Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Muslim Response to Quran Burning

by Tawfik Hamid

Wall Street Journal
September 11, 2010

It's unclear whether or not the Rev. Terry Jones will go ahead with his highly publicized Quran burning this evening in Florida. But Muslims can play a major role in preventing a violent response to any burnings of their holy book.

Islamic scholars can emphasize that the Quran clearly teaches that no one can be punished on account of the actions of others (surra 6, verse 164). In other words, it is against the value system of the Quran to punish Americans or Christians because of the acts of a small minority.

In addition, leading Islamic authorities should issue a powerful fatwa against those who might respond to Quran burning with violence against non-Muslims. The fatwa must clearly state that those who react by carrying out violent acts against non-Muslims are apostates. It should also say that those who attack non-Muslims to seek revenge will not be buried with Muslims and will go to hell forever.