quite conceivable that Muhammad, being epileptic was experiencing the so-called “illuminations” that proceed a fit.
    Thes can produce hallucinations that aren’t unpleasant and some sudden flashes of insight. The reality is non-existent however and they are but mere hallucinations.
    I have also theorized as have others, that Muhammad may have experimented with the entheogens of the day, Harmaline, from Syrian Rue, a common weed in the desert areas. He may also have eaten the Amanita Muscaria mushroom. If eaten on an empty stomach hallucinations are similar to those of LSD and Mescaline. It’s also possible that he ate Ibogaine, which is extracted from the Ibogaine plant (Tabernanthe iboga). Ibogaine has been sought for centuries for ritual spiritual purposes, or psychological introspection.
    I am sure that, in his caravan years Muhammad ran across these herbal medicines and perhaps sought an effective treatment for his epilepsy.
    Eventually, the combination of drugs, his heightened sense of power and influence drove him mad in a psychopathic sense. I do not believe he was schizophrenic, however. It is more likely that Muhammad was an epileptic and drug dependent.

  7. Whats up Solkhar doe the TRUTH hurt so much? This is what Winston Churchill wrote about Islam in the 19th Century and its as true now as it was then.

    “How dreadful are the curses which Islam lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.

    A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property‹either as a child, a wife, or a concubine must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.

    No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.

    Far from being moribund, Islam is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science -the science against which it had vainly struggled -the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.”

    ~~ Sir Winston Churchill~~

  8. I do have to agree with the proposition noted by “Realist” that islam is itself the retarding element in its followers.

  9. * No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.

    The “retrograde force” might be described as the mystery of iniquity
    (lawlessness), and is currently being restrained until the one who
    restrains it is taken out of the way. When that happens, the result
    will basically be “hell on earth”.

    “For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.” (2 Thessalonians 2:7&8 )

  10. We have an increasingly annoying Islamo-troll named Solkhar who dances around the questions like a whirling dervish, repeats the same smears and ad hominem attacks against me and while unable to ever refute any of the points made, repeats the same tu quoque nonsense debunked so many times before. Solkhar is constantly off topic and adds nothing to the debate.

    Note to Solkhar: you are obviously NEVER able to discuss the subject matter at hand, but you instead try to smear, attack and slime the messenger, in this case Sebastian Faulkner who correctly points to absurdities in the Koran. The Koran is by any standard a lot of mad ravings by a scizophrenic madman. If its not, then why don’t you prove Faulks wrong?

    Why won’t you answer the questions I posted for you?

    Question to posters: shall we boot Solkur off this blog for good or would you like to continue this cat & mouse game for a while longer?

  11. * Question to posters: shall we boot Solkur off this blog for good or would you like to continue this cat & mouse game for a while longer?

    Ultimately that is a question for you (Sheik) to rule on, but it is an
    exercise in futility to discuss the topics on here with him, when he
    constantly shape-shifts and accuses people of doing the very things
    that he and his false prophet themselves do.

    As far as his personal attacks on you go, I would consider them to
    be “excessively annoying” in Fidonet terms, and ban him. It is your
    site, your rules, your dime, and he should respect it, rather than goad
    you with his “extremist” label / “agenda-driven blog” and all the rest.

  12. Blog-owner and readers!

    “while unable to ever refute any of the points made”

    I refute and have proven many times if not each time the agenda based rhetoric each time. It is in fac the blog-owner whom SNIPS or says “I do not care” often because he is unable to debate.

    Note to blog-owner: you are obviously NEVER able to deal with the subject matter at hand, and it is you who smears, attacks and slimes the messengeranyone who disagrees with you.

    In this case Sebastian Faulkner who incorrectly points to absurdities in the Qur’an and I point out that he is wrong. If you wish to talk about smeers, it the blog-owner that uses phrases like “whore” or in the case of the former Czech Defence Minister and now head of the EU’s anti-terrorist effort – you call him an “A-Hole”. You have the smear marks blog-owner, not me. You just cope with the fact that I like many, many others think that Spencer and Fitzgerald are in fact sell-outs whom attack Islam to make money from the rest of the right-wingers and have no expertese and are academically shunned (which you admitted to and said you did not care).

    Why won’t you answer the questions I posted for you?

    I answered all but the rediculous first two, the rest I did and because you did not like or expect the answers you got, you ignored them or SNIPPED them, thus it is your problem blog-owner.

    Question to posters: if all your interested in is supporting the needs of a satirist who has an agenda, then tell me to go and I will go. If you interested in debate and actual real information and not propoganda, tell the blog-owner.

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