AMANA issues a statement against any violence against “Burn a Qur’an” demonstration
AMANA, The American Muslim Association of North America calls on all Muslims in and outside the U.S. not to use any form of violence against the Dove World Church
RE: International Protests Begin Ahead of Sept. 11 Qur’an Burning Event in Florida
About 100 Indonesian Muslims protested outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta on Friday 27, 2010, Agence France-Press reported, with some threatening of war if the plan to burn Qur’an on the ninth anniversary of the 9l11 terror attack!
(Miami-September 1, 2010) AMANA, the American Muslim Association of North America calls all Muslims, friends and associates to stop any plan for any sort of violence against the Dove World Church in Gainesville, Florida.
It is clear to us that this Church’s leadership is not only totally ignorant of the message of the Qur’an, but also clearly ignorant of the teachings of Jesus Christ who said, “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you”. (Luke 6:27-28)
Whereas burning the Qur’an will hurt the feelings of more than 1.7 Billion Muslims around the globe;
Whereas burning the Qur’an will bring more hate between Americans; and also may bring hate and violence against Americans abroad;
Whereas throughout the Qur’an Muslims are urged to be merciful and just. Allah (SW) mentions in the Qur’an the great quality of the Muslim who controls his/her anger;
Whereas Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) said: “Even at war you must not attack or damage any place of worship” (Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and others)
We would like to remind that Islam calls for vigorous condemnation of such hateful acts, but always within the margins of law and order. It is of the utmost importance that we react, not out of emotion, but according to our religion. It was God Almighty, who said in the Holy Qur’an, “Good and evil are not the same. React to your enemy with what is better so that your enemy may become your good friend.” (41:34) The consensus of our scholars teach us that this verse means that we should use forbearance, wisdom and a good standard of character to all non-violent provocations.
We also strongly believe that, although a legal right of expression, a call to burn the Qur’an on September 11 still doesn’t reflect American values. In fact their plan mimics the mentality of those extremists they claim to be their enemies. We condemn this type of hatred and bigotry no matter who it comes from.
Therefore let it be clear that we Muslims are not allowed to use any form of violence against the Dove World Church.
IMAMS WHO SUPPORT THIS STATEMENT:
IMAM Ibrahim Dremali, AMANA Advisor
IMAM Rafiq Mahdi, Al Iman Mosque
IMAM Ismet Accin, Miami Gardens Mosque
IMAM Nasir Ahmed, Al Ansar Mosque
IMAM Foad Farahi, Shamsuddin Mosque
IMAM Saad Odeh, Belle Glade Mosque
IMAM Zakaria Badat, An Noor Mosque
IMAM Roshan Ali, Al Fayza Mosque
IMAM Khalil Hussien, Jamaat Al Mumineen Mosque
IMAM Qasim Khan, Muslim Alliance of North America
IMAM Munir Khan, Islamic Movement of S. Florida Mosque
IMAM Hassan Sabri, Islamic Center of South Florida Mosque
IMAM Rasheed Mohammad, Islamic Center of Broward Mosque
IMAM Yahya Ederer, Islamic Foundation of S. Florida Mosque
IMAM Mohamed Al Darasani, Islamic Center for Peace Mosque
President Ahmed Al Mehdawi, Islamic Center of Gainesville
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