Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics

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only one who taught and inspired

Muhammad. Another was a Persian,

Salman Al Farsi. Echoes of his

influence can be found in the Koran and

Mohammad’s tradition: ‘‘(It is) a

Qur’an in Arabic, without any

crookedness (therein): in order that they

may guard against Evil’’ (Sura 39:28).

In Sura 16:103, Muhammad brushes

aside accusations that he was taught by

someone who is Persian: ‘‘we know

indeed that they say, ‘It is a man that

teaches him.’ The tongue of him they

wickedly point to is notably foreign

while this is Arabic, pure and clear.’’

The Arabic word translated here as

‘‘foreign’’ is A’game, which means

Persian or Iranian. The Koran’s

repeated insistence that it is in Arabic

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