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03/19/2011

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Mark Spahn

That aversion to the Other comes from Allah himself (or whoever wrote the Quran). Look up Quran 48:29, 9:123, 98:6; there are lots of other similar quotes, especially about Jews.
-- Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)

Mark Spahn

Taking my own advice, I looked up Q48:29 at
http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/crcc/engagement/resources/texts/muslim/quran/048.qmt.html

"Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves. [cf. the Golden Rule] Thou (O Muhammad) seest them bowing and falling prostrate (in worship), seeking bounty from Allah and (His) acceptance. The mark of them is on their foreheads from the traces of prostration. Such is their likeness in the Torah and their likeness in the Gospel - like as sown corn that sendeth forth its shoot and strengtheneth it and riseth firm upon its stalk, delighting the sowers - that He may enrage the disbelievers with (the sight of) them. Allah hath promised, unto such of them as believe and do good works, forgiveness and immense reward."

Those "sores on their foreheads" are called
"zebiba" (= raisin), and are a mark of piety. When I first saw a photo of al-Qaeda's No. 2 man Ayman al-Zawahiri, that mark on his forehead looked like an Ash Wednesday mark, suggesting that a minion of the pope had infiltrated al-Qaeda at its highest level. But maybe not. These marks are intended to "enrage the disbelievers". Are you feeling enraged?
-- Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)

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