I read the Holy Quran everyday: Tony Blair

Published: June 13, 2011

Former British Premier, Blair reads the quran everday to stay "faith literate". PHOTO: AFP

LONDON: In a startling revelation during an interview to The Observer magazine, the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair confessed to reading the Holy Quran, the holy scripture for the 1.5 billion global Muslim population, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Blair, who was famously reluctant to discuss his faith during his time in office, converted to Catholicism months after leaving 10 Downing Street in 2007, and set up the ‘Tony Blair Faith Foundation’, to promote respect and understanding between the major religions.

In the interview, he said “I read the Bible every day. I read the Quran every day, partly to understand some of the things happening in the world, but mainly just because it is immensely instructive.”

Reading Islam’s holy book ensured he remained ‘faith-literate’ said Blair, adding that he believes being faith-literate is crucial in today’s globalised world.

Blair believes that knowledge of Islam informs his current role as Middle East envoy for the Quartet of the United Nations, United States, European Union and Russia.

This isn’t the first time that the former British Premier had spoken so highly of the religion. In 2006 he said the Quran was a ‘reforming book, it is inclusive. It extols science and knowledge and abhors superstition. It is practical and way ahead of its time in attitudes to marriage, women and governance’.

He praised the Muslim faith as being ‘beautiful’ and that the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) as being ‘an enormously civilizing force’.

Last October, Blair’s sister-in-law Lauren Booth raised eyebrows after announcing that she had converted to Islam after what she described as a ‘holy experience’ during a visit to a shrine in Iran.

Reader Comments (109)

  • Faraz
    Jun 13, 2011 - 11:38PM

    Lol, yeah read the Quran and attack Iraq. good one.Recommend

  • Saad Durrani
    Jun 13, 2011 - 11:54PM

    I hate to be the bad guy but there is something called as “standardized spelling”. You have given two varieties of spelling. Recommend

  • Bangash
    Jun 13, 2011 - 11:55PM

    What about the rumor from some years ago that Prince Charles had secretly converted to Islam ?Recommend

  • Junaid Chughtai
    Jun 14, 2011 - 12:17AM

    Ok this does not make any difference. Quran is a divine book and those who believe in it do not give any significance to what Blair has to say about it.. Since when did he start being ‘authentic’ anyways. last time i heard there were still no Weapons of Mass Distruction found in Iraq.Recommend

  • sash
    Jun 14, 2011 - 12:18AM

    elections are coming n dere z a large muslim community in england!!
    good going lol :DRecommend

  • Fahim N
    Jun 14, 2011 - 1:22AM

    @sash: Mr. Blair is not seeking re-election.
    Duh!Recommend

  • Jun 14, 2011 - 1:37AM

    Silent message for all there!

    how many times we touch Quran in a “WEEK”?

    I feel very ashamed to say that I don’t remember the last time I read Quran!

    And this is the reason! We are lacking behind!Recommend

  • Gihan
    Jun 14, 2011 - 2:30AM

    @Ayesha: Dear Ayesha,
    These are no contradictions but when you read Quran, you must know the events when each part (or verse) was delivered or reported to prophet Muhamed because islam in general calls for peace and for not attacking innocent people unless they attack Muslims. These parts you talk about, which you said encourage killing, were reported to the prophet while these was ongoing wars between the muslims and the unbelievers who tortured and fought Muslims at the beginning of the Islamic invitation. Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Jun 14, 2011 - 2:56AM

    “Quran was a ‘reforming book, it is inclusive. It extols science and knowledge and abhors superstition. It is practical and way ahead of its time in attitudes to marriage, women and governance’.” and that the “Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) as being ‘an enormously civilizing force’.” —— Blair admits and praises the greatness of our Book and our Prophet, because he read and understood it. How about us we neither read and understand anything about religion (any religion!), shall I say due to lack of language skills. An illiterate people depend on second hand knowledge (interpretations of some so called Aalims representing their own thought process) and thus converting our sacred Book as a manual of hate mongering, xenophobia and source of SOP for inflicting death and destruction on others. Recommend

  • Waqar
    Jun 14, 2011 - 4:02AM

    ROFL – The Middle East ‘Peace’ Envoy!Recommend

  • Umar
    Jun 14, 2011 - 4:54AM

    People should be free to follow a religion their conscious guides them to follow. The problem is that such an act becomes a contest between religious enterprises if it involves a high profile person. What as a Muslims we should learn from this is how to respect beliefs of other people.Recommend

  • Dude..
    Jun 14, 2011 - 7:17AM

    This guy will be soon radicalize.. BewAre england..Recommend

  • Pragmatist
    Jun 14, 2011 - 7:21AM

    @Fahim N:
    His party sure does. Duh !Recommend

  • rk singh
    Jun 14, 2011 - 7:26AM

    Also tony blair is responsible for many muslims getting killed everyday in Iraq. We all know him as a lying cheat. I am sure he must be searching the book to clinch some justification for his actions. I heard a beautiful quote when i was young- meaning-less studies are a waste.Recommend

  • Inasu Chirayath
    Jun 14, 2011 - 9:38AM

    Hard to believe, he is a politician. Probably his name could be changed to Tony (B)liar!Recommend

  • S
    Jun 14, 2011 - 10:14AM

    Does he perform ablution before touching the Holy Book, I wonder?Recommend

  • Noor
    Jun 14, 2011 - 10:18AM

    The proof that he’s not getting the essence of Quranic message:

    “He’s not yet reverted to Islam”.Recommend

  • Mudassar Salim
    Jun 14, 2011 - 10:18AM

    @Faraz:
    Do you think Iraq was a true muslim state? why we always make heroes out of pygmies like Saddam???? Lets appreciate what the west has done for mankind including developing this technology through which we are communicating in such a swift manner.Recommend

  • Salman Hasan
    Jun 14, 2011 - 10:33AM

    @ Faraz: Yeah. just like Talibans & Mullahs who preach Islam & kill innocent MuslimsRecommend

  • Hassan Cheema
    Jun 14, 2011 - 11:18AM

    great comments and healthy discussions…keep it up people!!
    I hope he understands Islam and remains in a position to help Muslims…Recommend

  • ABDUL WAHID BUTT
    Jun 14, 2011 - 12:09PM

    no more just one thing islam is bestRecommend

  • Absar
    Jun 14, 2011 - 12:20PM

    Yeah!!! he read Quran and said wow its a revelation of truth. And satisfied himself by saying, ‘We are secular not fundamentalist like Taliban and Mullahs’.This makes him no different form them Recommend

  • Raza Wasti
    Jun 14, 2011 - 12:38PM

    I don’t believe it…………………………………………………………….Recommend

  • Chilli
    Jun 14, 2011 - 1:08PM

    When Allah seal your ears and eyes…you cannot see the truth. This stage is reached when you deny open indications and truth.Recommend

  • Kashmir lover
    Jun 14, 2011 - 1:19PM

    Qur’an padho chahe Bible, your Iraq policy was horrible!Recommend

  • let there be peace
    Jun 14, 2011 - 1:19PM

    @Gihan:
    are you trying to say holy quran is just instruction book for holy prophet for specific time and events? I thought it was “final” message from god to all humanity for all future times? I also heard its message is “clear” because teaching of earlier prophets and their holy books had been corrupted and”misinterpreted” by followers of other religions?Recommend

  • Hmmm
    Jun 14, 2011 - 1:33PM

    May he gets shown the right door!! AmenRecommend

  • Jun 14, 2011 - 1:34PM

    Keep your fingers crossed. If a non-Muslim willingly reads Quran to seek guidance, Allah will certainly help him inshallah to embrace Islam as this is the only religion which guiges rightous way for the mankind and humanity.

    I pray to Almighty Allah that Blair and all such non-Muslims who are searching for facts of the life and divine, must seek guidance and refuge in the holy book of Quran and one day embrace Islam which they will find source of their pardon at the time of Judgement day inshallah.

    This is also an invitation to other non-Muslims who are readers of ET to ponder and find source of relief / guidance if they need a religion which is the fastest spreading religion in the world based on facts and guidance therein.

    Regards

    Dr. Saleem Siddiqi

    Johannesburg – South Africa.Recommend

  • Amer
    Jun 14, 2011 - 1:56PM

    Blair reading the quran is no big deal, it’s his personal issue. The killings of hundreds of thousands of civilians in Iraq and no WMDs are what history will always remmember Mr. Blair for.
    rk singh above summed it up very well, meaning-less studies are a waste.Recommend

  • Moderate
    Jun 14, 2011 - 3:36PM

    Surprise surprise!Recommend

  • Hamid Javaid
    Jun 14, 2011 - 4:02PM

    By announcing this Tony is trying to get the sympathies of Muslim word. I understand we have very short memory and you would be able to get sympathetic audience which is in abundance in Muslim world holy cows.Recommend

  • muhammed khan
    Jun 14, 2011 - 5:07PM

    it is sad that some muslims wrote against taliban and called them fundamentalists,it is because they have been miss guided by the propaganda against taliban.Taliban were able to bring peace in afghanistan after many decades of bloodshed.The percentage of Herione was almost zero when they were ruling.Everywhere in Afghanistan,there was justice provided to everyone under the Islamic principles.Only those were punished according to Islamic laws who were found guilty.Can anyone mention just one injustice they did???Recommend

  • Amirr
    Jun 14, 2011 - 5:31PM

    Lucky you.
    UK will have a first shrine after your death.Recommend

  • sashayub
    Jun 14, 2011 - 5:50PM

    …..i doubt whether he understands it?Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jun 14, 2011 - 6:34PM

    He’s in training to become a Pakistani Mullah – he already has training in sending others into conflict – now he just needs a religious cover.Recommend

  • Simo
    Jun 14, 2011 - 8:33PM

    Salamu alaikum,

    You want one crime the Taliban’s committed sure; I ‘ll give you two:

    1-They treated women like cattle
    2-They destroyed the Budha statue showing disrespect to the Budhists.

    In short, they don’t understand Maqasid sharia simply because they are literalists: Dahiria/Salafia. Being a Muslim Fondamentalist is an honour and the Taliban are far from it!Recommend

  • Muhammad Iqbal
    Jun 14, 2011 - 8:45PM

    Allah revealed Qur’an for humanity… To ponder on its truth. I’m amazed at the rate of conversion in the West. While the muslims ourselves we are getting far from Islam. Why are people surprised that he is studying Qur’an? Just because we have stopped following Islam doesn’t mean others can’t learn and (possibly) accept Islam. I pray may Allah help him to see the truth…
    And regardless of his motive, we should not be too sentimental. Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 14, 2011 - 9:37PM

    I’m Muslim & I read Quran everyday :)Recommend

  • Denis MacEoin
    Jun 14, 2011 - 10:22PM

    For most non-Muslims, the Qur’an is a difficult, unedifying book. In translation, it just doesn’t read well, since it’s broken up, contradictory, dull in the legal sections, and without any sense of narrative. It’s also replete with mistakes about Jewish and Christian history and beliefs. In Arabic it works better, since it has good rhythm and rhyme, which serve to distract from its other faults. The early parts are mildly inspiring, though rambling. Later passages contain all sorts of unpleasant material, about hating Jews and Christians, fighting jihad against non-Muslims, taking prisoners of war and making them slaves, treating women as ‘one degree below men’, and so on. In modern times, it’s not a very likeable book, and I wonder if Tony doesn’t really know that but, like other politically correct people, is cautious or afraid of saying anything that may offend Muslims. But since Muslims thrust the Qur’an on us as the perfect book for all times, we don’t have any choice but to respond and say what we think of it.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Jun 14, 2011 - 11:11PM

    Hello Muhammad Tony Blair. Very soon you will be invited in different mosques all over Europe Union to deliver your sermon on Islam. If you feel any difficulty kindly contact our Jehadi seminaries for more enlightenment. Recommend

  • Jun 14, 2011 - 11:40PM

    I say to Mr Blair
    After your killing and Mr Bosh for hundred of thouthands of innocents in Iraq and
    Afganestan, there is only one way to save yourself from the hell this way is to be
    muslem and to weep for the rest of your life. THE GOD may forgive you .Recommend

  • Malik aftab
    Jun 14, 2011 - 11:41PM

    they are reading the holy quran and ruling us..
    shame on us all
    in the whole world the price of muslim blood
    is like a price of water
    jusst thinkkkkkkkkkkkkRecommend

  • indian guy
    Jun 14, 2011 - 11:53PM

    @ Dr. Saleem Siddiqi

    i have a bridge here in bangalore, which you might be intrested in buying.Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jun 14, 2011 - 11:54PM

    Dear Mr. Tony Blair:

    Just reading and understanding the Quran are two different things.

    Please let us know what you have learn by understanding the Quran? Recommend

  • Abu Daoud
    Jun 15, 2011 - 12:16AM

    @Dr Saleem Sidiqi. Do you realise that ‘keep your fingers crossed’ is a saying of superstition? Living in the west will do this to you! As far as Tony Blair goes I don’t believe a word that comes out of that man’s mouth. he has always come out with strange little revealing things about himself and I don’t know what motivates him in this. Can he change??? Allah in His wisdom knows best.Recommend

  • Tilsim
    Jun 15, 2011 - 12:19AM

    A case of spin spin spin? Since when was Tony upfront about his real intentions behind any act, let alone reading the Quran? I hope he means what he says but I also sympathise with the people who don’t believe that he is sincere.Recommend

  • Jun 15, 2011 - 1:25AM

    just reading quran would not help he has to understand the Quran Teaching and its ways that Muslim practice so he could bring more recept in betweed the majior religonsRecommend

  • Faction
    Jun 15, 2011 - 3:50AM

    Taliban follow a corrupted, man-made version of Islam borrowed from the Jews that contradicts the Quran. Who has the courage to tell them?Recommend

  • Jun 15, 2011 - 6:24AM

    Relax its not that he converted!Recommend

  • cidpusa.org
    Jun 15, 2011 - 7:02AM

    The world is reading and Quran and following the Islamic principals.
    In Pakistan they read corruption, stealing, dishonesty, staging bomb blasts, hording money
    these values are against the principals of Islam. Recommend

  • amine
    Jun 15, 2011 - 8:59AM

    and the Observer believed him ?

    these days, so called credible, media print anythingRecommend

  • cidpusa
    Jun 15, 2011 - 9:56AM

    His sister is a Muslim so he may be one tooRecommend

  • Farahi
    Jun 15, 2011 - 10:32AM

    I have only when question. When did he learn to read Arabic?Recommend

  • maher
    Jun 15, 2011 - 10:47AM

    may Allah bless us…
    may Allah help us…
    may Allah show us the right way and the right people..
    may Allah open the heart of non muslims..to see that Islam is not what they think!Recommend

  • fouzia
    Jun 15, 2011 - 11:53AM

    we the Muslims are getting far from our religion. which is the reason of our down fall. non Muslims getting advantages from our holy books but we don’t.to read to understand and act upon H.Quran is the only way to our success. Recommend

  • Jun 15, 2011 - 5:39PM

    Really happy with this laters news>Recommend

  • Asif Butt
    Jun 15, 2011 - 6:28PM

    Who knows , maybe ELVIS PRESLY used to read the Quran too…Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Jun 15, 2011 - 6:50PM

    @Dr. Saleem Siddiqi:
    Mr. Blair is reading Quran to exactly know if the problem is with the religion or the interpretation of it by fanatics. One has to read the book to arrive at a conclusion of some sort. Many people read “The Bhagwat Geeta” (I being one of them), but then I am not a Hindu. Reading a book on physics does not necessarily make you a physicist.Recommend

  • Yass
    Jun 15, 2011 - 6:59PM

    @Gihan:
    in other words, the Qur’an isn’t timeless?
    Got it ;)Recommend

  • Yass
    Jun 15, 2011 - 7:04PM

    @Simo:
    But Muhammad destroyed all the shrines in Makkah, disrespecting the Polytheists, Hindus and even Christians, aren’t the Taliban simply following his example?Recommend

  • Sayid muslim
    Jun 15, 2011 - 7:35PM

    i know Islamic religion is the best religions in the wold
    i wish one day Blair inter Islamic religion Recommend

  • raheel
    Jun 15, 2011 - 7:47PM

    @Faraz:
    and read Quran and kill fellow muslims ? Cynicism wont take us any where ….Recommend

  • raheel
    Jun 15, 2011 - 7:49PM

    @Noor:
    i am sure reveltion is quit missed if not by all 1.5 billion but good chuck of it…. for quite some time now….Recommend

  • Sayid muslim
    Jun 15, 2011 - 7:55PM

    we the Muslims are getting far from our religion. which is the reason of our down fall. non Muslims getting advantages from our holy books but we don’t.to read to understand and act upon H.Quran is the only way to our successRecommend

  • sajid
    Jun 15, 2011 - 8:58PM

    In the name of ALLAH,THE MOST MERCIFUL, THE MOST BENEFICIENT. QURAN SAYS IN THE OPENING VERSES OF AL-BAQRA,ALF LAAM MEEM,THIS IS THE BOOK FREE OF ALL MISTAKES,IT GUIDETH ONLY THOSE WHO ARE GOD FEARING(BELIEVERS).Tony Blair won,t get any guidance or inspiration whether he recites The HOLY BOOK twenty times a day.Mr Blair sir seek assistance from ISLAMIC CENTRES established in U K,for real benefit from QURAN.Recommend

  • Colleen
    Jun 15, 2011 - 9:17PM

    I also read the Quran everyday, I’m not Muslim by the way. During the last decade Islam has been in the spotlight more and more and as someone who loves to learn ANYTHING I decided to take it upon myself to try and learn what it’s all about. I will have to say that actually understanding it is a different subject all together, but since I don’t read Arabic I have to deal with the English version.

    I am not going to convert and that is simply due to the fact that I dislike ANY organized religion, including the crazy Christians over here. It would be nice if I could find someone close to my age here in the States to sit down with and have a conversation with since it is so hard to understand.

    I can only hope that the more people who try and understand things the better this world will be.Recommend

  • Jun 15, 2011 - 9:25PM

    @Abu Daoud:
    Thanks for spotting my mistake. I appologise.

    @indian guy:
    Which is the bridge because I am interested only one bridge “HOWRA BRIDGE”.

    @Farahi:
    necessary Arabic as this is now available in almost all the language.. translation.

    @Faction:
    Five fingers are not equal. They are mis-guided such as maos and nexalities in India.

    @Asif Butt:
    For your information ELVIS PRESLY is dead and is no more in this world. However famous singer CAT STEVENS did converted to Islam and his Islamic name is Yousuf Islam who now Alhamdollilah preaches Islam very effectively.

    @Tony Singh:
    How do you know what is Blair’s intentions are. Your interpretation and his could be entirely different so don’t make wrong assumptions.

    Regards

    Dr. Saleem Siddiqi

    Johannesburg – South Africa.Recommend

  • goggi
    Jun 15, 2011 - 9:42PM

    Mister Tony instead of such a public boast, better watch YOURSELF in the mirror everyday, perhaps one day your blind eyes see a horrible devil standing in front of you. You are a product of a culture which has a long history of exploitation, suppression, divide and rule …. …now you want to play the role of King Ashoka junior ???Recommend

  • goggi
    Jun 15, 2011 - 10:40PM

    @Tony Singh:
    To be constructive, all holy scriptures of humans either Holy Gita, Holy Guru Granth Sahib, Holy Quran, Holy Bible, Holy Tripitaka, holy Zend Avesta……have one similarity. And this similarity is, that they all are written in words and the sense of a word is not in the word itself, rather outside the word. Allah, Guru, Ishwar, God, I am etc. are just words whereas exploring them outside the words is the actual goal of life. The majority of humans are just worshipping the word Allah, God Guru and have reduced it to a idol. The vast majority of humans have no personal experience from our Holy Creator. We are like (wo)men with eyes blindfolded, day and night fighting with each other about what is light! Shall we have so many religions when we put off our blindfolds and all stand in the light and make a personal experience outside the word? Tony is just entangled in the words like a dictionary.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 16, 2011 - 12:33AM

    Tony Hussein Blair?Recommend

  • Jun 16, 2011 - 3:01AM

    well mr blair its not you who is reading the Quran it is the allmighty ALLAH who is making you to read and think and deceide about yourself.Recommend

  • Asif Butt
    Jun 16, 2011 - 4:55AM

    @Dr. Saleem Siddiqi:

    “For your information ELVIS PRESLY is dead and is no more in this world. However famous singer CAT STEVENS did converted to Islam and his Islamic name is Yousuf Islam who now Alhamdollilah preaches Islam very effectively.”

    Dr. Saleem , with all due respect , every tom dick and harry knows that Elvis Presly is dead! But thanks for acting class monitor anyways !!

    And I dont know why you are giving example of Singer who converted to Islam because I never mentioned any such example. Only you yourself know how your brain decided to include this name ( when you were trying to be class monitor , ofcourse )

    And regarding what I wrote , it was very clear and simple ( contrary to your “FINGERS CROSSED” NON-ISLAMIC BELIEF ). It was analogously sarcastic …..Recommend

  • Asif Butt
    Jun 16, 2011 - 5:02AM

    @Yass:

    Muhammad (peace be upon Him) was the Prophet of that time . And whatever a Prophet does was/is supposed to be inline with the will of GOD (ALLAH in this case).

    And you are simply in contempt of Prophet-hood(be it any religion).

    People like you probably have no religion and they totally depend on Science for their pleasures , until they die with ending miserable feelings of uncertainty of course (pity you )….Recommend

  • Nadia Pakwatan
    Jun 16, 2011 - 9:09AM

    Some time back, I said and requested to all my Pakistani brothers and sisters and to other Muslims and non Muslims to make it a regular practise in your lifestyles to study Holy Quran daily with their family.

    I suggested if a easy method; that sit together with your family members as if were going to watch TV, and instead of watching TV, should read Holy Quran to each other and discuses matters and issues raised in Holy Quran.

    I also suggested that this kind of practise will help Pakistanis and Muslims to understand Holy Quran in depth and also would know what is it that ALLAH actually wants from us as human and as Muslims.

    I never got reply from any one on this suggestion of mine, however, what I said some time back, now has been picked up by none other than a person that is well known around the world; TB/Tony Blair.

    I would again suggest to all; to learn Holy Quran and have discussions and debates among your family members and with your friends and relatives if possible. By reading Holy Quran in gathering among family members; it will give you great understandings to know the matters and will help to elevate poor knowledge on important issues relating to all of our lives.

    So please honour me by accepting my request of reading Holy Quran daily with your family members, friends, relatives and anyone else that could benefit from this practise of reading and then holding talks and gaining knowledge that no one else can give you except ALLAH and HIS Holy Quran The World Order!Recommend

  • Tariq Shah
    Jun 16, 2011 - 11:05AM

    @S:
    you are the perfect example of what is wrong with muslims nowadays, you are more interested in following rituals rather than learning something of substance, who cares if he followed abulution or not, so long as he understands it, you can do all the rituals you want and end up liek Al Qaeda and Taliban who dont know wnything about Islam, only what their perverted minds tell them.Recommend

  • Tariq Shah
    Jun 16, 2011 - 11:06AM

    The Holy Quran does not belong to one group or religion, it is a Message from GOD for all mankind.

    DO NOT DISRESPECT THE MAN OR WOMAN WHO READS IT.Recommend

  • x
    Jun 16, 2011 - 11:15AM

    @Yass:
    @Denis MacEoin:

    have u ever read,recite holy quran???guess not..learn it with open heart even it take your whole life searching for God..Allah the Almighty have 99 name.find it*.Holy Quran reavealed about sience,fizik,long before so called pioneer discover it.if u have not understand what is happening in the world today,then try to understand the simplest thing..

    al-Ikhlâs – The Purity-

    In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

    ‘Say: He is Allah, the One and Only!
    Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
    He begetteth not nor is He begotten.
    And there is none like unto Him’.

    Abu Said has narrated that he heard the Prophet saying:

    “Isn’t every one of you able to recite one third of the Quran during a night?” They thought it was very difficult, so they asked: “Who is able to do that, O Apostle of God?” He responded: “He is God, the One and Only is one third of the Qur’an.”(referring to sura’Al-Ikhlas)This is how Al-Bukhari recorded this hadith in his book of tawhid. Muslim and an-Nisai also recorded it.May u be bless..Recommend

  • Jun 16, 2011 - 12:50PM

    As a Muslim we should act upon the the Quran which is key to success. just reciting is not enough to act upon and explore it. other nations act upon explore and succeeded. we forget our religion and rule of life . very shameful for us. non Mullins read Quran and succeeded. and we ignored. it alarming for us.Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Jun 16, 2011 - 2:26PM

    the Quran belongs to not only the Muslims but to all of mankind…if he is reading the book, appreciate him…

    faith or no faith, most of us Muslims dont read the book everyday ourselves….and fewer still have ever made the effort to read it in a language we understand !!Recommend

  • Maher
    Jun 16, 2011 - 2:47PM

    Guess what, after reading the articles, Al-Qaeeda and Taliban are in close contact to appoint Blair as their head for Western territory :) Recommend

  • Spotinious
    Jun 16, 2011 - 4:27PM

    @ Hello Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Hello Brother, I am not guessing it out either you are muslim or whatever, but you did not need to attach Muhammad name with un-islamic name. You should know Muhamad is the name which should use with the Pakeeza names. He starts reading Quran but it does’nt mean he becomes Muslim.Recommend

  • Khurram Shahzad
    Jun 16, 2011 - 6:52PM

    @Mudassar Salim
    And we should also “appreciate” west because they bombed Afghanistan and attacking innocent Muslim families, who have no ties with Al-Qaida, daily by drones. We should also “praise” them because they are encouraging Israel for killing of Palestinian innocent (even 6 months) children and women.
    We should also “appreciate” them when they gun down our families and brother/sisters in Pakistan & other Muslim countries…..Recommend

  • FinancialWiz
    Jun 16, 2011 - 10:17PM

    Most Muslims don’t read Quran or follow its real and true meaning, for e.g. Jihad.
    Education and Propagation of peace edicts are of paramount importance today in order to contain the fundamentalist thoughts which seems to be spreading like fire.
    For e.g. , I have heard of Muslim fellows justifying three marriages, because they thought that there are 3 females for every male in terms of world population. Also, have heard of the belief that Quran fell down from the sky and so is considered a direct gift from God to men.
    Common guys lets be practical and read it in order to follow the true meaning, rather than cook all these fantasies.Recommend

  • cary parson
    Jun 17, 2011 - 1:55AM

    Tony Blair is the worst, most damaging Prime Minsiter Britain has ever had. He is clearly a deluded egotistical maniac and an embarassment to the UK. He probably only reads the Koran to see if he gets a mentionRecommend

  • Usamah
    Jun 17, 2011 - 3:36AM

    Even a non-muslim can read quran everyday. What ’bout us, muslim?Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Jun 17, 2011 - 2:09PM

    @Spotinious: Consider it as an honor for Mr. Tony Blair. All names must carry respect irrespective of whether one is Hindu, Muslim, Christian or what ever one believes in to follow his life on this planet earth. Don’t take things other way around.Recommend

  • Jun 18, 2011 - 4:43PM

    reading Holy Quran will not benefit Tony Blair because he addicted lyingRecommend

  • Jun 18, 2011 - 5:36PM

    @monir:
    If the meaning of Quran went deep down in the heart of any addicted man, there is all the liklihood that he may repent on his acts and deeds and you never know he can be a pious and very good muslim.

    We must all hope for the best for him and all such aspiring people who want to know about the religion Islam.

    Regards

    Dr. Saleem Siddiqi
    Johannesburg – South AfricaRecommend

  • Syed Yusuf Hasnain
    Jun 19, 2011 - 12:24AM

    Politicions can not be trusted.Anyways, nothing new, gaining knoledge is everybody’s right.
    Quran is the only authentic and most trusted document in the world.
    take Recommend

  • Farial
    Jun 19, 2011 - 5:44PM

    Great! Yeah read and understand the others….may God make you able to do something good for this world…. :) Recommend

  • Innocent
    Jun 22, 2011 - 12:48PM

    @Faraz:
    I hope he will not become a terrorist because this same so called divine book is used to train Jehadis to kill innocent people. lolRecommend

  • rk singh
    Jun 22, 2011 - 4:21PM

    @ Syed Yusuf Hasnain

    Great comment. So Quran is the only authentic document in the world. Hindu scriptures according to you are fake. Right? You guys are really tolerant. Good for the future of the world.Recommend

  • Reas Ekberg
    Jun 22, 2011 - 11:42PM

    @Junaid Chughtai: Mr. Blair says that he reads Quran every day. This reading is not same as readings of Muslims. They are under the wrong impression that every letter of Quran carries reward. They do not take it as message which is to be followed. Quran says:

    وَاتَّبِعُوا أَحْسَنَ مَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكُم مِّن رَّبِّكُم مِّن قَبْلِ أَن يَأْتِيَكُمُ الْعَذَابُ بَغْتَةً وَأَنتُمْ لَا تَشْعُرُونَ

    Follow the best of what has been revealed to you from your Lord before the chastisement suddenly comes upon you without you even being aware of it.” (39:55)

    See the book is to be followed. How can they follow without understanding? It calls for reading everyday.Recommend

  • SHOAIB SAQI
    Jul 2, 2011 - 2:26PM

    AS NOTIFIED AT THE BEGINIG OF THE HOLY QURAN “NOTHING IS WRONG AT THIS BOOK” WHOS READ THIS BOOK WITH QUITE ACCURACY HE WILL KNOW WHATEVER IS IN THIS BOOK THOSE ARE ABSOLUTLY TRUE, AND AS WORLD POPULATION KNOWS TONY BLEAR, HE IS AN DIPLOMATIC WITH HIGHT INTELLIGENCE AFTER COMPLETION OF HOLY QURAN HE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT ARE SUICIDE BOMBER, KIDNAPING, DESPOIL AND SPOLIATE….ARE ALLOWED IN THIS BOOK ARE NOT HE WILL SOONLY RECOGNIZED THE REALITY OF ACTUAL MUSLIMS Recommend

  • Think
    Jul 4, 2011 - 12:14AM

    @Faraz:
    I dont mean that it has any correlation, Mr. Blair says that he read Holy Bible (not Quran) before attacking Iraq. Find out from Google.Recommend

  • Jul 4, 2011 - 6:41PM

    if Mr Blair can recover from his fanaticism,he may understand something in the Holy KoranRecommend

  • Fahad Hussain
    Jul 13, 2011 - 12:16AM

    I am perplexed as to why the writer’s chosen an adjective like “startling” to describe this revelation…

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  • Shakir azeem
    Jul 13, 2011 - 12:18PM

    Only to read the Holy Quran is not to understand the real sperit of islam.The main thing is the purpose of reading it.If someone reades the Holy Quran or any other religious book to find what is the force behind that activities of any particular relegion followers which are going against him or his faith or country,and uses it for his/her personal or group aims. Then it will not benifit him.Recommend

  • Shakir azeem
    Jul 13, 2011 - 12:20PM

    Only to read the Holy Quran is not to understand the real sperit of islam.The main thing is the purpose of reading it.If someone reades the Holy Quran or any other religious book to find what is the force behind that activities of any particular relegion followers which are going against him or his faith or country,and uses it for his/her personal or group aims. Then it will not benifit him.

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  • Shakir azeem
    Jul 13, 2011 - 12:23PM

    The main thing is the purpose of reading.

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  • Think
    Jul 14, 2011 - 2:03AM

    @Denis MacEoin:
    I am also a recent Muslim from RC. I understood Islam from Quran. One needs reading the book regularly because it requires following. I find it very simple.

    Yvon Ridley and Ms.Booth had no difficulty. It may be difficult for Muslims ut not for non Muslims.

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  • Hashim Abro
    Jul 14, 2011 - 2:36PM

    Indeed, Earthly and Sky Religions and their holy books teach one thing. It is: To Love and To be loved, To respect and be respected.”

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  • malik
    Jul 14, 2011 - 5:38PM

    to faction taliban is the word the west uses for the terrorists remember that they propagates them to be actually they have disguise themselves as taliban

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  • rhmn swati
    Jul 14, 2011 - 9:39PM

    its great one. i wll meet the great t.blaire.most realistic one.

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  • Idris
    Jul 16, 2011 - 7:37PM

    Whether Tony Blair or any other non-Muslim read the Holy Qur’an it is a positive and good news, this because by reading the Qur’an they may understand what are Allah’s commands and how Muslims should live their life, and how the Qur’an honours the previous Holy books, Prophets and Messengers and how Jesus and his Mother (peace and Blessing of Allah be with them all) are honoured in the Qur’an and in the hearts of Muslims. We Muslims should encourage non-Muslims to read the Qur’an and let them chose if they wish to believe or not.
    Salam.

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  • MUNIB
    Jul 17, 2011 - 6:02PM

    80% of goraz/west is already following 80% of ISLAM and QURAN so i am not surprised. Simple make a check list of 100 orders from Quran and you will see them meeting 80. While the Muslims themselves ? Its big deal if they meet 8% even – lol

    Someone tried to make fun by mentioned Iraq war. Well, yes there was not enough proof of WMD in Iraq but not only iraq was very much planning for it but its track record of HUMAN RIGHTs was self explanatory. CIA was just acting like a selfish lion not removing him earlier. But then again which world secret agency is doing a fair work. Much of the bloodshed mentioned in ARAB and muslim propaganda DOES NOT mention that this killing is due to TERRORISTs killing ordinary iraqiz in attacks and NOT USA forces. Yes USA hasnt its hands completely clean but then thats what you call COLLATERAL damage.

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  • Jul 17, 2011 - 10:58PM

    Insha Allahu,

    before Tony dies, he will become a Muslim faithful. And Allah the almighty, the most merciful and all forgiver will forgive all his shortcomings. All power and might belongs to ALLAH…

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  •  Imran Khan
    Jul 25, 2011 - 1:52AM

    This is the Power of Allah to change the minds of the British leadership SubhanAllah
    All thanks id for Allah

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  • Aug 12, 2011 - 10:29AM

    How many times we read Quran in a “WEEK”?

    We Should think about it. If non Muslims read Quran sometimes or Daily. We hope for better. A time will come when they will reveal truth about Islam and Quran. Quran wants only peace in the whole world. It’s only possible through reading the Quran. And this is Hoping the best for a peaceful and civilized world!

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