So, I am doing a bit of research to get started on the books challenge that I mentioned yesterday. I found an English translation of ‘Quran’ on Kindle which is by Mohammad Wahiduddin Khan. My problem with scriptures is that I don’t know whose translation I should read. I read ISKCON’s ‘Bhagvad Gita’ and like I wrote in my post here (Click), I couldn’t handle the misogyny. Now, I’m not expecting objectivity from the writers because seriously, who is objective? But I expect human beings to be treated as human beings. In ISKCON’s version, the writer says that women are inferior to men. How can you even finish such book?
I was merely reading random things from the ‘Quran’ translation by Khan, who I found out is an Islamic scholar. Now, I’m aware that most religious texts are against women and I have read some shocking things about what Quran had to say about women. But I was still giving it a chance, because I wanted to find something good. Guess what I found? In one of the pages, it was written that a woman (woman not man) should be kept in the house and allowed to rot till death and also: she should be hit and then in the bracket, it is written ‘lightly.” This is a punishment for something I don’t exactly remember..it was probably infidelity. I mean, seriously?
In some places, the way they have described wives, it was as if they were describing property.
I believe in being open-minded. My goal is to find something good in Quran and other religious books. But things like the above makes it really difficult for anybody to give religion a chance. I think I will abandon the idea and the hope of finding something good in a religious scripture. I won’t generalize all scriptures of course and I cannot say much about Quran as well, as I have only read few pages but if somebody thinks these texts are flawless then I’m really really amazed. I don’t care if I go to hell for this.