Response to Rev. Jones and Burning of Qur’an

9/11 and Burning of the Holy Qur’an Response

As many of you may know by now the Reverend Terry Jones of Dove World Outreach Center in Florida USA has announced that to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 he has his congregation will burn the Holy Qur’an as a protest against Islam on Sept. 11, 2010. This is an unfortunate decision by Rev. Jones in our estimation and one that will surely do nothing to bring together various faiths in the spirit of tolerance and understanding. However, we are certain Rev. Jones’ decision to burn the Holy Qur’an will surely put more of a division between people of various faiths, especially Islam and Christianity and that is unfortunate. Sadly, the good reverend seems to have completely missed the symbolism that his own ministry embarrasses (ie: the DOVE which is a symbol of PEACE).

It is within this context of the planned actions of Rev. Jones and his congregation to take place on 9/11/2010 that we make the following response:

–Rev. Jones’ decision to burn the Koran is completely incompatible with the Christian Gospels and with traditional Christian values Further, it is a clear violation of good conscience in all respects.

–It should be noted that the Islamic Holy Qur’an contains numerous verses in reference to the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) some of which, in FACT, praise Him along with Mary (pbuh), Christians and the Gospels. It is Islamic belief that certain errors in Christianity are corrected by the Holy Qur’an yet the Qur’an still confirms the Gospel as a holy book of revelation sent down by Allah (God).

–It must be noted and we hope the good Rev. Jones and his congregation will take note, that Christians and Jews enjoy a special status in Islam as being the “People of the Book” which the Qur’an has much to say about (ie: much GOOD to say about!). The People of the Book are suppose to be Muslim’s allies against the Kuffar (unbelievers). Therefore, it must be noted that those who will be participating in the burning of the Qur’an on 9/11/2010 at the insistence of Rev. Jones will actually be taking a very thoughtless and uniformed action as they will be burning all the praise of the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) contained in and revealed by the Holy Qur’an. Again, this is very unfortunate!!

–It is rather obvious that Satan himself is the real director behind this planned action of burning the Qur’an on 9/11/10. The hatred that he is obviously inspiring among the faithful is obvious but not surprising and Satan is the author of division and of confusion, not Allah (God). In FACT, the Bible itself makes this clear by stating that God is NOT the author of confusion does it not? We ask why burn the Qur’an? Aren’t all the books written by humanists and Kuffar really the books that should be burned? Such unholy books stand in direct opposition to God and to all Christians, Jews, and Muslims! In fact, such books and full of anger, hatred, and spite for Muslims and the People of the Book. In our estimation books written by the Kuffar are far more disturbing and dangerous than are the Qur’an. The Kuffar write books that are blatantly against the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) and Christianity and, in fact, their books inspire hatred towards Jesus (pbuh) and Christians as well as Jews!

–It is our hope that our Christian brothers will NOT forget that when someone whose heart is predisposed to faith but ignorant of religious matters reads the Qur’an their love for the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) grows. When this happens, such a person naturally wants to adopt the moral values as their own role model. So we ask Rev. Jones and his congregation just what kind of role model will they be establishing during their burning of the Qur’an on 9/11/2010? Surely it will NOT be a positive one nor will it be an example of the great love of Jesus (pbuh).

–Rev. Jones may think that the Gospel stand alone under the protection of God, however, so does the Holy Qur’an of Islam.

–We ask that all planning to participate in Rev. Jone’s burning of the Qur’an consider these verses from the Qur’an itself:

“…you will find the people most affectionate to those who have faith (Muslims) are those who say, ‘We are Christians.’ That is because some of them (Christians) are priests and monks and because they are not arrogant.” (Surah al-Ma’ida 82)

“And We sent Jesus son of Mary following in their footsteps, confirming the Torah tha came before him. We gave him (Jesus) the Gospel containing guidance and light, confirming the Torah that came before it, and as guidance and admonition for those who have taqwa (faith).” (Surah al Ma’ida 46)

–Like Christians, Muslims too await the coming again of the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) in the End Times (in which we are now living). And like Christians, Muslims have the Allah (God)-given duty to love, protect, and watch over others especially those of the Faithful and People of the Book.

–It is blatantly obvious to the wise and enlightened among society today that the air of hostility and hatred SOME people are attempting to create between Christians and Muslims is completely artificial and is the result of gross error and ignorance!

–It is also blatantly clear that the Kuffar (unbelievers) in global society are making every effort possible to incite certain Christians (especially Evangelicals) against Muslims. These Kuffar are attempting to target Muslims for the woes facing Western society today when, in fact, most of those woes have been caused by Westerners themselves and their long and insistent obsession with the accumulation of and even worship of materialism. Greed and selfishness NEVER end good! They always destroy and the deterioration seen in the West today is a direct result of that greed and selfishness as the West has turned AWAY from Allah (God)! If there must be blame assigned then let us see truth!

–The Kuffar (atheists) are attempting to get Christians to forget that it is actually antichrist ideology (such as humanism) that they should be fighting! The Kuffar are attempting to sway away Christians from their fight against evolution (Satan’s lie!!), materialism, humanism, communism, etc. In fact, the Kuffar are making every effort possible to make Muslims out to be scapegoats for Western ills and spread hate of Islam!!

–Sadly, it is apparent that Rev. Terry Jones and his congregation have fallen under the darkness spread by none other than Satan himself. We pray for the Reverend and his congregation that Allah will open their eyes to TRUTH so that they may see how Satan has deceived them. Jones and his followers must awaken to the fact that they are simply being used as PAWNS in Satan’s struggle against and hatred for the whole of humanity! It is our sincere prayer that God (Allah) will awaken them so that they might see the REAL BATTLE and the TRUE ENEMY!!

–Muslims accept and espouse those parts of the Gospel that are true and compatible with the Holy Qur’an. Therefore, it is very incompatible with logic, reason, and the teachings of the Gospel to seek to use the teachings of the Gospel as a weapon against Islam and Muslims!

–It is a terrible mistake and error to take the blessed teachings of the Torah and Gospel and use them against Muslims. Such an error can only be the result of conditioning and misguidedness at the hands of Kuffar influences and we think all of the faithful will agree the Kuffar do Satan’s bidding not God’s (Allah’s). Further, it is no secret that it is the plan of antichrist to set believers in Allah (God) against each other especially in these End Times in which we are all now living. We would hope that Rev. Jones and his followers would see the seriousness of the error they are about to commit and see the EVIL game being played out.

–We request that Rev. Jones and his congregation bear in mind the following commands from the Gospels themselves:

“Love you neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39)

“Love you neighbor as yourself. Love does NO HARM to its neighbor. Therefore, love is the FULFILLMENT of the (God’s) LAW!” (Romans 13:9-10)

“And the Lord’s servant MUST not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to EVERYONE, able to teach, not resentful.” (2 Timothy 2:24)

“Always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” (1 Thessalonians 5:15)

“Be merciful, just as your Lord is merciful.” (Gospel of Luke 6:36)

–It is our sincere hope that Rev. Jones and his followers will come to the realization that Muslims ARE their neighbors in our global community and realize that Islam is a faith at the heart of whose moral values lay LOVE AND PEACE!

–Sadly, may like Rev. Jones mistakenly believe Islam to be a bloodthirsty and barbaric faith due to their knowing nothing about Islam’s nature or true face. Contrary to popular opinion as advocated by the media the 9/11 terrorists DO NOT represent TRUE ISLAM!! Neither do any other terrorists!! Islam, in truth, is a religion of BROTHERHOOD, Love, and Peace. The Kuffar are using the media and some Christians as pawns to promote the desires of antichrist and Satan, sadly. They seek to spread misinformation and deception and to slander against Islam and Muslims across the world.

–It is a FACT that leaders of terrorism who make claim to being “Muslims” are lost people with Kuffar mindsets mostly the result of their arrogant and spoiled upbringing! They were raised in a manner far REMOVED from true moral values of ISLAM! Most of these people spend their time in night clubs and live DEGENERATE LIVES! Only when it suits their own fancy do they grow beards and try to assume an Islamic appearance and make it APPEAR that they embrace Islam. But, in fact, they are Kuffar (unbelievers) themselves only using Islam as a way to further their own arrogant agendas! In truth, they stand against Allah and Allah stands against them!! Arrogance is born of Satan not God!! These FALSE MUSLIMS who are really Kuffar have NOTHING to do with TRUE ISLAM!! Their real “religion” is ego worship, greed, selfishness, and materialism, NOT ISLAM. The MAJORITY of TRUE MUSLIMS around the world DO NOT SUPPORT their acts of terrorism and, in fact, RESENT Islam being used by them!!

–It is a great error (SIN) to ignore the teaching of Islam that COMMAND peace and brotherhood. It is also a great mistake to ignore the teachings in the Quran that support the Gospel and to equate a small bloodthirsty minority group with Islam itself. Islam CONDEMNS the perverted and Kuffar mindset that carries out ANY act of TERRORISM in the name of Allah!!

–We are saddened that Rev. Jones and his congregation have chosen to be a part of the growing hate instead of standing up and fighting against hate. We wonder, is that what Jesus (pbuh) would do??

–It is our hope that Rev. Jones and his adherents will educate themselves in what true Islam is and what it is NOT. Further, we understand that the Gospel Truth, “Love thy neighbor” is written on a sign in front of Rev. Jones’ church in Florida and so we are left to wonder why he does not practice what he is preaching? Surely Rev. Jones does not have this sign in front of his church as a sign for hypocrisy!

–The more the faithful are divided and turn upon each others throats, the stronger will become the demonic system of antichrist and the further Satan will achieve his agenda in this world.

–Finally, we ask that Rev. Jones and his followers and everyone else, for that matter, take time to educate themselves and NOT be a part of the HYPE to hate Muslims! Further, we ask that they consider “What would Jesus do?” before they act and that they act with reason, mercy, compassion, and good conscience in light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (pbuh).

–In conclusion, we would ask that Reverend Jones and his congregation as “ambassadors of Christ” reconsider the actions and error they are about to partake of by burning the Holy Qur’an on 9/11/2010 and, thus, enraging a great number of Muslims all over the world who COULD BE friends but if such action is taken will SURELY make them ENEMIES. The only thing the burning of the Qur’an will do is create another WALL among Muslims, Christians, and Jews and we really DO NOT need anymore walls of division or of HATE. Rev. Jones will only be adding to the growing HATE in this world and we really DO NOT think that is what JESUS (pbuh) would do!!

Note: This response is inspired by the more in-depth response posted by noted author
Harun Yahya on his website at

http://us2.harunyahya.com/Detail/T/EDCRFV/productId/29505/

We very highly recommend that all who read our response go to Yahya’s website and read his response which is more excellent.

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About hakimazari

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2 Responses to Response to Rev. Jones and Burning of Qur’an

  1. Kathy says:

    Please know that not all Americans agree with the hate mongers in America today. This is truly a sad time for my country and I am not proud of what I see on the news. Americans like Rev. Jones are not arrogant, but ignorant. They have lost or perhaps have never understood how to love their neighbors. I have grown very tired of this hate that is being masked as politics. What has happened to my country? All I can do is pray for peace and love. We really need love. We need to stop the hate.

  2. hakimazari says:

    Blessings be upon you Kathy and thank you for your comment. Many of us across all faiths and walks of life are tired of the hate. Yes I know that Rev. Jones does NOT represent all Americans or all Christians. He is, as you say, arrogant and ignorant. He uses hatred to keep control of his people like so many lost political and religious leaders do today, sadly. Men such as this are tyrants and they have become tyrants because they have been taken over by hatred. No faith is immune to men such as this as I am sure you well know. Even in Islam there are such men who call themselves religious leaders but, in truth, they are men taken over by hatred and they misguide the faithful rather than guiding them rightly. I think men such as this, no matter what their faith, mask politics as religion and the two are NOT one in the same! They fan the flames of hatred in order to move forward their political agendas and they use religion to do it! This is wrong in EVERY religion! Yes! We need love and we MUST stop the hate!! Rather than hating one another let us show compassion towards one another across our religious lines. There is but only one Creator, God, and we are all His creations. I think it is time we start acting like it!

    Blessings Kathy and may God establish that peace and compassion which we so badly need in the world of hate today.

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