Quran, an ‘accursed book’


William Ewart Gladstone (1809–1898 ) was Prime Minister of Great Britain four times: 1868–74, 1880–85, 1886 and 1892–94. He called the Qur’an an “accursed book” and once held it up during a session of Parliament, declaring: “So long as there is this book there will be no peace in the world.”

Times have changed a great deal. Now the votaries of the book he saw as such an impediment to peace have triumphed: an Islamic reading room is being set up at the library Gladstone founded near his home in North Wales. In this BBC audio report (thanks to Andrew), Gladstone’s great grandson Christopher Parish and Professor Richard Aldous, head of history at University College Dublin, tie themselves into knots trying to come up with a reason why Gladstone would have approved of this reading room. Gladstone, you see, was a man of his time, but he actually made favorable comments about Muhammad in the margins of a biography of the founder of Islam, and his remarks weren’t as extreme as those of some of his contemporaries…

It doesn’t add up. The text of the Qur’an has not changed from the late 19th century to the early 21st. What has changed is the prevailing attitude toward the book. Now it has become a manifestation of bigotry and hatred to see in the Islamic holy book anything but peace and tolerance. But the text of the book remains the same. If it was an impediment to peace in Gladstone’s day, it is now. If it is an uplifting exhortation to peace and tolerance now, then it was in Gladstone’s day as well.

Yesterday Geert Wilders said: “I view Islam not as a religion, but as a dangerous, totalitarian ideology – equal to communism and fascism. Aren’t I allowed to say so?”

No, he isn’t allowed to say so. If he had been born two hundred years ago, he might have become Prime Minister of the Netherlands. Instead, he is a hunted man. Likewise Gladstone, were he miraculously transported to the House of Commons in 2009, would be excoriated for “hate speech” if he dared to repeat his view of the Qur’an today.

But the Qur’an remains the same. Eventually, Europe and America are going to deal with the implications of that fact, one way or another.

10 thoughts on “Quran, an ‘accursed book’

  1. According to Robert Spencer, Ibn Warraq, Bill Warner and others, the Qoran is invented to justify the Arabic agression against and destruction of the classical christian world. It is an agressive book and it makes its believers agressive and violent. As we gradually understand this in the Western world, experiencing muslim criminals and terrorists. For instance:
    Findings from the Danish psychologist Dr. Nicolai Sennels from his treatment of criminals with an Islamic background in Danish prisons: 7 of the 10 detainees in Denmark are of Islamic origin and Muslims constitute less than 10% of the Danish population; anger, aggression and violence by men against women, non-Muslims and less fanatic Muslims are the norm in Islamic culture; politeness and tolerance of Westerners towards immigrants among Muslims is seen as a sign of weakness and invitation to use violence and intimidation; Islam is an unhealthy belief, physical and spiritual, full of hatred and aggression, no pleasure, no humor; the muslim has a poor self-image, is uncertain, can’t take criticism and is thus quickly to be aggressive and violent; the Western elites are naive about Islam and this threatens the Western culture; there is a great social pressure in Muslim culture to be a good Muslim, to be so fanatic and aggressive; the most fanatic and disturbed types are the leaders; mistake is not sought by yourself but by others: the others have always done it, the non-Muslims, the Jews, the enemy; that enemy is accused of “Islamophobia”, while more adequate is “rational concerns’; indoctrination (for instance hate for Jews) takes place via satellite TV and mosque and Islamic education; the more fanatic the more dangerous, violent, aggressive one is; the demonization of non-Muslims follows the same pattern as with the nazies hating the jews; ‘the Qur’an is clever war-psychology’, one has a ‘victim-mentality “: the enemy makes me be violent, and Western authorities go along with this, with the result: “terrorism works”, in Western culture you are expected to be open and tolerant, in Islamic culture ‘the other’ is suspected, we will therefore not grow into a multicultural culture, but in a dual culture. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XasKz9axKrc

  2. The Holy Quran can’t be blamed for the breaking of the World Peace. Since and if it is being claimed by the Western Countries against the Quran lieu this article. The Western Countries blame the Islam or Quran or Muslims for the breaking of the Peace Accord, while the Western Countries themselves shown from the History as Crusaders took to Palestine and broke the Peace Truce by attacking the Muslim Sovereignty. Later Western Countries in the name of Trading had Colonized the Muslim Countries, which started from European Expeditions. In those days 1000 years ago through the Western Centurions so called Pre-Emptive Actions were imposed against the Muslim Countries with the word of Safe-Guarding the Christians Pilgrimage Routes and now it is achieved through the introduction of Western Journalism in the name of Human Rights which is purely aimed to take control of World Media. The World Media Projection is meant only for the causes of the Western Countries. However it is only the Western Countries Surmounting View-Points imposition which is Paramounted on entire global conception. The World Opinion is formed in accordance to the wishes and predications settled by the Western Countries. Whereas News are made to look or appear as the Western Countries would like to have them. Offcourse the fate of certain Nation or Folks or Country under Political Agenda of Western Countries is also pushed into a tunnel of direction. This makes the Out-Come as an awaited reality as deemed fit by the Western Countries. The Media would direct the situation to its guided ends and the same goes with the Western Literature or the Thoughts on Ideas to go along the expectations of the Western Countries. The comments of Gladstone against Quran is based on Hate Statement while he was a beneficiary of Colonial Rule upon Muslim Countries and yet speak bad about Quran. The Colonization brought more of the War Destruction thus the question is was the Western World Churches in any way if atall were responsible for the Wars in the name of Peace for the opening of each War ?

    • There’s is no muslim sovereignty. They took other people’s land & committed unspeakable atrocities in the process. The Crusades were an attempt to reverse this. it was fully justified. islam has no legitimate claims on any land or peoples. it is pure evil & must destroyed just like it’s cousin, nazism.

  3. funny how muslim nutters are exactly as simple minded and gullible as all man made up religious nutters, yettttttttt easily the worst example, these muslim clowns are all so anti anything else, that doesnt fit into theiir simplistic gullible beliefs, they so detest western ideals , yet happily live with the riches from us, ie tv, phones, computers, cars, internet, anything electrical, tools , technology etc etc etc ,
    surely u r living a contradictory lie when u detest what u so badly seem to need in ur life
    when u live with camels as transport, no phones , computers, and technology etc etc etc, then maybe i might respect ur belief system
    u help these people they whinge, u dont help them they whinge,,,,,,,,,
    go back to your own country if being a muslim is so great, surely allah wants u to stay in the homeland, not inter mingle with the western pigs ??????????

    • I was just going to say, I find no mention of this anywhere in any of Gladstone’s speechs. When did he say this? And what’s the source?

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