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Where can i read about Muslim beliefs and an English version of the Koran on the internet?

Asked by jca (36043points) September 2nd, 2010

I just received an email about Muslim beliefs – that the men can marry a girl as young as 1 and must consumate this marriage by the time the girl turns 9. It’s very possible that this is true but i know there are a lot of false rumors on the internet. I would like to read myself to see if it’s true.

Is there a place i can read English interpretation of the Koran and Muslim beliefs on the internet? i googled and found Wikipedia, but it says the article has multiple issues or something like that.

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Seek's avatar

The Koran is available on Project Gutenberg

faye's avatar

That is pedophilia in any religion, emails are suspect in my mind.

blah_blah's avatar

I have read the Holy Qur’an and what people are telling/sending you is bullshit.

I got my English version from a government agency in Saudi Arabia. It was right after 9/11 so I am sure I am on some watch list now.

Good English translations are hard to find but they are out there.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Just because some muslim people in some cultures hold certain beliefs about women and marriage that many would find… questionable, you can’t infer from that that all muslims hold those beliefs.

llewis's avatar

@jca, I think I just got the email you were mentioning. It’s presented as being from Nonie Darwish, who is a woman who was born Muslim and later converted to Christianity, writing a couple of books about it. It’s possible what the email is saying is true – I don’t know; I haven’t read the books. I don’t believe there’s much question that what she says in her books is true.

@blah_blah and @jca, it’s also important to remember that many religions use more than one book/source to determine appropriate behavior, so just because the Quran doesn’t say something doesn’t mean it’s not taught to the followers of that faith. I don’t know what other books might be important to Muslims. I found the above links because I wanted to be able to verify when I find things that say a specific quote is from the Quran.

AND we have to remember that even though it’s agreed that it is the extremist side of Islam that are committing terrorist acts, when the “main-stream” people don’t speak up, the extremists have the power. I think the Nazi takeover of Germany demonstrated that pretty clearly.

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