“Burn Not!”- Interfaith Initiatives for the Qur'an

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By Back to Religion Editor

Qur'an is revealed in Arabic, while many good translations are provided to serve non Arabic speakers

These days, rage is sweeping Afghanistan where thousands have been protesting in the streets, chanting “Death to America”.

This happened to be Afghans’ reaction, those who are very angry to hear about the burning of the Holy Qur’an copies inside NATO’s Bagram airbase.

"The laborers normally take the garbage outside and they found the remains of Qur’an," Roshna Khalid, the provincial governor's spokeswoman, told Reuters on Tuesday, February 21, citing accounts from local laborers.

Khalid confirmed that copies of the Muslim holy book had been burnt along other religious books inside Bagram airbase, about 60 kilometres (40 miles) north of Kabul.

As reported by Onislam.net News desk, NATO attempting to contain the public fury, General John Allen, head of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), apologized and ordered a full investigation into the incident. "When we learned of these actions, we immediately intervened and stopped them," General Allen said.

In this collective folder, Back to Religion team re-highlights a number of articles which tackle interfaith initiatives for promoting a mutual respect to the Holy Qur’an.

Read, think, and share your take.




Burning of Religious Books

Perhaps a look at the history of the burning of religious text would give us an understanding of the hatred that has existed in our religious and secular circles. Here is a review of some prominent incidents of book burning.  We have witnessed the burning of Library of Alexandria by Christian forces, Library of Baghdad by Mongols, the burning of books and burying of scholars under China's Qin Dynasty, the destruction of Mayan codices by Spanish Christian conquistadors and priests, burning of Muslim and Jewish books by Catholics during the Inquisition… [Read more]




Churches That Read From the Qur’an

Although negative stories of Islamophobia in the United States abound in news media, most Americans respect religious diversity. That’s why in June this year, thousands of people across America joined together at dozens of churches and other houses of worship across the country. Congregants united to do far more than read Christian scriptures; from Alabama to Alaska, from California to New York, worshippers also heard the words of Jewish and Muslim sacred texts as rabbis and imams joined pastors in leading an event called Faith Shared… [Read more]




The Accidental Theologist: What’s in the Qur'an?

Lesley Hazleton, previously known by The Accidental Theologist, author of "After the Prophet: the Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split," explores the Qur’an from the perspective of an agnostic Jew in this 9-minute TEDx video. [Read more]





Qur'an for Peace (American Pastor's Initiative)

I am a man of faith. I have been a Christian pastor for 25 years in the United Methodist Church. It is out of this deep commitment to the principles of my faith that I felt I needed to do something - anything - in response to the potential hate crime that was going to be perpetrated by a church, the Dove World Outreach Center, in Gainesville, Florida, on 11th September. Despite the fact that authorities for the city of Gainesville denied a permit for the event, saying that open burnings of books are not allowed in the city.... [Read more]




The Interfaith Amigos

Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don Mackenzie, and Imam Jamal Rahman are the interfaith Amigos who work together to break taboos about the interfaith dialogue. Hosted in many public shows, the three Interfaith Amigos speak about their friendship experience and their participation in promoting dialogue between people of different faiths… [Read more]




Sealed For Terry Jones (Letter from a Muslim)

Dear Pastor Terry Jones, This letter might come too late, but I still need to say to you and other people who think that burning the Qur’an or any other holy book is a way to remove evil from this world: your act is useless. It does not do any good, nor does it remove evil. In fact, when you burned copies of the Qur’an in your Florida church on 20 March, you risked creating more hatred because it fuelled the anger of some Muslims who think that burning the Qur’an is an insult to their religion…[ Read more]

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