Islam & the Gecko: There are Enough Things Wrong with Religion That You Should Avoid Making Things Up

I realize today that everyone is an expert on Islam. Today I came across something on Twitter which utterly surprised me: Muslims are instructed to kill gecko lizards because one tried to intensify the fire in which the people of the Messenger Ibrahim (Abraham) (عليه السلام) tried to burn him!

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Abraham, Mesopotamian Patriarch

I am thoroughly enjoying Jared Diamond‘s The World Until Yesterday: What We Can Learn from Traditional Societies?, as I enjoyed Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse. On page 229, in the context of a discussion of why young people allow the elderly to exercise power in the form of control of property, Abraham ﷺ is described as a Hebrew patriarch.

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