A Muslim friend of mine recently asked me how a Catholic would interpret a Koran passage that he received in one of those 9/11 chain e-mails that seem to never stop coming. The verse is as follows:
For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken a
fearsome Eagle. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the
lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair still
more rejoiced; for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah;
and there was peace.
He says that the eagle represents the US, and the son of Arabia represent Saddam Hussein. Therefore, the Koran is predicting the war in Iraq. He’s not sure what book it comes from as he doesn’t have the entire Koran memorized, but says that the chapter and verse is 9:11, which he thinks lends authenticity to his interpretation. I responded that the passage is very vague, and if I were to open a history book I could probably point out a dozen events which could be interpreted to fit the passage.
So how woud any of you explain this to someone using it to disprove your faith? Keep in mind this is a friendly debate, not an attempt at conversion. We generally talk about baseball rather than religion (actually I find the fact that he is a Red Sox fan to be a much greater source of contention). Any ideas?