Fury at plan to burn quran

2010-09-09 00:00

SALIM Patel Imaam, Moulana of a Pietermaritzburg mosque, said: “The proposed provocation must be condemned. The Holy Quran is divine guidance and it does not promote or teach terrorism. Those who are misinterpreting it are not aware of its true message.”

Local Muslim resident Abdullah Saeed said: “South African Muslims will be disappointed and upset [if the event takes place]. However, they will not resort to any unethical behaviour. We will use this opportunity to educate people about Islam.

“The Quran cannot be harmed by burning or by other acts of desecration. It has been memorised verbatim by millions of individuals around the world and it is one of the most widely revered and read books.”

Social network sites showed that the majority of people around the world are against the Quran bonfire.

Indonesian tweeter Naufi Aprisa Shancez said: “I don’t worry about the Quran burning, because I believe Allah will save it like Allah saved Ibrahim from [the] fire”.

Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano tweeted: “Dear Crazy Pastor Who Wants To Burn The Quran, What page is this idea on in the Bible? With blessings, Sane People”.

Other comments included, “Dear Americans, you need to burn calories, not Qurans.”

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VATICAN CITY — The planned mass burning of copies of the Quran in the U.S. state of Florida would be “an outrageous and grave gesture”, the Vatican said yesterday.

The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue said in a statement it has “received with great concern the news of the proposed ‘Quran Burning Day’”, set for the ninth anniversary of September 11 on Saturday.

“Each religion, with its respective sacred books, places of worship and symbols, has the right to respect and protection,” the council said.

A small church, the Dove World Outreach Centre in Gainesville, Florida, has vowed to mark the 9/11 attacks by burning Qurans to remember the 2T977 people killed by Al-Qaeda hijackers.

The council said “deplorable acts of violence” like the 9/11 attacks cannot be counteracted by such acts. It called on religious leaders and believers to renew condemnation of all forms of violence, particularly those committed in the name of religion. .

JOLIE SLAMS PLAN: Angelina Jolie said yesterday she has ‘hardly the words’ to express her opposition to burning someone’s religious text. During a visit to Pakistan, she said she would never support the plan to burn the Quran. ‘Of course not. Of course not,’ she told a news conference.

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