A message to Pastor Terry Jones: ‘Burn Quran Day’ an outrage to Muslims

From CNN.com, an article by Akbar Ahmed on the planned ‘Burn a Quran Day’ urging Pastor Terry Jones to not to go ahead with his plans.

An interfaith group added their names in support of the statement including  the Episcopal bishop of Washington, the Right Rev. John Chane; Senior Rabbi Bruce Lustig of the Washington Hebrew Congregation; Imam Mohamed Magid, executive director of the ADAMS Center in Northern Virginia; Pastor Dr. Robert Norris of Palm Beach, Florida’s, Royal Poinciana Chapel and member of the Presbytery of Tropical Florida; the Rev. Carol Flett of the Washington National Cathedral, the Rev. Dr. Clark Lobenstine of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington; Sister Maureen Fiedler, Sister of Loretto and host of Interfaith Voices, and too many others to name.

From CNN.com:

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.

As a Muslim scholar, an adherent of one of the Abrahamic faiths — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — and as someone committed to interfaith understanding, I urge Jones to cancel this event. Not only are the actions of Jones contrary to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, but they are also against the ideals of the American Founding Fathers.

Read the full article here.

41 responses to “A message to Pastor Terry Jones: ‘Burn Quran Day’ an outrage to Muslims

  1. Some one said “And they can never harm Allah and what He wants even one iota or less than that. They only bring harm, condemnation, and eternal damnation upon themselves unless they repent and Allah has mercy upon them in their ignorance.”

    This is absolutely ridiculous, a man who claims he is of faith burning the book of another faith

  2. While I agree with the author that this is a misguided action and will further erode realtions between Christians (I’m a Catholic) and Muslims, I have been waiting for years for millions of ‘moderate’ Muslims to rise up against the extremists in their religion and put an end to the religious tryranny that presently exists in Middle East nations. Why is it that Christians cannot publicly practice their religion in public and talk about their religion with others in these nations yet Muslims expect everyone else to be open to them no matter where they live? Islam needs to look no further than Catholic Church History (the Inquisition) to see how religious tyranny of this type will go down in history. I abhor violence and live by the commandents of love of God and neighbor but as long as countries where Islam is the dominant religion do not practice tolerance towards other faiths, Muslims should not be surprised by acts such as these.

    • Moderate Muslims who are attempting to speak out are being silenced in the media– simply by being ignored and unreported.

  3. I am a muslim lady from Kenya and very proud to be a muslim.What i would like to say is that Islam is the only religion that gave us status
    through the holy quran and our holy prophet Muhamad peace be upon him.
    In Roman law a woman was even in historic times completely dependent.
    If married she and property passed into the power of her husband….
    the wife was the purchased property of her husband and slave for his
    benefit.The history of muslims is rich with women of great achievments in all walks of life from as early as the 7th century.B.C

    I dont understand why it is a big issue for christians who also want to ban the hijab i mean hijab and not nikab hijab is covering of a womans hair and
    top covering is to cover her bossom.The same sisters mentioned in this email who want to burn the quran are NUNS SISTERS
    I wish to ask them why they put on a head covering the NUNS.

    The holy Quran will be protected and that was a promise made to us by
    Allah s w a GOD the creator the almighty.This pastor will burn how many
    copies and he is creating trouble between muslims and christians.

    The President of America should look into this and i am sure he will coz
    if he is into peace talks with Nations surely this is America where this
    pastor thinks he owns the book these are words of God sent by revelations
    through Angel Jibraeel In the bible it is Angel Gabriel.

    The same Angel we and pastor believe in.The qurans text can never be changed by any human that is the arabic text never that is a promise to us muslims by Allah s w a and our prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.

    Of course Muslims all over the world will protest he thinks he will try and
    vanish the quran never we dont have to worry its there to remain until
    day of Qiyamat.

    What a shame one pastor burning the other holy book

  4. I am a muslim lady

  5. I am a muslim lady in kenya and very proud to be a muslim lady.
    Islam is the only religion that gave women respect dignity and status.
    The Roman women 7th century B.C had no rights to their property
    anything a lady owned belonged to the man.She was a slave to man.
    In India Sathi was performed until Prime Minister Indra Gandhi and her
    son Rajiv Gandhi recently put a ban to it.Sathi means when you become
    a widow the same day you are burnt with the man as he is your God.

    Islam is a peaceful beautiful religion the holy quran is a way of life.
    How did the original bible come into existence? Pastor terry it was
    through revelations to prophet Issa peace be upon him, whom the christians call Jesus peace be upon him Son of Mariam peace be upon her
    whom you call Mary peace be upon her.She was a virgin and gave birth
    to jesus prophet issa peace be upon him without any man having sexual
    intercourse with her she was pure and a lady of honour.

    Pastor terry revelations of the Holy Bible came to Jesus Prophet Issa peace
    be upon him through Angel Jibrael who the christians call angel Gabriel.
    This is the same angel why on earth do you want to destroy the word of God.

    The hijab is always an issue with christians can u answer me why the nuns
    who are also part of your church wear the head scarf.

    Let me assure you Pastor terry the Holy Quran will always be protected
    until the last day of this World Qiyama.We have memorised the holy
    quran all of it so even if you do this disgraceful act it remains in the
    Hearts of Muslims.

    We were promised by Allah s w a in the holy quran that it is Allah s w a
    words the almighty blessed mankind with it and will be protected.

    Thers is a beautiful poetry please read it and ponder about it.

    We may know who we are or we may not
    we may be muslims jews or christians
    but until our hearts
    become the mould for every heart
    we will see only our differences.

    It is said that Gods light comes from 6 directions.
    ‘from where?’ asks the crowd,turning left and right.
    If only you could look neither way for a moment.

    I am sure President Obama will look into this coz just
    yesterday he wants to reconcile and have peace talks
    with Israel and Palestine not only that he also wanted
    us Kenyans to have a peaceful Referendrum.

    Why do you want to burn the holy Quran? You happen
    to be a pastor you want to burn a book of faith and yet
    you also have a faith.

    You wont go very far salman rushdie also still into hiding
    he fears his own life taken protection of the british govt.

    If he was man enough and what he wrote was true then
    why fear? or is it the fear of god that has set in him also.

    I urge you to stop what you want to do fear the Almighty
    When our Holy Kaaba House of God was going to be destroyed
    who protected GOD ALLAH S W A.

    So pastor terry Quran will be protected also.

  6. Bashir Bappah biri

    Assalam my brothers in islam my comment to pastor jones is we muslim we do not fear for his claiming to burn our holy book let him burn and see what Allah would do to him because several pagans tried to do so and what Allah turn them,we muslim we can’t do any thing to him but the owner of the book promise to protect his book even the whole world turns against the kitab he will protect it.

    • what the hell is this pastor doing,he is a hypacrit.if he is provoking violence than his form of religion is no better than what he is implying about the Muslim religion,peace is what we need,my son is in the military, he better not put my son in harms way cause of his big mouth.There is no religion that i know of that believes in God that would ever do what he is planning on doing ,he does this than he makes us no better than the people who continue to threaten American lives,so basically,shut your f#####g mouth,i am a christian ,don’t ever speak for me a##hole

  7. Assalam my brothers in islam my comment to pastor jones is we muslim we do not fear for his claiming to burn our holy book let him burn and see what Allah would do to him because several pagans tried to do so and what Allah turn them,we muslim we can’t do any thing to him but the owner of the book promise to protect his book even the whole world turns against the kitab he will protect it.Allahu Akbar

    • Yes. Allah will take care of that, Allah is the Owner of that Book and He knows better. Every One Humans to Animals have to Die one day. Just remember that. What will happen people like Terry will Find out.

  8. Dear Pastor Terri Jones,

    I, as a Chrisitian, am appalled by you calling other Chrsitians to burn the Qar’an. I refuse to do that, because it goes against what Jesus Christ has taught me. Jesus asks us to treat other as we would like to be treated. In essence, by burning the Qur’an you are burning the Bible. We must treat our Muslim brothers and sisters with love and respect, as we would like to be treated. I truely believe you need to re-read the 4 gospels and let the love of our lord Jesus Christ enter your heart.

    Sincerely,
    Jeff

    • Oops. Sorry I mispelled Christian and Qur’an. I sent the above letter to Pastor Terry Jones himself through his church’s website at Dove World Outreach Center

    • That is Right Jeff, We should as Americans should Stop that, He has no Right to do that. Let me see if some one burn Bible, I know lots of Christians won’t care because they have no FAITH, They never went to their Church, they never said Thanks to GOD. But their will be a Day of Judgment, We will answer what we did on Earth, with other Humans, with our Wives, Brothers, Sisters, Parents and our kids. We will answer for every Second.

  9. Voice of Reason

    You know what this is an insult to Muslims. And there is no reason to do this unless your intent is to purposely and intentionally insult Muslims. But (and I’m using a word a lot of Muslims tend to use when it comes to condemning the actions of terrorists) does anybody think that MAYBE the insult of burning the Quran is the same as building a Mosque at Ground Zero to the families of 9/11 victims?

  10. Dear All,
    Dont think of this event to be just like a normal one, I personally think that this will again create a huge gap and this time there may be an extreme reaction from the muslims, I dont expect so called civilized people of america to support this event, what if muslims do the same and start burning bible in pakistan?
    but our religon teaches us tolerance to the extreme limits, yes we are extreme tolerant..and extremist in tolerance, but i wish and advise this churh not to cross the limits, i fear what happens if muslims are going to cross the tolerance limits.
    please STOP THIS EVENT and make the world a peacefull living place.
    MSG from an ahmedi muslim.

  11. The following characteristics have been mentioned in the Qur’an

    “O disbelievers,
    I do not worship what you worship
    Nor are you worshippers of what I worship
    Nor will I be a worshipper of what you worship
    Nor will you be worshippers of what I worship.
    For you is your religion, and for me is my religion.”

    that what mohamed told to the disbelievers in god , then why this man want to burn quran , i want him to read his bible again from the beigning

  12. inshah allah wil show what s his power ! Terry not able to burn quran until his bible words dis appear ! he s not at al a christian !

  13. Against this brutal act

    Well these christians are coming up with another excuse for war. And burning Quran in front of a muslim is asking to get ass kicked.

    Trust, if they burn quran I will burn the every church in my way and I will burn Pastor Terry Jones alive. Fucker, learn to respect others believes. If that’s not what christianity is teaching you…it’s the religion of shit.

  14. Does he not realise the proper way of disposing the Qur’an is only by burning it, so thank you for doing it the islamic way!

  15. My Question to Terry Why Muslims are Violant and WHY they become violent. Its all done by US Government or us, We were helping Afghans in the Fight with Russia for over 8 years, with our help we beat USSR get them out from Afghanistan. Before that we went to Iraq, then we went to Iraq, we Went to Somalia, where we got beaten very BAD and Pakistan Forces helped us, Just few days ago was on CNN that little over 4400 US Army personal died in Iraq war and over a Million Iraqi Muslims are killed Including Saddam , I just don’t understand people like Terry Causing problems and then We American have to pay for it with our lives. US Government should step in and Stop him at once, That can cause more American lives. Terry Stop it Now. Muslims have to Believe on Bible and Torah to be a Muslim.

  16. I am a Muslim because I am sent to a Muslim parents/religion by the same One Creator of all mankind, without giving me any pre-option to chose my religion before my birth. Not a single human soul is ever given this pre-option to chose his/her religion, race and place before birth.
    I will love and be proud to be a Christian, a Jew or of any other religion or race if the Creator Lord would have sent me there with his exclusive discretion, because I have to unconditionally submit to the will and choice of the Almighty Greator God. I have only one question to the pastor planning to burn Quran, that, if God would have sent him into a Muslim parents in Saudi Arabia, did he have any choice to say to the Creator God
    ” No I do not want to be born into a Muslim parents in Saudi Arabia?”
    Definitely he would never have such a pre-option as no human soul is ever granted the same by the Creator God. If he been sent into Muslim religion by the Creator with the hateful soul he is demonstrating today he may be announcing to burn Bible, Torah, Bhagvad Geeta, Budhist Holy scripture or some other Holy Books? Those devil murderous Talibans, Al Quaidah and other hateful terrorists claiming to be muslims have no religion but agents of the Saitan, the greatest enemy of mankind since their original parents Adam & Eve. In every religions and race we have such evil souls pursuing the mission of hatred, division and mayhem of the humanity at large. A true God fearing Muslim would prefer his/her home and entire material belongings to be burnt to ashes but not a single page of Holy Bible, Psalms or Torah. When there was no Islam, no Quran and not a single Muslim on the earth planet, Jesus the greatest healer of the mankind was so barbarically crucified by the hateful evil souls of his own religion and race? Great John was beheaded for pursuing the message of truth. Many apostles of Jesus, many truly God fearing Jews, Christian Prophets and Preachers were brutally murdered by the evils of their own religion and nation. In recent history almost half a million christians of Rawanda were killed and burnt by the people of their own religon and own Nation? In Ireland such mayhem and carnage of Christians at the hands of socalled Christians continued for long. A true Jew, a true Christian, a true Muslim, a true Hindu, a true Sikh or a true God fearing follower of any religion will never have hatred against any fellow human, as we all belong from the One Human Family of same One Creator God, from whom we all have come and to whom we all have to return.

  17. Najam Gandhi said,
    September 3, 2010 @ 10:19 pm

    I am a Muslim because I am sent to a Muslim parents/religion by the same One Creator of all mankind, without giving me any pre-option to chose my religion before my birth. Not a single human soul is ever given this pre-option to chose his/her religion, race and place before birth.
    I will love and be proud to be a Christian, a Jew or of any other religion or race if the Creator Lord would have sent me there with his exclusive discretion, because I have to unconditionally submit to the will and choice of the Almighty Greator God. I have only one question to the pastor planning to burn Quran, that, if God would have sent him into a Muslim parents in Saudi Arabia, did he have any choice to say to the Creator God
    ” No I do not want to be born into a Muslim parents in Saudi Arabia?”
    Definitely he would never have such a pre-option as no human soul is ever granted the same by the Creator God. If he been sent into Muslim religion by the Creator with the hateful soul he is demonstrating today he may be announcing to burn Bible, Torah, Bhagvad Geeta, Budhist Holy scripture or some other Holy Books? Those devil murderous Talibans, Al Quaidah and other hateful terrorists claiming to be muslims have no religion but agents of the Saitan, the greatest enemy of mankind since their original parents Adam & Eve. In every religions and race we have such evil souls pursuing the mission of hatred, division and mayhem of the humanity at large. A true God fearing Muslim would prefer his/her home and entire material belongings to be burnt to ashes but not a single page of Holy Bible, Psalms or Torah. When there was no Islam, no Quran and not a single Muslim on the earth planet, Jesus the greatest healer of the mankind was so barbarically crucified by the hateful evil souls of his own religion and race? Great John was beheaded for pursuing the message of truth. Many apostles of Jesus, many truly God fearing Jews, Christian Prophets and Preachers were brutally murdered by the evils of their own religion and nation. In recent history almost half a million christians of Rawanda were killed and burnt by the people of their own religon and own Nation? In Ireland such mayhem and carnage of Christians at the hands of socalled Christians continued for long. A true Jew, a true Christian, a true Muslim, a true Hindu, a true Sikh or a true God fearing follower of any religion will never have hatred against any fellow human, as we all belong from the One Human Family of same One Creator God, from whom we all have come and to whom we all have to return.

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  18. I would strongly condemn the decision made by Terry Jones. It causes further hatred between christians and muslims.
    He has got crazy. Do not let him do his satanic work as it will cause more bloodshed in the world.
    Regards, Nahid

  19. I dont think he should be taken seriuosly,he is just looking for cheap publicity.Even if he burns the Qur’án a million times,the words shall remain same as already embedded in our hearts,unlike his Bible that have been changed to fit the whims and egos of his predesessors and reduced to a mere story book.Allah knows best how to educate these kinds of lost sheep,Bessides Islam is not a religion for some people,thus you cannot use the actions of some to connote a universal faith.Some dont even know a sentence in the Qur’an yet they claim to be experts in judging it’s adherents,but we muslims know a lot about your Bible or probably more than even the said pastor,that is why we are never caught burning the bible,despite it’s obvious violation to fit thier worldly yearnings.

  20. Hello,
    I’m not muslim. I’m Christian, and I’m ashamed and angry to see how a band of fanatics with no education and even less tolerance, are so irrespectul against their own religion. Jesus came to show love, respect and tolerance. Christianism is not a religion of hate. But is seems to be that in the quest of power, all religions forget this common principle. Fanatism, religion and ignorance are extremely dangerous when mixed. This is nothing new, we should have had learned about long time ago.

    The only way to change hate into respect and tolerance is not answering with hate, is trying to understand the other and accepting their differences, and learning how these differences enrich our understanding.

  21. Dear pastor terry Jones, please do not burn book, any book. Blame is not the book but those who give a different meaning to things that are written in. As happened to Jews during the Holocaust, burned their books – Kristallnacht – and then burned them, people. Sincerely, Eli Levy
    Jerusalem, Israel

  22. Where was the voice of the muslim world when American heads were being chopped off? The same ones that follow the koran. The same ones that danced in the street when the twin towers were destroyed…
    I am not of the same faith as Pastor Terry Jones, but support what he is doing.

    • U even dont know who has destroyed the twin towers…Only 40-50000 people died in the accident but America has killed millions of innocent people in Iraq , Afghanistan and Pakistan…
      Where were you then Mr. Marvin? Does your religion allow you this barbarism?

  23. asalamoalaikum,
    hey..hey..its disgraceful act…no matter how many words i say.. it wont b enough to convey MY FEELINGS…i m not going to explain islam as a religion n muslim acts..my religion my faith is nothing but truth..the fact is AS ALLAH ALMIGHTY is THE ONLY CREATOR N GRACIOUS MASTER OF ALL UNIVERSE.MOHAMMED (SAW.)IS SENT AS THE PROPHET AND BLESSING FOR ALL UNIVERSE..QURAN IS THE WORD OF ALMIGHTY ALLAH..i dont really want to know wht their opinions about us..muslims we r just good people,tolerant and nice ,muslim history ( I JUST HATE TO THIS) WE COULD burn urz too but fortunately we respect books and its about GOD’S REVEALED BOOKS we love all of them..we read them n love them.its about Quran..but EVEN it was bible,torah,the PSALMS OF DAVID DAY..i would feel grief. .the ones who r making this day .. m just thking…so wait for ALLAH’S WRATH on them..how could they think of such an act…

  24. i am muslim and very happy to be muslim but if this ediot burns the quran he wants world war 3 so i am reaching my muslim brothers and sisters not to act because that is what he wants crusade ..believe me most americans are not happy and they are not supporting him…but if he burns the quran i know that americans are great danger in a muslim cauntries and i believe he is responssible what ever is the out come …..he is also putting great danger the american troops and that is what he wants ..he wants to devide us muslim vs christian .. but i am wishing that he will go to hell before he does this acthe is not a smart so lets all ignore him….because he is putting him self a danger and that he will lose his freedom just the way that salman rushdi did ..so lets see what happens if he burns the quran cause i know god will protect the quran

  25. I don’t understand those who claim to be christian leaders leading with hate and ignorance
    http://spirithere.wordpress.com/2010/09/09/burn-a-quran-day-911-2010/

  26. Do Muslims wish to implement world-wide Sharia or not? Yes or no?

    Are they commanded to do so by violence? Yes or no?

    No they really believe beheading, death threats and jihad are the answer? Yes or no?

    Do Muslims use taqiyya as part of verbal jihad to deceive the infidels? Yes or no?

    • I think you have been misguided about Islam.
      Islam is against violance and has condemned its any form . Islam has emphasized on brotherhood , peace and serenity in the society.Muslims who beileve in violance know nothing about Islam and so the non muslims like you.

  27. Assalam am a fellow muslim from nigeria am happy to be muslim and total proud of my religion and ihear that this pagan pastpond his mission abaut burning the qu’an this indicate that he a liar and it show that he is a fear ful person, he fear for what may be outcome.Allahu Akbar….

  28. Dear Najam Gandhi,

    Thank you so much for such an enlightening comment. In a previous comment I said “beautifully said” and ended with “May God/Allah be with you and give you peace.” I should have ended it this way,

    May OUR God/Allah be with you and give you peace,
    Jeff
    A Christian

  29. shame on terry jons on his pathetic Act this shws his hatred against ISlAM through all this acts he cant not harm GOd infact he is in a big mistake tht he is harmin his selfffff..

  30. I think Pastor loser Jones has started WWIII. We’re all gonna die!

  31. Dear brothers and sisters in islam. Am also a muslim. I would like to ask terry jones and entire american this questions. If a muslim in america want to burn the bible what wil terry react as a pastor? And what wil american react to the situation? And if does how will he or she be treated? Infact terry is not causing muslim but the whole world . We are al human regardless to what religion you fellow. Is it not your right to fellow any religion you like as a human? Then why wanted to in this way ?

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