September 9, 2010MCC appeals to Pastor Terry Jones:
"Please do not burn the Qu'ran"
TORONTO - The Muslim Canadian Congress has sent an urgent appeal to Pastor Terry Jones of Gainesville, Florida, imploring him to reconsider his decision to burn the Muslim holy book, The Qu'ran, on the ninth anniversary of 9/11.
In the letter, Sohail Raza, president of the MCC wrote, "We appeal to your better angels to not let anger and hate affect your judgment. We understand the pain of America as it mourns its dead, but the jihadis who have declared war on America are not inspired by Islam or the Quran, but rather the Islamofacist ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda. These jihadis are not just the enemies of America, but all of human civilization, including Muslims. In fact, their primary targets are Muslims."
In a separate statement, Raza also appealed to the leaders of the American Islamic organizations to end their belligerence and arrogant attitude toward their non-Muslim compatriots. "The anger reflected in the Florida pastor's threats are a direct result of the last ten years of American Islamists pushing the envelope and slamming the label of 'racist'' and "islamophobe" on anyone who expresses legitmate misgivings about the threat posed by Islamism to America."
"Today we Muslims are reaping the harvest of the seeds of mischief and covert anti-Americanism that Islamists have sown over the last ten years. Instead of joining the fight against the doctrine of armed jihad, America's traditional Islamic leaders have endorsed sharia law that promotes hatred towards western secular democracy, " Raza added.
The MCC president said he was deeply saddened by the thought that his holy book may be burned as an expression of hate when it is a book that has provided spiritual peace and inspiration to hundreds of millions of human beings over the last 14 centuries. "It is time for America's Muslim leaders to reflect on their actions and understand that they too should be willing to take the blame for provoking such a backlash against Muslims in the USA," said Raza.
Sohail Raza said, "Muslims who are planning to build a Mosque near the graveyard of Americans who perished on 9/11, despite the outrage across the USA, should bear some responsibility for the tragic turn of events in Florida. Instead of renouncing the doctrine of jihad and affirming their support for the separation of religion and state, some US Islamic leaders have worked to position Muslims as victims and cried wolf so many times that ordinary Americans have become fed up with the ad nauseum chant of "islamophobia" anytime a jihadi attempts to attack America or is caught before he can carry out his heinous crime."
The MCC president hoped that his appeal as a Muslim to Christian pastor Terry Jones will be seen in the spirit of our common humanity and will lead him to abandon his hurtful plan. "The only people who will relish the image of a burning Quran is Bin Laden and his boys, Certainly, Pastor Jones would not like to contribute to the glee of that mass murderer," concluded Raza.
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For more information, please call Sohail Raza ar 416-505-1613.
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