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Quran can't be amended even with regard to controversial sections

Quran can't be amended even with regard to controversial sections

Publication: The Free Press Journal
Date: August 25, 2002

Almost every prominent religious cleric of Uttar Pradesh hold the firm view that the 'Holy Quran' can not be amended or abridged even with regard to certain controversial sections which enjoins Muslims to launch a Holy War (Jehad) against the non-Muslims.

It may be recalled that the Vice-President of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Acharya Giriraj Kishore had recently demanded that words such as Kafirs (those who do no have faith in Islam), Kufra (beliefs of non-believers) and war against idolatory be deleted from the Holy Quran.

He has also asked Muslim clerics to amend words, phrases or sentences which spread religious hatred for those professing other religions.

The VHP leader had said that he has offered to undertake a scrutiny of Hindu religious books to knock off from them any portion or portions considered offensive by any other community.

Almost all prominent Muslim clerics including Shia leader Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, the head of the world-renowned Islamic institution of Darul-ul-ul-Uloom in Lucknow Maulana Rabey Nadwi, that not even a word of the Quran and the Hadeeth can be changed or reinterpreted as it is the Compilation of the commandments of God and the Prophet. Maulana Rabey Nadwai's fame transcends, national boundaries.

The Muslim clerics said that Quran does not preach religious haired or intolerance as alleged by Acharya Giriraj' Kishore and he has no business to ask Muslim religious leaders to delete, amend, alter or reinterpret even a word of the Holy book.

Acharya Giriraj Kishore had said that the exercise of amendment or reinterpretation is essential for peaceful coexistence and ensuring permanent peace not only in India but the world at large.

President of the UP unit of Muslim League Shakeel, Mian said that he has interacted with all leading Muslim clerics of the country, besides the state clerics and they hold the unanimous view that the Holy Quran and the Hadeeth cannot be revised either now or at any time in future. The Muslim clerics hold the firm view 'that Quran does not teach religious hatred but preaches love-' and brotherhood irrespective of caste and colour.

The Tanzeem Labaik, the Indian Union of Muslim League, the Husaini Tigers, Imamia Musalmeen leaders said even any suggestion to amend Quran is blasphemous.

The Muslim leaders are of the view that even the National Minorities Commission has no right to undertake such a scrutiny and to suggest, amendments and reinterpretation.

Acharya Giriraj Kishore had written on the National Minorities Commission to scrutinize religious scriptures and books of both communities so that objectionable portions could be expeditiously removed.

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