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August 20th, 2010
12:14 PM ET

Opinion: 'Burn Quran Day' an outrage to Muslims

By Akbar Ahmed, Special to CNN

Editor's note: Akbar Ahmed is professor and Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington. He is author of "Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam," Brookings Press 2010.

In less than a month, Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Florida plans to host "Burn a Quran Day" to mark the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The pastor, author of the book "Islam is of the Devil," is using the burning to urge American Christians to "stand up" to what he describes as a monolithic Muslim threat. A Facebook page for the event has accrued thousands of "likes" and Jones has said people have been mailing him Qurans to burn.

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Filed under: Books • Christianity • Islam • Opinion • Quran

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  1. Sonofagun

    Can this same wicked organization host a smash the cross day to destroy replicas of Christ on crucifixes ? Also, include a couple of Hindu Gods in there as well. Hindus will rape America's ass with nukes if this action comes to fruition. And you wonder why the Muslims are Angry. Horrible, wicked, evil people claiming to be Christians when it is quite obvious to every true Christian that this is a wicked act performed under the influence of the devil.

    August 21, 2010 at 1:13 am |
  2. ImpudentRadish

    Why would anyone feel outrage over a senseless act? If someone want to get all irrational and start burning their own books for religious reasons, who cares about the books themselves? The guy must own them, so he can burn them if he wants.
    If you are Muslim, consider the possibility that the books in question have been defiled and must therefore be destroyed anyway.
    Would that work?

    August 21, 2010 at 1:07 am |
  3. Reality

    Burning a bible or a koran is simply burning COPIES of the plagiarized rules established by the ancients e.g. Hammurabi's Code and the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Said copies are now permanently situated in libraries and on servers. So burning any book, journal, newspaper is in the "so what" category. Hopefully, they burn them in trash- to -steam incinerators to at least get some value out of them.

    August 21, 2010 at 12:49 am |
  4. jdnobody

    check out faithfreedom.org, islam-watch.org, religionofpeace.com/org
    islam is a violent hate mongering cult.
    A moderate muslim is either a not-true-muslim or a liar.
    Followers of Quran, the war manual,
    are not allowed to live peacefully co-exist with other faiths.
    If they are, they are doing so to simply bide their time,
    building up the critical mass, the numbers.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
    • Todd Smith

      And you are a complete ignorant idiot to think every Muslim is a liar...if 0.00000000000001% of Muslims were what you think they were, aggressive & terrerist, the world would be upside down you freaking idiot. There are 8 to 10 million Muslims in this country. Yet, they are the most honest, law abiding , educated, people in this country..whilst your relatives have filled the prisons, from charges of Child molestattion to wife beating or drunk driving, you ignorant PIG!!!

      August 21, 2010 at 3:01 am |
  5. LRLores

    So what if Saudi Arabia doesn't allow churches to be built? Why are we trying to equal moral standards set by intolerant regimes? I thought we as Americans were better than that. It is so shameful to me as an American and as a Christian to hear this type of thing being supported and encouraged. The people who would do this do not deserve the great freedoms they are allowed as Americans.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:33 pm |
    • kuwait

      in kuwait we have churchs and we go there if we r invited for ceremony !! btw .. we muslims can do our prayer in church becouse the church is aholy clean place !! for those who dosent understand anything !! burning the holy quran is nothin to harm muslims but ur harming urself !! and u will c !!

      August 21, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  6. peace2all

    Religion overall..... is not my thing. However, I can see that burning a 'believers' holy book is a very bad idea. If anybody, including muslim's got together and started burning christian bible's in the U.S.... they would scream bloody murder..! And probably commit atrocities on top of that.

    This pastor that is calling for a 'burn the koran' day is an absolute idiot... and.... this act will do 'nothing' to further understanding, civility and peace between fellow humans of 2 of the major faiths(in terms of number of adherents) in our world.

    If anyone goes forward with this and participates, let alone allows this....... shame on you....

    Peace....

    August 20, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
    • Reality

      Burning a bible or a koran is simply burning COPIES of the plagiarized rules established by the ancients e.g. Hammurabi's Code and the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Said copies are now permanently situated in libraries and on servers. So burning any book, journal, newspaper is in the "so what" category. Hopefully, they burn them in trash- to -steam incinerator to at least get some value out of them.

      August 21, 2010 at 12:48 am |
    • peace2all

      @Reality

      Hey Pal..... Reality.... I know you know better than that. It is not just about burning paper... and in the 'so what' category.

      I expect better from you my friend....

      Peace.....

      August 21, 2010 at 4:04 am |
    • Reality

      peace2all,

      Apparently not. Burning a bible, koran, book of mormon et al is akin to burning a newspaper or out-of-date book. Waste-to-steam-to-energy is a good place for said burning. Outhouse wipes are also recommended.

      The time has come to break the strangle-hold religion has on humankind.

      August 21, 2010 at 8:14 am |
    • peace2all

      @Reality

      So, you think that burning someone's bible, torah, Qur'an is the way to go ....? Are you not thinking of the ramifications of this kind of hate-mongering....?

      This action will not bring about more peace and 'break the strangle-hold' as you say..... but will cause the christians and the muslim's to polarize even more strongly...

      Are you not thinking about this.....? This is a very, very bad idea..... Just because it can be done, does not mean it should be done.

      More hatred and violence will not bring about peace.....

      Peace to you....

      August 21, 2010 at 11:53 am |
    • David Johnson

      Amen, dude!

      August 21, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
    • Reality

      peace2all,

      The future of "holy" book incineration but burning any book is still no big thing: (ditto for use in outhouses)

      Google "Muslims bible burning" to get all said references about Muslims burning the bible but note that once the "bowers" of Islam see how they have been conned by their imams and ayatollahs for the last 1400 years, they too will burn their copies of the koran i.e. the angel Gabriel never existed so there is no way that the warmongering, womanizing, and hallucinating Mohammed got any koranic passages from some god. Tis the great angelic con game. Joe Smith was the latest to pull it off with his "angelic" Moroni. The significant stupidity and gullibility of it all!!!!!

      And ditto when we the "pew peasants" of Christianity finally realize the con that has been pulled on us, we too will burn our bibles. I have not burned my copy but have relegated it to the mostly fiction section of my reference library.

      August 21, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
    • MootHypocrisy

      @peace2all

      In reading your posts I am losing my respect for your reiterations of unrealistic points of view. I believe that Reality is correct in this instance.
      I have tossed "holy" books into the trash many times. I am not ashamed of it.
      I personally allow, as a U.S. Citizen, anyone to burn a book they legally own regardless of your views on the subject.

      Your post has plenty of hypocrisy, but I acknowledge that you might be sincere about your point of view. Hypocrisy is like that. We all do it. It is merely a symptom of our various upbringings.

      Thanks to people like you who deliberately make this out to be a "big deal" when it is not, we have gullible people running around like headless chickens.

      Thanks for escalating the hysteria.

      As for your accusations of "hate-mongering", you need to differentiate between intent, action, and method.
      I do not think that word means what you think it means.

      August 21, 2010 at 11:01 pm |
    • peace2all

      @MootHypocrisy

      Fair enough..... Just as your post seems extremely ignorant of the ramifications of this kind of action which continues to stoke the fires... as you say.

      The 'intention' of this pastor was made very clear. He is making a blanket generalization of Islam. He is not helping create more peace.

      Again, just because you can burn a book...... does not mean it is the right or good act, nor and especially in this case, there is not good 'intent' behind this particular pastor. Sure, he has the right.... but this is not about the legality, but about the morality of doing said act.

      What on earth do you think that stoking hate of Islam, and encouraging people to burn the book is doing towards peace...?

      Hey Moot..... Do you really believe that this is a good idea....? Really....? You seem to act intelligently at least, so I would if you are thinking appropriately about all of the ramifications of this act, then nothing......good will come of it..

      You throwing a holy book in the trash, vs. a christian pastor..... initiating a national burn the Qur'an day are not equivalent. Your lack of any sensitivity and your ignorance on this is issue is just more of same and nothing different from most of the mental and emotional slackers.

      Good try at debating me though...... I would say, and history shows that more hatred brings about more hatred...,more peace and understanding and tolerance brings about more peace....

      Peace to you....

      August 22, 2010 at 2:24 am |
  7. Keith

    Wisdom? "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction." Prov. 1:7

    August 20, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
    • David Johnson

      God is a myth. Man concocted this myth, because they feared death and to explain things that they did not understand. What makes lightening? God makes lightening. Why does the mountain rumble? God is angry. This is called God of the Gaps, because we used a god to fill in our gaps of knowledge. But science progresses. We know what causes lightening. We know why the mountain rumbles. Each day, the gaps in man's knowledge get smaller. Each day there are less gaps for god to hide in.
      God is a myth.

      August 21, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  8. David Johnson

    @(B)iraq Hussein Osama

    Were the people who murdered the Jews, atheists? Lots of bombing in WWII. Who were the atheists?

    August 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
    • TammyB

      I think both of you are wrong. I think it should be "humans poison many things and pervert many things". After all, many humans use whatever is at hand for their own means, be it religion, power, politics, etc. Humans really have to try to be good most of the time.

      August 20, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
    • Muhammad afzaal

      u are totally courpt man.i have no mor knowldge about englsh.but i say we are not enemy of u those poeple who heart u plz heart them not us.if u will do this we will try to do also this like 9/11.alert you.we are muslim not other we want peace if u will distribue us then we do destory ur USA.sham mmmm on USA

      August 21, 2010 at 1:00 am |
    • dutchblitz1

      Millions of people also died in the gulags in the Soviet Union. The Soviet leaders were atheists.

      August 21, 2010 at 7:46 am |
    • David Johnson

      @Muhammad afzaal

      I have no respect for the Muslim religion. If you hurt your women in this country, you will go to jail. We are a nation of laws.

      I just read an article, that Saudi Arabia is contemplating paralyzing a man that paralyzed another man. Eye for eye. That is disgusting. That is where religion gets you.

      August 21, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
  9. David Johnson

    I think Christopher Hitchens is a prophet. He proclaimed, "Religion poisons everything". Every day, I see evidence of his wisdom.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      I think Baba Daudwala is a Prophet. He proclaimed, "Anything that religion does not poison, the atheists gas and bomb it to extinction." I think he was referring to atheists gassing jews to death and bombing the rest of humanity in world war two. Everyday, I see evidence of his wisdom.

      August 20, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
    • Gavin

      ...Amen! (minus any relgious connotations)

      August 20, 2010 at 9:09 pm |
    • Muhammad afzaal

      u are totally courpt man.i have no mor knowldge about englsh.but i say we are not enemy of u those poeple who heart u plz heart them not us.if u will do this we will try to do also this like 9/11.alert you.we are muslim not other we want peace if u will distribue us then we do destory ur USA.sham mmmm on USA

      August 21, 2010 at 1:03 am |
  10. Walter

    I would like to know if Mr. Ahmed feels the same way about the burning of the US flag. As a veteran it infuriates me that people would burn a US flag, but I would never tell someone they can not. We are all entitled to our opinion, and have the right to express ourselves as we see fit. You can't have freedom of expression and at the same time cry foul when that freedom makes you angry.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  11. Keith

    Reality, How many times are you going to post the same comment? Scroll back up for a response.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
    • TammyB

      Reality posts the same things over and over again on every blog. He must have a dozen already written statements he cuts and pastes. No one responds to them because we've all seen them a dozen times. I almost have them memorized. Guess it helps him make a point really quickly.

      August 20, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  12. Mike Diboll

    'Burn the Quran Day an Outrage to Muslims', I don't need Akbar Ahmed to tell me that! What I want to say is that it is an absolute outrage to Christianity too! I'm a practicing Christian, a long-term expatriate living in the Middle East, and a non-native speaker of Arabic. You don't know how angry I get when hate-filled 'Christian' sects like this co-opt the name of Christianity and apply it to their filth.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  13. Reality

    Google "Muslims bible burning" to get all said references about Muslims burning the bible but note that once the "bowers" of Islam see how they have been conned by their imams and ayatollahs for the last 1400 years, they too will burn their copies of the koran i.e. the angel Gabriel never existed so there is no way that the warmongering, womanizing, and hallucinating Mohammed got any koranic passages from some god. Tis the great angelic con game. Joe Smith was the latest to pull it off with his horn blowing Moroni. The significant stupidity and gullibility of it all!!!!!

    And ditto when we the "pew peasants" of Christianity finally realize the con that has been pulled on us, we too will burn our bibles. I have not burned my copy but have relegated it to the mostly fiction section of my reference library.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  14. Sam

    its an absolute travesty and will do nothing for the relations between religions. A muslim would never ever consider burning a bible and its a disgrace thats hes considering burning the Quran.It demonstrates ignorance and lack on understanding.If he ever truly studied Islam he would find that it is a religion of peace.Im just glad people in the UK are far more open minded.

    August 20, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
    • Keith

      If you like the UK, where they let terrorists go free on "compassionate grounds", don't have the RIGHT to keep and bear arms, and practically already have Sharia Law; then by all means go and live there. Muslims don't like a book burning? Well, we don't like a victory mosque at groung zero. Get over it.

      August 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
    • David Johnson

      Yeah, we are backward toward health care in this country also.

      Note that the UK is much less religious than the US. They don't have the fundie problem. Its like being infested with roaches.

      August 21, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
  15. Nonimus

    I agree with the professor that Terry Jones should reconsider and not hold this Quran burning event, however I don't agree with all of his reasoning.

    Comparing this pastor's actions to government sponsored book burning in medieval Europe and Nazi Germany is inaccurate. Government sponsored book burning is a restriction of freedoms. Government enforcement of civil rights, e.g. to burn books, is a protection of freedoms. Polar opposites, in my opinion.

    Also, while John Locke, the Enlightenment thinker, was a Christian, he was known, and linked to this country's founding, for his thinking on government, republicanism, ( as in democratic republic, not the party) and the social contract.

    I don't know for certain, but I would think that the founding fathers of the US, would, although horribly offended by this event, defend his right to hold it.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  16. JohnQuest

    Its a book, I do not agree to the burning of any book but I think if he as a individual want to burn a book it is his right. It is also the right of people not to like it. Now imagine if it were a group of Muslim planning to a Bible, think their would be mass protest against it as well as 10,000 comments on this blog. The hypocrisy is of Christians on this is not surprising.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  17. TammyB

    Book burning of any sort is bad, I think, however, one holy man (well, he says he's a man of God) burning another religions' holy book is doubly bad. If he were a true "Christian", he would be tolerant and peaceful, not this screaming banshee against another religion. I just don't get it. I am glad he's not in my state, and I sure would never go to his so called "church". Glad his permit was denied, although it won't stop his hateful, mean-spirited actions in the name of Christianity.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
    • Ask Yourself

      I fail to see the Koran as a peaceful document. It is a war manual. Nothing more.

      August 21, 2010 at 12:34 am |
    • kuwait

      thank you .. its so nice to see someone who think and thank your god that u have brain to think with .. becouse im sure that any1 either muslim or christian who do these things is animal who dosent got brain to think with .. we know that you guys r angry with us muslims becouse of what stupid others did !! but also as human kind no1 will do what they did !! they think this is jehad !! and im sure when they died they noticed that they r wrong and this is not the way to show people what is islam !!

      August 21, 2010 at 8:41 am |
    • David Johnson

      @kuwait
      There are a lot of Americans who are against burning the Quran. Americans claim to have freedom of religion. Mostly, is freedom to be Christian. I am an atheist, but I would not burn any of the religious books.

      August 21, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  18. Iqbal Khan

    Allah's Appointed Term supercedes Everything
    Written by Ibn Kathir
    Friday, 10 November 2006
    Allah's Appointed Term supercedes Everything

    Allah said,

    [وَمَا هُم بِضَآرِّينَ بِهِ مِنْ أَحَدٍ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ](But they could not thus harm anyone except by Allah's leave). Sufyan Ath-Thawri commented, "Except by Allah's appointed term." Further, Al-Hasan Al-Basri said that,

    [وَمَا هُم بِضَآرِّينَ بِهِ مِنْ أَحَدٍ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ](But they could not thus harm anyone except by Allah's leave) means, "Allah allows magicians to adversely affect whomever He wills and saves whomever He wills from them. Sorcerers never bring harm to anyone except by Allah's leave." Allah's statement,

    [وَيَتَعَلَّمُونَ مَا يَضُرُّهُمْ وَلاَ يَنفَعُهُمْ](And they learn that which harms them and profits them not.) means, it harms their religion and does not have a benefit compared to its harm.

    [وَلَقَدْ عَلِمُواْ لَمَنِ اشْتَرَاهُ مَا لَهُ فِى الاٌّخِرَةِ مِنْ خَلَـقٍ](And indeed they knew that the buyers of it (magic) would have no (Khalaq) share in the Hereafter.) meaning, "The Jews who preferred magic over following the Messenger of Allah knew that those who commit the same error shall have no Khalaq in the Hereafter." Ibn `Abbas, Mujahid and As-Suddi stated that `no Khalaq' means, `no share.'

    Allah then said,

    [وَاتَّبَعُواْ مَا تَتْلُواْ الشَّيَـطِينُ عَلَى مُلْكِ سُلَيْمَـنَ وَمَا كَفَرَ سُلَيْمَـنُ وَلَـكِنَّ الشَّيْاطِينَ كَفَرُواْ يُعَلِّمُونَ النَّاسَ السِّحْرَ وَمَآ أُنزِلَ عَلَى الْمَلَكَيْنِ بِبَابِلَ هَـرُوتَ وَمَـرُوتَ وَمَا يُعَلِّمَانِ مِنْ أَحَدٍ حَتَّى يَقُولاَ إِنَّمَا نَحْنُ فِتْنَةٌ فَلاَ تَكْفُرْ فَيَتَعَلَّمُونَ مِنْهُمَا مَا يُفَرِّقُونَ بِهِ بَيْنَ الْمَرْءِ وَزَوْجِهِ وَمَا هُم بِضَآرِّينَ بِهِ مِنْ أَحَدٍ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ وَيَتَعَلَّمُونَ مَا يَضُرُّهُمْ وَلاَ يَنفَعُهُمْ وَلَقَدْ عَلِمُواْ لَمَنِ اشْتَرَاهُ مَا لَهُ فِى الاٌّخِرَةِ مِنْ خَلَـقٍ وَلَبِئْسَ مَا شَرَوْاْ بِهِ أَنفُسَهُمْ لَوْ كَانُواْ يَعْلَمُونَ – وَلَوْ أَنَّهُمْ ءَامَنُواْ واتَّقَوْا لَمَثُوبَةٌ مِّنْ عِندِ اللَّهِ خَيْرٌ لَّوْ كَانُواْ يَعْلَمُونَ ](And how bad indeed was that for which they sold their own selves, if they but knew. And if they had believed and guarded themselves from evil and kept their duty to Allah, far better would have been the reward from their Lord, if they but knew!). Allah stated, o

    [وَلَبِئْسَ](And how bad) meaning, what they preferred, magic, instead of faith and following the Messenger, if they but comprehend the advice.

    [وَلَوْ أَنَّهُمْ ءَامَنُواْ واتَّقَوْا لَمَثُوبَةٌ مِّنْ عِندِ اللَّهِ خَيْرٌ](And if they had believed and guarded themselves from evil and kept their duty to Allah, far better would have been the reward from their Lord,) meaning, "Had they believed in Allah and His Messenger and avoided the prohibitions, then Allah's reward for these good deeds would have been better for them than what they chose and preferred for themselves." Similarly, Allah said,

    [وَقَالَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ الْعِلْمَ وَيْلَكُمْ ثَوَابُ اللَّهِ خَيْرٌ لِّمَنْ ءَامَنَ وَعَمِلَ صَـلِحاً وَلاَ يُلَقَّاهَآ إِلاَّ الصَّـبِرُونَ ](But those who had been given (religious) knowledge said: "Woe to you! The reward of Allah (in the Hereafter) is better for those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and this none shall attain except As-Sabirun (the patient in following the truth).") (28:80).

    [يَـأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ لاَ تَقُولُواْ رَعِنَا وَقُولُواْ انظُرْنَا وَاسْمَعُواْ وَلِلكَـفِرِينَ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ – مَّا يَوَدُّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ مِنْ أَهْلِ الْكِتَـبِ وَلاَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ أَن يُنَزَّلَ عَلَيْكُم مِّنْ خَيْرٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَاللَّهُ يَخْتَصُّ بِرَحْمَتِهِ مَن يَشَآءُ وَاللَّهُ ذُو الْفَضْلِ الْعَظِيمِ ](104. O you who believe! Say not (to the Messenger ) Ra`ina but say Unzurna (make us understand) and hear. And for the disbelievers there is a painful torment.) (105. Neither those who disbelieve among the People of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) nor Al-Mushrikin (the idolaters) like that there should be sent down unto you any good from your Lord. But Allah chooses for His mercy whom He wills. And Allah is the Owner of great bounty.)

    Allah's Appointed Term supercedes Everything

    Allah said,

    [وَمَا هُم بِضَآرِّينَ بِهِ مِنْ أَحَدٍ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ](But they could not thus harm anyone except by Allah's leave). Sufyan Ath-Thawri commented, "Except by Allah's appointed term." Further, Al-Hasan Al-Basri said that,

    [وَمَا هُم بِضَآرِّينَ بِهِ مِنْ أَحَدٍ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ](But they could not thus harm anyone except by Allah's leave) means, "Allah allows magicians to adversely affect whomever He wills and saves whomever He wills from them. Sorcerers never bring harm to anyone except by Allah's leave." Allah's statement,

    [وَيَتَعَلَّمُونَ مَا يَضُرُّهُمْ وَلاَ يَنفَعُهُمْ](And they learn that which harms them and profits them not.) means, it harms their religion and does not have a benefit compared to its harm.

    [وَلَقَدْ عَلِمُواْ لَمَنِ اشْتَرَاهُ مَا لَهُ فِى الاٌّخِرَةِ مِنْ خَلَـقٍ](And indeed they knew that the buyers of it (magic) would have no (Khalaq) share in the Hereafter.) meaning, "The Jews who preferred magic over following the Messenger of Allah knew that those who commit the same error shall have no Khalaq in the Hereafter." Ibn `Abbas, Mujahid and As-Suddi stated that `no Khalaq' means, `no share.'

    Allah then said,

    [وَاتَّبَعُواْ مَا تَتْلُواْ الشَّيَـطِينُ عَلَى مُلْكِ سُلَيْمَـنَ وَمَا كَفَرَ سُلَيْمَـنُ وَلَـكِنَّ الشَّيْاطِينَ كَفَرُواْ يُعَلِّمُونَ النَّاسَ السِّحْرَ وَمَآ أُنزِلَ عَلَى الْمَلَكَيْنِ بِبَابِلَ هَـرُوتَ وَمَـرُوتَ وَمَا يُعَلِّمَانِ مِنْ أَحَدٍ حَتَّى يَقُولاَ إِنَّمَا نَحْنُ فِتْنَةٌ فَلاَ تَكْفُرْ فَيَتَعَلَّمُونَ مِنْهُمَا مَا يُفَرِّقُونَ بِهِ بَيْنَ الْمَرْءِ وَزَوْجِهِ وَمَا هُم بِضَآرِّينَ بِهِ مِنْ أَحَدٍ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ وَيَتَعَلَّمُونَ مَا يَضُرُّهُمْ وَلاَ يَنفَعُهُمْ وَلَقَدْ عَلِمُواْ لَمَنِ اشْتَرَاهُ مَا لَهُ فِى الاٌّخِرَةِ مِنْ خَلَـقٍ وَلَبِئْسَ مَا شَرَوْاْ بِهِ أَنفُسَهُمْ لَوْ كَانُواْ يَعْلَمُونَ – وَلَوْ أَنَّهُمْ ءَامَنُواْ واتَّقَوْا لَمَثُوبَةٌ مِّنْ عِندِ اللَّهِ خَيْرٌ لَّوْ كَانُواْ يَعْلَمُونَ ](And how bad indeed was that for which they sold their own selves, if they but knew. And if they had believed and guarded themselves from evil and kept their duty to Allah, far better would have been the reward from their Lord, if they but knew!). Allah stated, o

    [وَلَبِئْسَ](And how bad) meaning, what they preferred, magic, instead of faith and following the Messenger, if they but comprehend the advice.

    [وَلَوْ أَنَّهُمْ ءَامَنُواْ واتَّقَوْا لَمَثُوبَةٌ مِّنْ عِندِ اللَّهِ خَيْرٌ](And if they had believed and guarded themselves from evil and kept their duty to Allah, far better would have been the reward from their Lord,) meaning, "Had they believed in Allah and His Messenger and avoided the prohibitions, then Allah's reward for these good deeds would have been better for them than what they chose and preferred for themselves." Similarly, Allah said,

    [وَقَالَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ الْعِلْمَ وَيْلَكُمْ ثَوَابُ اللَّهِ خَيْرٌ لِّمَنْ ءَامَنَ وَعَمِلَ صَـلِحاً وَلاَ يُلَقَّاهَآ إِلاَّ الصَّـبِرُونَ ](But those who had been given (religious) knowledge said: "Woe to you! The reward of Allah (in the Hereafter) is better for those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and this none shall attain except As-Sabirun (the patient in following the truth).") (28:80).

    [يَـأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ لاَ تَقُولُواْ رَعِنَا وَقُولُواْ انظُرْنَا وَاسْمَعُواْ وَلِلكَـفِرِينَ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ – مَّا يَوَدُّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ مِنْ أَهْلِ الْكِتَـبِ وَلاَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ أَن يُنَزَّلَ عَلَيْكُم مِّنْ خَيْرٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَاللَّهُ يَخْتَصُّ بِرَحْمَتِهِ مَن يَشَآءُ وَاللَّهُ ذُو الْفَضْلِ الْعَظِيمِ ](104. O you who believe! Say not (to the Messenger ) Ra`ina but say Unzurna (make us understand) and hear. And for the disbelievers there is a painful torment.) (105. Neither those who disbelieve among the People of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) nor Al-Mushrikin (the idolaters) like that there should be sent down unto you any good from your Lord. But Allah chooses for His mercy whom He wills. And Allah is the Owner of great bounty.)

    August 20, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
    • Reality

      Google "Muslims burning biblels" to get all said references about Muslims burning the bible but note that once the "bowers" of Islam see how they have been conned by their imams and ayatollahs for the last 1400 years, they too will burn their copies of the koran i.e. the angel Gabriel never existed so there is no way that the warmongering, womanizing, and hallucinating Mohammed got any koranic passages from some god. Tis the great angelic con game. Joe Smith was the latest to pull it off with his "angelic" Moroni. The significant stupidity and gullibility of it all!!!!!

      And ditto when we the "pew peasants" of Christianity finally realize the con that has been pulled on us, we too will burn our bibles. I have not burned my copy but have relegated it to the mostly fictional section of my reference library.

      August 20, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  19. Saladin

    As an American, Jones has the right to expression and that can include burning books. It doesn't bode well and it says a lot about the quality of mercy he espouses. However, his permit for the burning was denied (which tickled me a bit).

    I think it speaks well for the state of faith in the US that so many Christian organization, including evangelicals, condemn the event and Jones' efforts.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  20. Fayrouz

    Pastor Terry Jones is not a brilliant man. Even though there is a lot of hatred toward Muslims now, Islam is the fast growing religion. In fact, his Quran burning event may urge curious people to read the Quran and explore the faith and some might convert. He's burning the Quran because he wants Muslims to take violent action. He may burn the book but its ideas are still out there. People are still going to read the Quran and memorize it.

    A Muslim would never burn the Bible. I'm a Muslim and we once had a Bible in our house because some door-to-door missionaries dropped it by us. Even though we disagreed with some of the content, we didn't harm a page of the Bible; we just left it to sit in our garage. I'm offended that someone would burn my holy book, but hey, it's a free country, right? All I can say is Pastor Terry Jones is not going to have the kind of outcome he hopes to see.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
    • Mariam

      I totally agree with you! any religion teaches you to utmost respect other religions! It's a shame for stories like this to even get the publicity!

      August 20, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
    • Keith

      So a muslim would never burn a Bible, eh? They just don't allow American troops to possess Bibles or wear a cross while protecting their useless country(Saudia Arabia). You can take your Sharia law and stick it. Muslim liars.

      August 20, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
    • Reality

      Google "Muslims bible burning" to get all said references about Muslims burning the bible but note that once the "bowers" of Islam see how they have been conned by their imams and ayatollahs for the last 1400 years, they too will burn their copies of the koran i.e. the angel Gabriel never existed so there is no way that the warmongering, womanizing, and hallucinating Mohammed got any koranic passages from some god. Tis the great angelic con game. Joe Smith was the latest to pull it off with his "angelic" Moroni. The significant stupidity and gullibility of it all!!!!!

      And ditto when we the "pew peasants" of Christianity finally realize the con that has been pulled on us, we too will burn our bibles. I have not burned my copy but have relegated it to the mostly fictional section of my reference library.

      August 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
    • Keith

      Reality, when you draw your last breath and step into eternity it won't be so fictional. The lake of fire is very real and it is for eternity. Better get some 1 million sun block. Otherwise, repent and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ as He is the ONLY way to eternal life.

      August 20, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Keith

      You are really hostile toward Muslims. Why is that? Their god is no more worthless than the Christian god. Let's be fair about it.

      Cheers!

      August 20, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
    • Reality

      Keith, Keith, Keith,

      So you are saying that 4/5's of the world is going to hel, me included and the 4/5's of those already departed are already there?

      Regarding hell, Father Edward Schillebeeckx, the famous contemporary theologian, had a different take on hell. He reasons that the Singularity does not tolerate imperfection in the spiritual realm. Therefore, any soul dying in mortal sin will simply disappear since hell the imperfect state does not exist. (assuming that there is a Singularity and a spiritual realm).

      Also, Professor JD Crossan, the famous contemporary historical Jesus exegete, does not believe in the afterlife. See his book Who is Jesus for added commentary.

      And the latest astrophysics view of life after death? Tis simply recycling of your body into future bodies and things in a never -ending cycle of birth, death and renewal. No heaven, no hell, no purgatory, no limbo just the beauty of Mother Nature in recycling mode. Here today, gone tomorrow eventually returning as something different, inanimated or animated in the chaotic, stochastic life of the expanding or shrinking universe.

      August 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
    • Keith

      David Johnson, I have no use for the muslims who flew planes into buildings on 9/11. What should I do, embrace their Sharia law? Wimps like you will sign a dhimmi. People like me won't put up with their crap. You have no clue what true islam is all about. You are however, a usefull idiot for their cause. They will cut your head off if you don't convert to their religion. I won't be politically correct and roll over and submit to these murderers. Peace.

      August 20, 2010 at 7:09 pm |
    • Keith

      Reality, The gate to destruction is broad and many enter it, the gate to salvation is narrow and few find it. You sound to me like your on wrong road, but it's not too late for you to change your eternal destination. I have no idea who the people are whom you are quoting and frankly, I don't care-the Bible is the final authority. Jesus said," I am the way, the Truth, and the life. NO ONE comes to the Father but by Me." "He who has the Son, has life. But he who does not have the Son shall not see life for the WRATH OF GOD abides on him." Clearly, anyone who wants to be saved needs Jesus Christ. Period.

      August 20, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
    • jdnobody

      Islam grows because it is spread by the sword.
      Check out faithfreedom.org, islam-watch.org, religionofpeace.com/org
      islam is a violent hate mongering cult.
      A moderate muslim is either a not-true-muslim or a liar.
      Quran, the war manual, does not allow its followers to live peacefully,
      co-exist with other faiths.
      If they are, they are doing so to simply bide their time,
      building up the critical mass, the numbers.

      August 21, 2010 at 12:22 am |
    • Randy

      Islam has enjoyed the protection of the constitutional laws of the west and many other democratic countries without any persecution for their unbelievable atrocities. They allow these actions by their own members, then condem them the next day, only to still support them behind closed doors.
      Islam must wake up to the fact that ordinary people are not going to sit around and allow this anymore. If Islamic believers want folks to see them differently, then they have to make the change. We can no longer accept just words when their actions speak quite clearly on what they intend to do...
      It's amazing how this so called "Peaceful Religeon" can't tolerate any other religeon or even the smallest of criticism without crying foul, or Jihad.
      Islam, like most religeons is the one true "Anti-Christ" or "Anti-God" movement. Mans Fanatical interpretation of how God wants us to act is now completely out of control. We don't need Churches, Mosque, or Synagogues to practice religeon and believe in God if we choose to do so. Every person carries God inside of them. They only have to listen to him to believe, if they want to. If we do this, most of the wars, battles, and atrocities towards our fellow human beings will cease.

      August 21, 2010 at 2:02 am |
    • atheist

      american hillbilly christians are the worst kind of trash. hate-filled and thirsty for blood. full of judgment against others and quick to condemn. always taking sick pleasure in their divisive politics. eager to join the military to kill and r a p e foreigners. they are also the biggest scam artists and s3xual deviants.

      i hope christianity and all religion can finally be flushed down the toilet within the next 100 years.

      August 21, 2010 at 6:16 am |
    • dutchblitz1

      When Muslims took hostages in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, they used the Bibles as toilet paper.

      August 21, 2010 at 7:39 am |
    • Keith

      Atheist, American hillbilly Christians, if they are truly born again, will be saved from the WRATH TO COME, you won't. It's not too late for you, though. People assume the church is going to stand by and let someone kill them without lifting a finger. We have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We also have the right to keep and bear arms. If you need one right to protect the other, so be it. So sorry I'm NOT going to be politically correct and passively roll over and submit to these throat-cutters. You go ahead and sign a dhimmi if you want. P.S. Bravo to the union construction workers who are refusing to build the abomination at ground zero. Try building it without their approval. What are you going to do? Ship in foreign workers to do it? Good luck crossing that picket line!

      August 21, 2010 at 7:44 am |
    • Jeff Gibbs

      Fayrouz,
      Well put. I have a Quran in my house just because I was curious, and I have no intention of converting. But respect and knowledge of each other is important. That said, aside from a few Blog maniacs and whack jobs, I don't think this is the attitude most people in America take toward Islam. I'm not sure why this obscure little church has gotten so much media attention. People over here in Turkey are under the impression that this is some major demonstration that will be held all over the States (an idea which the Turkish media, getting their strategies from Fox news, are encouraging). I am from Florida, and this church is not exactly on the list of top 100 religious institutions even in Gainesville.

      August 21, 2010 at 10:18 am |
    • Bill Holder

      Thomas Jefferson had it right when he wrote:

      "Is uniformity attainable? Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced an inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth." – Thomas Jefferson, from "Notes on Virginia"

      August 21, 2010 at 10:32 am |
    • David Johnson

      @Keith

      Like all Christian fundies, you think the baby Jesus is going to take care of you. You think your god is the one true god, and everyone elses god is fake. You have no proof for your god. You have only a book written by men and a "feeling" in your heart.

      Religion poisons everything – C. Hitchens.

      August 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Bill Holder

      Do you know that the Religious Right does not like Jefferson? They don't want to include him as a founding father. The Religious Right wants to convince the country, the founding fathers never meant for there to be a separation of chuch and state. They want to establish a Christian Nation. Vote for the Dems in November!

      August 21, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
    • Keith

      David Johnson, When Jesus comes back it won't be as a baby. It will be as King of kings and Lord of lords. And as He spoke the creation into existence, He will speak and destroy His enemies. I don't hate you, David. I know you may find that hard to believe. I actually feel sorry for you because I know your eternal destination without Jesus Christ as your Savior. You can change your destiny if you realize that you will stand in judgement before a Holy God. See what I wrote to kuwait @1:11 pm. I pray that you may open your heart to the knowledge of the Truth.

      August 21, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Keith

      You said, "I don't hate you, David. I know you may find that hard to believe. I actually feel sorry for you because I know your eternal destination without Jesus Christ as your Savior."

      I do not hate you either. I think you are delusional. You don't "know" anything. You believe. You have faith. But again, you have no proof. The Muslims believe their god is the one true god. They "know" this same as you. The Hindus believe their gods are real. There are over 1,000 different Christian denominations. Many believe the other denominations will be damned. What makes you think you woship the one true god? What proof do you have there is a god?

      August 21, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
    • SR

      Firouz:
      "The brotherhood of Islam is not the universal brotherhood of man. It is brotherhood of Muslims for Muslims only. There is a fraternity but its benefit is confined to those within that corporation. For those who are outside the corporation, there is nothing but contempt and enmity."

      August 21, 2010 at 9:17 pm |
    • David Johnson

      You said, "when you draw your last breath and step into eternity it won't be so fictional. The lake of fire is very real and it is for eternity. Better get some 1 million sun block. Otherwise, repent and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ as He is the ONLY way to eternal life."

      I like the way you give advice on what will happen after a person dies. How many times have you died? You can't even give a satisfactory argument for the existence of this god of yours. Everything you say you "know" is nothing more than belief in a book of fairy tales. All you "know", is that if you act arrogant, give arguments that most people won't/can't challenge, and tell people they will go to hell for not believing what you tell them, you will be successful.

      There is no evidence that there is a soul. None. We live. We die...our brains cease. We no longer exist.

      We share this with every other organism on the planet. Nothing that has died (brain death), has ever come back to life, including baby Jesus.

      Not only has no one ever survived brain death, there has never been a documented case of an amputated limbed being restored by prayer. Does god not like amputees? Is this like the iron chariots He could not defeat?

      August 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Keith

      There is no evidence that there is a soul. None. We live. We die...our brains cease. We no longer exist.

      We share this with every other organism on the planet. Nothing that has died (brain death), has ever come back to life, including baby Jesus.

      You said, "I have no idea who the people are whom you are quoting and frankly, I don't care-the Bible is the final authority. "

      If I quote the Quran to you and say it is the final authority, would you accept that? I bet you wouldn't. I bet you would say, "First prove Allah is real and that the Quran is His word.

      So, prove your sky daddy is real. And then prove the bible is His word.

      Arrogance won't cut it here. You either have proof or you don't. Hint: You don't.

      You fundies are funny!!

      August 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
    • Jatinder Goel

      It is a lie that a Muslim will not burn a Bible or any other holy book. History is full of pages and pages of facts where all through the ages the Muslims have destroyed other religion's holy books. It seems Muslims are afraid of their own followers knowing the truth and thus they will not allow any one else to bring in their Holy books into a Muslim country. The very first thing that invading hordes of Muslims did on occupying a country was to destroy the local Temples and Chuches and to forcefully convert people.

      August 25, 2010 at 11:50 am |
    • daniel former US MARINE

      Yeah they wouldn't burn a bible but they have no problem putting a mosque at ground zero where majority Christian civilians have been murdered so they can preach the words of quaran which preach to kill all none islam believers they should all burn and they will

      September 6, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
    • Joe

      Can't we just make have a national "BURN A PICTURE OF A TERROIST DAY" to mark the anniversary of 9/11???????
      Then maybe Osama Bin Laden will get a clue?????????? that they shouldn't kill innocent people to make a point.
      I think this should be done to call attention to the idiot suicide bombers too.

      September 7, 2010 at 3:32 am |
    • Joe

      Can't we just make a national "BURN A PICTURE OF A TERROIST DAY" and say a prayer for there victims, to mark the anniversary of 9/11???????
      Then maybe Osama Bin Laden will get a clue?????????? If, he could see a million people, burning his picture all at once? To make the point that no one should be killing innocent people.

      I think this should be done to call attention to the idiot suicide bombers too.

      September 7, 2010 at 3:46 am |
    • Josephine North

      Burning the Quaran is totally insensitive. Will Muslims retaliate and burn this pastors bibles? They certainly have the right to, if their holy book is abused. If this pastor was born in a muslim country he would most probably be a muslim too. We are all controlled by geography. I can see mass retribution if this STUPID pastor encourages burning the Quaran. And what about all of tjhe other numerous religions. This pastor only thinks that he is right. What an egotist. Centuries ago most people could not read or write, it was mainly hear say or whatever avenue the priests decided to utilise for thie own adantages to control the populance.

      September 7, 2010 at 6:41 am |
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