Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sir George Bernard Shaw's Quote about Islam.

Hayz! I wonder if my Muslim friends really do intensive research. Anyway, I've notice that they always use a certain "quote" by Sir George Bernard Shaw about Islam...yeah right... as if this so-called quote does guarantee the validity of Islam.

Now, sad to burst their bubble...

One thing was very obvious, the said quote was... well...doctored. Shaw was interviewed by  a Sufi Sheikh by the name of His Eminence Maulana Mohammed Abdul Aleem Siddiqui. The interview is in a periodical published by the All Malaya Muslim Missionary Society in Singapore called the Genuine Islam; the interview itself was conducted while George Bernard Shaw was in Mombasa sometime between the 10th and 20th of April, 1935, and the interview was published in the January number of Vol. 1 (1936) of the periodical. Sadly, the most quoted part of that interview is not, in fact, any part of the interview itself. 

Also, haven't they know that Sir George Bernard Shaw also said this about Islam. I wonder why they don't post this quote? 

"Islam is very different, being ferociously intolerant. What I may call Manifold Monotheism becomes in the minds of very simple folk an absurdly polytheistic idolatry, just as European peasants not only worship Saints and the Virgin as Gods, but will fight fanatically for their faith in the ugly little black doll who is the Virgin of their own Church against the black doll of the next village. When the Arabs had run this sort of idolatry to such extremes [that] they did this without black dolls and worshipped any stone that looked funny, Mahomet rose up at the risk of his life and insulted the stones shockingly, declaring that there is only one God, Allah, the glorious, the great… And there was to be no nonsense about toleration. You accepted Allah or you had your throat cut by someone who did accept him, and who went to Paradise for having sent you to Hell. Mahomet was a great Protestant religious force, like George Fox or Wesley…." - Laurence, Dan H., Bernard Shaw: Collected Letters, 1926-1950 (London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1988) pp. 323-3

There is actually a great Hindu sect, the Jains, with Temples of amazing magnificence, which abolish God, not on materialist atheist considerations, but as unspeakable and unknowable, transcending all human comprehension. - pp. 323-3

Oh my gulay!

In Shaw's book The Adventure of the Black Girl in Search of God, he wrote

"When I ‘drove the camels” continued the Arab, not quite catching the interruption, “I carried in my pack idols of men seated on thrones with the heads of hawks on their shoulders and scourges in their hands. The Christians who began by worshipping God in the form of a man, now worship Him in the form of a lamb. This is the punishment decreed by Allah for the sin of presuming to imitate the work of His hands. But do not on that account dare to deny Allah. His sense of beauty… [T]he lilies of Allah are more lovely than the robes of Solomon in all his glory. Allah makes the skies His pictures and His children His statues, and does not withhold them from our earthly vision. He permits you to make lovely robes and saddles and trappings, and carpets to kneel on before Him, and windows like flower beds of precious stones. Yet you will be meddling in the work He reserves for Himself, and making idols. For ever be such sin forbidden to my people!”

“Pooh!” said the sculptor, “your Allah is a bungler; and he knows it…”

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