|Rev. Terry Jones at the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, FL|
"Where books are burned in the end people will burn." - Heinrich Heine
On May 10th, 1933 the Nazis burned 25,000 books -- including those written by Jewish poet Heinrich Heine, who had predicted in 1820 that "where books are burned in the end people will burn," - and eight years later the Holocaust began.
The connection is not too difficult to discern. Books are repositories of histories, of identities, of values. They are the soul of civilization. A society must abandon basic decencies in order to muster the immoral courage to burn books as a celebratory act. Once it starts burning the souls of civilization, human souls will not be left behind.
On September 11, 2010, some misguided Americans plan to burn the Holy Quran, the only book in the entire heritage of humanity that claims to be solely the word of God. This dastardly act is the brainchild of Terry Jones, a Christian Pastor from Florida. This act is not just some symbolic gesture of defiance. It is an act of egregious violence against the beliefs and the sacred symbols of one fourth of humanity. The act will scorch Muslim hearts everywhere. The searing pain will never be forgotten.
Along with the idea of God and prophets, the Quran is the thing that Muslims hold the dearest. My children have been listening to it since even before they were born. I use to recite it to them while they were still in the womb. Their children will be reciting it to them when they will be lowered in to their tomb. Believe me, there is nothing more precious to Muslims than the Quran, and watching people toss it into fire, will be horrifying. I would rather burn in fire myself, than watch a Quran burn.
I am amazed at how millions of Americans who are decent and honorable can watch this happen. No matter how ugly the act the Constitution permits this, is not an acceptable excuse. The Constitution does not permit this. The Constitution forbids cruel and unusual punishment. For Muslims this is worse than torture.
I have been agonizing over this since I heard about it. My feelings are mixed. Sometimes I feel dismayed at having to suffer this. At other times I feel betrayed, for I think Muslims may have invited this through their own hateful zealotry. In the past few years alone so many churches have been desecrated in the Muslim World, many missionaries were murdered, nuns stabbed to death and the worst of all, the 1500 year old Buddhas of Bamiyan were intentionally dynamited. It was an ugly blow against not just religion, but also a major landmark of human history. I can now begin to imagine how millions of devout Buddhists must have suffered.
The Quran explicitly forbids all such acts. They merely chronicle the savagery and meanness that Muslims these days display towards others and now it is unfortunately our turn to get a taste of our own medicine.
As a reminder to those Muslims who still appreciate what the Taliban did, let me quote the relevant Quranic source: "Do not insult their Gods, lest out of ignorance they insult Allah" (Quran 6:108).
Those determined to burn the Quran are doing so as a way to either hurt or get even with Muslims. They however are laboring under the illusion that Quran belongs to Muslims. Yes, Muslims attach unimaginable value to it, but the Quran belongs to all people, it is part of the human treasury and the Quran attests that it was sent, not to Muslims, but to the entire humanity: "It is nothing less than a message to all nations" (Quran 68:52). It belongs as much to Terry Jones as it does to Muslims. The only difference being, some have built great civilizations on its basis others may burn their own values along with it.
When images of Quran burning will be flashed around the globe, it will excite Muslim anger. I want Muslim leaders everywhere to council their communities. Recognize this provocation for what it is and ignore it. And remember do not let this become a source for anger and hatred towards Christians. Remind your congregations what the Quran tells Muslims about Christians:
"...Forgive them and overlook their misdeeds, for Allah loves those who are kind (Quran 5:13).
If Muslims react with anger and indiscriminate violence then one of Terry Jones' goals will be fulfilled. He would have shown the world that some Muslims are more barbaric than even he is. Be patient, encourage everyone to be patient, let Terry Jones enjoy the monopoly on barbarity for a while.
Dr. Muqtedar Khan is Director of Islamic Studies at the University of Delaware and a Fellow of the Institute of Social Policy and Understanding (www.ijtihad.org).
This guy should be left to his own devices. He is looking for attention. Just deny him that. In fact I will donate my own Quran for him to be burned. But how will he burn the Quran that is in my heart and the hearts of more than a billion muslims?
If one takes this logic further then Terry Jones needs to burn more than a billion people on this planet. In that case he will have exceeded the Nazi/Hitler regimeand committed a much hienous crime than Shoah.
"The answer to fools is silence." A Persian proverb.
I think what the US govt and other isntitutuion in US have done, is enough. Terry Jones and his church, it's very small group. His church membership also very little, only 30 people. So we don't need to be worry so much.
Regarding circulate Quran only among Muslims, and to touch quran have to be wudhu:
Many Qur'ans are printed in China, that notabene not muslims, how to make them wudhu. Similar story many Qurans in libraries, in non Muslim bookstore etc.
Moreover how you will "share" the value of the Quran with others if you only circulate it among muslims? How will you do dawa (outreach).
People don't like Quran or Islam, it's something normal, maybe they don't understand what Quran or Islam is, even Prophet Muhammad pbuh, one of the most noble person, many of meccans before they converted to Islam did not like him. Remember the story of a person that every time the Prophet Muhammad pbuh passed her house she throw trash on him.
Similar situation also happened to Prophet Jesus pbuh, he also one of the most noble person, but again many people on that time didn't like him and even wanted to kill him.
So I suggest Muslim don't be over reacted, just take it easy, if he burned 100 Quran, we print 1000, if he burned 1000 we print 10000. It's not a big deal. Perhaps good business for the Quran printing company, that mostly owned by Muslim ***smile***
Will it be acceptable to the Christians if the Jews, Native Americans, or African Americans for that matter burn the Bible annually due to what few criminal Christians done to them through the history? Can any sane person agree to hold responsibly for the whole Christian society and collectively punish them for crimes perpetrated by the people like Hitler or Mussolini?
If the answer is no, then why America does not treat this hate crime for what is? If America allows such an act, then it will prove and support the claims of Al-qaa,ida which is that America and West wants not only to burn the Quran but to destroy the Muslim Ummah. Therefore, America should not allow the burning of the Quran and it should not say this act is not against the constitution because if America's constitution does allow such a hatred act to be performed then more serious actions against the Muslims will follow and the only people who will benefit will be Alqaa,ida.etc.
It's a fine line of informing people on how the religion should be practiced and ignoring them when one realizes some of them don't really want to learn the religious principles but are looking to cause only trouble
"...and nearest among them in love to the believers will you find those who say, 'We are Christians,' because amongst these are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant" (5:82).
That very passage from the Quran clearly says Mr. Jones is not a Christian! I believe he is a human devil but let's let Allah do his work and Ishaallah we will sit back with patience and bow down in adoration and bring ourselves closer to Allah!
1) the burning of the Qu'ran and
2) what the person said about doing nothing about it.
I am against the burning of the Qu'ran because it is Allahs words to us for guidance and by burning it shows an great disrespect to Him.
I am for what the man said because if you do anything you just might create an bigger cause for him. This is just one men's idea on what to do and I have read that his members don't agree with him on this. Weather this part is true only time will tell. You have an lot of support from people in America on this. I have yet to see someone support him on his idea. The closes I seen is where someone said" that he has the right to do this under our laws but it doesn't make doing it right"
I pray that my Muslim brothers refrain from any action and also that Allah will reward him for his deed. I love the Qur'an it is Allah words to us. Ron Weber
This is an lone man who is doing this.I give praise to Allah and His prophet Mohammad PBUH and to the Qu'ran I do love studing it.
Terry can try to burn the Qur'an - this is Allah's Book, His Words, He will take care of it, either today or on the Day...have Trust. As Muslims what we need to do is make dua'a, continue to protest, and in the most dignified manner we should fight back. We should print double the amount of Qur'an books, read it, memorize it, and teach it that much more. InshaAllah.
The author is naive. Muslims get excited so easily even if one makes a joke about Islam. This is a major and open act by a member of Christian Clergy in the most important and influencial country, and to be televised in the entire world. Muslim patience will be sorely tested. It will be a miracle that muslims will not react violently, at least in the muslim countries, if not in the West. And this will lead to creation of more Terry Jones in the world.
I am afraid, more to come; and lot more to come. Sorry, I am not worried. Such things have happened plenty of times in world history; this event will not be much different.
As the author writes " I think Muslims may have invited this through their own hateful zealotry. In the past few years alone so many churches have been desecrated in the Muslim World, many missionaries were murdered, nuns stabbed to death and the worst of all, the 1500 year old Buddhas of Bamiyan were intentionally dynamited. It was an ugly blow against not just religion, but also a major landmark of human history. I can now begin to imagine how millions of devout Buddhists must have suffered.".
Again Action by muslim Extremists has led to this Reaction in non-muslim countries. I am afraid more to come.
It is non-sensical to compare burning of Koran in Florida with book burning by Nazis. They not only burnt scholarly books on a variety of subjects,they also banned them too. Here, only one book will be burnt, but never banned; it will be freely available, even in Gainesville, Florida. It is not the number of Korans which counts, it is the act; burning of one Koran will have the same effect as if one billion Korans were burnt.
As you sow, so you reap. Muslims refused to control their Extremists in their own society, now it is leading to Extremism in US. Action begets Reaction. That is a Fact of Life.
Will muslims learn any lesson from this? I am under no delusions.
Persons like Muqtedar Khan were silent for a long time. Now they are suddenly waking up with nightmares of their own silence. Now they are completely confused.