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February 10, 2010

Here is a story my dad told us over dinner, although its sense and spirit is somewhat lost in translation:

In the old days, when people had to copy manuscripts of the Qur’an by hand, one such scribe completed his copy and passed it on to another person to check it over for mistakes. Some time later, the person returned to the scribe.

Scribe: Did you check it, was it okay?
Man: Yes yes, it was all fine except for two small things.
Scribe: ?
Man: Yes! This is a holy book – the word of God! It musn’t be sullied by the profane. And again and again, I saw his name – this is a Pure Book! So everywhere I found the name of Satan – accursed is he! – I replaced it with mine.
Scribe: ?!
Man: And Abu Lahab* – curses upon him! – his name I replaced with yours.

The moral of the story, of course, is DON’T MESS WITH WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW.

*To translate that into Bible, substitute ‘Abu Lahab’ with ‘Judas’ 😄

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. James permalink
    February 11, 2010 1:07 am

    Surely the moral of the story would be not to let someone loose on your hard work unless you really trust them… Or “Why correcting in pencil is important”, or “never (mis)underestimate the ingenuity of fools!”…

    Also I thought you had to start over if there were any mistakes, rather than crossing out? Which makes it even worse/funnier (depending on how you look at it) that if those were the only “mistakes” then the checker had just ruined a perfectly good copy! (unless of course I’m wrong, which is quite possible).

    PS – look! I commented! Happy now? 😛

  2. chuuurls permalink
    February 11, 2010 3:35 am

    😄 Ouch! I love stories like these, cause the feeling is that the sense of humor stays intact.

  3. February 11, 2010 4:26 am

    Ehehehehe. This brightened up my evening.

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