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September 14th, 2010
12:28 PM ET

Lessons from the whole Quran episode

(CNN) - When Terry Jones, a Florida pastor, announced his plan to burn Qurans on 9/11 with a tweet and an "International Burn a Koran Day" page on Facebook, he ignited an international conflagration of outrage.

As news spread, worldwide condemnation and anxiety mounted. At least two people died in a demonstration in Afghanistan. It seemed this obscure self-proclaimed pastor in Gainesville, Florida, was determined to carry out an action of catastrophic global consequences.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates even called him. Jones finally changed his mind.

Now that the crisis is over, CNN asked contributors to write their observations of what happened, and what lessons the pastor's threat and the events that followed can teach us.

Read the full story here.
Editor's note: Read CNN Belief Blog Contributor Stephen Prothero's 7 things learned here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • 9/11 • Church and state • Islam • Muslim • Opinion • Quran

soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Iqbal khan

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIPhUY8kIBo&w=640&h=360]

    October 9, 2010 at 9:55 pm |
  2. Iqbal khan

    Dear HotAirAce, One of the five pillars of Islam is Hajj, which is following the footsteps of prophet Ibraheem or Abraham(PBUH) check it ...
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnpBq5o51sw&w=640&h=360]

    October 3, 2010 at 9:09 pm |
  3. Iqbal khan

    Dear HotAirAce, I just noticed your comment about Three Prophets One message, and I noticed you did'nt like what A.R.Green has said about modern day Christianity and Judaism as you may agree or not the fact of the matter is that these two religeons are completely different and has been changed from the orignal teachings of Prophet Moses and Jesus peace be upon both of them, while on the other hand Prophet Muhammad's(PBUH) teachings and practice are still the same as during his life time.
    So if the orignal words of God has been changed or temperd with they becomes man's words and innovations that what this Mr.A.R.Green is commenting on, I urge you to have an open mind and study more about Islam and if you are really looking for he Truth and God's word you will find.
    Please check Mr.Gary Miller's one of many speaches and there are many more on youtube you can check some of the followings
    Yusuf Estes..Khalid Yaseen,Jeffry lang, Steve johnson, Jashua Evans,Siraj wahaj, Bilal Philips, Yusuf Hamza, Yusuf Islam by the way they are all reverts(converts)

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pf1nahRUObI&w=640&h=360]

    October 3, 2010 at 8:49 pm |
  4. Iqbal khan

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEpDNqfjmu4&w=640&h=360]

    October 2, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  5. Iqbal khan

    Dear Muneef,
    Check out Imran N. Hosein's lecture on Surah Al-khaf forYog and Magog and Dul-Qarnain

    September 29, 2010 at 9:27 pm |
  6. Iqbal khan

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmWvwiiXv18&w=640&h=360]

    September 29, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  7. Iqbal khan

    What? Why?
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlGQxen6sN0&w=640&h=360]

    September 29, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  8. Iqbal khan

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNPfLalFOzU&w=640&h=360]

    September 26, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
    • Muneef

      This one shows in the end that Faith is one and all for God Allah and that it is all in the heart as in love of God in all faiths and all languages, all cultures...

      September 28, 2010 at 12:16 am |
  9. Iqbal khan

    And this one
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNPfLalFOzU&w=640&h=360]

    September 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  10. Iqbal khan

    Please watch this one
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23OZs2Oh8xM&w=640&h=360]

    September 26, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
    • Muneef

      @Iqbal khan. That was really truly the Islam we know but as it shows how it was politicalized to serve purposes of exreemisem...Wish guys would see it..

      September 28, 2010 at 12:13 am |
  11. Muneef

    Lighthouses are more helpful than Churches”, Benjamin Franklin
    Let the Islamic center be built and become a lighthouse for planting respect and.peace among faiths and followers?

    September 26, 2010 at 11:42 am |
    • Muneef

      Lighthouses are more helpful than Churches”, Benjamin Franklin
      Let the Islamic center be built and become a lighthouse for planting respect and.peace among faiths and followers? 
      And since you are accusing Islam for the 9/11 then this islamic lighthouse should be built within ground zero area directing it's calls for peace between faiths and between nations it is to raise it's prayers on daily bases for those innocents who lost their lives and those who suffered in the 9/11 tragedy that Muslims out of all faiths and nations had suffered most from it's resulted chain reactions until today that had far exceeded the number of deaths and suffering of the 9/11 tragedy in NY,USA.  

      September 26, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
    • Muneef

      The number of Muslims in every nation that were globally pointed out might be correct, but the question here is, whether these numbers of Muslims are aware well about the teachings of Islam in the right way with out extremism ? Well can tell you that those are hard working people in a difficult and hard enviroments only to achieve their daily needs for bread and water and not concerned with politics or imposing their views on others. And those who were lucky enough to immigrate looking for a decent life and job as well not concerned with politics. Muslims in general if left alone with out your intervention might end up fighting each other due differences of views in their faith, but if west keep on applying pressure causing starvation, harassment and confrontation against Muslims and against their faith, this will only lead them to leave behind their differences and jointly or individually confront their enemies,those who wants to deprive them from their rights of faith and belief and the more they are pressed the more they would complain by reacting and not by words and cries since words and cries seem does not reach,heard or work out now a days since being their judges and executors are all of non religious such as atheists, infidels,polytheists who consider their vast interests above all humanity and faith issues such as mercy,leniency, compassion,pity,sympathy,kindness all that of human mutual heavenly code of conduct.!?       

      September 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
  12. Muneef

    Dear Iqbal, you as well Jazak Allah Alf Khair you been doing well in every blog and that has encouraged me to do as you are doing knowing that this is our obligation towards God and Islam. Thank you.

    September 26, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  13. Muneef

    Man of God respectable Terry Jones, a Florida pastor Dove Church, maybe a day would come that the world would thank you for causing all these discussions today on this site or other sites and lead to have more people to discuss and read about Islam and Quran and more becoming Muslims after all you are a man of God and God made of you an antibiotic given to faith and hidden truths be prevailed and explored and just hope that may God guide you in to Islam or a church that says God Allah is One and Only and that muhammed was the promised comforter and final prophets of God....Ameen. Peace Salam.

    September 24, 2010 at 11:16 pm |
    • Iqbal khan

      Dear Muneef,Jazak Allah lets all get together in spreading the Truth,God help those who help themselves.

      September 26, 2010 at 1:10 am |
  14. Iqbal khan

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpsQaY5oH2c&w=640&h=360]

    September 23, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
    • Muneef

      @ Iqbal Khan, well done this is the true translation of Awllia which mistakenly translated as friends when it does not mean that.

      September 24, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  15. Iqbal khan

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUA_G5-2KVI&w=640&h=360]

    September 23, 2010 at 9:14 pm |
  16. Iqbal khan

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTxZLB7qTS8&w=640&h=360]

    September 23, 2010 at 8:42 pm |
  17. Iqbal khan

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssQLsCUL-_Q&w=640&h=360]

    September 23, 2010 at 8:36 pm |
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