New York - Modern times are much different than ancient Biblical and Quranic times. Christianity, Judaism and Islam recounted wars, violence, and controversial topics in their sacred books.
New York – Modern times are much different than ancient Biblical and Quranic times. Christianity, Judaism and Islam recounted wars, violence, and controversial topics in their sacred books.
The Holy Koran is regularly taken out of context when those who do not understand Islam pick and choose verses for the intention of stirring outrage and discrediting Muslims’ faith.
The rise of Islamophobia has prompted hate toward Muslims’ Holy Koran. People who have no knowledge of its history and the context where it was revealed accuse it of “breeding terrorism” and “promoting violence”.
But what happens when verses out of the Holy Bible are taken out of context and read to people who are not familiar with its content?
Karim Metwaly, a Muslim American YouTube vlogger and actor from New York City, took to the streets of New York City with a Bible disguised as a Koran. Karim chose verses out of the Bible and read them to random New Yorkers from every background.
As he read the shocking verses, people thought he was reading the Koran and were immediately disgusted by the content.
“That’s really harsh,” a young woman said. “I think that’s bulls**t,” another one said, responding to verses that spoke of punishment for sinning.
“Whoa, that’s so fuc*** up, a young man reacted to the verses addressing women oppression. A group of teenagers said the verses sounded like “women were treated like dogs.”
However, when Karim revealed that he had been reading verses from the Bible, their reactions were even more shocking.
Some could not believe it, while others were speechless. A few of them, especially middle-aged adults seemed upset and abandoned the scene at the alleged controversial discovery.
Some Christians who seemed to have actually read their own sacred book understood the “correlation between all religions” and were not so shocked.
Younger people were more accepting that the similarities between the Bible and the Koran were around 70 to 85 percent.
There were also Jewish and Christians who defended Muslims and disregarded any of the misconstrued words taken out of context, while calling for tolerance, peace and unity.
Through his YouTube channel “AreWeFamousNow” Karim creates parodies and videos about Muslims to raise awareness about Islamophobia and negative stereotypes.