|As if to prove that the Dove Outreach Center's "International Burn a Koran Day" stunt would invite all the wrong sorts of reactions, the Metro newspaper reports that Anjem Choudary (formerly of Islam4UK) has called on Muslims to burn the American flag outside US embassies around the world in protest.|
As though two wrongs made a right.
And President Obama yesterday added his voice to those of General Petraeus, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and religious leaders in the US in denouncing the Center’s planned event, timed to coincide with the ninth anniversary of 9/11, calling it a “recruitment bonanza for Al-Qaeda.”
It’s sad to see extreme groups come to dominate our political and cultural agendas through their provocative antics. Sad too that the peace-loving, law-abiding majority should have their faith and identity besmirched by the ignorant. But if the lesson learned from the Rushdie affair of twenty-one years ago is that offence by agents provocateurs and their desire for notoriety is best matched by patient efforts at educating people about Islam, let Muslims reflect on the verses of Surah Furqan:
"And the servants of ((Allah)) Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say, "Peace!" (Al-Furqan: 63).
See also BBC News today on President Obama's plea for tolerance and mutual respect.
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