Once upon a time..

Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all Muslims had to convert to Catholicism or leave Italy.

There was a huge outcry from the Muslim community, so the Pope offered a deal. He’d have a religious debate with the leader of the Muslim community. If the Muslims won, they could stay in Italy; and if the Pope won, they’d have to convert or leave. The Muslim people met and picked an aged and wise Mufti to represent them in the debate. However, as the Mufti spoke no Italian and the Pope spoke no Arabic, they agreed that it would be a “silent” debate. On the chosen day the Pope and Mufti sat opposite each other. The Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers. The Mufti looked back and raised one finger. Next, the Pope waved his finger around his head. The Mufti pointed to the ground where he sat. The Pope brought out a communion wafer and a chalice of wine. The Mufti pulled out an apple. With that, the Pope stood up and declared himself beaten and said that the Mufti was too clever. The Muslims could stay in Italy.

Later the cardinals met with the Pope and asked him what had happened. The Pope said, “First I held up three fingers to represent the Trinity. He responded by holding up a single finger to remind me there is still only one God!  Then, I waved my finger around my head to show him that God was all around us. He responded by pointing to the ground to show that God was also right here with us. I pulled out the wine and wafer to show that God absolves us of all our sins. He pulled out an apple to remind me of the original sin. He beat me at every move and I could not continue!” Meanwhile, the Muslim community gathered to ask the Mufti how he’d won. “I haven’t a clue,” the Mufti said. “First, he told me that we had three days to get out of Italy, so I gave him the finger. Then he tells me that the whole country would be cleared of Muslims and I told him that we were staying right here!”” And then what?” asked someone, “Who knows?” said the Mufti. “He took out his lunch so I took out mine”.

Categories: Silly

5 replies

  1. Centuries before that:

    Hadith Sahih صحیح (correct, right, true, genuine) Muslim 30—Muhammad said: “I have been commanded to fight against people so long as they do not declare that there is no god but Allah.”

    Hadith Sahih صحیح (correct, right, true, genuine) Muslim 4366—Muhammad said: “I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslims.”

    Hadith Sahih صحیح (correct, right, true, genuine) البخاری Al-Bukhari 6922—Allah’s Messenger said, “If anyone changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.”

    Qur’an 9:29—Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the Religion of Truth, from among the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

    Hadith Sahih صحیح al-Bukhari 4364—The last complete Surah which was revealed (to the Prophet) was Bara’a . . . براء ه (Immunity, from 9:1) also known as Surah Al Toubeh التوبه (Repentance). (Surah number 9) Many harsh verses are in chapter 9.

    Another Hadith says 110 was the last one revealed, and many Muslims scholars say that verse 3 of Surah 5 is the last verse revealed. “This day I have perfected for your the religion of Al Islam . . . ”

    Nevertheless, Surah 9 is one of the last commandments and revelations Muhammad gave before he died, and many Muslim scholars see those commands to fight as abrogating the earlier peaceful Meccan Surahs.

    Qur’an 2:106—“Whatever communications We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring one better than it or like it. Do you not know that Allah has power over all things?”


  2. And they all lived happily ever after…?


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