Carla Power: UK author finds peace in Holy Qur’an

ip033[1]UK-based American writer, journalist and author,  Carla Power, has just released her book, If the Oceans were Ink: An unlikely friendship and a journey to the heart of the Qur’an, which is a must read for all anti-Islam bigots. She writes for the TIME Magazine and is a former correspondent for the Newsweek. Her articles are published in several other Jewish-controlled media outlets.

Power’s father Dr. Richard Power and her mother were both American academics with Jewish family roots. Her father was murdered in Mexico in 1993 by a drug gang mistaking him a member of the rival gang. At that time Carla was studying at Oxford University in UK. Her biography in her own words: After a childhood spent split between the Midwest and the Middle East and Asia, I grew up interested in the relationship of Muslim societies and the West. I went on to study and write about Islam and Muslim issues as a journalist. But it wasn’t until I sat down with my old friend Sheikh Muhammad Akram Nadwi to read the Quran that I found myself really engaging with the surprising ways they converged and diverged. Having been raised moving around, I’m happy to continue doing so. I now live in England with my British husband and Brit-American kids, though I get back to the Midwest–and the Mid-East and Asia–as much as I can. Her personal blog can be reached here.

Carla wrote mostly about Muslim societies based on her personal experience while living in Iran before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and in several other Mid-East countries afterwards. However, she never studied the Last Testament (Holy Qur’an) until 9/11. She gives its credit to her colleague at Oxford, India-born Islamic scholar Sheikh Akram Nadvi.

After receiving the news of murder of my father, I ran into him in the office at Oxford and told him what had happened. He stood up and started reciting a poem from the Pakistani philosopher poet Muhammad Iqbal, an elegy to his mother. ‘Who will wait for my letters now? Who will wait for me in the night to return now?’ It was the most comforting thing I heard in the months of mourning. The notion that grief and death are universal and part of life was tremendously comforting. Later I realized what was holy to me as a secular humanist: connecting to other people who are different from you. If I do believe in something that is holy, it is that. The idea of recognizing and accepting differences is also a Qur’anic value,” she wrote in her book.

Sheikh Nadvi has just published stories of 9000 female Islamic scholars. Those women lived during the time when women in the Judeo-Christian world were not even allowed to study or read the Biblical text.

Karla Power says that after studying Holy Qur’an for one year, she realized that the westerners are totally ignorant of Islam’s Divine message. She also debunks Daniel Pipes, John Hagee, and other Muslim haters’ stereotype claims of “72 virgins”, and that women are considered inferior (here).

I admire Holy Qur’an. I admire Islam, but it’s not a bridge I can cross, says Carla Power.



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