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Many Muslim visitors new to my website assume I am opposed to Islam because I am ignorant of the contents of the Qur'an, so they leave comments such as, "You know nothing about Islam - read the Qur'an - do some research before you write."
But we should not set a lot of store by this challenge. Muslims do not really expect or want anyone to actually read the Qur'an, this is merely an al taqiyya, a deception, a misdirection, just another argument used to silence opponents of Islam.
But when I point out that I fear Islam precisely because I have indeed read the Qur'an, then Muslims will leave comments like the following: "i hope u know just reading the Qu'ran doesnt make u an expert on islam so stop making ur self look lik an ass." -- reader kim qali juong in response to my article FAQ.
So there you have it: if you write bad things about Islam, you don't know what you are talking about because you have not read the Qur'an. If, however, you have actually read the Qur'an, and you still write bad things about Islam, you still don't know what you are talking about because reading the Qur'an does not make you an expert on Islam.
Regular readers of my blog know that in many of my articles I point to the relevant Hadiths, the words and deeds of the prophet, to back up my arguments. I don't offer just unsubstantiated opinions.
As well, my constant readers know that I buttress my arguments with thousands of solid facts, links, citations, footnotes, sources, and news articles and so I don't just litter my posts with worthless and oft-repeated soundbites.
I believe that all infidels should read the Qur'an (1) so that they too will know the danger they face. But as for Muslims, no amount of reading, extensive study, or remarkable erudition by disbelievers will impress die-hard Muslims. Read the Qur'an, don't read the Qur'an - Muslims ... there's just no satisfying them.
Citizen Warrior, Reading the Qur'an is Like Being in an Auto Accident
I've told you before that you need to read the Qur'an because it will give you a solid feeling of authority when you talk to your fellow non-Muslims about Islam. And you should encourage others to read it for two reasons: First, the fact that you're pushing them to read the Qur'an will tend to give them more confidence in everything else you say about Islam. And second, because reading the Qur'an for themselves will have an impact on them that all your talking cannot have, in the same way witnessing an accident can change a cocky teenager into a cautious and responsible driver.