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Confronting the evil within

By Saad Hafiz:

A decade after Pakistan became a frontline country in the global war on terror, domestic terrorist organizations, particularly the Tehrik-i-Taliban (Pakistan) look as strong as ever.  There has been speculation that the murderous attack on Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old girls’ rights activist, by a Taliban hit squad which has led to an unusual outcry in Pakistan and abroad, may be the tipping point that will galvanize popular opinion to support vigorous action against terror groups. This would require that the country accept something that it has been unable to thus far, which is that all forms of terrorism are evil with no shades of grey.

There has been longstanding reluctance within the government and society to stand up to Islamic groups that preach hatred and practice violence, which probably stems from a fear of appearing un-Islamic.  Pakistan has long had trouble countering the ideologies that drive individuals to commit acts of violence, despite success in arresting suspected militants and breaking up terror plots.  It is hard at times to distinguish between state and terrorist ideologies, as both categorize which citizens can be considered ‘Muslims’ and ‘non-Muslims’, which gives rise to the muddled and hateful beliefs in society and promotes violence.

Many national political leaders, unwilling to condemn terrorism in clear and unequivocal terms, go to shameful lengths to obfuscate the terrorism issue with national resistance or jihad.  Few of these ‘leaders’ clearly acknowledge that terrorists have killed over forty thousand of their fellow Pakistanis, and are preparing to kill more. Instead, they harp on about the lack of understanding in the international community about the sacrifices Pakistan has made by joining the ‘war on terror’.  The seriousness of terrorism is lost as these ‘leaders’ try to score political points.  Also far too often, sections of the domestic media refuse to use the word terrorist, in the naive and mistaken belief that to report violence as a terrorist act is to cast judgment on the perpetrators’ cause.  By pretending that everything is relative, these news media deny the very existence of terrorism.

The smart terror groups gain influence through apologists in the media, in the political ranks, and in mosques and madrasas.  They are unambiguous in their tactics, using violence against civilian, police and military targets, to keep the populace on the edge and the security forces at bay.  Their ultimate objective is to gain national power to establish the rigid Islamic orthodoxy they espouse. They are not afraid to utilise false scapegoats and foreign bogeymen, particularly the appealing anti-US argument, in order to justify their murderous campaign.

Some ‘security’ analysts in the media blame the invasion of Afghanistan by foreign troops, for the dreadful situation Pakistan now finds itself.  They imply that the nation’s present day terrorists never existed until the fanatics displaced by foreign invasion came over the Afghan border and found sanctuary amid the lawless, savage, but culturally hospitable Pushtun tribes. These tribes at that very time were being encouraged, with signs of modest success, to join mainstream Pakistan. But the displaced militants from across the border began energetic campaigns of propaganda and hatred, and then wreaked havoc by brainwashing home-grown barbarians to develop their own brand of evil mayhem.  The state’s past sponsorship of domestic terror groups as strategic ‘assets’, used for causing cross-border mayhem and sectarian violence, is conveniently forgotten.

The scale of evil that terrorism represents is described in Dante’s Divine Comedy, whose author was influenced by references to the Seven Deadly Sins in the Book of Proverbs from the Hebrew Bible: “These six things doth the lord hate; yea, seven are an abomination unto him. A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running unto mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies and he that soweth discord among brethren.“  This is not an argument for state vengeance, but for honesty that this profound evil exists, and the actions of terrorist are evil whatever its cause or motivation. As young Malali was fighting for her life, a Taliban spokesman called the teen’s campaign for women’s education an “obscenity” and “a symbol of Western culture,” promising that if she survived they would again try to kill her. One does finds it truly baffling, that any state or society would want to consider negotiating with this extent of human malevolence.

To make counter-terrorism efforts more effective, the government could consider the establishment of a widespread national counter-terrorism program that would bring together different government ministries focused on religion and education with civil society groups and Islamic organizations.  It is important to try holistic approaches to countering extremism and terrorism through understanding their fundamental causes. Factors like unemployment, economic deprivation and injustice that compel the people towards extremism can be analyzed.  Programs can be implemented that bring reformed terrorists into the social and political mainstream.  It also follows that all counter-terrorism activities should respect for human rights and must adhere to the rule of law. Government institutions must act within legal mandates while countering terrorism. That said, the nation cannot allow itself to be frightened by threats and must meet aggression with full force, ensuring that terrorism is never allowed to prevail.

 

 





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253 Responses to "Confronting the evil within"

  1. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Maggu says:
    November 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm
    No !!!! this is a conspiracy to suppress Hindu customs by the evil people in Pakistan. It’s a deep seated plan to kill all other religions by the army, parliament and ISI

    maggu bi,

    hindu is not homogenous race.country is big.every area has different custom.in tamilnadu alsoh they bury their dead.Hinduism is on verge extiction soon hindus will be find in zoo.i hope i will meet u there. deads are buried.aryan started firing the deads.before their arrival indians used be buried.aryans were killing in huge numbers,like ashok killed entire population of kalinga.just to hide the identity of dead they started bussines of firing.teir satanic cousins in europe opened gas chambers.THIS IS VERY EVIL PRACTICE SHOULD BE STOPPED AS IT IS POLLUTING OUR RIVERS AND PONDS AND DESTROYING THE FORESTS.india had 1000 plus communal riots.pakistan and bangladesh are always calm.

  2. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Maggu says:
    November 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm
    Don’t you think it’s evil and jaahil to loudly call people to prayers five times a day on loudspeakers. Doesn’t it disturb the sick, the students, the workmen, and it Is downright offensive to those who don’t believe in god or who believe in a god other than alla

    I DONT THINK,MUSLIMS ALSO BEAR HINDU STUPIDITIES ENTIRE YEAR.

    HUM EISEE SAB KITABEIN SAHEBE ZABTEE SAMAJHTE HAIN
    KE ZINKO PADH KE BETE BAAP KO KHABTEE SAMAJHTE HAIN.

  3. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    @Rex Minor

    As regards names, all depends on mutual undertanding.
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    some like Syed who have no idea about their dynasty or lineage etc affix Syed or Khan against their names…..

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    the joke is that one who doesn’t know about his father prefixed or affixed Chowdhry against his name. In present case it is Syed,,,,,,,
    other examples may be Khan, sheikh, Khawaja, Meer, Nawabzada, Khanzada, etc etc

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    Mirjai’s are mostly Chodhries of Punjab……and you can well understand who the chodhries are??

  4. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    @ tajender

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    you must have heard the Urdu zxiom:: BHAID KEE CHAAL OR BHAYD CHAAL?

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    Jinnah had an edge with the Bhaid chaal storming in those days….he was pushed to become the Father of Pakistani Nation by force of this Bhaid chaal, like a dead body is launched at the shore by the violent waves of sea!!
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    It’s all in the Quran which (not exactly) says ‘do not be awed or overly imprressed by the variety or anomalies Allah has created”……
    this could be the reason that Jinnah enjoys reverence even after death while Azaad doesn’t.

    SARAY QISMET KE KHAYL HEIN BHAI….
    JAWAAN KHADROAN KE HATHOAN QATL BHI HO JATAY HEIN….AUR KHADRAY MAUJ URAATAY HEIN!! NO SURPRISE, OF COURSE, AS MUSLIMS HAVE ALREADY BEEN WARNED OF SUCH UNEXPLAINED PHENOMENA AND MUST NOT TAKE ODDITIES TO HEART!!

    /

    As for Azaan I think a better sysetm ought to be adopted. Where I live the first cry comes from, perhaps, Sunni mosques, several of them, and often their cries get mixed up and sound rather distasteful to the ears. Some minutes after that cries from Shai mosques come dashing againt the ear drum…( as you know shia and sunni call timings are different)
    This conundrum often falls heavy on the mind and you can’t enjoy or concentrate on azaan…

  5. Maggu India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Azaan should be on SMS. So that it does not disturb others. If its a call to prayer why assault everyone?

  6. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    maggu,indians are also disturb by akhand ramayan.in childhood we could not sleep for because of that.we are tolrant people when it comes to religion.in 12 months there are 13 pujas in bengal.jamms the traffic and spoils working hours.because of democracy we have to accomodate everybody.

  7. Maggu India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I hate the akhand ramayan bible etc equally. But these happen a couple of times a year so i can curse them and get on with it. What do i do with ugly voices ranting five times a day, every damn day of the year. And to top it all the damn first one is it FIVE in the morning!!
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    I used to hate it when i was muslim and hate it even more now

  8. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    AKB,

    It was much tougher for jews in the third Reich! how about a name like ‘Garlic’ or ‘Dog’ as a family name? Not bad in your lands, having the freedom to callig one self and others as one wishes with names galore. what does the label of Khan meens without a property or a private army or calling ones self as ‘Syed’ or ‘Raees’ implies without some relevance or justification. Why not take up the family name as ‘musalman’ or a tribe for quick recognition an acceptance.

    Rex Minor

  9. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Maggu says:
    November 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm
    I hate the akhand ramayan bible etc equally

    IALAM DOES NOT ALLOW TO HATE ANYBODY INCLUDING RAMANAYAN OR BIBLE.so i dont hate any thing.

    But these happen a couple of times a year so i can curse them and get on with ,……………………….

    now religions are on peak so it happen almost entire year on one or other pretext.

    I used to hate it when i was muslim and hate it even more now……………………………………………………

    u hate or love makes no difference as most of the indians are tolerant and tolerate each other.

  10. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Ps
    Example, ‘Yousafzai’, ‘Afridi’, ‘Orakzai’, ‘Shinwari’ etc. as family names, first names coul be exotic, crude or waht the parents want their children to be, like ‘Zalmai’ meaning ‘Cruel’ for the guy who represented USA as a UNO ambassador, or names like ‘Katharina’ for a girl born in Germany after the name of Russian Zarin.

  11. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    maggu,

    instead of hating better live far way from mosque.

  12. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    I used to hate it when i was muslim and hate it even more now

    u cannot be hindu,as hindus have no conversion.so are u sikh now.

  13. arkmb Pakistan Safari Mac OS says:

    I hate the akhand ramayan bible etc equally. But these happen a couple of times a year so i can curse them and get on with it. What do i do with ugly voices ranting five times a day, every damn day of the year. And to top it all the damn first one is it FIVE in the morning!!
    hahahahahahah………..heheeeee

    damn first one is it FIVE in the morning!!

  14. arkmb Pakistan Safari Mac OS says:

    there should be a like,or recommend button on comments, and edit button as well!!

  15. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    damn first one is it FIVE in the morning

    ur hate or love makes no difference as most of the indians are tolerant and tolerate each other.

    who cares the haters.shows their inferiority complex.

  16. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    maggu bi,hindhuany too 5 baje uthkar mandir jaya kar,mujhe masjid mein drop kar ke.hotmail par aao.

  17. Mullus Pakitus India Google Chrome  GT-N7100 Build/JRO03C) AppleWebKit/535.19 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/18.0.1025.166 Mobile Safari/535.19 says:

    This fraud german knows quite a lot about south asian Muslim names. Eh?

  18. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    M Paqito,

    Vajra is the expert on names; the south asians are infected with the caste system and like jews most of them are ashamed to be associated with names of their professions such as bakers, carpenters and smiths and readily took over the arab names, your favourite people as well, sikhs being the exception calling every man a SINGH and every woman A’Kaur’. Anyone interested in names and languages could do a master as well as Phd in an elite German University. knowlege and knowledge alone remains the power and what was it about the lamas, Buddhas and the hindu ancestories or those from the African jungles and the lands of voodo, mau mau, the Mandelas and tutus, it was the arabs who taught the world how to keep the fathers name so as to record the ancestory in some order, which was found useful in countries practicing polygamy but ofcourse got a setback in the countries practicing polyandry.

    Now do not tell us that the arabs obtained this knowledge from Indian scholars of the Nalenda monastery.

    Rex Minor

  19. saadh Canada Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Pakistan has a chance with Obama’s victory to make a fresh start with Washington and improve its battered global image. This means that the country and society must find the will to take an equivocal stance against terrorism. As a first, Pakistan should use the hard power at its disposal to destroy terrorist safe havens in its borders.

  20. Mullus Pakitus India Google Chrome  GT-N7100 Build/JRO03C) AppleWebKit/535.19 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/18.0.1025.166 Mobile Safari/535.19 says:

    As a first, Pakistan should use the hard power at its disposal to destroy terrorist safe havens in its borders..
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    Hmmmmm now how do you destroy a whole country?

  21. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Now do not tell us that the arabs obtained this knowledge from Indian scholars of the Nalenda monastery

    brhmns forced lilleracy and ignorance so that their bhagwans can be sold.budhdhist period was better as budhdhism stands for egalitaeiasm.
    hindu is the only religion where man is born uneven.indian mathematics and science was introduces to middle east and europe by ibn beruni in 12th century.most of the muslim philosophers thinkers mathmetticians astrologers died 250-300 years before that.
    like zoinists these brhmnsts are expert in fooling others.
    they live on oriental historians,britishers and brhmns rewrote the history to show last muslim rulers in bad light,as temple breaker which is pure bullshit and historically wrong.most of the known big temples were built under muslim rule.

    if u see the voting pattern of american election,u will find that votes are divided on ethenic lines.GREAT VICTORY OF AMERICAN ZOINISTS.THEIR SATANIC COUSINS IN INDIA WON THIS BATTLE LONG AGO.

  22. RajTOO Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    tajender,
    did you learn to lie from your prophet?

  23. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    rajtoo,

    When Barack Obama launched his first campaign for the presidency, in Abraham Lincoln’s home town of Springfield, he quoted Lincoln’s warning that a nation divided against itself cannot stand.

    Lincoln’s election victory led to four years of civil war.

    Today, the USA is divided so india.

  24. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    rajtoo to avoid civil war we should earn to walk on one path.i.e path is unity in diversity.

  25. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    earn to walk,

    learn to walk

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  27. Rex Minor Germany Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Tajender,
    Raj is the one who has challenged the accuracy of history. We must await that the people of former colonies bring out the truth and positives of the past into light. There were definitely several civilisations in the Indian subcontinent which existed for several generations and then dis appeared for unexplained reasons. More archeologists, more scientist and geologist are needed to explore the land of avatars, occupied by natives and those who came over from central Asia. The people of the land land has more oil and mineral and that occupIt is the people of the land who alone are able to explore the wealth of their land past as well as the current one. Education in awareness is the prerequisite and the mission to think beyond ones own selfish ambitions are the secret for such a task.

    Rex Minor

  28. RajTOO Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Rex Minor,
    in Central Asia, there was hardly anybody living during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). Indian Subcontinent (and Southeast Asia) was the refugium for almost all of the population outside of Africa. Even Iran and Anatolia were inhospitable places.
    .
    It will take another 10-15 years for all the new data coming out of ancestral genetic research to sink in.
    .
    Fazit: Humanity began in Africa, Civilization began in the Indian Subcontinent.
    .
    In the meantime, if you wish to learn more about the history of Abrahamic religions, try to trace the path of the Unicorn!

  29. Rex Minor Germany Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Raj,

    Please set aside your knowlege and assumptons and star afresh, with no pdetermined theories of times or evolution. Research with a clea slate if you will and with the help of geologists if you can, for excavation work to examine the layers of the earth and the normal and abnormal presence of structures and so on.

    You are free, as I am not from the knowledge of the scriptures which is COMPLETE, and my preoccupation ith human bains. No Africa is ot the home of people, it never was and this can be easily determined in the human anatomy and how they walk with musical accuracy.

    Rex Minor

  30. RajTOO Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Rex Minor,
    it takes a mere 6,000 to 12,000 years for the skin to go from black to white. Also those who left Africa, they also mixed with the Neanderthals. So there is bound to be some differences among the Africans and the rest.
    .
    All this is not conjecture. This is our history. Human evolution is one of the biggest miracles overseen by God, and it cannot be disowned or ignored.
    .
    I guess because India was the next stop in the Out-of-Africa migration, we somehow retained their musical rhythms and accuracy. :-)

  31. Rex Minor Germany Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Raj,
    I can explain in medical details how an African walhs with music and the Indian walks with or without his belief in scriptures and how the Europeans walk from the celtic to the idoegrmanics and the people from the north and those from the south. The pigmentation of the human skin is a complete separate subject. Do not follow the path of the zoologist who brought the theory of evolution because of his racist inclinations and toay it has ben set aside because of the advancement in molecule biology. It is a piy that you are not a muslim or a christian which could have shorte your journey by millions of years. But nevertheless, you have the advantage to explore the world of civilisations in the Indic Hub. The rest should fall in line because I am also of the opinion that there were several civilisations on our earth concurrently which came into being because of the fusion Bang, mostly in India and the territories around it and beyond the Himalayas which grew and some disappear in isolation of others.

    Rex Minor

  32. RajTOO Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Rex Minor,
    it is time Muslims also join the progress of science. Humans and Chimpanzees are 96% similar looking at their DNA.

  33. Bagherbappu United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    Maggu , if you have inclination to walk the Khalsa Path then you must have pity for these wretched fellows. Put on the wrong path, deluded by Mohamed, they simply have lost the capacity to think and gone far away from humane way of life. Shaqal Maanas ki, Kartoot Pashu ki is how they have been defined . Illiterate and weakened by inbreeding they are no match in valor lacking essence of truth and destined only to serve others.
    Raj Praa,
    Pigs are consider intelligent animals, they use their brain almost equal to the doctrinal restriction of Middle Eastern origin. Chimps too are closing on them in intelligence.

  34. ftv United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Bagherbappu…………………………………………………..hindu say HANUMAN was hindu because he is mentioned in ramayana.
    muslim say he was muslim because his name resembles muslim name s like rehman suleiman.

    now a sikh has come he says he was sikh,i asked him how,it is impossible,sikh says it is clear from his action,

    na sita uski na lanka uski phir poonch mein aag lagaye tahalta tha,khud hee batao,itna bada chutia sawai sikh ke aur kaun ho sakta hai.

  35. Mohan United Arab Emirates Safari iPad says:

    ftv/ Tajender,

    I had heard this joke on Hanuan when I was in 5th standard. Come up with something new and original.

  36. Mohan United Arab Emirates Safari iPad says:

    Saad,

    A great article. Thanks for the link, it was nice to read that someone from Arab world has courage to call spade a spade. It is high time that everyone starts looking within and start solving their problems instead of blaming outsiders for their misfortunes and doing nothing.

  37. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Mohan says:
    November 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm
    ftv/ Tajender,

    I had heard this joke on Hanuan when I was in 5th standard. Come up with something new and original

    wait let the time come.

  38. Zalmai Turkey Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    @Rex Minor
    Ps
    Example, ‘Yousafzai’, ‘Afridi’, ‘Orakzai’, ‘Shinwari’ etc. as family names, first names coul be exotic, crude or waht the parents want their children to be, like ‘Zalmai’ meaning ‘Cruel’ for the guy who represented USA as a UNO ambassador, or names like ‘Katharina’ for a girl born in Germany after the name of Russian Zarin.

    Zalmai means youth/young in Pashto not cruel. Sounds like you were educated in a madrassa where they preached hatred towards Pasthuns in particular besides the usual assortment of Hindus, Jews, Christians and Shias.

  39. Zalmai Turkey Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    WTF is this guy Rex Minor talking about? People engaging this pseudo intellectual should not dignify this pretentious, wannabe Arab’s rants. Pakistanis are Muslim Indians with an imaginary Afghan, Arab, Persian identity. A Pakistani will claim lineage from a pig before he accepts his Hindu/Buddhist heritage. Ignorance is bliss and its other name is Pakistan.

  40. Zalmai Turkey Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    @Rex Minor
    How dare you disrespect Bacha Khan and his brothers (Khudai Khidmatgar)they saw right through the hypocrisy of Jinnah and his Muslim League brethren and they had a premonition that the two nation theory was doomed to fail because its foundation was built on deception. You are not Pashtun please stop singing their song and dance, you don’t even know what Zalmai means in Pashto.

  41. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Zalmai,

    Did I claim that I am a pashtun? Heavens NO. Did I disrespect Bacha Khan?No, the whole of the clan disgraced themselves when they opted for their hindu grand parents of their family instead of for the muslim people who united behind Mr Jinnah. And tell us if any of your khidmatgars relatives were there when hey were massacred during their nonviolence protestsaganst he muslim league Govt.?

    This is what the history book written by your ex British Masters states.An who the wtf hell is Zalmai? Aothe oe of hese on vilent Pseuo Pashtuns?

    Rex Minor

  42. MilesToGo United States Opera Windows says:

    Start with truth -

    http://youtu.be/IoZbUSBEEEA

    things will start to fall in right place…

  43. Maggu India Safari iPad says:

    General Petraeus has been punished by Allah for leading the war in Afghanistan.
    .
    Proof that Alla runs the world

  44. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    @ maggu

    you are a run of the devil…..you run the world as long as evil is there!!

  45. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    INDIANS ARE A SWARM OF DRAVIDO’S ……PARTIALLY MUTATED BY THE MOGUL AND ARAB CONQUERORS!!
    BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT OF PURE ORIGIN ANYMORE THEY ARE EVIL…AND STILL STICK TO 5000 YEAR OLD ANIMISTIC BELIEF…EVEN IN THIE 21ST CENTURY,

    OH, MY GOD!!! WHEN ARE THESE INDIC LANGURS GOING TO CHANGE!
    HOW LONG WILL THEY STICK TO URINE DRINKING, SHIVA LINGHAM LICKING AND WORSHIPING ANIMALS AND MYTHICAL FEMALE CUNTS!!

  46. Maggu India Safari iPad says:

    AKB: that is a racist rant and since quite a few from your country kept doing what you are doing your country is the untouchable of the civilised world.
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    And yes we will continue to worship lingams since Indians have undamaged and complete lingams.
    .
    And after this, do you have any right to object to people who laugh at your black stone worshipping ways? Or who insult the businessman who called himself a prophet? Or people who don’t believe that a book can be dictated by god to an illiterate man? Or believe that angels deliver a book with no witnesses present?

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