The BBC World Service’s World Today programme asked a number of high-profile figures what they would ask if they could ask just one question – and who they would put it to. Karen Armstron has a question for the Prophet (as).
Karen Armstrong is a leading religious historian.
I’d like to ask the Prophet Muhammad what he thinks of the current situation.
I think I know what he would say, but I would like Western people to hear the Prophet’s abhorrence of these actions done in his name, abhorrence with the intolerance and hatred and violence that he dedicated his life to transcending.
I’d also like to hear him tell Muslims who believe that he would have endorsed these vile actions to look more seriously at the compassion of the Koran.
As for the West, he would say: ‘Look at the message of the Koran’ – which is all about treating all people equally, and that includes my Muslims in disadvantaged parts of the world who are struggling to make sense of lives in violent and hopeless situations.