Sectarian bigots who dared to act as spokesmen of God showed Islam, God’s grace, as if it were a curse upon mankind! They presented it as if it ran counter to human nature, logic, science and justice. One hundred and fourteeen basmalas (beginning verse of the suras) and hundreds of other verses recite and reiterate God’s compassion and generosity. The bigoted traditionalist mentality has represented Islam as a product of freakish thought, encumbering it with impediments and condemning the sobriety and simplicity inherent in religion. Music of the Quran taken by some as a sort of incantation was enough to lull the traditionalist’s bigoted mentality.
185 – God wishes ease and not hardship for you.
2 The Cow, 185
28 – God wishes to lighten your difficulties, for humans are created weak.
4 The Women, 28
Islam involves no difficulties and the Quran is not an inaccessible book. Those whose motto has been “The Quran is a sacred book and it is not for everybody to understand it,” served no other purpose than to move people away from it. They seem to be blind to the Quran’s address, which is directed to mankind and not to a happy few! The idea behind this was certainly to monopolize it and make it exclusive to a select group of sheikhs and imams who were to guide the people. Thus the Omayyad and Abbasid interpolations were not to be questioned. The contradictions and difficulties created under them were to perpetuate. To prove the contrary and the accessibility of the Quran to all, the following verse which is repeated four times in the sura The Moon is glaring evidence:
17 – And we have indeed made the Quran easy to understand and remember: then is there any that will receive admonition?
54 The Moon, 17, 22, 32, 40