I am not even going to dignify the alternative that had been suggested for today by discussing it (NB commenters). [I had already prepared this post and had it waiting, and when the alternative was called off I still decided to post what I had prepared]. Yesterday was Eid ul-Fitr. Nobody sighted the Shawwal moon on Wednesday evening, so Thursday, 9th September marked the end of Ramadan and Eid-Ul-Fitr was celebrated Friday.
Muslims regard the Koran (Qur’an) as being dictated by God word for word in Arabic. The Quran is not treated as just another book. Muslims touch it only when they are clean. The Qur’an is kept in a clean pure place above any other books and, hence, is not to be covered with other books. Translations are regarded as commentaries – the original Arabic Koran is regarded as the inspired holy book.
My suggesting that people actually have a read of the Koran isn’t about anybody converting or attempting to convert anyone else. It isn’t even about having to agree with what you read. Many haven’t even started to listen to each other, or get to know each other. This is about that. About respect.