Muslim Identity Crises: From Golden Ages to Militancy

“Read! (Iqra)” said Archangel Gabriel.

“I am unable to read.” replied Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Gabriel caught hold of Prophet (pbuh) and embraced him heavily and then said again, “Read!”

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) replied again, “I am unable to read.”

Gabriel embraced the Prophet (pbuh) again and said to recite the following verses:

“Read! in the name of your Lord who created – created man from a clot. Read: for your Lord is Most Bountiful, who teaches by the pen, teaches man that which he knew not.” — Quran, Sura 96 (Al-Alaq), verse 1-5

In the history of the religions of the world, the Holy Quran holds a distinctive Continue reading