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Which way is Mecca?

The Qur'an:   Jews, Christians and Muslims all believe that God speaks to His creation by way of inspiration through scripture - collectively we are known as the "people of the book".   The Muslim holy book is the Qur'an (or Koran) which was apparently dictated by the angel Gabriel to Mohammed over a period of some 22 years (610-632 A.D.).   Mohammed was illiterate and so did not have a pen and paper on him - hence the Qur'an was originally scribbled on dry leaves, animal bones, bits of rock and such like.

The Qur'an has such chapter headings as: Jonah, Joseph, Abraham, the prophets, the dawn, the cow and the pen.   It states that Jesus was born of a virgin as a human being - God's messenger, not His Messiah.   It describes the Christian belief in a holy trinity as one of Father, Son and Virgin Mary (close, but no cigar).   It further describes a frankly Pythonesque episode whereby Jesus (Isa) escapes execution through a fortunate case of mistaken identity.  

"[4.157] and their saying: surely we have killed the Messiah, Isa son of Marium, the apostle of Allah; and they did not kill him nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them so (like Isa) and most surely those who differ therein are only in a doubt about it; they have no knowledge respecting it, but only follow a conjecture, and they killed him not for sure."

The Qur'an is respected in Islam far more than is the Bible in Christendom - for example there is understood to be no Islamic equivalent of h2gb (h2gq?).

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