Muslim Response to Qur'an Burning
PLANNED MUSLIMS RESPONSE TO QUR'AN
BURNING BY PASTOR JONES ON 9/11/13 IN MULBERRY, FLORIDA
Muslims plan to respond to pastor Terry Jones' planned burning of 3000 copies of
Quran on September 11, 2013 in positive terms.
Our response - we will
reclaim the standard of behavior practiced by the Prophet concerning “scurrilous
and hostile criticism of the Qur’an” (Muhammad Asad Translation Note 31, verse
41:34). It was "To overcome evil with good is good, and to resist evil by evil
is evil." It is also strongly enjoined in the Qur’an in the same verse 41:34,
“Good and evil deeds are not equal. Repel evil with what is better; then you
will see that one who was once your enemy has become your dearest
God willing Muslims will follow the divine guidance and pray for
the restoration of Goodwill, and on that day many Muslim organizations will go
on a “blood drive” to save lives and serve humanity with kindness.
invite fellow Americans of all faiths, races, and ethnicities to join us to
rededicate the pledge, “One nation under God”, and to build a cohesive America
where no American has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of fellow
Americans. This event is a substitute for our 10th Annual Unity Day Celebration
(www.UnitydayUSA.com) held in Dallas, but now it will be at Mulberry,
Unwittingly Pastor Jones has done us a favor by invigorating us
by his decision to burn nearly 3000 copies Quran on September 11, 2013.
Obviously he is not satisfied by the notoriety he garnered by burning one Qur'an
As Muslims and citizens we honor the free speech guaranteed in
our constitution. We have no intentions to criticize, condemn or oppose Pastor
Terry Jones' freedom of expression. Instead, we will be donating blood and
praying for goodness to permeate in our society.
We plan to follow Jesus
Christ (pbuh), a revered prophet in Islam as well as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) –
that of mitigating the conflicts and nurturing good will for the common good of
We hope, this event and the message will remind Muslims
elsewhere in the world as well, that violence is not the way. Muslims, who react
violently to senseless provocation, should realize that, violence causes more
violence, and besmirches the name of the religion that we hold so dear. We
believe that Prophet Muhammad was a mercy to the mankind, and we ought to
practice what we believe and preach. We must not insult Islam by the negative
reactions of a few.
We can only hope it will bring about a change in the
attitude of the followers of Pastor Jones, and in the behavior of those Muslims
who reacted violently the last time Pastor sought notoriety – We hope this small
step towards a bridge to peaceful coexistence would propel us towards building a
Like most Americans a majority of Muslims quietly go
about their own business, but it is time to speak up and take positive action
instead of negative reaction. May this message of peace and goodwill reverberate
and reach many shores.
Lastly, we appreciate the Citizens of Mulberry,
Florida, Honorable Mayor George Hatch, City Commissioners, police and Fire
Chiefs for handing this situation very well. This will add a ‘feather of peace’
in the City’s reputation. We hope Mulberry will be a catalyst in showing the way
in handling conflict with dignity and peace.
We thank the Media for
giving value to the work towards peace rather than
Mirza A Beg
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