Email chain letter claims that a verse in the Koran predicts the US invasion of Iraq
3. Noah built the ark in Iraq.
4. The Tower of Babel was in Iraq
5. Abraham was from Ur, which is in Southern Iraq!
6. Isaac’s wife Rebekah is from Nahor, which is in Iraq!
7. Jacob met Rachel in Iraq.
8. Jonah preached in Nineveh – which is in Iraq.
9. Assyria, which is in Iraq, conquered the ten tribes of Israel.
10. Amos cried out in Iraq!
11. Babylon, which is in Iraq, destroyed Jerusalem.
12. Daniel was! in the lion’s den in Iraq!
13. The three Hebrew children were in the fire in Iraq (Jesus had been in Iraq also as the fourth person in the Fiery furnace!)
14. Belshazzar, the King of Babylon saw the “writing on the wall” in Iraq.
15. Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, carried the Jews captive into Iraq.
16. Ezekiel preached in Iraq
. 17. The wise men were from Iraq
18. Peter preached in Iraq.
19. The “Empire of Man” described in Revelation is called Babylon, which was a city in Iraq!
And you have probably seen this one. Israel is the nation most often mentioned in the Bible. But do you know which nation is second? It is Iraq! However, that is not the name that is used in the Bible The names used in the Bible are Babylon, Land of Shinar, and Mesopotamia . The word Mesopotamia means between the two rivers, more exactly between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers The name Iraq, means country with deep roots.
Indeed Iraq is a country with deep roots and is a very significant country in the Bible.
No other nation, except Israel, has more history and prophecy associated it than Iraq.
And also, This is something to think about! Since America is typically represented by an eagle. Saddam should have read up on his Muslim passages…
The following verse is from the Koran, (the Islamic Bible)
Koran (9:11 ) – 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.
(Note the verse number!) Hmmmmmmm?!
I BETTER NOT HEAR OF ANYONE BREAKING THIS ONE OR SEE DELETED This is a ribbon for soldiers fighting in Iraq. Pass it on to everyone and pray. Something good will happen to you tonight at 11:11 PM. This is not a joke..someone will either call you or will talk to you online and say that they love you. Do not break this chain. Send this to 13 people in the next 15 minutes. Go.
This email forward lists a collection of supposed facts about connections between ancient times and modern-day Iraq. The climax of the piece is the claim that a verse in the Islamic holy book the Koran (Quran) predicts the US invasion of Iraq.
The message relies heavily on the final Koran reference for its impact and “wow” factor. According to the message, Chapter 9 Verse 11 (9.11) of the Koran relates how “a son of Arabia” will invoke the “wrath of the Eagle”. The son of Arabia is interpreted as referring to deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. The eagle references are interpreted as symbolizing the United States and its invasion of Iraq. And of course, the verse number (9.11) is supposedly an eerie connection to the attacks on the World Trade Center. However, a little research soon exposes the claim as totally false.
There is no verse in the Koran that refers to the “wrath of the eagle” or any other elements contained in the “verse” quoted in the message. Chapter 9 Verse 11 of the Koran is concerned with repentance and charity. Abdullah Yusuf Ali’s translation Of The Holy Qur’an, records Verse 11 as:
But (even so), if they repent, establish regular prayers, and practise regular charity,- they are your brethren in Faith: (thus) do We explain the Signs in detail, for those who understand.
Other translations may differ slightly in wording but carry essentially the same message.
Thus the pivotal claim of this ridiculous message turns out to be nothing more than an outrageous lie. With this lie exposed, the previous claims in the message seem rather lame.
Moreover, many of the other points listed are not facts but rather conjecture or just one possible interpretation among many. For example, the Garden of Eden may have been in the region that is now Iraq, but that is only one of the locations that have been suggested and the subject is hotly debated by theologians and Biblical scholars. And there are several regions of the world that can make a valid claim to being “the cradle of civilization”, not just Mesopotamia.
There is no Biblical record of exactly where Noah built the Ark. And the claim that Iraq is the second most mentioned nation in the Bible is not true. That honour goes to Egypt. For those seeking more in depth information about the claims listed in the message, Nathan Barton has published a point by point rebuttal as has Dennis Bratcher.
In any case, it is virtually meaningless to draw parallels between the modern nation of Iraq and ancient civilizations that were located in the same region. Why should events that occurred thousands of years ago in Mesopotamia have any direct relevance to a nation founded in the 20th century? Certainly, the long and rich history of the region has strong cultural influences on modern inhabitants. However, if an ancient text spoke of Mesopotamia or Babylon it meant just that. It was not referring in some obscure prophetical manner to an unknowable future time in which a new nation called Iraq occupied a portion of the same real estate. Making such connections is pointless.
The message finishes off with the absurd claim that it is a “ribbon for soldiers fighting in Iraq” and that something good will happen to the recipient at 11:11 PM if he or she forwards the message to “13 people in the next 15 minutes”. In reality of course, forwarding a load of rubbish like this will not help a single soldier in the slightest. Forwarding it will however, spread misinformation, waste bandwidth and irritate the many recipients who will recognize the message as pure nonsense as soon as they see it.