When reciting the Koran could save your life: Yet more terror attacks.
November 20, 2015 5:12am CST
I think it is about time for my first post of the day. To be honest, I have not got much in mind to say as it has been quite a quiet week for me. I am following the news at the moment, and am most disappointed to hear that there is yet another terror attack. This time in West Africa, Mali - 170 people taken hostage by a group of Jihadists. Rather shocking. Some of the hostages have been released, but only those who can recite certain verses of the Koran. It really comes to something when your memory of pages from various old books could save your life. I had better start reading War and Peace, never know when my life might depend on reciting it!
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• Portsmouth, England
21 Nov 15
Trouble is, the older you get, the harder it is to learn by rote! I can still recite reams and reams of Shakespeare and passages from the King James Bible because I had to learn them as a kid. Can I learn anything now? Can I heck! As you indicate, being able to recite verses is hardly an indication of faith, in any case. Most people above a certain age in this country can recite the Lord's Prayer - but that's because they learnt it when they were young! In other words, this abomination was a cultural test rather than a religious one and had nothing at all to do with God - or Allah!