Saudi Arabia’s holy Quran has become the top target of criticism in the kingdom.
Many Saudi clerics have accused it of encouraging violence, and Saudi authorities have banned all media outlets from covering it.
But while there is widespread condemnation of the Quran, the most contentious passages in the book, which is considered the “living book of Islam,” have remained in Saudi schools.
The holy text is considered “a living testament” that “Allah” commands “the Muslims to strive and to achieve righteousness and peace.”
The passages include verses that condemn homosexuality and divorce.
Some Muslims say the verses have no legal validity.
Some of the most outspoken clerics in Saudi’s religious establishment have been known to condemn the text as being “incompatible with Islam.”
But others argue the texts teachings on homosexuality are correct.
In response, many clerics have issued fatwas that are widely interpreted as saying that homosexuality is a sin.
Some clerics even have fatwas banning the media from covering the Quran.
And some Saudi clerics even claim that the Quran is a “wretched book of filth” that encourages violence.
The United Nations estimates there are between 10 million and 20 million copies of the Holy Quran in circulation in the Middle East and North Africa.