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Qur'an 9:11 - The Wrath of the Eagle - Urban Legends

Qur'an Verse 9:11 - 'The Wrath of the Eagle'

Netlore Archive: Does verse 9:11 of the Qur'an (Koran) predict that the 'wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah,' a coded reference to America's response to 9/11?

Description: Email hoax
Circulating since: Feb. 2003
Status: False (see details below)

Email example contributed by J. Long, Aug. 3, 2003:


Bin Laden and Saddam should have read up on The Muslim passages...

The following verse is from the Quran, (the Islamic Bible)

Quran ( 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.

(Note the verse number!!!!!)

Analysis: Truth be told, the word "eagle" doesn't appear anywhere in the Muslim holy book, the Qur'an. Neither, it goes without saying, does this bogus verse combining American symbolism (the bald eagle is the official national emblem of the U.S.A.) with recent history and Islamic prophecy.

Verse 9:11 of the Qur'an is about repentance and reads as follows in three different English translations:

  • But (even so), if they repent, establish regular prayers, and practise regular charity, they are your brethren in Faith: (thus) do We explain the Signs in detail, for those who understand.
  • But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then are they your brethren in religion. We detail Our revelations for a people who have knowledge.
  • But if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, they are your brethren in faith; and We make the communications clear for a people who know.

The earliest instance I could find of the fake passage, evidently intended in its original context as a joke, is in a Usenet posting dated February 14, 2003.

Index of September 11 Rumors

Sources and further reading:

The Holy Qur'an
From IslamiCity.com

Search the Qur'an
Searchable text courtesy of the University of Michigan

Bald Eagle - The U.S.A.'s National Symbol
From the American Eagle Foundation

Last updated: 08/04/03

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