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The Burning of Holy Koran With a Disastrous Result
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The Burning of Holy Koran With a Disastrous Result

Recently an American pastor, Terry Jones, publicly burned the Holy Koran, the most sacred book of Muslims. Angered by this foolish and impudent act, a group of Muslims in Afghanistan attacked the UN compound, killed several Christian members of the staff, and trampled the Cross in the compound. In my opinion, the act of the pastor was illogical and immoral, and is to be condemned. However, the violent reaction of those people, killing the innocent UN members, is against the Koranic teachings, as well. Time and again the Holy Koran has said, “No one carries the burden of another’s guilt.” Therefore if (and I emphasize if) anyone should be punished in this regard, it is the pastor, and not the members of the UN. Thus, the unjust act of those Afghans is in itself against the Holy Koran, and should be condemned.

On the other hand, silence of Islamic scholars and their failure to react wisely and logically to such events is giving ground to such reactions by the layman, and subsequent tragedies as it happened in Afghanistan.  One may ask what is the reason behind the silence of the Islamic scholars in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere who claim to be leaders of Islamic societies? Do they wait to take an action or condemn such act, only after layman reactions?

Apparently that Medieval pastor committed that foolish act with the claim that Islam is a violent religion. But he should remember that the violence perpetrated by his fellow Christians over past centuries was far more severe than that of the Muslims. They burned hundreds of people merely because they had a different interpretation of the Holy Bible. Many scholars were burned to death by the Inquisitive Organization. It was his fellow Christians who, for about three decades, came from the other side of the world to fight with Muslims in the Crusades, and created a bloodbath in Palestine. Pope Urbain the Second issued a decree to the effect that all thieves and murderers will go to everlasting heaven if they kill Muslims and burn down their cities. Just recently, it was revealed that some Christians in the Catholic Church sexually abused the innocent children who came to church to learn religious hymns. The whole issue was so shameful that the present Pope had to apologize!

The pastor may reply that he is a Protestant, and that all those atrocities came from the Catholic or Orthodox Church. So let me remind him of the outrageous acts of Luther, the founder of Protestantism, who in his book entitled ” Against the murderous thieving hordes of peasants,” called for the feudal aristocrats to “ put down the rebels [the peasants] like mad dogs “ and “ let everyone who can, smite, slay and stab, secretly or openly.” Furthermore another Protestant leader, Calvin, had Michael Servetus burned to death.

But if the pastor had opened his eyes, he would have observed at the very beginning of the Holy Koran, the Koranic motto of mercy and compassion: “In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful,” which opens every chapter of Koran; and if he wanted to perceive the actual practice of compassion and anti-violence policy of Islam, he could have read about the conquering of Mecca- the city whose people had shown the severest animosity towards the Prophet of Islam and his followers. When the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) triumphantly entered Mecca, he said to all the residents of that city, ”Go home, you are all free.”

If Islam is to be blamed for all the wrong-doings of Muslims, then can we blame the Bible for the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and say the Bible is the source and origin of these violent acts? You say the Holy Koran incites war against others, and therefore it must be burned. Does not your Holy Book relate the stories of the wars of Moses (peace be upon him) with his enemies (i.e. Midianites, Arad, King Sihon, King Og) and how they were killed by the Israelites? Does not the Old Testament, Deuteronomy: 20 discuss the rules of war? If so, then why don’t you accuse the Torah of violence and burn that? (Which, of course, you must not.)

Besides, the wars of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) were defensive wars.
For 13 years the Prophet and his followers were persecuted, plagued and tortured by idol-worshipers. Some of his followers, such as Yasser and Somayyeh, were martyred. The rest had to flee to Ethiopia or Medina. Then the idol-worshippers tried to kill the Prophet himself, and he had to leave Mecca and go to Medina. Even then his enemies did not leave him alone, and tried to unite all Arab tribes against him, and to kill all Muslims, including women and children. That was when the War of Ahzab took place. In such a situation, the Holy Koran ordered Muslims to fight back. Even then, it was revealed through the Holy Koran that, “if they inclined towards peace, then you make peace with them,” (Anfal: 61) as the Holy Prophet did in Hodaybiah.

Thus it seems that the pastor should burn his own ignorance and prejudice and repent, remembering that Jesus Christ(peace be upon him) has said,” Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Mathew: 7)

 

Tehran, Iran

Mostafa Tabatabaie

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