Turkish Religious Affairs Directorate Rejects “Alternative” Book to Koran

Ankara: The Religious Affairs Directorate has issued a statement about a book reportedly prepared by a missionary institution in the United States as a so-called alternative to the Holy Koran and has asserted that “no one will respect such efforts that lack good intentions and aim to confuse human beings and to separate them from their highest values”.

In a written statement, the Religious Affairs Directorate drew attention to the reports to the effect that a missionary institution set up in the United States by a person known to have published incorrect, prejudiced and unscientific material against Islam has prepared a book as an alternative to the Holy Koran in order to recruit followers to its own religion and sect.

The statement said: “Such attempts have been made from time to time in the history of the eminent Koran, which has passed from one generation to the other without changing one letter or one word and which we believe will not change until the doomsday. We view such new initiatives as useless efforts which are like trying to cover the sun with mud. We also believe that it is erroneous to take such efforts seriously.”

Stressing that engaging in such behaviour against the holy book of any religion would violate the moral teachings of all the religions, the statement continued as follows:

“This initiative is instructive because it provides a striking example of how certain organizations implement the enculturation method in order to recruit followers to their religions and sects. This is because when preparing this text, the language, style, terminology and schematic structure of the Koran have been taken as basis, while the contents have been based on Christian doctrines and theology.

At a time when the dialogue between the members of different religious and cultures has turned into a universal goal, this initiative will merely serve to undermine the relations between religions and cultures. We certainly believe that no one will respect such efforts that lack good intentions and that aim to confuse human beings and to tear them away from their highest values. Celestial religions and holy books require that the members of celestial religions be aware of such mistakes and prevent them.”

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Anatolia / BBC Monitoring, Turkey
Dec. 5, 2004

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