On every Koran, there is an image of the black stone in Mecca. In Islam, the Muslims are told to kiss the book.
The Koran (Qur’an) is the central religious text of Islam. Muslims believe the Koran is the book of divine guidance and direction for mankind, and consider the original Arabic text to be the final revelation of God.
Islam holds that the Koran was revealed to Muhammad by the angel Jibrīl (Gabriel) over a period of approximately twenty-three years, beginning in 610 A.D, when he was forty, and concluding in 632 A.D the year of his death.
Followers of Islam further believe that the Koran was written down by Muhammad’s companions after every revelation dictated by Muhammad himself. Most of the Muhammad’s companions learnt it by heart and also had it in written form while he was alive.
Muslim tradition agrees that it was established in single book form shortly after Muhammad’s death by order of the caliphs Abu Bakr and Umar. And that their orders began a process of formalization of the scattered text that was completed under their successor Uthman with the standard edition known as the Uthmanic recension.
The present form of the Qur’an is accepted by most scholars as the original version compiled by Uthman.
Time magazine covered the Popes visit to the moderate Muslim kingdom of Jordan in may 2009. The pope told King Abdullah that he has «deep respect» for Islam, «Christians describe God, among other ways, as creative Reason, which orders and guides the world», the Pope said.
«Muslims worship God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, who has spoken to humanity».
The Pope seems to still believe that this distinction between Christian faith that is «purified» by human reason, and Muslim faith that is simply received from God, is worth deeper exploration with his Islamic counterparts.
The Vatican has not «purified» the Word of God, but set man made rules and reason above the scriptures. Both Rome and Mecca worship created things, and kisses objects like stones.
They will finally agree to make the ban in the Bible against idol worship null and void.
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