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November 07, 2012



And even the Telegraph does not explain what is involved here. Memorizing the Koran does not require any understanding whatever of classical Arabic, only of the script - effectively the boy is being asked to memorize a long stream of meaningless sounds. (The boy had only studied for three months, so there is no question of his having learnt classical Arabic in such a period). This is why the Koran is always recited as a song, to make it more memorable to the 95% of believers who do not understand classical arabic.

Secondly, many Muslims believe that when a child succeeds in memorizing the Koran, his whole family (I am not sure to quite how many degrees, but it's more than just the parents) gets a free ticket to heaven. So essentially, these children are being enslaved to assure the salvation of their parents.

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