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The Holy Quran Experiment: What happens when people are quoted verses from a Holy Book

Two guys from the Netherlands disguised a Bible as a Quran and read some of its most gruesome verses to the people. What they had to say is eye-opening.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 8, 2015 11:30 am
Bible-quran_759_theheathensguide As part of a social experiment, Sacha Harland and Alexander Spoor disguised a Bible as a Quran and read some of its most gruesome verses to the people. (Source: Theheathensguide.com)

We currently live in turbulent times, when the people are quick to judge against each other, actions are carried out without thought and every day there are a number of news stories on bombings and shootings in the name of religion.

The most ‘convenient’ target for the world, the fight against terrorism, has been, and continues to be, Islam and its teachings. Statements from terrorist groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS) have made things worse. After the attack in Paris, two guys from the Netherlands — Sacha Harland and Alexander Spoor — decided to run an experiment. As an on-ground report, the duo went about quoting passages from a holy book, recording people’s reaction. The end is most fascinating.

This is what they had to say as an introduction to their experiment: “Islam has been under huge scrutiny lately and is often criticised for being an aggressive religion… but what about Christianity? In this video, we disguised a Bible as a Quran and read some of its most gruesome verses to the people. This is what they had to say.”

Watch the video here.


The duo quoted passages like, “If you reject my commands and abhor my laws, you will eat the flesh of your own sons, and the flesh of your own daughters”, “I will not allow for a woman to teach… you will have to cut off her hands”, among others.

The participants, unaware that the book being quoted is actually the Bible, react very strongly, with one saying, “How could one believe in this? That’s unbelievable to me.” Comparing the Bible and the Quran, one man said, “The Bible is a lot less harsh and a bit more peaceful.” When the truth was revealed, most stepped back in shock, unable to digest the news that the very ‘Western’ religion they belonged to actually propounded these teachings.

One man actually went ahead to acknowledge, “It’s all prejudice really. I try not to be prejudiced myself but apparently I already am.”

The video, ‘The Holy Quran Experiment’, has been viewed over 2.5 million times since it was uploaded on December 4, 2015.

This is not the first time they’ve done an experiment like this under the Youtube channel Dit Is Normaal. Every week the duo “travel to a city in the Netherlands and ask its citizens the most challenging, interesting, strange questions”.

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    Cherry
    Mar 5, 2017 at 9:37 am
    I love Al Quran ^^lt;br/gt;The non muslims must try to read Quran and the translate in their language. especially christian must read their bible seriously,all verses completely first, than read the Quran. Many convert to muslim after knowing the truth religion.
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      danial
      Dec 8, 2016 at 7:07 am
      im khayemal and master is iirfun
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        danial
        Dec 8, 2016 at 7:05 am
        yes i agree your mom was really good last night
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          Sirius
          Dec 8, 2015 at 5:40 am
          I think, we are missing the point here. Indeed all holy-books may have un-palatable sections, but are those sections being actively used to justify and perpetrate violence, regressive laws against women and other-religionists ? Recent history of mid-east, north & central-africa , South-Asia and their immigrants to western world provide some insight into impact of the regressive verses in holy books ....
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            Sirius
            Dec 9, 2015 at 6:07 pm
            Revelations of miracles of Quran via a human creation (You Tube) and not via Gods own creation ?!? I'm sorry, but I lost you here ... I believe that miracles are within all human beings. Abdul Sattar Edhi, Mother Teresa, Baba Amte are examples of 'miracle' performers ...
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