January 28, 2005
Stands for Check The Source, the way RTFM is the acronym for Read The Manual. I just got an email with this citation:
"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.'"
If any Qu'ranic verse had been even remotely close to that we wouldn't be hearing the end of it. There's no such verse at 9:11, 11:9, or anywhere else, and it's doubtful that the Meccan air was thick with eagles. At least there aren't any in the text, according to a keyword search at one of the online versions.
The lesson is clear. Khalil Gibran never died. He went into international politics, serving the Secret Masters.
Posted by james_h at January 28, 2005 02:14 PM