It frustrates me to no end when uninformed Westerners draw comparisons between the Bible and the Koran to make some relativist claim about the values underlying the respective religions. When they do so, they reveal the limitations of their own perspectives, and a complete lack of appreciation for the meaning of Islam.
One cannot understand the Koran without reading the Hadiths and the Siyar. One can’t appreciate Islam without studying its implementation through shari’a. Consistency in understanding Allah’s will through Mohamed’s example has been accomplished during 1300 years of religious decrees and a millennium worth of extensive analysis by Islamic jurists. With few exceptions in the majority Sunni world, the four schools of Madh’hab are in nearly universal agreement on the primary points of Islam. Fire-breathing clerics who daily exhort the Umma to emulate the prophet and conquer or slay the kuffar know Islam inside and out, run innumerable madrassas in which they train the faithful, and hold positions of authority at Al Azhar.
The Bible is not like the Koran, and the Koran is not the Islamic equivalent of the Bible. Believing that they are roughly equal for religious foundational purposes is a grave error regularly made by Westerners trying to bridge cultural gaps while burdened with overwhelming self-doubt.
As of 25Jul2011, I’ve read every post on http://dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.com/2006/06/which-is-more-violent-bible-or-quran.html and only a few demonstrate that their authors have taken the necessary steps toward toward cultural and literary enlightenment. As the source material is eminently available, I commend the rest of you to do the same.