Why Muslims Dare Not Burn the Bible in Return

Islam decrees that Muslims should respect and honor the Bible and Torah as well.

By Dr. Ashraf Ezzat

Afghans burning an effigy of the Florida pastor.

There is always an angle worthy of discussion in this megalomania of “Burn al Quran Day”. May be that is why so many comments have been voiced and they are all against this disgraceful and stupid plan by a discredited pastor who can’t get the support of his mother church in Germany nor the sympathy of his own daughter.

I hate to contribute to the man’s psychic lust for publicity- for that’s what he is after- and join the flocks of writers who have penned many articles on the subject. 

 Pastor Terry Jones` hideous plan should have been neglected and never granted this wide media exposure which turned this sick idea into a phenomenal display of extremism.

This Jones took advantage of the interconnected world of today and made a congregation of 50 people look like the whole of the American people on a facebook page. His evil call for burning al Quran demonstrates how sick people could exploit the freedom of expression in a free society like America. Being free to do this bonfire does not mean that it is the right thing to do.

What burning the Quran has to do with commemorating 9/11. How could he stoop so low? How could we surrender- in that ugly way- to bigotry in its most primitive form?  Why do we find people in the 21st century so deluded and misled? Where does this shameful myopia come from? Where this Islam behind 9/11 myth is taking us?

Why don’t Muslims just react by burning the Bible in return? I’m sure this question must have crossed your mind. What prevents them from committing such a horrible deed? After all they are the extremists. They are the intolerant people. They are the violent and hateful people. But they did not and never will. Do you know why?

 The answer to this question might be the only good that came out of this horrid and profane issue. The answer is so simple but yet so fundamental to a better understanding of Islam. The understanding or rather the misunderstanding that goes back to the medieval crusades.

In the eleventh century the crusades began and lasted for two hundred years in trying to rid the holy land of Jerusalem of the barbaric Muslims whom they were told desecrated the Christian sanctuaries in the holy city. Ironically it took the Arabs 70 years to figure out why they were engaged in a war with the Europeans. The Muslims were only defending their homeland against an outward aggression. That much they knew. When they were finally oriented with the true reasons behind the crusades they were more perplexed simply because they never did any harm to the Christian sites anywhere, let alone the city of Jerusalem.

It took the kings of Europe and the pope in Rome 2oo years to grow up to the fact that Jerusalem was equally sacred to Muslims.

 Jesus Christ and mother Mary are considered holy and highly revered by every Muslim. This is the missing link here. Westerners should know that Islam is not some local cult like Buddhism or Hinduism which i personally respect. It is a universal faith stemming from the same origins of the Judeo-Christian faith which along with Islam are recognized as Abrahamic religions. so, burning the Quran would be like consequently throwing the Bible and Torah in the same bonfire.

This is mainly why Muslims cannot retaliate against burning al Quran by burning any copy of the Bible because Islam decrees that Muslims should respect and honor the Bible and Torah as well.

 And that explains why the Muslims protesters in Afghanistan responded to this shameful incident by burning an effigy of the pastor not by burning a copy of the Bible.

It is so simple but I wish it was that simple to that freak pastor from Florida who was supposed to know better about Islam and other faiths. And this is so regrettable; I mean if priests are that ignorant about other faiths, what that says of the common people who tend to follow in their footsteps.

This bonfire will not only endanger the American troops but it will add up to the anti American sentiments in the Muslim world.

I think that the freak pastor will go ahead with his foolishness on Saturday. And starting the same Saturday, his death sentence will have been issued by many Muslim extremists around the world. This will come as no surprise for extremism only breeds more extremism. The freak pastor managed to get the world’s attention but that comes with a heavy price.



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253 Responses to "Why Muslims Dare Not Burn the Bible in Return"

  1. achmednot  September 26, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    local myth based religion? are you mental? what is islam but the babblings of a nationalist arab.

  2. achmednot  September 26, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    they don’t burn bibles because in the whole muslim world ,they couldn’t find enough to make a decent fire. aren’t christian missionaries regulary harrassed,intimidated,or worse because they had a bible in their possession.

  3. achmednot  September 26, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    d

  4. David  September 26, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Jesus is not a prophet, he is God’s Son.
    Hebrews 1: In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 3The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

  5. David  September 26, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Rubbish. Check reports by the Human Rights Watch, US Commission on Internal Religious Freedom, etc.

  6. David  September 26, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Lack of fear of God, or rather the idea that your will is not absolute and you are answerable to no one, leads to the worst kinds of cruelty, as so richly experienced in the 20th century.

    And BTW, I’ve read Bertrand Russell’s “On why I am not a Christian”. Sophomoric. Great mathematician though.

  7. David  September 26, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I’ve read the Hebrew bible (well the OT, and bits of the apocrypha), but the excerpts I’ve read from the Quran are either impenetrable or strike me as banal. I guess you are supposed to read it in Arabic, but that’s a bit too much effort.

    And there are key differences in the accounts, which considering the Quran came considerably AFTER, make the idea of reading all of it a rather dreary thought.

  8. David  September 26, 2010 at 10:53 am

    He does, but maybe you weren’t on the look for it.

  9. David  September 26, 2010 at 10:48 am

    But Christianity has been to some extent when embedded in culture. The scary thing about Islam is that it needs to govern, and thus the violent intolerance is in its DNA.

  10. David  September 26, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Thanks for this

  11. David  September 26, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Neither God nor the bible ask for or require blind faith.

  12. David  September 26, 2010 at 10:41 am

    It’s God’s world. He decides what is acceptable. Tough luck.

    And he died to make us acceptable. Good news.

  13. David  September 26, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Cult: a particular system of religious worship, esp. with reference to its rites and ceremonies.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cult

  14. David  September 26, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Valium time.

  15. David  September 26, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Worse, I sympathize with him, though I think his actions unwise.

    Evenhandedness is all very fine for self-examination, but I think you are lacking perspective on prevalence and degree of these kind of actions.

  16. David  September 26, 2010 at 10:26 am

    No, we just believe what Jesus said about himself – you know being equal with God, saw Abraham in person, and that kind of stuff. Said he fulfilled the prophesies about the Messiah. Cured lots of people, resurrected a couple of people from the dead as proof. Capped it off by rising from the dead himself, which he also stated would be a proof.

    I like it that God is a community, even if I don’t comprehend how that can be. Means that things like love and personhood are fundamental, even more than elementary particles.

  17. David  September 26, 2010 at 10:18 am

    ROFL, RadicalDude. What you smokin?

  18. David  September 26, 2010 at 10:13 am

    According to Voice of the Martyrs, in Brunei: conversion to Christianity is prohibited, Christian literature is banned, bibles are not allowed to be imported. Only 3 churches exist (from precolonial days), and requests for expanding or building new churches are ignored by the government.

  19. David  September 26, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I was in Turkey last year, and visited cave churches with religious paintings which looked vandalized. According to the tour guide (when I asked) said this had been done by Muslims in the last century. Makes sense I guess from their point of view, but lets not pretend it doesn’t happen.

  20. David  September 26, 2010 at 10:04 am

    And I suppose you don’t believe in the resurrection, or the miracles, or the fulfilled prophesies, etc. And for rational reasons, not because you’ve met Christians who are airheads, or disagreeable in some other way.

    The word “cult” has a non-pejorative meaning (set of religious practices): http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cult.

  21. David  September 26, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Whatever.

    Acts 17:31 “For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”

    Acts 10:39ff
    39″We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a tree, 40but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

  22. David  September 26, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Metaphorical. Example of Christ or disciples using the sword? Oh yeah, Peter. And Jesus rebuked him, and healed the victim.

  23. David  September 26, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Acts 17:31: “For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”

    That’s Jesus, whose death and resurrection Islam denies.

    John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

    That’s why I believe Islam is false, because it preaches another way, another truth, and does not ask Jesus for life.

  24. Oyvind  September 25, 2010 at 5:21 am

    Muslims Burn Bibles Routinely and Often

    http://plancksconstant.org/blog1/2010/09/muslims_burn_bibles_routinely_and_often.html

  25. Nabihah  September 24, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    please check out http://www.islamicsolutions.com/you-must-read-this-book/

  26. Habib Barri  September 24, 2010 at 1:58 am

    But Muslims do burn Bibles!
    The Pakistan Christian Post (PCP) reports that Militants burned Bibles and vandalized a Church on September 18th, 2010. They burned Bibles, Hymn Books, Crosses and the Altar of Nasri Pentecostal Church in Shah Latif, a Town in the District East of Karachi.
    The PCP The police registered FIR number 676/10 against unidentified culprits and assured Pastor in charge of Nasri Church to arrest culprits at an earliest.

    To desecrate Holy Bibles and attack on Churches is happened many times in Pakistan but culprits are never brought to justice by administration in Muslim dominated Islamic Republic of Pakistan.”

  27. Michael Day  September 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    The brief bio next to your article, “Why Muslims Dare Not Burn the Bible in Return” indicates that you are a medical doctor and a writer. As such, I expected your article to be reflective of an intellect commensurate to such a background. Instead, I found it condescending and vituperative. Rather than a cogent, reasoned argument for your point of view, I found it excessive in emotional invectives. Your superior and prejudiced attitude actually makes you come off sounding no better than the small-time preacher who threatened to burn the Quran.

    The message of this insignificant pastor was so hated by your brother Muslims on the other side of the world that mobs burned him in effigy and also burned the American flag, a symbol of the freedoms we enjoy in this country. Let’s see, which is worse: a handful of what we call in my country a ‘fringe element’, or mobs of thousands of Afghanis calling for the death of Americans? Your article indicates you consider the former to be worse and the latter justified. And if not you, then most of Islam because whenever someone in the West exercises freedom of speech, Muftis issue fatwas for the death of those westerners guilty of insulting Islam.

    Granted, not all Muslims interpret fatwas the same. And not all Muslims are “extreme”, yet more importantly, there is no significant movement within Islam to condemn death sentences issued for authors, political cartoonists, movie makers or Quran burners. There is a silence in the media about Muslims condemning that kind of behavior. But there is much in the media about how Muslims demand their special needs be met, whether it is the use of sharia law, not having to remove burkas for identification or security, public calls to prayer that are disruptive to non-muslims, the installation of ritual foot washing facilities in public areas, etc.

    Muslims immigrate to this country and not only expect to have freedom of religion, but they demand accommodation for every aspect of their Islamic culture. This is not at all what one can expect in your home country, Egypt. I would be arrested for wearing a cross or carrying a Bible in public. Muslims know full well that non-muslims do not have religious freedom in Islamic nations. You come to my country and take advantage of the freedoms we offer in America, only you cannot accept those same freedoms for your adversaries. Unfortunately for you, everyone in this country enjoys freedom, not just you. Our law is not like Sharia law, which gives women and non-muslims less freedom and less legal standing than Muslim males. Our laws were founded on Biblical, not Quranic values.

    The irrational fervor of Islam’s intolerance of any and all perceived insults has clearly influenced your writing. In your article, you chose words which demonstrate your own fervor goes hand in glove with the most violent elements of Islam. Describing American Quran-burners and their sympathizers you use such words as: megalomania, disgraceful, stupid, extremism, sick, low, bigotry, primitive, deluded, misled, shameful, 9/11 myth, horrible, extremists, intolerant, violent, hateful, horrid, profane, and freak. I may have missed a few. All of those words paint a picture of how bad Islam sees Terry Jones — so bad that his “death sentence” is justified in your thinking.

    That is the same kind of thinking that led another Muslim doctor to perpetrate the Fort Hood massacre. Your article is driven by and articulates that same kind of hatred and intolerance. In spite of your intelligence and education, you are not able to respect the way my culture sees things. I am totally against any book burning. I also do not approve of flag burning, effigy burning or the mob mentality. To me, freedom of speech is just that: speech. But, of course, I don’t write the laws, so those things are also protected. In my culture a person who demonstrates by burning religious symbols has never been accepted by the general public, but most often is considered a fringe element and ignored. However, it is still their right to do so.

    In your article you wrote that burning the Quran, “… demonstrates how sick people could exploit the freedom of expression in a free society like America. Being free to do this bonfire does not mean that it is the right thing to do.” I feel very much the same every time I see the American flag being burned. But it’s legal. Many Christians were deeply offended by government-supported “art” consisting of a crucifix suspended in a jar of urine and a statue of Mary covered in dung. But those were legal. I even read about an American pastor burning Bibles because they weren’t the King James Version. That upset a lot of main-line Christians. But no one rioted. There were no religious leaders calling for the death sentence in any of these cases. Freedom of expression, even when it is abused like this, is legal. To my (western) way of thinking, none of those things is as egregious as Islamic fatwas calling for the death of infidels who offend them.

    You asked, “What burning the Quran has to do with commemorating 9/11.” As an American, let me tell you. All of the terrorists who were responsible for the death and destruction to those thousands of unsuspecting and innocent civilians on 9/11 were Muslims and all of them were waging jihad according to their convictions about the Quran. If Islam is a religion that teaches killing infidels is a good thing, it must be understandable to a Muslim that non-muslims might be quite intimidated by that fact. Also, in the wake of 9/11, many Americans have made an effort to learn more about Islam. We may not be as ignorant as you think. For instance, many of us now realize that Islam is not just a religion. It is a whole system of religion, law and politics designed to control every aspect of a person’s life. There is no freedom in Islam.

    And speaking of ignorance, I always am surprised when Islamic apologists refer back to the Crusades in order to justify themselves. The Crusades are over. The Crusades are history. Most people are ignorant of history, or convinced that they know the proper version of it. Yet as important as I consider history, American attitudes toward Islam have nothing to do with the Crusades. The history of the Crusades is just about as meaningful to the average American as an Indiana Jones movie. What has awakened American interest in Islam is what we’ve been seeing in the news for the past few generations: bombings of school buses, and other public atrocities, mobs screaming in the streets, bodies dragged behind trucks and hung on bridges, filmed beheadings, so-called “holy men” calling for the death of America. Americans don’t really understand all that. But you surely must see how terror in the name of Islam may actually make some Americans quite angry.

    Some of our ignorant leaders think that if we show ourselves to be respectful to Islam and treat Muslims well, that we can live in peace. They have been fooled, because the “peace” that Islam seeks is the “peace” of having global control under a Caliphate. Americans want to live and let live. Islam wants to make sure everyone lives according to the dictates of the Quran. You surely can see why some Americans may want to go so far as to actually burn the document that authorizes our very demise as a free society.

    In your article, you made some amazingly ignorant statements for someone who boasts of being a doctor and a writer. You wrote: “Jesus Christ and mother Mary are considered holy and highly revered by every Muslim. This is the missing link here. Westerners should know that Islam is not some local cult like Buddhism or Hinduism which i personally respect. It is a universal faith stemming from the same origins of the Judeo-Christian faith which along with Islam are recognized as Abrahamic religions.” Here are the facts: 1) The Jesus and Mary that Islam reveres are not the same as are recorded in the New Testament. The Bible teaches that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, while Islam teaches that he was only a prophet. And Islam does not consider the Bible to be accurate, reliable or the word of God, so they do not actually believe the words of Jesus; 2) In the entire discussion of Islam, who thinks of Islam as a ‘local cult’? Equally, how can you refer to Buddhism or Hinduism as local cults? Everyone in the west considers each of those three to be a major world religion; 3) You seem to be outside the normal marketplace of ideas because if you “respect” Buddhism and Hinduism as perceived local cults, then how is it a bad thing for westerners to perceive Islam as a local cult? I think you are saying you want westerners to respect Islam, but you are self-absorbed in how you say it; 4) There is no such thing as “the Judeo-Christian faith”. The Jewish and Christian faiths are quite different. But obviously you, as an Islamic apologist, disrespect Biblical religions by lumping us all together as infidels.

    5) Finally, let me disabuse anyone of the notion that there can be any meaningful ecumenism between the Biblical religions of Judaism and Christianity, and the Quranic religion of Islam because of their “Abrahamic” origins. Both Jews and Christians believe what is written in the Bible about Abraham and his offspring. In the Book of Genesis the son of Abraham who received God’s special promised blessing was Isaac, not Ishmael. Ishmael and his offspring became enemies of Isaac and his offspring. After that, Isaac’s son Jacob inherited that same promised blessing, not his brother Esau. Esau and his offspring became enemies of Jacob and his offspring. In fact Esau even married a daughter of Ishmael, cementing the enmity between him and Jacob, who’s name God changed to Israel. Israel’s twelve sons then became the twelve tribes of Israel — God’s chosen people. Many places in the Bible illustrate this. One of my favorites, taken from 1 Kings 18:36, is a statement of the prophet Elijah. It says, “Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel,” [This is Adonai, not Allah.] “let it be known today that you are God in Israel …”

    The fact that Allah of the Quran is not the God of the Bible is clear to anyone who takes the time to examine those two, very different documents. They describe two, very different concepts of God. The claims of Islam may look back to Abraham for their origins, but they are born of the envy of brothers who got the short end of the stick when it came to the promises of God. God chose Isaac over Ishmael and Jacob over Esau. Islam refuses to accept those facts, and by so doing are opposed to God and his plan. Both Christians and Jews believe that the Messiah will bring salvation to the entire world. They just don’t agree on who that Messiah is. There has been much ugliness, hurt, antisemitism, hate and intolerance between us throughout history. But today, in the here and now, we don’t wish to kill one another over our disagreements. We want to have the freedom to express ourselves. That even includes the symbolism of burning icons of those who threaten us. On the other hand, Islam perpetuates its own Crusades in the form of Jihad, such as the senseless acts of 9/11. The civilized world is asking Islam to stop the madness.

  28. mgr  September 16, 2010 at 11:54 am

    So what? Judaism, Islam and Christianity all were born in the much tinier region of Palestine, so they’re ‘local cults’ as well!! The only reason any of them spread over a relatively large area is they were part of the Roman Empire so they had the freedom and ability to move around in the area… Buddhism had no such help, (the Amrecias don’t count, they’re christianised, have muslims etc… only because of their invasion of America by European powers.

  29. Oshkosh  September 15, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Muslims have burned bibles, churches, and Christians.

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/285123/christians_in_gaza_fear_for_their_lives.html?cat=9

  30. MO  September 15, 2010 at 10:40 am

    BONJOUR

    ARE YOU A PROPHET OR A SON OF PROPHET TO TELL ISLAM IS A FALSE RELIGION; ASK THE MERCIFUL GOD WHAT HE THINKS ABOUT IS RELIGION; SHOULD I BELIEVE YOU OR GOD, THAT’S THE QUESTION! LOOK§ I WILL GIVE YOU A GOOD IDEA TO UNDERSTAND THE REALITY OF THE THINGS. READ THE BIBLE WITH LOT OF ATTENTION AND ASK GOD TO GIVE YOULIGHT!

  31. Sharon  September 15, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Buddha walked this earth FIVE HUNDRED YEARS before UNMARRIED Mary popped out her illegit kid that can’t answer a simple prayer.

    Who’s the cult?

    And yes I am atheist as well as Buddhist.

  32. Sharon  September 15, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Buddhists are a cult?

    You’re one of a hundred reasons why I’m no longer Christian!! YOU’RE THE CULT!!!

  33. I'M JEFF'S DAD  September 15, 2010 at 2:41 am

    SORRY JEFF IS A RETARD

  34. you are a complete idiot  September 15, 2010 at 2:38 am

    WHAT ARE YOU ON ABOUT YOU ILLITERATE IDIOT.

  35. you are a complete idiot  September 15, 2010 at 2:27 am

    ARE YOU RETARDED, CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW MUSLIMS DID THE 9/11 attacks, where is the proof?

    IF YOU HAVE NO PROOF YOU CAN NOT GO ON LYING ALL DAY… DON’T TALK WHEN YOU HAVE NOTHING TRUE TO SAY. ALL YOU BS ARTISTS DO IS LIE LIE AND LIE. YAY BLAME IT ON THE ODD ONE’S OUT IS THAT ALL?

    YOU ARE THE BLOODY HYPOCRYTE YOU LITTLE SHIT.
    GET A LIFE AND STOP BLAMING PEOPLE
    AND MAYBE YOU SHOULD USE GOOGLE TO FIND PROOF THAT 9/11 WASN’T COMMITED BY MUSLIMS.

    1THING

    IF IT WAS COMMITED BY MUSLIMS HOW THE HELL DO YOU EXPLAIN THE FREAKIN 50000 TONS OF MOLTED IRON AND STEEL UNDER THE BUILDINGS? A PLANE CAN’T DO THAT, IT WAS OBVIOUSLY A BOMB WHICH MADE THE STEEL STRUCTURE OF THE BASE COLLAPSE. THIS WAS ALL PLANNED.

    WHY DID THE PENTAGON START DOING FIRE DRILLS A FEW WEEKS BEFORE THIS, IT HAD NEVER DONE THESE BEFORE… ALL THESE OBVIOUS THINGS SHOW THAT ALL OF THIS IS BULLSHIT…

  36. Tom  September 14, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Another good quote is “We are birds of the same nest. Wearing different skins, speaking different languages, believing in different religions, and belonging to different cultures – yet we share the same home, our earth. Born on the same planet, covered by the same skies, gazing at the same stars, breathing the same air, we must learn to progress happily together or miserably perish together. For humans can live individually but can survive only collectively.”_ from Atharva Veda I wish we could all just accept that.

  37. Me  September 14, 2010 at 5:07 am

    Uh, start eating. Glad to know that you are the sole judge of fitness of anyone. It is not AT ground zero, it is 2 blocks away. How far away do YOU think is required to NOT be ground zero? 1 – He has pretty much said just that, having the right and need to worship and promote intercultural awareness and cooperation. 2 – Not sure if he has specifically said he will pray for the idiot, why should he? But he has certainly NOT called for any violence. Given how many other idiots want to see a church in Saudi Arabia before allowing a mosque in that site, that hardly qualifies as a citizen of the US let alone “fit” for anything.

  38. Jeff's Friend  September 14, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Sorry Guys…. please dont Argu with Jeff..He is an AUTIS.

  39. Asli Indonesia  September 14, 2010 at 2:24 am

    for pd..if u r indoneisian..pastinya lo tau..ngarang banget lo ngomong nya…mudah2 ah kena celaka loe….

  40. Asli Indonesia  September 14, 2010 at 2:14 am

    “intimidated,tortured imprisoned, raped and murdered in Pakistan, Sudan, Indonesia ….”
    Indonesia..did something on that you said? no you’re really wrong…even I wish so :p

  41. George  September 12, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    No facts matter to you. Let’s not split hair. Let’s see what is happening HERE and NOW.

    http://focusuk.wordpress.com/

  42. Ahmed  September 12, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I bet Muslims put Zaynab/Zainab the daughter-in-law of Mohamed much higher.
    According to tradition,when Mohamed first saw her unveiled (undressed), he flattered her to the point that his son, upon learning about it, offered to divorce her. There was a problem, however, she was to become his fifth wife (Koran allows up to 4), and she was his daughter-in-law. Nevertheless, while people started talking, Mohamed received revelation asking him to marry Zaynab (Sura 33:36) and whoever else he wants. After that he would marry one women after another, including 5 or 6-year old Aisha who still played with her toys after the marriage was consumated.

    In other words, in the eternally existing uncreated Quran in heaven, Zainab’s marriage was mentioned and unlike Mary, she is a “mother of believers”.

  43. Nima  September 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    you are correct. This freedom is given to us by God, if God wanted to
    protect the Quran or Bible from burning then he would have. But in this
    universe and with it’s laws of physics you can match a light to any book
    and it will burn and God will not change it because it’s a freedom that he
    has given to us.

    Question is, should we be so barberic and so low to show our anger by
    burning a book? be it Bible or the Quran? Does this show our civilization
    and our values or are we bringing ourselves as low as those taliban low lives
    in afganestan?

  44. Ahmed  September 12, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    >No Chapter in Holy qur’an is dedicated to the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) > mother of any of his wives.

    There is an interesting Sura justifying Mohamded’s marriage to his daughter-in-law (Sura Al-Ahzab 33:37). According to Hadith this sura was revealed to the Prophet (PBUH) after he saw his daughter-in-law “wihout veil” and presented her with such flattering remarks that his son, when he learned about it, offered immediately to divorce her. Of course, the Prophet (PBUH) originally rejected it because people started talking and she was to become his fifth wife (the Koran allows 4), but they went silent when the Sura was revealed. Isn’t it an interesting coincidence? Well, after that he happily married many more women including a 5-year old Aisha.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaynab_bint_Jahsh

  45. George  September 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    >Islam is an arabic word which translates to “Surrender to the will of allah”

    Unfortunately when I look at plight of Nigerian or Sudani Christians, this “surrender” is forced upon them with terror!

  46. Gordon Duff  September 12, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Jeff,
    If you want to find THE enemy’s achille’s heel, tell people from that certain country that they can only prove about 80,000 died in the holocaust.
    Watch them squirm.
    g

  47. Gordon Duff  September 12, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Jeff,
    Bill Maher essentially does “torah speak.” Right on that one. Have you noticed that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the Torah seem to be done by the same folks?
    Burn both of them too.
    Book of Mormon on the fire first. I hate to think of poor jesus, scalped by redskins…or with saddle sores.
    g

  48. Gordon Duff  September 12, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Jeff,
    You are a racist. I think you have made that clear.
    g

  49. Rehmat  September 12, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Both the OT and NT were written and revised by the rabbis and the priests during the last 2000 years. Both have passages showing that some of biblical prophets were sexmanics and racists – which against the very definition of Prophethood in Holy Qur’an. Muslims are commanded to respect these earlier religious book but accept only those verses which are compatible with the message revealed in the Final Testament (Holy Qur’an).

    The other problem Muslims have – is that they’re commanded by Holy Qur’an to honor and respect all the biblical prophets mention in OT and NT. That’s why Muslims have never been blamed for drawing or publishing insulting cartoons of Moses, David, Solomon or Jesus. It’s only the Jews and Christians have the honor to do such dirty tricks against the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh).

    NT depicts Jesus as part of Trinity – but don’t honor him by even dedicating a single book of the 27 books. Holy Qur’an only the other hand not only honors Jesus just as much as Moses – but has a full Chapter (Surah Mariam) dedicated to Holy Mary. No Chapter in Holy qur’an is dedicated to the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) mother of any of his wives.

    The Holy Vengeance
    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/the-holy-vengeance/

  50. Jeff  September 12, 2010 at 5:34 am

    As a self professed Christian and probably not the best one at that I belive strongly that my religion is the correct one and that Jesua is the savior and only through him we receive salvation.

    In fact I am too believe and do that he is the only way that one must belive in him and his death and resurection to be saved, the Quran may recognize Jesus but as the Jews it is not as the Son of God.

    The Jews have another covenant with God so they need not believe in Christ if they can live a life free of sin, as I see it.

    I wish them the best that is a daunting task.

    Even with my convictions I would not for a second consider bringing violence to someone who feels different and even disrespects my religous beliefs.

    The Muslim belief seems to feel different and is arrogant and intolerant by doing so.

    I can consider Islam a false religion in the aspect it does not lead to salvation and eternal life.

    Yet I would not be so bold and arrogant to bring an act of vengence or violence upon them.

    I have little or no reverence for the Muslim religion, that is my right as others can and do feel the same about Christians, we survive and go on we do not decree death sentences nor do we sanction execution for homosexuality or other sins of man even tho we do not condone it or promote it.

    Islam may have its shared views with Christianity but they are not compatible.

  51. Jeff  September 12, 2010 at 2:55 am

    BTW is that advertising on this page for Single Muslim woman a joke?

  52. Jeff  September 12, 2010 at 2:50 am

    Get an Imam to say these 2 things and I will say he is fit to preach here in the USA.

    1. The ground zero Holy center could be moved but we choose not to as it a right we have to worship where we choose.

    2. I am deeply offended by someons choice to burn our Holy book the Quran but I do not wish them ill will and will pray for thier souls

    The act is not worth of violent retribution by any Muslim.

    Get an Imam to say the latter and I will eat a Quran!

  53. Jeff  September 12, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Just in case you are ever threatened with kidnapping by an Islamic terrorist be certain to have a pocket Quran at the ready so u can say.. back off or the book gets it…Have a Zippo with a big flame ready as well.

  54. Jeff  September 12, 2010 at 2:42 am

    I dont know if this makes me a racist or a religous bigot but…its the black Muslims i dont trust.

    And the Woman wearing those wraps…it makes tham look seedy and devious.

  55. Jeff  September 12, 2010 at 2:40 am

    Iver seen and read the Quron it looks as if its been written for juvenile delinquents or adolecents..

    It says you get sex with 52 Virgins and a Red Ferrari if you do what Allah says.

    and the illustrations are like cartoons or a childs coring book.

    Personally I was not impressed and chose not to make it my religion.

    I like the Story of Jesus better an it appeals to me so …I’m a Christian.

  56. Jeff  September 12, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Top 5 books Id like to burn just to make a point.

    The Bible.
    The Koran
    The Quran
    The Apple pie cookbook
    Any thing written by Bill Maher.

  57. Jeff  September 12, 2010 at 2:34 am

    Sharia law is unconstitutional in the US… That is a correct statement.

  58. Jeff  September 12, 2010 at 2:32 am

    As a Muslim in the US what would you do to me if I burned the Quran and fed the ashes to a stray dog…Mixed with some good pet food of course..

    No Animals were harmed in this figment of ones imagination.

  59. Kalki  September 12, 2010 at 2:30 am

    Babay killing?

    Hindus never said absurd things like Adam and Eve where the first humans orEarth is the centre of universe. We Hindus tsught the illiterate, ignorant and barbaric Arabs -HOW TO COUNT!. About numerals, science, art of minig diamonds. When your Abrahamic Ancestors wre roaming in loin clothes hunting animals. We hindus had universiies like Nalanda and Taxila harboring more than 10,000 stundetsn- Which even now some Arba countries cannot boast about. We hindus aren’t a cult -But a way of life. WE hindus refrained from making apurious and dubious assumption of God. WE embraced god as we see it… in the form of rivers, mountains, animals and Earth. We address earth as Prithivi Devi (Earth mother). Ofcourse we knew that earth was oval shaped spherical structure unlike the abbhirrent Christians.

  60. Jeff  September 12, 2010 at 2:29 am

    We may have found the enemies Achilles heal.. If buring the Quran drives them into such a frenzied state imagine them having to witness the act everyday… At the most their Zealot heads would explode and at the least would act hastily and without caution and reveal themselves and self desturct likley.

    I seriously doubt it would recruit more Zealots as they have sufficent numbers already.

    Could burning the Quran and than mixing the ashes with Dog poo be our Mother of all weapons?

  61. Jeff  September 12, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Now that is the reasoned approach and sentiment. Both are rights but must be seen in there proper context and those who commit acts that are offencive are subject to scrutiny but not violence or a deprivement of their rights.

  62. Jeff  September 12, 2010 at 2:20 am

    I could take a US Military uniform and burn it in front of the Pentagon and no liberal would take a stand as to its protected right, I could Burn the US flag the Bible and yet I have seen these same liberals suggest that it should be a “hate crime” to burn the Quran.

    Liberals need to stfu before they “compell” some person to prove to them that burning a Quran is a protected right as are the other acts.

    To say it is an act that promotes violence is absurd…

    The person who is offended has to surpres their anger and act accordingly to the laws of the land.

    Period.

  63. Jeff  September 12, 2010 at 2:10 am

    In this Country we have a thing called the first amendment it gives us all the right to speak freely and commit acts that are offencive to most in order to make a point or to express disfavor. As long as these act’s do not promote or cause an infringement on anothers rights the action is protected.

    You can burn a flag which is offencive to most Americans, you can burn a book no matter what the book is promoting. If it is Bible you can burn it, if it is the Koran you cna burn it if it is the Quran you can burn it.

    To suggest that by comiting these acts you are inciting or promoting vio9lence is absurd as the act does not compel another to violate anothers rights.

    One could set up a website called Burn the Quron and than everyday submit a video of an abuse of the book, he could take the pages and wipe his butt with them, he could fee the book to Pigs and Dogs, he could do the same to the Bible.

    In this country we have seen Christ in urine as art and it compelled people to protest with words not acts of violence which is wrong.

    The courts would have no problem telling anyone they have the right to take the Quran and dip it in Dog feces and than burn it and than take the ashes and scatter than over a Pig pen.

    Freedom of speech is as absolute as freedom of worship and like building the Muslim learning center near ground Zero is offencive to some it is a right as is the right to burn a book any book no matter how “sacred” it is to some group or individual.

    Period.

  64. Jeff  September 12, 2010 at 1:58 am

    Testing..

  65. Nikbakht  September 12, 2010 at 1:13 am

    The Islamic republic in Iran burned shipments of Jewish-Christian Bibles back in May-June of 2010, reported in Farsi language government linked web sites back then. . Read the news in the link further below.

    Unfortunately these extremists know what kind of pain they inflict and that is exactly why they do it. They are in the business of humiliating and destroying people who have different beliefs.

    Destroying the 1500 Buddha Statues in Afghanistan, burning Flags of other countries and etc…. are done for the same reason.

    http://www.urbanchristiannews.com/ucn/2010/06/iranian-government-security-forces-burn-hundreds-of-bibles.html

  66. Mike  September 11, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Please don’t tell me you are preferring the baby-killing pagan religions of the ancient world (and still in some parts of our world today!) to the “Abrahamic” religions we are so familiar with?!

  67. CantWait  September 11, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I can do that too! You know take things out of context. Check this; the verse right after it:
    [8:61] “If they resort to peace, so shall you, and put your trust in GOD. He is the Hearer, the Omniscient.”
    O ya SCARY
    My turn:
    “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

    By the way it’s from http://bible.cc/matthew/10-34.htm
    Yes the Bible that REAL Muslims can’t hurt because it also was once the word of God.

    Come on guys please relax and learn about Islam, not terrorism.

  68. patriotic duty  September 11, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Wow! Creative unique and blatantly blasphemeous! I love it! Allah ak baloney! That would definitely make my day!

  69. Superior Firepower  September 11, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Burning the Quran is not the right thing to do. Today, in commemoration of the unforgivable tragedies of 9/11/2001, I have sacrificed my personal copy of the Quran in a probably unique, and very satisfying manner: I have torn out pages of the Quran and distributed them to (so far) dozens of people, with the instructions to read their page in privacy, and then wipe their butt with it. So far, not one of my acquaintance has declined the invitation. Just getting the Word out!

  70. nima  September 11, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Quran 2:136

    Say ye: “We believe in God, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another of them: And we bow to God (in Islam).”

    If someone says they are a muslim but do or say in contrary to the above verse, then
    they are not a muslim! very simple.

  71. AS  September 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    George you a re-writting history like israelis, did you go to school ? Seriously you need a psy… crusades led to bloodshed, did Caliph Omar, ra, took Jerusalem in a bloodshed ? NO… Where did he make his first prayer ? In a church …

    Goerges, go back to scholl or go die for israel

  72. AS  September 11, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Abba El Abu Jahal (jahal means in arabic ignorant), stop lying one sec… israel is controling your country, israel put Islaam on top of target to eliminate… bad luck, Islaam is not communist and you’ll get it, everywhere on this planet… There no such ‘negro’ mention in the Quran and ahadith and you are probaly lying with you fake story in the UK with the bible ‘unclean’… how do you call Jesus, peace be upon him or Issa, in arabic, hoe do you call him you zionists… Yeshua … is it twhat does that mean ? Yeshua is it from God ? Are you sure… Peace be upon Jesus, he was born from a divine miracle and his mother Mariam is a pure lady, how do you call Mariam Abu Jahal in your talmud ? Is it from God. Peace be upon Issa, the brother of Moses, moussa, and Muhammad saws, Jesus is the true Messiah, he is one one of 315 prophets send to the mankind in a total of 124 000 … and he is coming back to wage a war against zionists churches and temples

  73. AS  September 11, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Georges, you probably know nothingg to the eisotry if Islam, did Muslims any amry in Asia and extrem Asia… You dare speaking about conquest ? Islam is spred through trade, and muslims fought back only those whom aggressed them… conquest you are saying, get back to your history, or to school… it’s as you want

  74. NF  September 11, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Why are you saying? Okay. I am muslim. I am bruneian. My country is an islam country. But we NEVER kill christian people who built church in our country. And i even have a lot of friends who are christian,hinddu and even buddha. We respect with each other. Not all muslim are like what you’ve said above. I am sorry if i am a bit harsh.

  75. George  September 11, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    >The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida.

    President Obama:

    “It was not a religion that attacked us that September day. It was al-Qaeda, a sorry band of men which perverts religion.”

    So if it is not Al Quaida then who is to blame?

  76. heck yeah  September 11, 2010 at 8:58 am

    cmon people, there are worse things to worry about. u want to burn something – burn it. u want to pray to something – pray. u want to kill or blow up something – do it….. What the heck do we care. between all the things going on in the world, is this really the subject we need to be worried about????? What can you do – nothing. How can you impact it – you can’t!!!!! It will play out the way it is intended to play out…. The way God, Allah, Budha and whatever religous entity that I may have missed wants it to play out. All the people in charge of the situations can easily solve everything by simply saying – STOP…. Stop the killing, stop the blowing up, stop condoning hatred – but we all know when that day will come. Don’t We… So until that day – enjoy the news, the hatred, the killing – maiming – destroying – funerals – loss of loved ones, just to be the one to say – I’m right and your wrong. I wish all of you well – live long and proper – heck yeah – i quoted spock – seems like the right thing to do……….

  77. George  September 11, 2010 at 1:03 am

    To be fair, how many religions do you know which use terror to submit others to their will?. By terror I mean random killing. Not execution after a due process, no matter how imperfect. Just random killing!

  78. George  September 11, 2010 at 12:53 am

    >In the end, I think what we as skeptics should take away from all this insanity >is a sobering realization that this is the kind of world you get when religion >runs the show.

    Soviet Union and Cambodia’s killing fields are examples of an atheist show.
    The problem is TERROR: ideological terror (French revolution, communist regimes, fascist regimes), mafia terror, religious terror are all the same. Terror is the cheapest way to dominate majority.

  79. George  September 11, 2010 at 12:42 am

    The pilgrimages were allowed as a source of income, not due to any respect for Christians:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusades

    “Pilgrimages were allowed to the Holy Lands before and after the Sepulchre was rebuilt, but for a time pilgrims were captured and some of the clergy were killed.[citation needed] The Muslims eventually realized that much of the wealth of Jerusalem came from the pilgrims; for this reason and others, the persecution of pilgrims eventually stopped.[11] However, the damage was already done, and the violence of the Seljuk Turks became part of the concern that spread support for the Crusades across the Christian world.[12]”

  80. George  September 11, 2010 at 12:30 am

    >they kept their most important Churches and built new ones; the Church of >the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem has always been a Christian place of >worship, the only thing the Muslims did in the way of interference with >the

    Holy Sepulchre:

    “On October 18, 1009, under Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, orders for the complete destruction of the Church were carried out.”

    “In wide ranging negotiations between the Fatimids and the Byzantine Empire in 1027-8 an agreement was reached whereby the new Caliph Ali az-Zahir (Al-Hakim’s son) agreed to allowing the rebuilding and redecoration of the Church.[17]”

    “Contemporary sources credit the emperor with spending vast sums in an effort to restore the Church of the Holy Sepulchre after this agreement was made.[17”

    Access to holy sites:

    “A new wave of Muslim aggression by the Seljuk Turks led to Christian persecution in the Holy Land and the invasion of the Byzantine Empire. The defeat of the Byzantines at the decisive Battle of Manzikert in 1071 gave the Seljuk Turks possession of Asia Minor. Nicaea and then Antioch fell to the Turks. Constantinople was vulnerable, and pilgrimages to the Holy Land abruptly ended.”

  81. George  September 11, 2010 at 12:16 am

    >The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida.

    Striking terror in the hearts of innocents is a strategy to dominate over large groups of people. Take a mafia for example: once they kill one random, innocent person others will immediately cooperate out of fear. Mafia has no army but it is very effective in submitting other people to their interests. The hit-men may take orders from mafia bosses or they may decide to act by themselves in the interest of a mafia (out of conviction what is best for the mafia). It doesn’t matter how they are called.

  82. Ahmed  September 11, 2010 at 12:00 am

    >by your standards its OK if you can murder more professionally >like in an air conditioned room with a remote control airplane >thousands of mile away?

    These guys go to great length to protect innocents. Terrorists kill randomly to scare everybody. I could see kids in Iraq walking next to American soldiers armed to teeth. They knew they were safe. I don’t think they would feel safe next to a bearded man with explosives around his waste. This is THE DIFFERENCE. Terrorists have no rules of engagement. They just strike terror in the hearts of enemies of Allah (o whoever they believe enemies are). Honor killing, killing for apostasy etc. are examples of terror.

  83. Ahmed  September 10, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Is this “no compulsion in religion?”

  84. Ahmed  September 10, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Don’t you think that giving the choice: convert, pay extra taxes or die is a compulsion? Can a muslim convert to another religion without facing a death threat? Don’t you think this is a compulsion? Especially for someone born in a mixed marriage.

  85. Ahmed  September 10, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    >Islam means not Surrender but Surrender to the will of Allah.

    If a muslim surrenders to Allah it is fine. However, muslims also surrender others by “lesser jihad” (including terror). This is something they don’t want to talk about but it happens almost daily.

  86. Yahya  September 10, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    “Jews, Christians and Muslims: All In Heaven, Paradise

    “Our Prophet said he saw in a vision the followers of Moses, the followers of Christ Jesus, and his followers (peace be upon them) in heaven, in Paradise. With that I give you this reading from the Book of all the Muslims which numbers about one billion now, today.”

    “Surely, those who have faith and those who are Jews and the Christians and the Sabians. Whoever believe in God and the Last Day and does good work, for them is a reward with their Lord. There shall be no fear on them nor grief. ” (Qur’an, 2:62)

    Our Prophet Muhammed said, ‘There is no superiority of a black over a white, or a white over a black or a nationalist over another nationalist or an Arab over any other nation. ‘He said the only criteria is con sciousness, regardfulness.”

    “Oh people: Surely We have created you from a male and female and have made you nations and tribes that you may regard each other and recognize each other. Surely with God the most honored one is the most con scious one of his duty to God.” (Qur’an 49:13)”

  87. Yahya  September 10, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    “How about quoting the Qur’an? Mohammed brought the Qur’an and his character was the Qur’an. The Qur’an was revealed over a period of 23 years and not one word has been changed from the original revelation. Don’t come from Hadith to try and make a case. Because most of them are fabrications.

    Here is an excellent link dispelling the myths about sharia law:

    http://www.ascertainthetruth.com/att/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=62:dispelling-myths-about-sharia-law-in-al-islam-part-1-&catid=64:understanding-al-islam&Itemid=53”

  88. Yahya  September 10, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    “Christian churches, Jewish synagogues and places of worship of other religions are found by the millions throughout Muslim majority countries without interruption and disruption of their business. The Eastern Christians, as British Historian Edward Gibbon showed, preferred Muslim rule, which allowed them to practice their own form of religion and adhere to their peculiar dogmas, to the rule of fellow Christians who would have made them Roman Catholics or wiped them out.

    When crusaders conquered Jerusalem they killed almost all Muslims, Jews and a majority of non-Catholic Christians. When Muslims re-conquered the same city after 88 years under the leadership of Sultan Salahuddin Al-Ayyubi all non-Muslims were protected and their places of worship and institutions were also protected. No revenge was taken for what had happened 88 years earlier. Instead, Muslims helped Christians and Jews to rebuild their Synagogues and churches that were destroyed.

    Innumerable monasteries, with a wealth of treasure of which the worth has been calculated at not less than a hundred million sterling, enjoyed the benefit of the Holy Prophet’s (Muhammad’s) Charter to the monks of Sinai and were religiously respected by the Muslims. The various sects of Christians were represented in the Council of the Empire by their patriarchs, on the provincial and district council by their bishops, in the village council by their priests, whose word was always taken without question on things which were the sole concern of their community.”

  89. Yahya  September 10, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    “The Golden Age of Judaism was Arab Spain according to Jewish historians. In fact, the years between 900 and 1200 in Spain and North Africa are known as the Hebrew “golden age,” a sort of Jewish Renaissance that arose from the fusion of the Arab and Jewish intellectual worlds. Jews watched their Arab counterparts closely and learned to be astronomers, philosophers, scientists, and poets. They were free to grow and thrive amongst Muslims and in their own communities under Sharia rule.

    The Silver Age of Judaism was Muslim Persia (modern Iraq and Iran) according to Jewish historians. The Golden and Silver Ages of Judaism were not during the period of Jewish rule in Judea and Samaria nor under the Babylonian rulers nor under the Romans and Greeks nor in Europe under the Catholics. It was under Islamic rule.

    There was absolute liberty of conscience for the Christians under Muslim rule in the Middle East; they kept their most important Churches and built new ones; the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem has always been a Christian place of worship, the only thing the Muslims did in the way of interference with the Christian’s liberty of conscience in respect of it was to see that every sect of Christians had access to it, and that it was not monopolized by one sect to the exclusion of others. The same is true of the Church of the Nativity of Bethlehem, and of other buildings of special sanctity.”

  90. Yahya  September 10, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    “The truth is there will always be someone who are fault finders. It makes no difference to them what is said. That’s reality. Sense that is reality I can not let myself fear their criticisms.

    I am not here to make anyone believe or accept anything I say. I leave that between them and their Lord. Everyone is free to choose whatever they believe. I
    know I have found the truth (logic) that works for me.

    2:256 (Y. Ali) Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error:…

    18:29 (Y. Ali) Say, “The truth is from your Lord”: let him who will believe, and let him who will, reject (it):

    10:99 (Y. Ali) If it had been thy Lord’s will, they would all have believed,- all who are on earth! wilt thou then compel mankind, against their will, to believe!

    10:100 (Y. Ali) No soul can believe, except by the will of Allah, and He will place doubt (or obscurity) on those who will not understand.

    10:104 (Y. Ali) Say: “O ye men! If ye are in doubt as to my religion, (behold!) I worship not what ye worship, other than Allah. But I worship Allah – Who will take your souls (at death): I am commanded to be (in the ranks) of the Believers,

    Now you have it straight from the words of G-d. This is my attitude. I stand on these words. No one can change that for me. I’m free.”

  91. Yahya  September 10, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    The prophet had foresight and was addressing the problems of the world of racism which it a big issue now. In his farewell speech he address the major issues that will occupy us in the future. He said that there is no superiority of an Arab over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab over an Arab. Also, he said that there is no superiority of a White over a Black nor a Black over a White. He said the only action that can make someone more superior to the other is regard-fulness of Allah. Our G-d consciousness.

    And he made it even more plainly that even if a raisin (or nappy headed) black or slave is more conscious of G-d and can give you guidance and instructions from G-d better than someone who is supposed to be educated are of higher status, we should obey him. Now look what has happen in America, finally its a Black man that is the leader of the free world and that is a big challenge and test to the racist. It’s hard for them to accept it. I am not saying Obama represents some leadership who is calling us to the way of G-d, but I am pointing to the logic of what has happen from the political context. The leadership the Prophet was speaking will be someone who will call us to the whole of life, not fragments.

  92. Ali  September 10, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Way to pick a couple choice events to make your point. It would be a good point if it had any reflection on actual reality.

    1. Muslims have been attacking Christian nations for centuries. See Battle of Toulouse (721A.D.) Battle of Tours (732A.D.)where European Christians were fighting to prevent Europe from being taken over by Muslim nations. Everyone loves to talk about the “evil Christians” and their Crusades, but forgets that hundreds of years earlier muslims were trying to eradicate and occupy the existing Christian world. Muslims have a track record of violence, so stop acting like this innocent little nations were minding their own business when big bad America came along to take over.

    2. The pastor’s koran burning is not a celebration of American invasion, it is a personal statement against a religion. You are simply injecting your own embellishments into your faulty argument to make it sound more enticing.

    Get a life Fred, or at least get an education.

  93. Ali  September 10, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    This is the same issue as the ground zero mosque, just from a different point of view. This pastor has the right to do this, however it is insensitive and provocative. If you support the ground zero mosque then you must support this pastor or you are a hypocrite.

    I personally feel that neither should take place. Love and kindness should take priority over selfish motives. Please appreciate the rights you have as an American and use them to the benefit of the people around you, not for malicious means.

  94. Jani  September 10, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Oh please, so you’re a ancient scholar of religion that happens to have checked with every prior religion to make sure they weren’t fighting. You sir are an idiot. Don’t make statements that have absolutely zero basis.

  95. Andrew  September 10, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Muslims dare not burn bibles???

    Lmao…uh..dude..are you saving your really good lies for your next post?

    Muslims burn bibles all the time. The “Religion of Peace” followers also routinely murder and rape. Those are facts and anyone capable of using Google can find countless examples of atrocities committed by Muslims.

  96. kev  September 10, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”… am I reading this correctly? I suggest you refer to this link (or better yet just Google “Muslims burn the Bible”)

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/285123/christians_in_gaza_fear_for_their_lives.html

    Additionally, there were death threats for someone who drew a cartoon of Muhammad, not to mention the 9/11 attacks (which cannot be denied were carried out by Muslims). Your comment is nothing short of a disgusting display of hypocrisy. I am sure you will blame this on the “extremists”… but you seem to act as if this Reverend represents the whole of Christianity. Have you heard the old phrase – “if that’s not the pot calling the kettle black”.

    If you wouldn’t mind, please explain how sharia law is not an outdated, bigotry induced practice (and for the sake of all, please don’t skirt the question as you did previously). As an example, an Iranian woman received 99 lashes for someone portraying her (wasn’t actually her) without being veiled. Additionally, she is to be stoned to death because she (supposedly) committed adultery. I say supposedly because her husband was dead. Once again, I don’t care what Islam means… I would like for you to answer the simple question presented about sharia law. But I suppose you’re right, sharia law and all of Islam should be respected, yet Muslims can burn the Bible, break crosses, and stone women to death because they aren’t equal to you. Kettle meet pot, pot meet kettle.

    And just so no one thinks I’m the one calling the kettle black, I am a true believer that the USA was founded on the basis of freedom of religion. You have every right to believe in God or not to believe in God. You can practice Protestantism, Catholicism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, or any other example of religion (even no religion). However, Sharia Law is a complete contradiction of the Constitution. I suggest you get around to reading that document at some point.

  97. Careless  September 10, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    He’s a doctor of medicine, so his cluelessness regarding history, religion, current events, and the point of American freedom of speech doesn’t reflect on his professional credentials.

    You have to be completely ignorant to claim that Muslims did no damage to Christian sites before the Crusades. The destruction of Church of the Holy Sepulcher was part of the reason FOR the Crusades!

  98. linda  September 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    What a bunch of tommyrot. Try visiting an arab country with a Bible under you arm. Try living in an Arab country as a Christian. They are the most intolerate of people who demand we respect their sensitivities. Tough. We have a few jerks and they have free speech too. That’s the way we roll.

  99. Shamail  September 10, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    And Abrahamic religion is not “local”?

    Abrahamic religion is the original intolerant religion. Every religion before respected each others god(s). All Abrahamic religion actively deny and burn/destroy other religions whenever they encounter them.

  100. fred  September 10, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    AMY,

    We’re in 2 wars based on lies in muslim countries….. cuz no wmds in iraq and not one word about bin laden in 65,000 leaked afghan war docs….. all uprooted by 911. More than a miilion have died in muslim countries…. and response as you see it is viewed as a celebration of the million who have died over there for them. It is disgustingly inappropriate. I’m not for the gz mosque (just gimmick like this lame stunt )…………but like what most second graders are taught….. can’t you agree that two wrongs dont make a right! especially when our young kids in the military will feel the brunt of the pain caused by this action (shouldnt pastor know this???) .

    how does your Second point have to do with loopholes in my ‘hypothetitical situation.’ It seems you are just twisting words to make your point that you hate muslims. There’s a lot of mistrust fueled by hypocritical policies of US gov for sure….. and i agree some muslim countries as do some jewish countries in the middle east need more tolerance…. maybe they get too much sun out there?

    You seem like the type of person who would have believed marijuana would turn people into aliens just a few decades ago when that was fueled by government propaganda with some of your comments about muslims! 1.5 billion non violent muslims…. watch out they will make you into an alien from mars!

  101. Terje  September 10, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Sounds good to me.

    Let God judge me then, not some weirdo human pretending to speak in his name.
    I am pretty sure the Almighty One does not need help.

  102. pd  September 10, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    In Islam, you could burn Bible and that is jihad according to Muhammad.
    In Christianity, you could burn Qur’an and that is wrong according to Jesus.
    And I witness it as an Indonesian

  103. fred  September 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    thanks dank …. with football season starting and new fall line ups….. news channels are going to peddle much more islam here to compete…. you just wait and see!

  104. Amy  September 10, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Fred, the issue with your hypothetical situation has a couple of loopholes to drive a semi through. First: The pastor was not wanting to burn a koran to celebrate anything, it was in response to potentially building a mosque where an act of war was initiated by muslim terrorists. Second, there is a HIGH lack of respect for Christians or any other faith in all of the muslim world. Look at what happens to Muslims that change faith. Christians don’t kill their kids because they have decided they are now an atheist. Never have and never will.

  105. fred  September 10, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    george,

    by your standards its OK if you can murder more professionally like in an air conditioned room with a remote control airplane thousands of mile away?

    sure their are extremists in pakistan who take in the most disenfranchised of youth and make em study the quran and watch images of US agression against muslims like clockwork and the most broken minds are taken to be suicide bombers. its terrible and immoral.

    i also see moral problem with israel sending their kids to holocaust camps to breed hat.

    i’m against extremism period but not so ignorant to judge billions by the actions of a very small group.

  106. jonmc  September 10, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    The title “Why Muslims Dare Not Burn the Bible in Return” is disingenuous.

    A quick internet search on “Muslims burn Bible” will produce a wealth of hits linking to reports that Muslims have done just that over many years and (in the case of Saudi Arabia) that it is a regular event.
    Further, there are several reports that Muslims WILL “burn the Bible in return”.
    Let me be clear here: I DON’T agree with burning the Koran (or Bible for that matter)and, frankly, I don’t particularly blame those intending a “tit-for-tat” Bible burning either, but to claim that “Muslims Dare Not Burn the Bible” either in return or otherwise is to utter an untruth.

    Also mark this: the “Burn the Koran” event has already garnered world-wide condemnation, Ii has also “provoked” protest, violence, bloodshed and death within the Islamic world.
    When did burning the Bible (which even the US army has done) garner or “provoke” the same in ANY part of the World?

  107. IMNOP  September 10, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Islam means not Surrender but Surrender to the will of Allah.
    This means that we have free will and we can CHOOSE whether we surreder to allah or not. This also something Allah says in the Quran to when he says that angels know the TRUTH but we without knowing it still feel it and gravitate to it and yes CHOOSE to believe this TRUTH which the dont even know about. The word is FAITH, blind FAITH which paradoxically opens the Inner Eye.

  108. Adela  September 10, 2010 at 11:57 am

    >Little do we know about each other and this is the real terror for me.

    So please, enlighten me. Terror is a very effective psychological weapon. You kill or threaten individuals, and scare millions to submission. It help the spread of islam from its inception. I know that the official line is that terrorists are criminals who do not know koran. Do you think they misunderstood this verse?

    “Strike terror into God’s enemies, and your enemies” (Koran 8.60).

    Help me out!!!

  109. RadicalDude  September 10, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Nicely put.
    “They say they believe so they can deceive non-believers into thinking that Islam is in the same league as Judeaism and Christianity”- oh thats what you christians did to first gain acceptance over Judaism, right?
    You just said its a better version or some other shit.
    And ONE GOD means ONE GOD not some three headed beast. Also judaism and islam has a more sensible way of looking at god, – basically god is the allmighty being who created this universe and all in it, they try not to speculate over gods form and think humans are not capable of understanding the nature of god. he didnt make man like a image of himself.

  110. RadicalDude  September 10, 2010 at 11:46 am

    And the bible itself is a mixture of Constatine’s(actual writer of the bible, emperor of rome) Fantasies, greek myth, Egyptian shit and yes Jewish shit too. I mean christian principle and theology come from st. paul (the perverted/gay? who had a thing for jesus, i mean that guy was GAY!).

  111. RadicalDude  September 10, 2010 at 11:39 am

    you man are full of shit.
    How bout burning your dicking and sending you to live with Muslims and you can show them your feeling towards them.
    Why is everybody here just so shitty man. Just get some guy to get this Pastor guy and we all go to peace. Or maybe not. Terrorists and the FBI will just keep blasting syscrappers and detaining muslims and we can all just freaking go crazy as they try to pull us into a mob mentality where we do things like burning religious scripture much good that will do.

  112. RadicalDude  September 10, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Muslims shouldnt be burning or disrespecting christians so those who do are not good examples of muslims, Just as you are no fine specimen of the human kind. You should also learn to respect others, “..burn the friggin Korans”you say the world should just burn all atheists just to vent the anger between the two sides.
    We Christians and Muslims and maybe Jews should just team up and get grid of layabouts like CHRIS i mean thay are just dragging all of us down, what say?

  113. Adela  September 10, 2010 at 11:28 am

    The logic of terror is to kill or threaten one and scare millions to submissiom. This is a psychological weapon used very effectively by islam. There can always be an argument “there are not that many moslem terrorists”. Perhaps, but the number of scared and ready to give up any response goes into millions.

    How can I read the following verse from koran “”Strike terror into God’s enemies, and your enemies” (Koran 8.60).” and still believe that terrorists are just criminals who do not know islam? “Not in the name of islam” etc. Please, help me out!!!!

  114. Bigfoot  September 10, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Well they are not following the Quran when they burned ir as you say also urinated on it, so they cant be called muslims, just prejudiced bastards.

  115. Bigfoot  September 10, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Its spelled Quran or Koran.

  116. Shadnan  September 10, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I am a muslim. Yes, and i have nothing against christians neither do most of other muslims. There has been losses on both side (christians and muslims) and i frankly think its time we try to understand each other and recognise ourselves as distant cousins if not brothers.
    No Islam is not a warrior religion, i am no warrior and islam is not intended to be for warriors. It just was that the in the time of its revelation arabs were violent pagans and it would have been rather useless talking to them seeing they tried their hardest to end the life of the Prophet (pbuh).
    “Sharia law demands total obedience to the Koran and Islamic principles” you say but what is islam. Islam is an arabic word which translates to “Surrender to the will of allah” and as such the shariah laws ask the citizens(muslims) to follow the Koran as it is believed to be the word of Allah.

    My hand grows weary to write all this and all i want to say is that ” an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”

  117. George  September 10, 2010 at 11:11 am

    >i dont think its so many of them blow themselves up. 1for every few million?

    Assume that, and add those spiritual advisers who send them to 72 virgins or wherever they think they go. Do you see any moral problem here, specific to islam????

  118. Shadnan  September 10, 2010 at 11:02 am

    *Actually a
    sorry 4 the typo

  119. Shadnan  September 10, 2010 at 11:01 am

    no he is not, Buddhism or Hinduism is actuallya local cult. It may not seem so since it ranges over such a wide region (comprising india and china and others) but both are born of indian myth and spread from india basically.

  120. MGM  September 10, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Talk about perpetuating stereotypes. Your description of Buddhism and Hinduism illustrates your ignorance. Moreover, you neglected to mention that an American flag(also considered a sacred symbol to many Americans) was also burned in effigy. If you are going to voice a journalistic opinion and criticize others’ narrow-mindedness, perhaps you should examine your own words and thoughts first.

  121. fixthefuture911  September 10, 2010 at 9:50 am

    DROP MILLIONS OF BIG “F”ING BOMBS ON THEM
    AND THEN THEY BURN A BOOK??????????

    DID YOU GET YOUR “FEELINGS” HURT??,
    AHH, POOR BABY!!

  122. fixthefuture911  September 10, 2010 at 9:45 am

    When did the US become a country of WIMPS?

    WHEN WE LET A SATANIC CABAL FEED US ENDLESS B.S.
    FOR THE LAST FIFTY YEARS,
    THAT WAS WHEN THE U.S. BECAME A COUNTRY OF WIMPS!!

  123. RSB  September 10, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Westerners should know that Islam is not some local cult like Buddhism or Hinduism which i personally respect.

    Would the learned author like to comment, what makes him think of Buddhism or Hinduism as local cults !!

  124. fixthefuture911  September 10, 2010 at 9:41 am

    IS THERE ANYTHING NOBLE/ENLIGHTENED/MORAL
    ABOUT A MASS-MURDERING
    FALSE FLAG ATTACK &
    THEN TARGETING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE TO BE BLAMED &
    DECLARED WAR ON MOST TERRIBLY FOR WHAT THEY HAD NO PART IN???????

    WE ALL KNOW WHO IS TO BLAME & WHO IS
    RESPONSIBLE.
    SELF-DELUDED IDIOTS & OTHERS WILLFULLY DENYING THE TRUTH
    ARE NOT HELPING !!!!!!!!!!!

  125. Dank  September 10, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Such a VALID and TIMELY comment Fred, KUDOS!!! As with nearly any issue these days if you follow the money, you can see something of whats REALLY going on, ” just like the gz mosque, i guess if u got a lil islam to sell, you can be a star on cnn, and who knows, even a get a message from the prez….. so whats the new episode next week that’ll get good ratings on primetime?”

    Well Said Fred! lol!

    Allah Bless America!!!

  126. fred  September 10, 2010 at 9:23 am

    i dont think its so many of them blow themselves up. 1for every few million?

  127. fixthefuture911  September 10, 2010 at 9:21 am

    The MIGHTY UNITED STATES is COW and an idiot for
    ISRAHELL/ZIONISTS PSYCHOTIC ANTI-HUMANS

  128. Clive McLaren  September 10, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Dr Ezzat I am strongly against the burning of the Qu’ran, but I think you need to check your facts about the Muslim world respecting Christian Holy property. Recently a Palestinian Arab Christian was shot and killed, because he runs a Christian bookshop in Gaza, the shop was destroyed burning hundreds of Bibles and other Christian Liturature. Christians are being intimidated,tortured imprisoned, raped and murdered in Pakistan, Sudan, Indonesia, Nigeria, Egypt, Palestine, Iran,Iraq Afghanistan Uzbekistan Chechnya,Dagestan,et al. Churches are being closed, or destroyed, permission to build churches are being denied; if a Muslim dares to convert to Christianity, he or she risk all the above.

    If anyone dares to ‘defame’ the prophet or insult Islam, Muslims throughout the world are literally ‘up in arms; with riots causing damage to Christian property and Christians being violated. pastor Jones is a misguided fanatic and needs to re-read his Bible. But if all the Islamic reaction to other religions being practised in there country was to burn Bibles, then the world would be a lot less antagonistic towards Islam!

    Muslims come to the democratic West, for work and the comparatively tolerant freedoms we espouse.Yet I know of no Islamic State that give equal freedoms to any non Muslim. In fact even Suni majorities kill their Shia brothers and visa versa!
    The double standards of Muslim cries of intolerance and prejudice is dishonest and dishonouring to your own scriptures.

    The west has lost much of its Christian heritage, erroded by atheism and humanism, its moral backbone is breaking under the strain of self centred greed and pleasure.
    Radical Islamists take advantage of our weaknesses, And exploit our fear of terrorism and the withholding of its oil.

    If you don’t accept my comments, have a look on the internet, there are thousands of sites that will show you the terrible persecution Christians and other non Muslims are suffering in the Islamic world.

    Islam is a warrior religion, that’s the way it started and it has never ceased being at war with the infidel. Sharia law demands total obedience to the Koran and Islamic principles. But I expect you know this already!

  129. RSB  September 10, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Westerners should know that Islam is not some local cult like Buddhism or Hinduism which i personally respect

    Would the learned author like to clarify how he arrives at the conclusion that Buddhism and Hinduism are local cults ?

    In the same sentence He says, which I personally respect ?

  130. dcx3li  September 10, 2010 at 8:07 am

    I lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for two years, owning a bible, Christian worship, wearing of christian symbols, building churches are all regarded as ‘Haraam’ – FORBIDDEN. Punishment for breaking that particular haraam is severe, the ‘Mutaween’ or religious police are everywhere, they are normally recruited from prisons and prisoners who have found religion and asked for forgivness, they are especially brutal towards women who lead an oppressed life in Saudi Arabia.

    Private worship for non-muslims is allowed however no muslims must be present or within earshot of the service, however the only place I knew of where christian worship took place was in the Embassies, the mutaween have no power to intervene.

    Those who try to convert a Muslim to Christianity will end up in ‘Chop Chop Square’ in Riyadh with an appiontment with the swordman and his sword of justice.

    Saudi Arabia is a scary place for non-muslims, believe me.

  131. dcx3li  September 10, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Your a twit, or should it be TIT!

  132. Lee  September 10, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Yeah the guy is a nut job, but your article is pretty flawed and makes sweeping generalisation. If it is so revered I dare you to take one to Saudi Arabia.

  133. fixthefuture911  September 10, 2010 at 6:58 am

    http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/fakealqaeda.html

    Fake Al Qaeda

    “The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US . . .” — Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook

    “Ana raicha Al Qaeda” is colloquial for “I’m going to the toilet”. A very common and widespread use of the word “Al-Qaeda” in different Arab countries in the public language is for the toilet bowl. This name comes from the Arabic verb “Qa’ada” which mean “to sit”, pertinently, on the “Toilet Bowl”. In most Arabs homes there are two kinds of toilets: “Al-Qaeda” also called the “Hamam Franji” or foreign toilet, and “Hamam Arabi” or “Arab toilet” which is a hole in the ground. Lest we forget it, the potty used by small children is called “Ma Qa’adia” or “Little Qaeda”.

    So, if you were forming a terrorist group, would you call yourself, “The Toilet”?

    The Phony (Mossad) Al Qaeda Cell in Palestine

  134. fixthefuture911  September 10, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Are you the last one on Earth who
    actually believes the official story line
    for 911 ??

  135. touchy aren't we  September 10, 2010 at 5:34 am

    So according to you, every doctor is a historian? He could be a medical doctor for all you know

  136. Assen  September 10, 2010 at 5:08 am

    I wish the Rapture of one kind or the other would happen and all the Jews, Christians and Muslims would float off to their heavens, Then finally, we will have peace on earth.

  137. Lee Mu IsBi  September 10, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Do you know what google is?

  138. Kay Emery  September 10, 2010 at 3:24 am

    I am Christian. I hear and respect what you say.

  139. Carax  September 10, 2010 at 2:20 am

    There is no noble,enlightened or moral reason Muslims can’t, or won’t, burn the Bible. The real reason is fear, superstition, belief in the supernatural.

    In the end, I think what we as skeptics should take away from all this insanity is a sobering realization that this is the kind of world you get when religion runs the show.

  140. Carax  September 10, 2010 at 2:18 am

    There is no noble,enlightened or moral Muslims can’t,or won’t, burn the Bible. The real reason is fear, superstition, belief in the supernatural.

    In the end, I think what we as skeptics should take away from all this insanity is a sobering realization that this is the kind of world you get when religion runs the show.

  141. George  September 10, 2010 at 2:00 am

    He is saying a bunch of untrue things. Muslims did destroy countless Christian churches including the most sacred Church od Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. They did destroy the tomb of Christ. Muslims do ban bible in countries where they have absolute majority. Muslims did desecrate Bible many times and I don’t think that Christians reciprocated yet. Mr. Azzad is trying to emphasize a well-known fact that Christians and Jews are mentioned in the Koran and this is why they had a choice to pay taxes instead of being executed for not converting to Islam. Obviously, it was only the matter of time given the islamic laws prohibiting Christian men from marrying Muslim women but not prohibiting Muslim men from marrying Christian women who automatically were giving birth to Muslim children.
    I don’t want to mention violent destruction of Christians in so many countries with Muslim majorities from Armenian genocide in Turkey (I have an Armenian heritage), to genocide of Christians in Southern Sudan (2 million people), milions of Christian refugees from Muslim Northern Nigeria to the South. I can go on and on. There can be no peace unless we start telling the Truth.

  142. George  September 10, 2010 at 1:30 am

    It would be good to know why so many muslims believe that blowing themselves up takes them straight to paradise with first drop of blood. Especially when they take down so many innocents in the process.

    I don’t know a single Christian who believes that this kind of self-destruction is anything but a mortal sin.

  143. George  September 10, 2010 at 12:58 am

    If only you could study those Christian places of worship destroyed by the moslems in Jerusalem, you wouldn’t write such a nonsense. Guess who completely destroyed the tomb of Christ?/

  144. George  September 10, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Yeah. Leninism and Stalinism were religions of peace (based on atheism)

  145. George  September 10, 2010 at 12:52 am

    260. Narrated ‘Ikrima: ‘Ali burnt some people and this news reached ibn ‘Abbas, who said, “Had I been in his place I would not have burnt them, as the Prophet said, ‘Don’t punish (anybody) with Allah’s Punishment.’ No doubt, I would have killed them, for the Prophet said, ‘If somebody (a muslim) discards his religion, kill him.'” — Volume 4, Book 52, Chapter 149, Number 260. p. 160-161.

    (2) CHAPTER. The legal regulation concerning the male and the female who reverts from Islam (apostates). Ibn ‘Umar, Az-Zuhri and Ibrahim said, “A female apostate (who reverts from Islam), should be killed. And the obliging of the reverters from Islam (apostates) to repent. Allah said: — ‘How shall Allah guide a people who disbelieved after their belief and (after) they bore witness that the Apostle (Muhammad) was true, and that Clear Signs had come unto them? And Allah does not guide the wrong-doing people. As for such the reward is that on them (rests) the curse of Allah, the Angels, and of all mankind. They will abide there-in (Hell). Neither will their torment be lightened nor it will be postponed (for a while). Except for those that repent after that and make amends. Verily Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. Surely those who disbelieved after their belief, and go on adding to their defiance of faith, never will their repentance be accepted, and they are those who have gone astray.’ (Sura 3:86-90) — Volume 9, Book 84, Chapter 2, p. 42-43.

    57. Narrated ‘Ikrima: Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to ‘Ali and he burnt them. The news of this event, reached Ibn ‘Abbas who said, “If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah’s Apostle forbade it, saying, ‘Do not punish anybody with Allah’s punishment (fire).’ I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah’s Apostle, ‘Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.'” — Volume 9, Book 84, Chapter 2, Number 57, page 45

    58. Narrated Abu Burda: Abu Musa said, “I came to the Prophet along with two men (from the tribe) of Ash’ariyin, one on my right and the other on my left, while Allah’s Apostle was brushing his teeth (with a Siwak), and both men asked him for some employment. The Prophet said, ‘O Abu Musa (O ‘Abdullah bin Qais!).’ I said, ‘By Him Who sent you with the Truth, these two men did not tell me what was in their hearts and I did not feel (realize) that they were seeking employment.’ As if I were looking now at his Siwak being drawn to a corner under his lips, and he said, ‘We never (or, we do not) appoint for our affairs anyone who seeks to be employed. But O Abu Musa! (or ‘Abdullah bin Qais!) Go to Yemen.'” The Prophet then sent Mu’adh bin Jabal after him and when Mu’adh reached him, he spread out a cushion for him and requested him to get down (and sit on the cushion). Behold: There was a fettered man beside Abu Muisa. Mu’adh asked, “Who is this (man)?” Abu Muisa said, “He was a Jew and became a Muslim and then reverted back to Judaism.” Then Abu Muisa requested Mu’adh to sit down but Mu’adh said, “I will not sit down till he has been killed. This is the judgment of Allah and His Apostle (for such cases) and repeated it thrice. Then Abu Musa ordered that the man be killed, and he was killed. Abu Musa added, “Then we discussed the night prayers and one of us said, ‘I pray and sleep, and I hope that Allah will reward me for my sleep as well as for my prayers.'” — Volume 9, Book 84, Chapter 2, Number 58, p. 45-46.

    271. Narrated Abu Musa: A man embraced Islam and then reverted back to Judaism. Mu’adh bin Jabal came and saw the man with Abu Musa. Mu’adh asked, “What is wrong with this (man)?” Abu Musa replied, “He embraced Islam and then reverted back to Judaism.” Mu’adh said, “I will not sit down unless you kill him (as it is) the verdict of Allah and His Apostle. — Volume 9, Book 89, Chapter 12, Number 271, p. 201.

  146. George  September 10, 2010 at 12:43 am

    >There are many reports of former Muslims who were killed or persecuted >for leaving Islam

    Of course, the killers follow the tradition started by Mohamed who applied extreme cruelty to apostates from islam:

    Narrated Anas bin Malik:
    A group of eight men from the tribe of ‘Ukil came to the Prophet and then they found the climate of Medina unsuitable for them. So, they said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Provide us with some milk.” Allah’s Apostle said, “I recommend that you should join the herd of camels.” So they went and drank the urine and the milk of the camels (as a medicine) till they became healthy and fat. Then they killed the shepherd and drove away the camels, and they became unbelievers after they were Muslims. When the Prophet was informed by a shouter for help, he sent some men in their pursuit, and before the sun rose high, they were brought, and he had their hands and feet cut off. Then he ordered for nails which were heated and passed over their eyes, and they were left in the Harra (i.e. rocky land in Medina). They asked for water, and nobody provided them with water till they died (Abu Qilaba, a sub-narrator said, “They committed murder and theft and fought against Allah and His Apostle, and spread evil in the land.”) (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 261)

  147. fred  September 10, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Mr. Ezzat…I agree with your statement “Little do we know about each other and this is the real terror for me”…

  148. fred  September 10, 2010 at 12:20 am

    previous message @ Amir, my bad

  149. John  September 10, 2010 at 12:16 am

    The Author is right, its not very smart to burn the Koran, But he doesn’t regard the fact that if a Christian were to build a Church in a Muslim country, he would be brutally murdered in a few days. Everyday hundreds, if not more are being killed or dieing due to conflicts between Christians – Muslims.. and “Burning Bibles”, it happens all the time, for example as The Pope made a few comments trying to bring Muslims closer to other religions, But sadly it will never work, in the eyes of the Islam … Christians will always be considered enemies.. by all Muslims.

  150. fred  September 10, 2010 at 12:14 am

    The US is not a host for all muslims (your last sentence) …. a lot muslims think of the US as home and are proud to be Americans as much as they take pride in being muslims. not all muslims panic about religous issue’s either. I’m not sure if this is what you meant but thats what i got out of it???

    Mr. Ezzat…I agree with your statement “Little do we know about each other and this is the real terror for me”…

  151. Ken  September 10, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Is any book truly holy? How can wood fibers and ink be considered untouchable? The books in question, whether Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Jewish or whatever be considered as a holy object? These are BOOKS! They may contain words of wisdom or instructions, yet they are nothing but books. The immaturity of all is evidenced by people placing importance on these objects printed by machines, shipped in trucks, and possibly stacked in stores by heathens (or Christians or Muslims or Jews or agnostics). Ridiculous – both sides, the person who burns and the people that place importance on the act. Second point, Obama, the Supreme Court, and many others don’t get upset at the burning of the American flag? Hypocrisy unlimited. Third point – if other countries persecute Christians, then the U.S.A. needs to pull all funding and send their ambassadors packing – until they show respect to the most popular book of faith in our country.

  152. Soleil  September 9, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Some history books even some “holy” books are colored with biases to serve the purpose of those who wrote it. It us up to us to seek the truth. As far as tangible references on the cruelty of the Crusades against that of Islamic tribes, the Hagia Sophia is the best silent witness to all that. There is always cruelty associated in all religions because man keeps on translating the Holy Scriptures within his limited understanding.

  153. Thinker  September 9, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Islam is not peace religion like any others. Say No to religion.

  154. George  September 9, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    I believe the problem of people like you is to tell the truth. No matter how many times you invoke Allah, it doesn’t change the fact that lie is a lie.
    Americans did not go to enslave Iraq, or to take any wealth from there. Nobody would go to Afghanistan if America wasn’t hit by al quaida people. Islam conquered people from Spain to India. If this was not a plunder and enslavement, what was?

  155. CHRIS  September 9, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    THank you, George! Muslims are always trying to say that they don’t persecute Christians, but there are accounts of Christian persecutions, atheist persecutions and other “infidels”. Bibles are confiscated and burnt in Saudi Arabia and it is punishable by death or jailtime, to practice the Christian faith or even dismiss or question Islam. Those Muslim apologists who say otherwise are LYING! There are many reports of former Muslims who were killed or persecuted for leaving Islam. The Koran itself says one cannot leave Islam (despite one verse that says “there is no compulsion in religion”.. ) there are dozens of other verses that say that Muslims are expected to kill unbelievers where they find them!

  156. Speechless  September 9, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Do you really have to ask him to provide evidence? Have you ever used a search engine? Sure you have, use it.

  157. George  September 9, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    who said people people cannot possess a bible or it is unavailable in the muslim world?

    How about Saudi Arabia?

  158. George  September 9, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Simply, because Christianity is non-violent by its nature.

  159. George  September 9, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Isn’t also islam about submitting others by any means? Dhimmis? Didn’t muslims give them 3 choices: convert, pay taxes, or die? Pretty strong arguments, especially the last one.

  160. Lem G.  September 9, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    The totalitarian aspects of banning and burning books is well documented.
    Theocracy is its own worst enemy. Freedom of expression, assembly and religion are tenants of the Bill of Rights that separate us from despots, whackos and religious fanatics.

  161. CHRIS  September 9, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Lookitup…. you obviously don’t know much about Sharia Law…. and being a Christian in the Middle East. You accuse that other person of pulling out of their ass that 750 lashes punishment for teaching the Bible, but it’s true. I have a Saudi friend who lived there and they burn bibles that are confiscated and incarcerate people who worship Christ and destroy Christian relics. You are the dumb one. Get an education on the plight of Christians in the Middle East. Oh.. and churches are not allowed to be built or is Christianity allowed to be practiced in many Middle Eastern countries. Do your research buddy. A fyi… I am an atheist, but I still respect Christians and their faith. These days its unPC to mention in the media how much Muslims persecute Christians and atheists.

  162. CHRIS  September 9, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Brandon…. are you a moron? Didn’t you just read all the websites posted that demonstrate how much persecution Christians are subjected to? And bibles being burned and crosses destroyed? And you need more proof? You obviously are not a good Googler. Just because you can’t find it on Google, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. You just don’t know what to type in the search window. Even though I am an atheist, I will stand up for the rights of Christians to worship and not be persecuted! At least Christians don’t start rioting and burning down mosques when their sacred relics are desecrated. I say burn the friggin Korans!

  163. amir  September 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    who said people people cannot possess a bible or it is unavailable in the muslim world? This clearly shows your ignorance. Todays muslim countries in the middle east still preserve their christian heritage and keep it alive. jordan, syria, lebanon, turkey, iran, iraq etc.

    pre crusaders time was the best time for the locals of spain, their economy was thriving. Many preferred to live under muslim rule as they were given the rights to practice thier religion and to develop not only spiritally but also scientifically. But europe concerned about muslim expansion northwards sent in the crusaders.
    We muslims take our religion seriously, and therefore we panic a little more than the normal westener when something happens to our holy book. we dont offend other faiths (although a minority might which i dont consider them muslims) and also expect the same from others.

    last point your modern era was possible because of iconic innovations in the medieval world by muslim scientist. the books used in medicine in britain were translated to english from arabic and that formed the basis of the modern era that you feel so proud of living in. TODAY MUSLIMS ARE CATCHING UP, MANY MUSLIMS THAT LACK OPPORTUNITIES IN THEIR HOME COUNTRY, are coming to the west to study and invent and innovate and regain the lost glory of muslims. I thank the United States for giving us this opportunity and my I hope those muslims that misuse this opportunity and plan terrorist attacks againsts its host die in hellfire.

  164. J phillips  September 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    “Being free to do this bonfire does not mean that it is the right thing to do.” I agree with that statement but maybe you and the New York muslims should consider the same when putting a mosque near ground zero

  165. amir  September 9, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Do you even know the meaning of Muslim? Literal translation is “someone who submits to the will of the ONE GOD” Muslims claim that all prophets like Moses and jesus were Muslims, as they preached the ONENESS OF GOD over idolatry. The ONE GOD is called ‘the god’ in English (“the” emphasizing the oneness) and in arabic its al-ilah (or allah) (al meaning ‘THE’ and ilah meaning GOD in arabic). similarly al-musalman, meaning ‘ the one who submits to THE god” ANYONE WHO BELIEVES IN ONE GOD IS A MUSLIM!

  166. moises  September 9, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I think he is a hero

  167. moises  September 9, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    You are so full of shit….burn all the freaking koran and kick all the freaking muslims out of this country, always freaking lying with the proof in the hands and still say no. If the place was close by, I would go and burn some too and shit on Muhammad face.

  168. Stan  September 9, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Was this visit to heaven on the horse named Barack???

  169. George  September 9, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    >reasons behind the crusades they were more perplexed simply because they never did >any harm to the Christian sites anywhere, let alone the city of Jerusalem.

    What a piece of crap! After wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Holy_Sepulchre#Damage_and_destruction

    “On October 18, 1009, under Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, orders for the complete destruction of the Church were carried out. It is believed that Al-Hakim “was aggrieved by the scale of the Easter pilgrimage to Jerusalem, which was caused specially by the annual miracle of the Holy Fire within the Sepulchre.”

    “European reaction was of shock and dismay, with far-reaching and intense consequences. For example, Clunaic monk Raoul Glaber blamed the Jews, with the result that Jews were expelled from Limoges and other French towns. Ultimately, this destruction provided an impetus to the later Crusades.[16]
    [edit] “

  170. Louise  September 9, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    The goal of the Quran burning exercise is the same as the wars in the Middle East it is to cause hatred between Christians and Muslims to justify starting more wars in the Middle East and breaking up the region.

  171. fred  September 9, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    i dunno…. why don’t you try louis farakans website if he has one

  172. merme  September 9, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Google it there are plenty of websites listing the occurances of Muslims burning our Holy Bible. Difference is we don’t go kill because of it and we don’t threaten others. I guess that is why we don’t get the media coverage and no-one thinks it ever occurs.

  173. Eddie  September 9, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Yup… turning up under false pretences and killing 1.5million local muslims and then planting your arse and refusing to get out is definitely “COWING to Muslim Radicals around the world”..

    get with it Frego and stop being so pathetic…

  174. merme  September 9, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    I totally agree with you. Why do we only listen to the Muslim or liberal side of thing.Christians are tortured, raped, killed, they are robbed, have their churches burned to the ground and are not given permission to rebuild, they have no rights. Go see what they endure by googeling martyrdom of Christians, or Christian persecution or any other keywords to open your minds to what else may be going on in the world. My prayers go out to these families and my heart breaks to know how hopeless they must feel. It is so sad that the Muslims (all are extremist if they follow the koran) react with violence in all situations instead of with compromise and TOLLERANCE.

  175. Eddie  September 9, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Ok… I got a question…. why is that when an American pastor burns a Quoran… it’s reported as and referred to as ‘pastor Jones burning a Quoran’…. but if someone in a muslim country burns a bible, it’s referred to as muslims committing the act…

    So for the sake of consistency, shouldn’t you all be referring to Quoran buring incident as ‘Christians burning the Quoran in America’….??

    Oh.. hang on, lots of christians would resent being associated with the pastor…

  176. Eddie  September 9, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    I’ll comment on it for you….. there are stories in the UK’s jew-loving press demonizing muslims on a daily basis….. self explanatory really…

  177. Jim Frego  September 9, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    The MIGHTY UNITED STATES is COW, COWING to Muslim Radicals around the world. We are allowing a Mosque and ground zero. We we demonizing a pastor that plans to burn the Quran in protest of 911.
    So now anything they want in the future will be granted for fear they might be upset and demonstrate/attack Americans around the world. Equal air time? Color of our airplanes? Demand we leave Iraq and Afghanistan?
    Teach Islamic law in our schools? Govern cities in accordance with Sharia Law?
    All future Airline/Bus/Train Hi-Jackers will be given ALL THEIR DEMANDS.?
    Should we have welcomed the Nazi’s with open arms?
    When did the US become a country of WIMPS?

  178. William  September 9, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Gaza Strip church destroyed and Bibles Burned by Muslim extremists(2007):
    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/285123/christians_in_gaza_fear_for_their_lives.html
    Australian Muslims who attend an Australian State funded Islamic school urinate, spit on, and burn Bible(2006):
    http://justifythis.blogspot.com/2006/12/australia-muslim-students-urinate-spit.html

    Islam is a one way street, end of story no refuting it. You are either a Muslim or a non-believer.
    When Muslims burn a bible or burn someone in effigy it is “because they are oppresed” and bleeding hearts try to make you feel bad, and most free-worlders shrug their shoulders and are moderately offended.
    A liberal cartoonist draws a funny picture of the Prophet Mohammed, all of Islam goes into a fury and the cartoonist gets stabbed to death by a Muslim.
    Entirely different levels of reaction there.
    For all of you spouting off about doing research I am pretty certain the Ottoman Empire(Islamic) conqured a large portion of East Europe in 1400-1500s. The Moors(Islamic) occupied all Spain and Portugal around 600… all this crap about Christianity having a bloody history and Islam having one of Peace and Tolerance is damage control and Politically Correct B$. Both religions have been responsible for evil and destruction. The question is which one still has large amounts of extremely violent followers who act like the Crusades never ended?

  179. Abba El Abu  September 9, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Islam is peace, right? Then why have nearly 200 countries been placed on a global terror alert over the potential burning of a man-made terror manual? Muslims certainly are peace-loving and forgiving people.

  180. Abba El Abu  September 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    From the Hadith on respect for the state:

    2 Anas reported,

    The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allāh be on him, said:

    “Hear and obey though a Negro whose head is like a raisin is appointed (to rule over you).”2

    (B. 10:54.)

    Anyone care to comment on why Negros are equated with raisins? Is this really a statement from God? LOL

  181. Abba El Abu  September 9, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Are Muslims taught he Bible is “unclean?” It was reported in a UK paper last year that a Muslim nurse or hospital worker of some sort refused to bring a copy of a Bible to a patient at the patient’s request since she felt that book was “unclean” for her as a Muslim to handle. Can any Muslims comment on this?

  182. Dr. Ashraf Ezzat  September 9, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I think you`r right.

  183. Dr. Ashraf Ezzat  September 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Thank you for your comment. i truly appreciate your attitude.

  184. ProofAboutPunjab  September 9, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Religion is used as a tool by those who wish to further their own twisted cause. There are people everywhere regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation who wish to inflict pain and use all tools at their disposal to control the weak minded and ill informed. Religion has always been the most powerful tool of all. Sad really!
    http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Punjab:-Christian-maid-burned-alive-to-prevent-her-from-reporting-a-rape-17867.html
    “A Christian girl was raped and burnt alive by the son of a Muslim master, for whom she worked as a maid. The girl died in hospital yesterday after two days of agony, for the burns on 80% of her body….Also in Punjab a crowd of Muslims robbed and burned the house of a Christian family. The assault happened on 10 March in Narang Mandi, a town in the district of Sheikhupura. The extremist’s anger was triggered by the alleged involvement of a Christian in the killing of the son of a local landowner. The mob also burnt some copies of the Bible.”

  185. jo  September 9, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    punjab is a part of india

  186. abdurrehman  September 9, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    im still locking for the burn the bible day i still cant find it maybe this aguement is not true as in fact allah is the great he will not alow this disgracefull thing to even happen as he is the creater and he did say in the quran that the quran will not be destoryed nor changed.

  187. eddy  September 9, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    a twit and a half. he believes the Bush 911 fairy tale.

  188. Robert Locksley  September 9, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Obvioulsy this is a bad plan but when you write an article (or a response) you should make at least a meager attmept to get the facts right. “Ironically it took the Arabs 70 years to figure out why they were engaged in a war with the Europeans. The Muslims were only defending their homeland against an outward aggression.” So what were the Muslims doing in Tours France in 732, an extended picnic outing? Your article had a reasonable premise, then you marred it with an uninformed conclusion.

    A later comment states, “Jews have always been treated will in Muslim countries”??!?
    Seriously, get off your lazy suppositions and do even a modicum of investigation, or if that’s too hard ask a Jewish friend to do it for you.

  189. AS  September 9, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Muslims will never force you to believe in their creed like your masters are bombing innocents everyday to enslave them and plunder their wealths, what after nine years, the idea came to the mind of this foolish man… what happened in between, you lost faith in your arguments… or people just woke up, found their country bankrupted by war mongers, and try to scapegoat another minority… what happened to you guys ? your government plundered you and now your zionist elite wants to send you in new crusades against Muslims in america ?

    Thanks Dr Ezzat for your article, a reminder for those who read the noble Quran, sourate the disbelievers… we muslim are not responsible for what non-muslims are doing, so therefore you’ll find only ignorant burning Thoras and Bibles, sometimes backed and put in power by american most racist, supremacist, extremist zionist elite in the congress, like au Saudi Arabia… If you guys want to crusade for Israel, do it… but as Allah al Mighty says in the noble Quran, in sourah the disbelievers 109, verse 6: ‘For you is your religion, and for me is my religion.’ so if you found ignorants in Australia disrespecting your holy bible don’t blame the whole muslim world like we do not blame the american people for the genocides your zionist elite is comiting and do not blame muslims for resisting barbarious crusades launched by fools and zelots in your government….

    Sourate 109 the disbelievers:

    In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

    1. Say : O ye that reject Faith!

    2. I worship not that which ye worship,

    3. Nor will ye worship that which I worship.

    4. And I will not worship that which ye have been wont to worship,

    5. Nor will ye worship that which I worship.

    6. To you be your Way, and to me mine.

    Listen to surah 109 : the disbelievers :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytMRiRJrDiM

    Hayakum Allah,

    which means May Allah swt enlights you

  190. Curious  September 9, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    “personally I think all religions are crazy…” – Very well said.

  191. TKREK  September 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    okay well i think that wasa okay couple paragraphs but i think it could have been better

  192. Richard  September 9, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I want to make three points:

    Point 1: The area around Jerusalem before the Crusades was filled with many religions, especially Armenian Christians, and their livlihood, lives, and religions were threatened by the expanding and repressive Moslem tribes. They asked for help and thus the first crusades.

    Point 2: You can’t burn a bible in a Moslem country because none are available to burn – they are forbidden.

    Point 3: Someone somewhere burns a bible and some of us Westerners may be offended.
    Burn a Quran and Moslems go crazy and someone gets killed. That should starkly differentiate the cultures. They are in the medieval era. We are in the modern era.

  193. Curious  September 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Where is this country punjab??

    “all over the world – Africa, Indonesia, India, Pumjab, Pakistan – …”

    ” in the Punjab just recently, Mulsims burned copies of the Bible! Really, truly respectful of other religions! if you are going to write a piece on this – do your research first!!!”

    When did this happen? do your research first…same goes to you. And btw am not a muslim. Peace.

  194. peoplesuck77  September 9, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Since when have Buddhism and Hinduism been designated as a cult? There are some pretty specific guidelines that qualify a “religion” as a cult… and neither of these come close. Please do some research before you improperly term any religion a cult. Just because it is not one of the three “book” religions does not mean it’s a cult!!!!!!

  195. ano  September 9, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    maybe it is because there are occupation and invasions in muslim countries and not christian. these incidents like danish cartoons and burning qurans are sparks for the many year old heats.

  196. boric  September 9, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    And more distorted amount of rubbish

  197. Gary Walker  September 9, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Paul,

    I know the Dubya said that Islam is a religion of peace, but Islam means surrender. That is what prisoners and slaves do. It is the same with Christianity. We are supposed to surrender to Christ.
    That is not peace. It is mind control.

    Did you ever hear of the lex talonis, the law of retribution, or an eye for an eye – Ex. 21: 23-25?

    “… he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten son of god.” – John 3:18

    “If anyone does not love the lord Jesus Christ, let him be cursed.” – 1Cor. 16:22

    Read Revelations if you think the Bible god is compassionate.

    The Bible god is anything but merciful or compassionate. He tells us to love our enemies, but he sends his enemies to hell, where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth, where the worm never dies and the fires are never quenched. The Bible god is a cruel beast, just like Allah.

    Islam picked up on this theme. When I read the Koran I was disgusted by the numerous referrences to hell for unbelievers like me.

    Fear of god is NOT the beginning of wisdom. It is the parent of cruelty. (Bertrand Russell)

    Shepherds are for sheep,
    Infidel (Kafir)

  198. ektn  September 9, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Dr. Ezzat does not know his history and makes me wonder where he received his doctorate….from Wikipedia university perhaps?

  199. Fred  September 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    all holy books are the same… you cherry pick you can get some messed up sound bites…. Islam is a religion of peace like is christianty….. billions of peaceful followers…. with a handful of nuts u get to see on TV

    Just to throw out my opinion I think the major point this priest is missing in florida is that we’re in 2 wars that have caused much death in muslim nations….. if saudi arabia troops invaded the US (being way hypothetical here) and also England and then a imam of a local mosque in Iran decided to have a bible burning day to celebrate the invasion I’m sure Christians would be rioting…….

    This is a little off topic but i think the stage has been set…. all it takes is another franz ferdinand assassin and we’ll be all rawled up….. if a small nobody banished priest gets this kinda attention? everyone ‘s got an ultra sensitive radar…….. have people on the planet become that jittery or is it the damn tv news thats trying to make it seem that way? I would like to see thru a timeline how this news progressed and made its way from a lil ole church in north florida to kabul, afghanistan. just like the gz mosque, i guess if u got a lil islam to sell, you can be a star on cnn, and who knows, even a get a message from the prez….. so whats the new episode next week that’ll get good ratings on primetime?

  200. Gary Walker  September 9, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Greetings,

    Mohammed actually met Jesus during the night journey to heaven on a white, winged mule. Jesus was in the second level of the seven level heaven with his cousin John the baptist. Moses was in the sixth heaven. Abraham was lucky seven.

    In the early daze of Muhammed’s rise to power, he always led the prayers facing Jerusalem. Later he changed the tradition to face Mecca.

    Many stories in the Koran evolved from the Bible, including: creation in six days, Noah’s ocean cruise, Jonah and the fish story, Joseph in Egypt, Solomon, queen of Sheba, Jacob, King David and more.

    The koran burning preacher and the anti Mosque in NY crowd are pathetic.

    Amen,
    Infidel (Kafir)

  201. Therese  September 9, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    What an absolute distorted amount of rubbish! Talk about rewriting the history of the crusades and portraying the majority of Muslims as tolerant, peace-loving people! Has the author forgotten the violence following the republication of the cartoons about Mohammed? Has he forgotten that all over the world – Africa, Indonesia, India, Pumjab, Pakistan – Christians are beimg murdered by Muslims and chuches burned to the ground? Whilst I decry what the pastor advocates on doing – I also decry people who are so politically correct, they cannot have a balanced argument!!!! The pastor is wanting to highlight the plight of Christians all over the world that are being persecuted and out of the sight of the media who do not seem to care, in case they inflame relations with the Islamic communities around the world. Oh, in the Punjab just recently, Mulsims burned copies of the Bible! Really, truly respectful of other religions! if you are going to write a piece on this – do your research first!!!

  202. Oldleatherneck  September 9, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Agreed! The Quran is a cheap perverted immitation of the Bible. Compare the two its obvious.

  203. Brian  September 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    The author is full of it. The Christian crusades were provoked by Islamic crusades. He paints the muslims as only being defensive? BS!!! And as far as burning bibles they are burned by muslims on a regular basis. I’ll go one better! What about muslim persecution of Christians throughout the middle east. Beating, murdering, beheading, and burning down churches and christian homes. Hell the taliban just killed a bunch of aid workers in Afghanistan. Sell BS somewhere else!!!!!!!!!!! Only stupid libs will buy the crap the Ezzat sells. Here is a timeline of history and the hundreds of years of muslim aggression prior to Christians taking Jeruslem.
    http://www.answering-islam.org/Authors/Arlandson/crusades_timeline.htm
    Islamic facism is a real thing and is on the rise! Wake up you stupid libs.

  204. Lawrence A Dickerson  September 9, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    As usual a bunch of ignorant comments rush to the scene without digesting what Mr.Ezzat was saying.read for content for criminy sakes for a change and put your redneck thought process to rest.

    I applaud the author for not engaging these individuals in an argument for that is exactly what it would have become,a sided donnybrook.When individuals are so full of hate themselves it is impossible to put across any material that disagrees with their rabid thought process.If it isn’t the Jews it is the Muslims w2ho are running amok on the world’s center stage.Thankfully there are people who present the factual sides,hopefully to provide a balanced viewpoint.

    Thank you for this enlightening editorial and I did learn many new thoughts from reading and,”THINKING”,about what you wrote.

  205. Brad  September 9, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    The same people … errr muslims below would stone the guy to death if they could ……. look, Free Speech in the US is being excercised, HIS RIGHTS TO BURN THE quarn if he chooses to. If it pisses people off, so what? Bibles and Flags get burned all the time and nobody cares, nobody stands against that, the quarn and muslim things are no different

    “Muslims protesters in Afghanistan responded to this shameful incident by burning an effigy of the pastor not by burning a copy of the Bible”

  206. L Jones  September 9, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    While I disagree with this pastor and question his motives and purpose for burning the Quran, I believe he’s attempting to prove that Muslims are not peaceful and are infact violent. I truly pray that Muslims around the world prove him to be wrong! This man is a sick individual who does not reprensent Christianity well at all. Having said that, there is a clear media bias, there is no outrage at all over different groups burning the Bible. This is considered free speech. Also, when the Bible has been burned, you never hear of threats of mass violence by Christians.

  207. Paul  September 9, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Just a simple question from a not-so-educated Kuran reader (forgive me): What does the Kuran say when someone opposes their beliefs or retaliates, such as this little pastor of 30 members? If Islam is a religion of peace, then why is the world on high alert (I understand the extremist issue, but IS Islam a religion of peace?) Just a question. Enlighten me. For the safety of missionaries and service men and women, and out of respect, his burning seems to be a twisted version of evangelism.

    FYI: No where in the Bible (and it is vitally important that one takes the Bible in it’s entire context…not cherry-picking a scripture passage) does it propose retaliation with fear or abuse. The Bible clearly states that you are to respond in respect to others. Vengeance is God’s not ours. And He is just, merciful, compassionate and not condemning…clearly something missing in the pastor’s version of the Bible.

  208. Blue Star  September 9, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Sad but true, Michael.

    Some people have a talent for embarrassing themselves with their ignorance and intolerance.

    Many thanks to You Dr. Ezzat!

  209. M  September 9, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Only if we all read each others books not to be converted or anything. Rather just to gain understanding etc… Majority of muslims probably never read bible cover to cover and same for the Christians.

    We’re relaying on selected verses of each others books which we all read from some biased side and have made conclusions…

    I bet majority dont even know that THE BIG THREE worship the same GOD…and believe in the same prophets one way or another etc…

    Dont let the a minority of non-believing folks incite hate between the believers of the BIG THREE…

    TRUTH STANDS OUT CLEARER THEN FALSEHOOD.

  210. vash  September 9, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    You’re so full of crap Ezzat. You’re using the same mono-tone to convince us that Muslims are soo agreeable, such kind and gentle people. You want understanding for islam, but you stated, ‘Westerners should know that Islam is not some local cult like Buddhism or Hinduism’. I resent the fact that you equate two of the worlds oldest religions to cultism. You too are an idiot! DumbA##!

  211. Chris  September 9, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Did you really just call 9/11 a myth?

  212. Brandon  September 9, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I looked and looked, and I couldn’t find an example of a Muslim burning a Bible. So, I’m considering this particular argument BS until somebody provides evidence of such a thing. Although, maybe it doesn’t matter, as an equally compelling argument is that Muslims have made demonstrations of destroying Buddhist relics (Bamyan).

  213. George  September 9, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I thought this topic needed more than a mere status update so…

    When I first heard about the little unknown preacher who wanted to set up a burning of the Koran event on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I’ll admit my first knee-jerk response was “yeah stick it to those bad guys”.

    My second response was “ this guy is just a redneck who wants publicity”.

    My third response was “no , this guy cares about the topic because he has written a book ‘Islam is of the Devil’ so maybe it’s more just misguided and unthoughtful chastisement”

    My fourth was my reaction to the media coverage; everyone around the world is crying that the terrorist bad guys are going to react violently to this event. And that’s my only problem.

    I DO NOT think he should burn the Koran. The reason is not that I’m afraid of what the radical muslim factions will do in response. I’m a former Marine-I have been over there and I know the way a lot of those guys think (at least the military folks I was with. In fact, there have even been unconfirmed reports of special ops officers contacting the preacher and saying go through with it).

    Terrorists use terror to curb behavior! They want to scare others into doing what they want them to do. Islamic terrorists don’t agree with our values-they want everyone to believe like them-and NOT doing something for FEAR of their RETALIATION is a big win for them. I think deep down this is what the preacher is thinking; as the ultimate “you can’t control us with terror” move, he wants to burn these Korans.

  214. Guy Macher  September 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Nualima say they revere the Holy Bible but in fact thehy believe it is corrupted. They believe that Abraham was called to sacrifice Ishmael not Isaac. They believe Moses is a Muslim and that Jesus was not crucified.
    They say they believe so they can deceive non-believers into thinking that Islam is in the same league as Judeaism and Christianity.

  215. vet613  September 9, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    “Not that this is an excuse, personally I think all religions are crazy…”

    You are so right on this point that I can only second your response.

    Regards,

  216. Wayne  September 9, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Your right the Bible is holier than a fancy structure made by man. You’ve got to read the source material, Acts 17 says God does not live in temples. Matthew 18 says Where two are gathered in the Lords name, he is there also.

    Any structured built for any other reason than to protect the worshipers from the elements is just vanity.

  217. [email protected]  September 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/05/20/us.military.bibles.burned/index.html

  218. Wayne  September 9, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Who is Pope Urban II, and why should I as a Christian give him any more credence than I would give, Oral Roberts, or any other quacks of the faith. Because he was voted into his lofty position, not by fasting and prayer, but by politics.

  219. T Everett  September 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Terje….God soon will grab many of us by the neck and it won’t be pretty…It will be an “eternal shaking” that will cause a lot of nashing of teeth and suffering…It will be too late to understand the free will He has given each of us…When that time comes Terje, many will shout “Oh my God”…We’ll know then that He does exist…

  220. Wayne  September 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    The Bible is considered a Holy Book. It’s just not as holy as the Quran.

    See that I answered your question and didn’t have to write a whole article about it.
    The Bible has been always been considered a holy book to Muslims, long before the crusades. Its actually the source book for the Quran. Despite the company line, the muslim book didn’t happen to emerge from the desert theologically similar to Christianity and Judaism.

  221. BG  September 9, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Free Republic, 25 May 2005, Saudi Arabia Desecrates Hundreds of Bibles Annually, http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1410190/posts
    Justify This!, 10 Dec 2006, Muslim Students Urinate, Spit On Then Burn Bible, http://justifythis.blogspot.com/2006/12/australia-muslim-students-urinate-spit.html
    Associated Content, 18 Jun 2007, Christians in Gaza Fear for Their Lives as Muslims Burn Bibles and Destroy Crosses, http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/285123/christians_in_gaza_fear_for_their_lives.html
    Spero News, 19 Dec 2008, Muslims burn Bible in Pakistan,http://www.speroforum.com/a/17283/Muslims-burn-Bible-in-Pakistan

  222. Oldleatherneck  September 9, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Famous words from a true unbeliever.Beleive in nothing and that is what you will get NOTHING. Thats what free will is. Free to choose. Choose what you want, and you will get what you want. Some day it will all come to an end, and you will receive what you asked for, total separation, total aloneness, total darkness, and eternity to be happy with your choice.

  223. lookitup  September 9, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    @holdonthere actually what you said is misguided.

    Here’s why:

    The writer of the article is correct, the bible and the torah are taught to all muslims because it is part of their fate. In fact, if learning about jesus then every radical cleric would be sentenced to death by their own people (or get the 750 lashes punishment that you pulled out of your ass).

    Wait… why are muslims learning about the bible and torah? Well, why do christians read the old testament (which in reality is the torah)? Because the koran is basically the third part to the story for muslims, they add an extra book with a continuation of the story (their Return of the Jedi vs. our Empire Strikes Back).

    So don’t people get sentenced to death for being christian? Yeah, that happens but not because they are teaching about the bible, if people are suspected of trying to convert others to christianity (and thus renouncing the koran art of their religion).

    Not that this is an excuse, personally I think all religions are crazy…

  224. T Everett  September 9, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Mr. Ezzat…I agree with your statement “Little do we know about each other and this is the real terror for me”…

    I’m sure you can appreciate this is the same feeling most non-muslims have too…It is “real terror”….

  225. T Everett  September 9, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I was thinking the same thing Jay….Mr. Ezzat is not being truthfull…I wouldn’t waste your time trying to find websites showing the Bible being burned or urinated on….They do exist, yet there are folks that would STILL deny it…(Similar to some folks saying the holocaust never happened)

  226. Dr. Ashraf Ezzat  September 9, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Thank you Michael for your nice words.

  227. Terje  September 9, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Maybe you are right, but I used to live in indonesia from 97-2000. Every christmas some churches was attacked by muslim mob. In best case just stone throwing, in worst case bombs and burning of whole churches.

    I guess the bible must be a lot more holy than churches?

    I personally don’t care. I think we should burn both the bible and the quran. If the _Almighty_ God exists, he is one sick bastard which lets his “children” mess around like we do without grabbing some of us by the neck and giving us a good shaking like any proper parent should.

    Time to stop trusting imaginary figures made to let leaders control our faith and believes and start trusting ourself.

  228. ImrajK  September 9, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Read about your Pope Urban II and his recruiting of robbers and criminals promising them Kighthood and heaven if they killed Muslims and Jews.How your own historians record the murderous spree these criminals unleashed can be read on the web.It is disgraceful till today.But this was not the idea of the author of this article.Some how totally illinformed persons jump into some thing they do not know about and think they can get away with it.Most of you have not travelled outside your town and enjoy programmes like WWE which is an insult to human intelligence and in which human beings are presented like animals. God help you.

  229. M  September 9, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I being a Muslim, dont have much care if the pastor burns it or not…because its not my duty to protect the Quran — see “Al-Hijr 15:9”

    “We have sent down the Reminder, and We will preserve it” Allah promised to protect it.

    In addition, even if he burns every single quran from earth– the pastor still has to consider the many Muslims around the world who have memorized the book and its 6000 plus verses! …. So everyone (Muslims and non- Muslims) just Relax and get on with something better to do.

    I recommend sincere patience on the part of all the muslims across the world and the believers…and peace be on everyone (The muslims, the beleivers etc..)

    Peace

  230. shawn  September 9, 2010 at 11:52 am

    http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=35590 here ya go news about it this one happened back in 2006

    and this is one in 2009 http://www.speroforum.com/a/17283/Muslims-burn-Bible-in-Pakistan

    google is your friend

  231. ano  September 9, 2010 at 11:49 am

    i doubt these bible hating students which happened to be muslims ever read the quran

  232. LiteBulb  September 9, 2010 at 11:48 am

    People searching for the truth always have open minds. In other words those not looking for the truth have closes minds. I am thinking, for those people who call themselves Christians, Jesus died why?

    In Christian belief he died because people did not have an open mind. They killed him because he was different. He was different then what they were used to? I am sure Jesus would not burn any holy book. He would want to read it and discuss the finer points. If Jesus had a closed heart no one would go to paradise.

  233. Lee Mu Bi  September 9, 2010 at 11:46 am

    You forgot to mention that Jews have always lived under protection and peace in Muslim lands. They have always been treated with respect and safety when they have lived with Muslims. Even to this day in Iran. There is a thriving Jewish community in Iran. No one harasses them. Muslims never criticize Jesus Christ or Moses yet Christians and Jews always slander Muhammad (PBUH). Muslims would never, ever burn a Torah or a Bible. Islam is a sleeping Giant. You’d better think long and hard before waking it up.

  234. Anonymous  September 9, 2010 at 11:43 am

    lying liar is lying
    you can not possess a bible in most fascist muslim theocracies
    infact the US governement burned bibles sent to afganistan
    http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/05/20/us.military.bibles.burned/index.html

  235. Michael Leon  September 9, 2010 at 11:41 am

    The idea of tolerance, love and compassion that you outline is abhorrent to many Americans, as we can read here in the comments.

    Thank you for thoughtful and eloquent commentary as we thinking Americans say of this idiot’s Quran-burning: Not in our name.

  236. fixthefuture911  September 9, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Pastor Terry Jones is a twit

  237. Lee Mu Bi  September 9, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Please provide proof to back up what you say. Are there websites I can go to to see for myself if Muslims have ever burned a bible? If you don’t have proof, don’t run your mouth.

  238. Ahmed Salem  September 9, 2010 at 11:34 am

    In the collections of Mohammedian traditions and narrations; A Jewish delegation came to visit with Mohammed in the Meidna Mosque, they presented Torah to him. Mohammed grabbed a cushion/pillow and placed the Torah on it. A sign of respect to avoid placing it on the ground directly, which is the norm of how a Muslim usually treats Koran. History never reported that Muslims collectively or in an institutionalized manner desecrated the Bible.

    incident reference : Abi Dawwod Traditions book; رواه أبو داود
    حسن الإرواء ( 5 / 94 )

  239. Johnny Punish  September 9, 2010 at 11:32 am

    The Law of Attraction is always at play and so extremist pastors, mullahs and rabbi’s bring extremists who oppose them while we, in the moderate majority, suffer.

    BRILLIANT IDEA: Maybe we can build an “amusement park” in some obscure part of the planet where we can place all these Fun-Dees so that they can just beat each other with foam sticks and stones; after all, isn’t that what we do with crazy people?

  240. ano  September 9, 2010 at 11:21 am

    the muslims did not reject the right of christians and jews for the holy land unlike the crusaders did, the jews were first time able doing pilgrimage to jerusalem in muslim rule.

  241. Brent Davidson  September 9, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Points not mentioned in the article above, is that if the Preacher decides not to burn the Qurans, it will be an act of compassion to those who practice freedom and tolerence. Sadly though, it will be an act of weakness to the Taliban and the fanatical Jihadist Muslem world. If he does burn the Quran’s it will be an act of Christian resistance to the Taliban and the Jihad Muslim quest for world relegious, and political control. (Question remains) Is Christianity worth fighting for, or not?? Think before you respond…Its Your call…

  242. Michael  September 9, 2010 at 10:57 am

    What an utter piece of propoganda and hogwash. Muslims DID do harm to Jerusalem, they CONQUERED it with force and killing and took the city from the Christians who had been there for 100s of years who in turn took it from Jews who had been there for thousands. Saying they were ‘defending their lands’ is like saying the American settlers were defending their lands from the ‘crusading’ native americans.

    Jerusalem is not ‘as holy’ to Islam as it is to Judaism or Christianity. Jerusalem was Holy to the Jews 2500+ years before Mohhamed was even born (to put that in context it is as if some new prophet came along now and claimed Mecca for his own) and had not one but two temples destroyed by the Christians. Christ, the prophet of Christianity was born and died there. Mohammed on the other hand NEVER SET FOOT in Jersusalem and Islam did not have anything to do with the city until 50+ years AFTER HIS DEATH when they went on a murderous world wide conquest taking Jersusalem on their path to taking over the Persian and ROman Empires including Anatolia (Greek), Constatinople (Greek), Iran/Iraq/Damascus, North Africa, Spain etc etc.

    Mohammed (according to him) had a DREAM where he travlled (on his horse Baraq) to ‘the farthest mosque’ where he then ascended to heaven. Since there was no Mosque in Jersusalem until over 1/2 a century after his death, how can this be assumed to be Jerusalem? And even it WAS it was a DREAM. And even if it were not a dream and he did in fact corporeally travel to Jersusalem (which he did not) and tied his horse up to the 500 year old remains of the Jewish Temple (which in turn had been re built from 3000 year old temple) how can that fact give Islam the right to claim THAT land as Holy over the claims of the Jews and Christians, to build their Holy City right where Christianity’s prophet DID in fact live (and die) and build their Mosque, in all of the places in the world, right on TOP of the remains of the Jewish Temple, a Holy Place to them for 3 MILLENIA?

  243. Dr. Ashraf Ezzat  September 9, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Scholars of Islam study the Bible and Torah carefully.

  244. Faheem  September 9, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Zionists Jews, Hindus and Christians sacred religion of Islam.

  245. holdonthere  September 9, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Teaching the bible in Muslim countries will get you 5 years in prison and 750 lashes if you repentant and death if your not…. This article is misguided or a lie.

  246. Scott Dowdle  September 9, 2010 at 10:25 am

    For a moment I was considering burning Bibles in response to said pastor’s intentions… but then I ran across this video:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2009/10/13/VI2009101301831.html

    It is of a tiny church in North Carolina who think, and they aren’t alone, that the King James Version is the only legitimate English translation of the Bible… so they planned on burning many other translations along with a ton of other books and various media from folks they think are heretical.

    After seeing that video I realized how silly the idea was… and yes it is just an attention seeking idea. Don’t worry… whatever gets burned gets replaced with yet more copies.

    I know. Maybe I could download various text files of various translations of the Bible and copy them to new files with new names, over and over.. so there are many, many files. Then I could just delete them all. Would that be the same? 🙂 If you don’t think so then perhaps reconsider how destroying paper copies really is insignificant too. It only reflects poorly on the individual(s) doing the deed and not really on the target of their actions.

  247. watthe?  September 9, 2010 at 10:21 am

    The deletion of my comment shows your ignorance.
    How dare you call Hindus and Buddhism wierd cults!

  248. jay  September 9, 2010 at 10:16 am

    oh. i see you deleted the other guys comments who spoke against you.

  249. jay  September 9, 2010 at 10:10 am

    is this article meant to get people to believe that muslim extremist dont burn bibles?
    What kind of propaganda is this. Bible burning happens regularly in muslim community’s. It even took place in australia by mulsim students. oh wait. they urinated on it as well. I call bull crap my friend. No matter how much im against burning any religious text i must call you on your outright lie. That makes you a liar sir. If you are so bold in your lie then you must have an agenda not mentioned in article. The muslim faith is fine without your lies.

  250. Dr. Ashraf Ezzat  September 9, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Little do we know about each other and this is the real terror for me.

  251. LiteBulb  September 9, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Truth becomes clear with knowledge. Thanks!

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