Sunday, January 22, 2012

The War within Islam
21 Jan 2012, NewAgeIslam.Com
Satanic Verses: Rafiq Zakaria’s open letter to Salman Rushdie published in 1988

By Rafiq Zakaria

23 October, 1988

What is the significance of the title of your book The Satanic Verses? Has it not some historical connection? Do not the verses which refer to the three goddesses, condemned as Satanic and repudiated by Allah, the same as your reference to them in your novel? Your words are so clear that no other inference seems possible: “These verses are banished from the true recitation, al-qur’an. New verses are thundered in their place.” “Shall He have daughters and you sons?” Mahound recites. “That would be a fine division!” “These are but names you have dreamed of, you and your fathers. Allah vests no authority in them.” -- Rafiq Zakaria

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