Khalid Zaheer
“I am convinced about the veracity of my opinions, but I do consider it likely that they may turn out to be incorrect. Likewise, I am convinced about the incorrectness of the views different from mine, but I do concede the possibility that they may turn out to be correct.” — Imam Shafa’i
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Anti Islam sites

Question:
, recently, received some links for sites related to Islam and the Qur'an - but, perhaps, they portray Jewish propaganda. Having gone through some of the web pages, I have discovered strange opinions pertaining to information related to Islam and the Qur'an. However, due to lack of research, I cannot say anything with surety. Please find some time to go through these sites and share your opinion.

Also, I have taken two of your courses at LUMS - 'Islamic Studies' and 'Islam and Modernisation'. There is a lot of research work that is required of the students for assignment purposes and I think that it would be a good point if students were asked to avoid these sites for consultation.

Finally, following are the links:

http://www.theQur'an.com

http://dialspace.dial.pipex.com/town/park/geq96/original/

Response:
There are two ways of approaching the problem. One is to follow the path that you have mentioned. I fear that in that case, we will give a signal to our students that there are sites, which, if visited, can mislead them. I, on the other hand, believe that nothing can mislead you unless you are, yourself, willing to go astray. Yes, some Questions can erupt in one's mind, but that is not an unwelcome phenomenon. It would, on the contrary, encourage people to do research and find answers to whatever bothers them.

The second site is nothing but an attempt to respond to the claim of the Muslims: that there can be nothing presented in response to the Qur'anic challenge that asks the disbelievers to "bring forth a surah like a Qur'anic surah". I believe that the response given by the non-Muslims is because of an erroneous opinion formed by some Muslims that this challenge is valid even for the modern times. My understanding is that it was only meant for the time of the prophet, may Allah's mercy be on him.

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