What are the satanic verses in the qu’ran? Why are they called that?
It’s the name William Muir gave to two verses that were allegedly recited by Muhammad (saaw) in the Qur’an according to a fanciful report found in Al-Tabari’s history book. They’re called that because as the story goes Satan ‘tricked’ Muhammad (saaw) into praising Pagan goddesses while reciting the the 53th Sura of the Qur’an to the Meccans (where polytheism is condemned).
However the story doesn’t exist in any Islamic sources, and there is unanimous agreement in scholarly circles that it’s a complete fabrication without a shred of evidence to support it.