Quran burnt in Florida church

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Published: March 21, 2011
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The burning was carried out under the supervision of Terry Jones. PHOTO: AFP

The burning was carried out under the supervision of Terry Jones. PHOTO: AFP

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA: A controversial US evangelical preacher on Sunday oversaw the burning of a copy of the Quran in a small Florida church after finding the Muslim holy book “guilty” of crimes.

The burning was carried out by pastor Wayne Sapp under the supervision of Terry Jones, who last September drew sweeping condemnation over his plan to ignite a pile of Qurans on the anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks.

Sunday’s event was presented as a trial of the book in which the Quran was found “guilty” and “executed.”

The jury deliberated for about eight minutes. The book, which had been soaking for an hour in kerosene, was put in a metal tray in the center of the church, and Sapp started the fire with a barbecue lighter.

The book burned for around 10 minutes while some onlookers posed for photos.

Jones had drawn trenchant condemnation from many people, including US President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, over his plan to burn the Muslim holy book in September.

He did not carry out his plan then and vowed he never would, saying he had made his point.

But this time, he said he had been “trying to give the Muslim world an opportunity to defend their book,” but did not receive any answer.

He said he felt that he couldn’t have a real trial without a real punishment.

The event was open to the public, but fewer than 30 people attended.

Life in the normally quiet city of Gainesville is centered around the University of Florida. And while there were public protests against Jones’ 9/11 activities, this event was largely ignored.

Jadwiga Schatz, who came to show support for Jones, expressed concern that Islam was growing in Europe.

“These people, for me, are like monsters,” she said. “I hate these people.”

Jones said he considered this event a success.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he said.

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  • Kaisar A
    Mar 21, 2011 - 1:51PM

    People forget that hatred begets hatred. Basically hatred comes out of fear. This act serves whom? In the name of freedom of expression, these sort of incidents are allowed forgetting that every freedom comes with responsibility and accountability. Where will our fears take us …? The whole world seems to be operating on fears; Pre emptive strikes …. retaliation strikes…. killing people to save lives…..???

    The Muslim world should not get into a reaction mode as this is what is the desired and intended outcome of this deplorable action. There must be peaceful demonstrations denouncing this heinous act and all schools of thoughts should join in. But I doubt if this would happen as majority would fear that ‘peaceful protest’ might be taken as ‘weakness’ and thus violence ….? Basically reflecting our fears through hatred – what a vicious cycle. God Bless All.Recommend

  • Hope
    Mar 21, 2011 - 1:54PM

    shameful act done by an A American ever in the history.
    They have “MUSLIM PHOBIA”.
    Muslims are also become senseless, paralyzed, and mute. Terry Jones will pay for his deed in this world, and no one will ever courage to burn Alhha’s book.Recommend

  • عبدالمعیدAbdul Moeed Amjad
    Mar 21, 2011 - 1:55PM

    good bye america. Recommend

  • Adnan S. Khan
    Mar 21, 2011 - 1:58PM

    So where are the Mullahs now? busy defending Kazmi sahib?Recommend

  • saad
    Mar 21, 2011 - 2:03PM

    only solution.. need to give big time lesson to america.. hail kayaniRecommend

  • PriyaSuraj
    Mar 21, 2011 - 2:03PM

    This just shows that intolerance and extremism is not restricted to any one religion, race or country. It would have been best if ET had not published this news. You are just giving these fanatics the publicity they want. Not only that, knowing how your countrymen react to these things emotionally. This may endanger the lives of people who follow Christianity in Pakistan. I am sure all sane people (Christians, Muslims, Hindus etc) condemn this act.Recommend

  • PriyaSuraj
    Mar 21, 2011 - 2:11PM

    @ John – Don’t blame the book, its the reader who interprets what is written in the book. Blame the interpreter…Recommend

  • Muhamad Tajamul Hanif
    Mar 21, 2011 - 2:47PM

    Shameful act done by Christian Taliban not representing majority of the society. We cannot blame “Bible” for this and these people does not have believe on any “Holy Script”. These misguided people are allies of devil and their mission is to sabotage efforts of peace on earth.Recommend

  • Mar 21, 2011 - 3:04PM

    @John.:

    It is people like you who preach hatred, not Quran. Recommend

  • Sajida
    Mar 21, 2011 - 3:06PM

    This article and the comments from readers really proves that a little knowledge is extremely dangerous. I am amazed that renowned websites and newspapers should even publish these kinds of things.. if the preacher who burnt the Quran is inciting religious hatred then these media are just helping to take it forward. Burning of any holy book – the Bible, Quran, Thalmud or even the old vedic texts is bound to create ‘religious tension’. Is this really freedom of expression or its abuse? Forget about religious grounds, this preacher should be dealt with according to the US constitution. ‘There is no compulsion in religion, truth is clear from error’.. is a verse from the same book that this preacher has burnt. And I would really love to see actual references where the Quran encourages suicide bombing, wife beating, hate etc… People need to stop living in delusions and reacting out of exaggerated emotions; take the trouble to actually read and understand what you are fighting against. Maybe then it will not remain a concern ‘that Islam is spreading in Europe’. Recommend

  • N M Javed
    Mar 21, 2011 - 3:10PM

    What else can we expect from these extremist Chisrtians fanatics? Recommend

  • Mar 21, 2011 - 3:14PM

    Shame on Wayne Sapp & Terry Jones for carrying out this henious crime. Calling action against these people and other like-minded ones will not surely be taken by any one including the respective governments he will suffer sooner than later. And the back lash and condemnation will be very severe.

    This is high time that all Muslims and Muslim Countries take out their wealth from US & Western countries without any further delay. Please have faith in your own country and people and after all you have earned (legally or illegally) this wealth from your country. Therefore, why make the economy of these countries flourish with your wealth. People of your own country see towards you, why not, invest in your own country. As it is we have seen these countires freezing assets of Hosne Mubarak and Gaddafi recently. All that money which these two persons kept for spending peaceful life in the West after retiring is gone / frozen. Shame on these people for fleecing their own country and losing it forever. Who knows when threse countries change their laws and all these assets of foreigners are taken over. Who knows you will have to justify the resources of piling up the money there. As such, the illgotton money will be frozen straight away. Therefore, Muslims, open up your eyes now. Have faith and trust in your own country and people.

    For God’s sake don’t keep your wealth in these countries and try to bring it back ASAP.Recommend

  • Sajida
    Mar 21, 2011 - 3:18PM

    By the way Ms. Jadwiga Schatz, I used to be afraid of monsters in my bedroom closet when I was young.. but fortunately I learnt as I grew up and faced my fears, that they don’t exist. Face your fears.. learn from the people who actually have knowledge, and maybe your monsters will disappear as well. Recommend

  • Hanif awan
    Mar 21, 2011 - 3:34PM

    …………….N these are the CULPRITS who create HATRED in between the RELIGIONS , who have one base==== LOVE LOVE N LOVE… Recommend

  • Anns Gujjar
    Mar 21, 2011 - 3:49PM

    What pastor Wayne Sapp did was shameful without doubt, I wonder however, are we the muslims not guilty of an equally horrendous crime- completely ignoring Quran’s teachings? Our actions are supposed to be the practical representation of the Holy Book. To all my Muslim brothers and sisters, this is a wake up call for all of us. Let us look at who we are and who we should have been. I hope Allah Almighty guides us all to peace and harmony.Recommend

  • Dawn
    Mar 21, 2011 - 3:55PM

    Shameful act ever in history!!!

    ALLAH, his Messengers and the Holy Books — the divine codes of conduct for humans — should never be blamed for our individual misconduct or misperceptions! Forget about naming anyone… Exceptions can be anywhere in the much civilised global village!

    ALLAH certainly KNOW how to protect his book! One of the Qur’an’s most important attributes is that it reached us in the very same form in which it was revealed to our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)… [We have sent down the Reminder, and We will preserve it.] (Al-Hijr 15: 9)

    The more one press reality the higher it rise!

    May ALLAH grant us the luck to understand his message, Amin!Recommend

  • ahmed saleem
    Mar 21, 2011 - 4:12PM

    how come this guy is not projected as the extremist. We need to look at both sides of extremism and this surely is one side.Recommend

  • Eeman
    Mar 21, 2011 - 4:28PM

    Sajida, even the news about killing of Muslims create religious tension. Should the news mentioning Muslims being victims be buried altogether?Recommend

  • Abu Samer
    Mar 21, 2011 - 5:35PM

    Pastor Wayne Sapp & Terry Jones have to pay the pirce for this evil act. Please all Muslim brothers and sisters unite together & protest against this evil act.Recommend

  • Ehsan
    Mar 21, 2011 - 6:51PM

    Burning of Quran followed by another 9/11 like drama. What a perfect excuse to come over Pakistan and Iran, the hot targets of Zionists. Now we are getting fed up of these gimmicks. Every one knows who is funding suicide bombers and intolerant people. Is this the new strategy after expulsion of CIA agents? What they are up to? this time they will never get away with a 9/11 dramma.Recommend

  • Sajida
    Mar 21, 2011 - 6:55PM

    @Eeman:
    The article does not reflect what action authorities have taken against the preacher or even any distaste on their part.. in fact it ends on almost a victorious note – the reporter took the trouble to interview a biased bystander who blatantly proclaims that ‘Muslims are monsters’, when he/she should have actually interviewed the city authorities whose statement would have been more significant. Statements such as ‘I hate these people (Muslims)’ did not need to be reported here. These are the things that make matters worse because these statements reinforce other ignorant peoples biases and it escalates from there. Not just Muslims, but any kind of killing must be covered in the news – but without bias and for the purpose of setting things right, for justice and not creating more chaos. Recommend

  • John
    Mar 21, 2011 - 7:40PM

    @Muslim:
    Well said. Recommend

  • Azfaar Siddiqi
    Mar 21, 2011 - 7:57PM

    burning won’t effect Holy Quran fellows!

    we learn it by heart you can’t take it away . . . we Memorize Holy Quran ! You can not take that away from thousands of Muslims children who are memorizing it word by word with punctuation and grammer!

    and by the way Quran teach to live with peace and tranquillity, it was the wrong American Literature of 1970-80 which made these Jehadis who are now taking the revenge from the world Recommend

  • Jan Ali
    Mar 21, 2011 - 7:58PM

    @Kaisar; you are right but emotions don’t go by reasoning and that is why there is so much hatred in the world.Recommend

  • Waled muslim khan
    Mar 21, 2011 - 8:05PM

    Thats why we got an earthquake in lahore. muslims have failed. We should have launched nuclear atum bum on this amreican. Now get ready for more earthqukes.Recommend

  • Javed Afridi
    Mar 21, 2011 - 8:13PM

    Should not have been reported and now the best course for the entire Ummah is not to react. These extremist seek projection and if we deny them what they desire, they won’t repeat these stupid acts.Recommend

  • shy
    Mar 21, 2011 - 8:15PM

    Extremism.Recommend

  • Prince haider
    Mar 21, 2011 - 8:15PM

    I strongly condemn this act, be united all Muslim brother and sister against this act.
    Islam the religion of peace, People all over the world have misconception about Islam and Muslims, I invite you to study about Islam and then decide what the fact is. Recommend

  • sana
    Mar 21, 2011 - 8:29PM

    Its such an evil thing. Please stop justifying it or questioning the media now. Its a horrible, wicked thing. Recommend

  • Mithrandir
    Mar 21, 2011 - 8:43PM

    @Waled muslim khan;
    “We should have launched nuclear atum bum on this amreican.”
    — Then “amreican” might decide to do something to your “bum”!Recommend

  • Adnan Yaqoob
    Mar 21, 2011 - 8:43PM

    People who hate Muslims, propagate hatred against Islam , based on false beliefs and theories
    Don’t not hate Muslims, Burn the Holy book unless you read it ,

    Every one is destined to die, so shall Mr. Terry who did this heinous crime and the ones support such hatred-ism towards Muslim world, will only see the Truth

    With Regards
    Adnan YaqoobRecommend

  • Noor
    Mar 21, 2011 - 9:00PM

    In response, let’s celebrate “Respect Bible Week” across the Islamic world. That’s what Quran Shareef teaches us.Recommend

  • Majid Nasim Ahmad
    Mar 21, 2011 - 9:10PM

    Allah’s wrath will be with these Florida church people and this controversial US preacher in this life and in the Hereafter. The Muslim holy book, i.e. the Qur’an says that if you kill one innocent being, it is as if you have killed the whole of mankind. Islam and the Qur’an spreads the message of peace. And these idiots are saying that they have found the Muslim holy book guilty of crimes. :( Shame on them. The Qur’an is the most wonderful book in the whole world, written by Allah and it will remain that way till the Day of Judgement. I feel sad that this preacher is blaming the actions of a few misguided Muslims on the Book of Allah. :(Recommend

  • Muhammad Qurershi
    Mar 21, 2011 - 9:30PM

    @Muhamad Tajamul Hanif:
    Well said I agree to you Tajamul. I do not know what this sick minded man wants, and who has authorize them to do” freedom of expression” and that to for Prophets, holy books, which makes me laugh, they do not read Holy Quran but just assume. According to another writer here, they have Islamophobia, and Islam is spreading and prevailing.Recommend

  • Pyro
    Mar 21, 2011 - 9:31PM

    I can see everyone here is pulling the RACIST card.

    Do you people know that Islam and Muslims are NOT a race? I sure hope you do. Recommend

  • siddiqui
    Mar 21, 2011 - 9:33PM

    look at japan they are against ISLAM but now as a punishment from ALLAH they are facing a big bigg natural disaster…
    u AMERICANS it a warning for u..dont cross ur limits other wise u will be also treated with same disaster…!!Recommend

  • bvindh
    Mar 21, 2011 - 9:35PM

    Wow! so many Pakistanis condemning the burning of Quran. I just wonder if one could expect as many reactions if a church was burnt or a Hindu was kidnapped/killed for ransom in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Peace On Earth
    Mar 21, 2011 - 9:40PM

    This man who burned the Holy Qu’ran is a minority voice, yet most Muslims without thinking, will resort to burning Christians in Pakistan or blaming and pointing fingers at the “evil West”.

    Muslims need to stop being so reactionary and leave things to GOD. Let him be the judge and leave your faith in him. Do NOT take matters into your own hands and become the judge of others.Recommend

  • Muhammad Qurershi
    Mar 21, 2011 - 10:01PM

    @Sajida:
    Wonderful, Ms.Sajida, well said and I like the way you expressed yourself with good logics, this should be the way to address others, but I always wonder, why the “freedom of expression” is for Muslims, Prophet Muhammad(SAW), women in Islam. Now these sick minded people never ever read the Holy Quran and I back you for as where in Holy Quran it say about beating the wives, suicide bombing, killing the innocent people etc.

    And once they write such things and people start to hate them, then they run to find a refuge.
    Why do not they first read before saying something, where as Quran is only one, there are no versions in Quran since the last 1400 years, where as Bible has so many versions but we do not object as its a holy book and do not use our”freedom of expression”….

    Regards.Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 21, 2011 - 10:02PM

    Burning Quran does not mean that Islam has died with the burning of Quran, as Islam is a religion of peace and not hatred.

    Wayne Sapp and Terry Jones do not have sound minds. Even if they burn Quran available in the entire world, still Islam will survive and will exist in the world as Quran is safe in the hearts and minds of the Muslims.

    The difference between the Christians and Muslims are that Christians are narrow minded people and Muslims are broad-minded.

    What ever the reaction may be on burning of Quran in the Muslim world, one thing is sure that any Muslim will neither make any caricature of Jesus Christ, nor will burn Bible in revenge and retaliation as a matter of respect and regards for the believers of Christianity and followers of Jesus Christ.

    This is the basic difference between the Christians and Muslims. The readers of these columns will decide that who are the real terrorists? Muslims or Christians? Recommend

  • Mar 21, 2011 - 10:12PM

    plz stop this discussion…… and i request to paper not to publish such article again and agian as this is the matter beween GOD and john…and INSHALLAH t we shall see the result INSHALLAHRecommend

  • PriyaSuraj
    Mar 21, 2011 - 10:48PM

    @G. Din:

    The onus of a more accurate interpretation of the book and the debate whether the book is “holy” or not should lie with all muslims. Unfortunately because of terrorism the same has shifted to all of us. Other major religions of the world are changing with times and Islam has not. However burning the book by someone who never believed in it anyway is unlikely to help any cause. Burning the book is akin to burning bridges with whatever little pockets of sanity is left around.Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmed
    Mar 21, 2011 - 11:23PM

    @John.:

    Please read the Quran and then comment… There is not ONE place where the Quran can be “blamed” for inciting hatred/violence etc… NOT ONE!… Yes… if you want to misquote the Quran and totally misinterpret it and take things out of context… well then I can only laugh at your small-mindedness, your ignorance, your ridiculosity and your clear illetracy.

    Awaiting your so-called proof of Quran inciting hatred and violence…Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmed
    Mar 21, 2011 - 11:27PM

    @bvindh:
    Totally… We condemn all kinds of religious hatred… whether christian or jewish or muslim…
    We don’t have parliamentarians (nominated prime ministers) ordering killing of a religious minority aka Muslims, and overseeing 5000 Muslims burnt alive like in India…
    We have a small minority that are extremists and do such bs… but our middle class, our parliamentarians, etc, they dont hold such hatred for any minorities…
    same can not be said about our sad “secular” neighbour…
    Religious minorities will always live more peacefully in Pakistan than in India…Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmed
    Mar 21, 2011 - 11:31PM

    @John.:
    You say we preach hatred… and yet not a single comment I read so far… in response to the Quran burning…. is condemning the Bible, or asking the same to be done with Bible…
    You know why? Coz Islam teaches us if a man slaps you… you either slap him back (but with exactly the same force… not even a little bit more)… or you forgive him… and the one who forgives and doesn’t take revenge is much more liked in the eyes of Allah and will be rewarded for it in the Hereafter…

    :)Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmed
    Mar 21, 2011 - 11:33PM

    I only hope after this news… bigotted Maulvis dont start burning their own busses and cars and taxis and stalls and start firing etc…

    If they do… they are no better than Jones and co.

    We all condemn the Quran-burning… and there are proper forums, diplomatic channels to condemn and complain… burning your own country and harming your own citizens and eventually economy is NOT the answer by any means… Recommend

  • Mar 22, 2011 - 12:00AM

    the burning of the Qur’aan represents the extreme ignorance, infinite hatred and mental retardation…while Muslims past and present respect the gospel and bible.
    ( and Just now in Egypt Muslims made their bodies as fence to protect the churches during the extraordinary example of peaceful uprising against injustce.. and represntaing Islamic way of change ..)
    we see our country USA submerging in hatred and McCarthyism..I know this crime does not represnt the face of USA but the hatred is motivated by smear-caster who are working hard to harm this country, and its beautiful diversity, through this acts of hatred.
    The Qur’an is the word of God and he’ll take care of it.. and it is enough punishment for those people of hatred that they are full of hatred .. and their hatred will kill them and wont do anything to God. Recommend

  • Skywalker
    Mar 22, 2011 - 1:01AM

    @bvindh: Dont wonder and visit the pages on this website related to injustice against minorities and you will see same response by Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Sana
    Mar 22, 2011 - 1:02AM

    I understand the need to remain cool and calm at a time when such things could be highly provocative and religious extremists spreading violence, the last thing we want is more bloodshed. However, it seems that while being so reasonable and coolminded, the muslims here fail to understand the gravity of the act. I am not so angered or outraged as aggrieved at this act, for which an individual or the individuals involved are responsible and obviously not an entire nation. And YES, it is a big deal because while we may not believe in killing others, some of us Muslims respect and love the Quran above our lives. So while the liberal and reasonable is appreciated and duly respected, I do not think it is a matter to be taken so lightly. Recommend

  • Skywalker
    Mar 22, 2011 - 1:05AM

    Such a a shameful act by this pastor and his followers.They only trying to push Muslims to the wall.
    Message to Pastor or preacher
    Mention the verses from Quran that proves that it is “guilty” of crimes.Recommend

  • Meera Ghani
    Mar 22, 2011 - 1:45AM

    @Muslim, well said. I totally agree with you. Why should we let bigots and zealots from other countries offend us. Every society has idiots. We weren’t outraged by people coming out to support a murderer- Mumtaz Qadri but we will be offended by this? I just don’t get it!! Human life has no value anymore or so it seems.Recommend

  • G. Din
    Mar 22, 2011 - 1:49AM

    @PriyaSuraj:
    “The onus of a more accurate interpretation of the book and the debate whether the book is “holy” or not should lie with all muslims.”
    It has gone much beyond just interpretation. We really don’t care if the book is holy or how holy it is. We all want to live in peace but not the peace of the dead. Europe is seething with anti-Muslim hatred. Today’s reports talk about a similar situation in Australia. US is no exception. They have fought world wars and are not afraid to fight another. It looks we are heading for “The Clash of Civilizations” as predicted by Samuel Huntington. Non-Muslims are just plain fed up of this another encounter with fascism! India has lived with it for centuries. No country in the world is like India, seeking to appease to buy peace.
    No one else is now willing to give an inch to this parasitic minority which bites the hand that is extended to help!

    @Majid Nasim Ahmad:
    “…Allah’s wrath will be with these Florida church people and this controversial US preacher in this life and in the Hereafter. “
    All of them are kufr, by definition. Allah’s wrath is upon them anyways. Why should they care? You see now how favouritism is not good even for Alla-Tallah? It can bite you back!Recommend

  • rehman
    Mar 22, 2011 - 4:58AM

    i am a liberal but i hope you die in hell terry jonesRecommend

  • Khurram
    Mar 22, 2011 - 5:02AM

    @PriyaSuraj; Yours are one of the very few abovequoted comments that make the most sense while reacting to this hurtful news item. I am deeply impressed with your approach and reasoning. It seems to be a deliberate and planned act on part of the perpetrators to provoke muslims all over the world to an emotional frenzy to prove their point. How much successful they be it all depends upon how we react and our own threshold of self-control. As a Pakistani Muslim I know we are highly inflammable emotionally and no self control what so ever when it comes to things related to religion.
    Now to all those who are saying that Holy Quran only preaches peace and love are either ignorant and never read and understood it or simply speaking are liers. It does preach hate and promote violence along with message of love and peace but so do the Old Testament and Gita. The only difference between us and them (Jews and Hindus) they have changed and fully acknowledge that such teachings are archaic and thus are irrelevent. But unfortunately we are tought that Holy Quran has been perfectly preserved in its origional form is not true it has been changed from the origional more than once much has been added on to suite the ruler( khalifa)of the day. Being a faithful with understanding is onething but being a blindly faithful is most harmful to the individual as well as to the whole Ummah. Unfortunately that is what we are at aleast a great majority of us are nothing more than hyporites with least understanding of the Holy Quran.
    My faith is resilient and strong enough to withstand such criminal acts actually it is a good test for us how we behave to prove our strength our good character without falling into the trap the enemy prepares for us.Recommend

  • KR
    Mar 22, 2011 - 6:43AM

    It’s amazing that our whole country gets so emotional about this news but we only want to protect Quran not follow it may be that’s why there is so much corruption in Pakistan. In our country there is Islam everywhere but not very many Muslims. Recommend

  • Ali Kazmi
    Mar 22, 2011 - 7:30AM

    I don’t object to the burning of the Quran on religious grounds because I think blasphemy shouldn’t be a crime and that religious people should get thicker skin. That said, I think burning any book is a despicable thing to do. People who put books on trial (a perfectly stupid idea) and burn them show that they’re depraved enemies of freedom. When you burn a book, you are showing that you don’t mind ideas being erased from the world. You’re showing that you’d much rather censor ideas than challenge them intellectually, which is authoritarian and demented. The perfect and august way for Muslims to respond to this act would be to expose the primitive thinking behind it. Muslims will be doing Islam a disservice if they respond to this act by protesting, burning the Bible or attacking Christians.Recommend

  • Khurram
    Mar 22, 2011 - 7:47AM

    Those peoples who do this act they don’t no the real peace philosophy of Quran.If they read it properly and understand the meaning I am sure they feel very shame full on there act and on there self also. Recommend

  • Aaliya Khan
    Mar 22, 2011 - 7:51AM

    @Kaisar, very well said! totally agree.Recommend

  • Shameer
    Mar 22, 2011 - 8:45AM

    This act deserves no recognition or mention in any media. Burning the Quran by a person who doesn’t even know the true meaning or value of it is by all means simply pathetic and a desperate call for attention.

    Islam means ‘PEACE’. There are radical thinkers in every religion. Unfortunately, religion today is not self driven but politically instilled. Terrorism isn’t inspired by any religious book. Those two imbecile so called pastors would do good to actually learn what the book preaches or even learn first what the Bible says. All religions in its true sense instills the same message of discipline, kindness and peace.

    A humble request to anyone reading this

    If you are a believer, remember that God sees it all. We should not take matters into our hands and retaliate against mentally retarded people. Live by example and show them what our religion truly stands for and don’t fall for the trap they want us to get into.
    If you are an atheist or a radical person, first understand what religions preach then decide your next course of action. And for God’s sake, have an opinion of your own and not instigated by such people
    Recommend

  • Mar 22, 2011 - 9:07AM

    If you get upset over this you are just giving them the reaction they want. Now what, there will be bombings in Pakistan and protests where Pakistanis get hurt and killed…all becasue they cannot follow what the Quran says….turn the other cheek. Walk away and ignore this even if it hurts you. You need to take the high road they are like a bully trying to push your buttons and get a negative reaction from you.

    Atleast these people do not claim to be muslims…..everyday I see with my own eyes and hear with my own ears Muslims in Pakistan doing far worse things such as IGNORING the Quran and adding all kinds of things to the religon that Allah has not included in ISLAM.

    No Man can do ANYTHING without the permission of Allah, even these people and the suicide bombers…and the politicians with loads of money. This life is a test by Allah and for each persons personal growth and more people fail than pass, Allah tells us this in the Quran.

    Pakistanis need to pick up the Quran and start reading it….NOT memorizing it in Arabic and depending on the Mullah to tell them what it says….they need to read it for themsleves or they are worse than these ignorant hicks.Recommend

  • bvindh
    Mar 22, 2011 - 10:36AM

    @Adeel Ahmed:
    I “totally” believe you!!Recommend

  • Mar 22, 2011 - 10:39AM

    @Muslim:
    You are a Muslim and you dont mind if people burn the Quran Kareem and the other Holy Scriptures. You consider yourself a ‘superstar’ because twelve other persons have recommended your comment. Remember the sacrosanct words “Adoration” and “Veneration.” They will help you in the long run when you presumably recite the Quran Kareem every morning and night.

    How would you like it if somebody put the seat of your pants on fire? Next time please be very selective in your choice of words. Recommend

  • Zahid Hussain
    Mar 22, 2011 - 10:40AM

    No holy book is giving any wrong message, particulary Quran but its the interpreter who takes the meaning of his purpose. Very sad to read the news, it will increase the hatred not love. Please stop it, please stop it.Recommend

  • Custodian of the Holy Quran
    Mar 22, 2011 - 11:18AM

    (Those who reject Our Signs, We shall soon cast into the Fire; as often as their skins are roasted through, We shall change them for fresh skins, that they may taste the Penalty: for Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.) [Chap. 4, Verse 56]. I ask Allah the Exalted in Power, Wise to punish you this way and more for what you did.Recommend

  • Mar 22, 2011 - 11:21AM

    @John.:
    Allah o Akbar (God is great)

    We Muslims are always blamed for being “Extremists”. This act shows that intolerance and extremism is not restricted to any one religion, race or country. It would have been best if Tribune do not publish any comments related to degrading any religion, caste, color creed. Recommend

  • Anoop
    Mar 22, 2011 - 11:27AM

    Why would this Newspaper print such stuff, even if they are true, when they know well that in Pakistan mere rumour of Quran burning can spark of a killing spree of hapless Christians?

    Dont they know how demented the Pakistani populace have become?

    Shameful. Hope nobody is killed now.Recommend

  • maynotmatter
    Mar 22, 2011 - 11:40AM

    Look at this pastor, does he look sane? He is clearly a red neck southerner who have no respect for his own religion, should we expect him to respect others. Quran is not in just a pages bind in book which you could burn Mr Wayne, it is in our heart and mind and soul. It is an idea, and such pious that someday you will end up embracing it. And what will you say to your God for your behavior of intolerance where you dare to insult “God” himself just because of your hatred towards misguided few ( terrorists ). Religion doesn’t make terrorist, intolerance and dis-respect does, “no education” and sense of insecurity does. How about punishing the real culprits instead of the sentiments of the mass. This whole idea of dragging God in our petty human squabble is just absurd. May you be born in a muslim family next time and hopefully then you would get the taste of being on the other side. God bless your pity soul. Recommend

  • Khaliullah Bloch
    Mar 22, 2011 - 11:49AM

    @saad:
    Kiyani is pet dooog of USRecommend

  • Khaliullah Bloch
    Mar 22, 2011 - 11:51AM

    @Hope:

    So helpless coundn’t save hisRecommend

  • Khaliullah Bloch
    Mar 22, 2011 - 11:53AM

    @Muhamad Tajamul Hanif:
    Taliban is copyright of islamRecommend

  • Khaliullah Bloch
    Mar 22, 2011 - 11:55AM

    @Sajida:

    Man act according to the book he readsRecommend

  • sudhir
    Mar 22, 2011 - 11:58AM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:
    So then what the blasphemy law in pakistan representRecommend

  • sudhir
    Mar 22, 2011 - 12:00PM

    @Anns Gujjar:
    What blasphemy law representRecommend

  • Ali Farooqui
    Mar 22, 2011 - 12:18PM

    May Allah show his off springs the right path and turn them Muslims .. that will serve him right Recommend

  • abhi
    Mar 22, 2011 - 12:23PM

    @Adeel Ahmed:

    That way they reduce from 15 % to 3% and in india they grow from 7% to 16%. think ?Recommend

  • karachiite
    Mar 22, 2011 - 12:39PM

    couldn’t find a leper woman to brand a witch this time had to take it out in a book .. a very good sign as history is a witness book burning is the biggest sign of end being near for a nation, hopefully I will live long enough to see this nation’s downfall Recommend

  • Bee
    Mar 22, 2011 - 1:09PM

    @ John …… caught you. So you are not only an anti-Pakistan fanatic but are also an anti-Muslim fanatic. You certainly are as crazy as this Pastor. Thank you for revealing your true colours. Recommend

  • Zulfiqar Haider
    Mar 22, 2011 - 2:00PM

    Its good that the event was largely ignored. Good for everyone. There is seriously no need to protest against this incident, because thats what this guy wants. Every Muslim should keep his/her calm and let it go. Its not about Ghairat or anything, its about being rational when needed. Our Prophet (PBUH) faced hardships but never said a word. Jesus (PBUH) also faced hardships but never did anything in response, because thats what they wanted to teach us. Lets be Humans first, and forget about religions for a second (Which maybe impossible for a lot of us). Lets not brand Islam with our extremist attitudes. Lets try to give it a moderate and soft image (which of course it preaches, but somehow the dirt of time has clouded the eyes of all those who think it is an extremist religion). Islam faced almost the same fate that other religions did. We started using it as a mean for Politics and started fighting each other. Our History is not at all appreciable. People particularly Muslims are very sensitive in case of their religion. SO those who understood it, started using it. Its all politics and power in the end. The real message of Islam was lost in the pages of history.Recommend

  • Fahed Pervez
    Mar 22, 2011 - 3:02PM

    Not a sensible act by Pastor. What they had gained after burning Quran. Some terrorist are brining problems to all Muslims and some Pastor are bringing trouble to all Christians.

    Although Some rules throughout the history of world had burnt, damaged the Church, temples and holy books, but this should not be revenged by burning Quran as all Muslims are too sensible on this issue. Instead of burning, try teaching them. Burning Quran will only seed hatred in their hearts.

    I don’t want to say that person pastor anymore

    we strongly condemned this act

    http://www.facebook.com/ChristianAgainstInternationalQuranBurnDayRecommend

  • barlas
    Mar 22, 2011 - 3:24PM

    A shameful act committed by fanatic …………….Recommend

  • vasan
    Mar 22, 2011 - 3:38PM

    Should we worry about what lunatics do and retaliate? We will all become lunatics.Recommend

  • ktak
    Mar 22, 2011 - 3:52PM

    @John.:

    Have you ever read Qur Aan or Bible ?Recommend

  • Mar 22, 2011 - 5:24PM

    There should be a law that the media of all countries have to show the good, positive side of stories along with the bad. I look at all of you and I am saddened. Most of you don’t see what I have seen and you probably never will; the Muslim and the Christian who work together toward education and never pick of a weapon for war. People in the U.S. rarely see the stories of the millions of peaceful people that just want to be loyal to our Creator and have a happy family. The people of Pakistan see the drone strikes, but don’t see the Americans that love the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan as I do and are no part of the war. I have studied Bible and Quaran, (Surah 3:84; 4:152) learning from humble messengers that wanted their people to know our Creator, live a clean moral life, and be peaceful with one another. You look to mens government to be your leaders; I am pleased that I have freinds from all over the world of many religions who practice forgiveness and support a government that is not on earth yet.
    I was born in the U.S., but I belong to my Creator, Allah Jehovah, not to any man-made government. I pray every day that I do his will. My brother and sisters are Christian and Muslims who do as I do; work to find a peaceful, positive way to teach and educate.
    As for Terry Jones, I don’t consider him a Christian! Jesus or his disciples never acted in this way. If he lives to the age of 100, I am confident that he will receive exactly what he deserves in the future, as anyone that shows disrespect to a holy book or is a part of violence will. I am stronger that most of you; because I have forgiven the extemists of 9/11; if they were raised in a peaceful way, they probably would have acted much differently. (Quaran; Surah 2:182, 192-193/ 3:135) ( Bible 1Kings 8:50/ Jeremiah 31:34/ 1John 1:9
    If I die in Pakistan or Afghanistan helping the poor, I am confident that I’ll sleep in my grave at peace and may Allah Jehovah do the judging; it’s his right! Recommend

  • Tamoor Azhar
    Mar 22, 2011 - 5:24PM

    Astagfirullah .Recommend

  • Mar 22, 2011 - 5:33PM

    Like some of you have stated, the vast majority of U.S. people wanted to stop this; these people will be looked down upon for a long time. There are many non-Mulims in the U.S. that will find a way to discipline this group. Recommend

  • Salman
    Mar 22, 2011 - 5:43PM

    These hill billies are in a panic mode because their distorted bible doesn’t have the answers and they see Islam growing around the world. Their retarded view of trinity is not influences masses and their pastros are molesting children all over the world. America’s image around the world is already tarnished by their imperialistic and barbaric wars. This only adds to their end of supremecy. Recommend

  • MBI Khan
    Mar 22, 2011 - 7:26PM

    Surprisingly I feel Pity for the paster not hate. I mean how low one can get to get some popularity. By Burning Quran can he eliminate Islam or Muslims?
    no he cannot
    but yes in hate he will burn him self and bring bad name to himself and his followers.Recommend

  • Noor Elahi
    Mar 22, 2011 - 8:04PM

    I hate what Mr. John and party did. they also wanted to ignite the sentiments of muslims which i think they have succeed. Islam is religion of peace and do not require any prof or any attestation from Non Muslim. yes we are extremist because we follow Quran and every body who religiously follow it is a Extremist. Islam is not a dress which changes with the time. Islam is religion and is to stay till end of world. My advise to all muslims is do not comment any more and do not react also and protect non muslim and Holy Books of other religion. just be more extremist and follow Islam truly i think that will be the right answer to Mr John and party. Recommend

  • pakistan zindabad
    Mar 22, 2011 - 9:22PM

    ummm isnt burning or throwing the pages of a damaged quran (torn binding due to old age, etc) in the ocean the proper way of not dis-respecting it further?
    Islam 1 vs Fanatic Losers 0Recommend

  • maynotmatter
    Mar 22, 2011 - 9:38PM

    @my fellow friends
    Islam and teaching of Quran is not so small or weak to be destroyed by fire. The idea and teaching is very much in our heart and minds. If someone not mentally sane does some silly act like this should we get provoked ? Is our belief so weak that it would get troubled or hurt by some one’s adventurism ? No, we are far better than that, giving such news any importance is in itself giving this moron the kind of attention he has been seeking. Just ignore his act, his deeds will take care of him. Recommend

  • V S S SARMA
    Mar 22, 2011 - 10:56PM

    John should know that Holy Quran doesn’t teach terrorism. Terrorism amongst muslims emanates from rigorous practices of Mullahs, Monarchs and Presidents for life. Reasons for terrorism are – slavery, democracy deficit and lack of freedom which are rampant in the Muslim world. 60 out of 64 Islamic Countries do not have democracy. Democracy and Modern Education will eliminate terrorism from the world greatly. Recommend

  • siraj
    Mar 22, 2011 - 10:57PM

    It is a lesson for whole ummah. Now It is a time to bycot the western nation in all aspect and cut of his relationship diplomatically and economicaly . God will never forgive us if have not reacted today.Recommend

  • Rao Amjad Ali
    Mar 22, 2011 - 11:02PM

    Here are the lessons that we can all learn from this hurtful, demeaning and animal like behavior:

    Extremism is not the sole province of Al-Qaida and its affiliates, there are fanatics of equal measure, if not worse, in the US
    Not all Americans are cut from the same cloth as the two mad Floridians under whose aegis the Holy Book was burnt and or desecrated
    The Holy Quran is not easy to understand as it not only apeals to human spirituality and faith in Allah and its messenger Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) but lays out a systematized and comprehensive code of life, encompassing among other areas, socio-economic and political relations, legal framework that protects human dignity, especially women and minority rights, land and property laws and in doing so it draws remarkable inferences from a grand sweep of history particularly from the Judeo-Christian traditions.

    Although, there is no pardonable excuse for the heinous crime that the Floridian Neanderthals have committed, it is difficult for me to imagine that an inward looking Pastor from Gainesville Florida has the capacity to understand the complex narrative of the Holy Quran
    4. Muslims must remain vigilant and not allow their emotions to run amok or else they will play right into the hands of these fundamentalists. They must show restraint and debunk these acts of barbarism and the thinking behind them through reasoned arguments and reach out to win the support of the millions of decent Americans, many of whom have already condemned the Pastor’s crime against not only Muslims but all decent peoples of the world.Recommend

  • Khan
    Mar 22, 2011 - 11:14PM

    This insane criminals pastor Wayne Sapp and Terry Jones must be condemned and punished according to U.S. laws. If U.S. Govt does not fulfill its responsibility of bringing these two criminals to justice, it proves its connivance in this heinous act. Shame on America and Shame on American Government.Recommend

  • Hatim Hussain
    Mar 22, 2011 - 11:38PM

    You can burn the Quran materially but you can’t burn the contents of Quran which are impressed deeply in the hearts of its followers. You think by burning the Quran you have served the non-Musilms. No- not at all- You can see how many well wishers of yours were there at the time of your heinous act- only 30 or so. Almost everywhere around the world you are being condemned, because every sane person knows that the holy books can teach you only good lessons. Had you learnt it only once with open mind and heart you would have come to know that every word of this holy book teaches its readers how to live their lives in this world. Then of course you would not have thought of even seeing it with crooked eyes let alone burning it. Beware that Allah has assured in the Quran that He himself is the protector of His book i.e. its contents. Recommend

  • misbah
    Mar 22, 2011 - 11:44PM

    Islam respects all religions….and what did this man did…………does his religion says this to hurt other religions and proving himself as the best religious person….what a shameful act for that insane person…hypocritesRecommend

  • habib
    Mar 23, 2011 - 12:11AM

    this man disrespected our religion,but he is a non Muslim. If you are a muslim then shame on you for your comment! The ulema are the successors of the anbiya (prophets) and maybe according to them,the best thing to do at the moment is remain silent and make dua (supplication).All Muslims should respect the opinions and actions of the ulema.Recommend

  • pakpinoy
    Mar 23, 2011 - 1:29AM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:
    Hahaha…We don’t have to decide from this article and its comments…verifiable facts speak for themselves…killing a person(s) = terrorism :: burning a book DOES NOT = terrorism, but because “Muslims are so peaceful”, it certainly WILL lead to terrorism!Recommend

  • Michael
    Mar 23, 2011 - 1:59AM

    In America burning a book is a legitimate way of expressing ones displeasure on an issue. So, keep your emotional baggage to yourself!Recommend

  • G. Din
    Mar 23, 2011 - 2:22AM

    @maynotmatter:
    “…May you be born in a muslim family next time ”
    Does Islam recognize reincarnation?Recommend

  • Cautious
    Mar 23, 2011 - 2:49AM

    If nothing else Pakistani is consistent – anytime someone wants to jerk your chain all they have to do is bring in the religious factor. This event didn’t warrant any press coverage in the West and rightly so since this extremist wants the publicity. Recommend

  • Sajida
    Mar 23, 2011 - 3:49AM

    @Khurram:

    ‘The only difference between us and them (Jews and Hindus) they have changed and fully acknowledge that such teachings are archaic and thus are irrelevent’

    I would add – archaic and related to context. I don’t think any sane human being would remain calmly seated in a loving manner and full of affection for an intruder who barges into his/her home and threatens the family with a knife. In this context, forcefully defending yourself and your family and home is obviously the normal response. I wonder if someone sits down in introspection whether he is Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Budhist, Muslim or even an athiest before deciding to ‘forcefully fight’ in such a situation!!!
    There is NOT ONE SINGLE place in the Quran where fighting has been encouraged outside such a context. If anyone claims otherwise, produce your references.

    ‘But unfortunately we are tought that Holy Quran has been perfectly preserved in its origional form is not true it has been changed from the origional more than once much has been added on to suite the ruler( khalifa)of the day’

    Please stand corrected that the Quran HAS been preserved in its original form. If you claim otherwise, again, produce your proofs and the different versions. If you cannot, are you actually accusing the Khalifas of blasphemy? Is it so hard to imagine that Allah would be able to send his message through a book which would stand the test of time? Is there some kind of an expiry date on his revelations, so that he would keep having to send us refreshed versions? Ridiculous .. and also hilarious. Recommend

  • Sajida
    Mar 23, 2011 - 4:51AM

    @Christopher Cronan:
    Thank You. Mr. Christopher, your comments are like a breath of fresh air. Allah does not judge anyone except by the level of his/her piety. By this token you are more ‘Muslim’ than most Muslims :)

    See Quran Chapter 2, verse 285Recommend

  • Sajida
    Mar 23, 2011 - 5:06AM

    @Sana:
    I agree with you Sana. There is a huge difference between being calm and being docile. One leads to focus and the other, to inactivity.

    Personally, I would like to see these guys prosecuted sternly and officially by law. I would like to see the Muslim world voice their outrage at the people involved and demand appropriate action from authorities. Britain has already banned Jones from entering the country a few months ago. I really wonder what the City authorities did to prevent this incident if it was so public over there. Why did they not respond? Now would be a great time for the US government to prove their democracy.Recommend

  • Abdul Rauf khan
    Mar 23, 2011 - 8:17AM

    Allah has said in his holy book that”we put this book on the earth and we will take care of it.”But burning holy book is a shameful act from the Terry John and he will get punishment from the Allah soon or latter but we should believe that is the one can take care of his holly book of Quran.May Allah make us strong being as a Muslim Aamen.Recommend

  • sam
    Mar 23, 2011 - 10:53AM

    9/11 was done by non other than americans , and proof is all over the world , Wayne Sapp & Terry Jones will pay the price for what they have done..and this will happen soon,,Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Mar 23, 2011 - 12:18PM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.What the shameful and awesome time has come on the muslims and muslim world that christians are burning the muslims’ Holy Book Quran after challenging them and surprisingly the honor,grace,dignity,ego,courage and self-respect of eunuchs Arabian states’ and other muslim world’s leaders have been died and buried forever.Any blasphemous act against Islam and the muslims now can’t awake muslim world’s leaders from the dreams of carelessness.This is all as a consequence of disunity amongst the muslims because the muslims are killing the muslims on the name of fake terrorism to please their worldly masters for more and more $$$$$$$ only.How much more the muslims have been slaves of the advanced Western countries that no any blasphemous acts can get reunited us once again against the enemies of Islam and the muslims.In these the most worst muslims conditions now the muslims must wait for the most destructive,damaging,fierce and fearful natural calamities on the earth and never complain before the Allah Almighty.Because Allah’s Last Prophet Muhammad (APBUH) clearly said that when lewdness and shamefulness shall be spread in the world and shall be provoked then wait for the worst natural disasters and shortage of economy.Recommend

  • Wajeeh Uddin Tariq
    Mar 23, 2011 - 12:31PM

    The days are numbered of US evangelical preacher Terry Jones and his allies. Being a muslim we have firmed belief that the Qur’an is the word of God and he’ll take care of it..I am sure Its the beginning of the end of America, Insha-Allah we all see in our lifetime Good will give big time lesson to America. Recommend

  • Danish Moiz
    Mar 23, 2011 - 12:48PM

    @Mr Terry Jones & Mr Wayne Sapp ,”may you and your family be damned for this shameful act”.A highly deplorable act that deeply hurt the feelings of Muslims all over the world.Recommend

  • Islamudin Ghazi
    Mar 23, 2011 - 12:56PM

    Anecdote from History: Abraha of Ethopia came to attack Holy Kabbah with elephants that the Arabs had never seen before, He took away 100 camels of the Grandfather (also a cheiftain of Makkah) of our most beloved prophet (S.A.W.W) who were grazing in the outskirts. The grandfather went to Abraha and asked for return of his property. This kafir negro said that he was ashamed that the Makkah Chief had come to take his property instead of trying to beg for peace as the attack on Kabbah was imminent. The Grandfather replied that these camels are my property and the Owner of the Kabbah will take care of HIS property. Surah Feil tells us what happened. Abraha’s army retreated with theirs and their’s elephants flesh falling off their bones…despicable person who has burned the Quran!! Your end is nigh…And it will be a story to tell and take lesson from..InshaAllahRecommend

  • Mar 23, 2011 - 1:31PM

    I'm a citizen of Pakistan and i'm Christian. Im not happy to hear about this, but i was not happy when Muslims burn our Christians when they were sleeping, they burn them alive by no reason, they insecure us all the time. Where did that goes? why dont media speak for them? problems which our Christians are facing where are those? Just to secure themselves people are converting religion in Pakistan where does that goes?
    I hate what this Pastor did because in our Religion we forgive whoever do wrong to us. And we are forgiving for the last many years BUT if any of our Christian stand up for us, he's assasinated.
    Everyone over here who talks about this Pastor is Muslim or Hindu, i might be voluntarily taking this step and many of you will find it quite annoying but thats the reality. I was born in Pakistan and i love my country but what is going on? We are not one of them,why are we paying for their deeds?
    Due to this, reaction will be on us, Muslims Tanzeems will burn us alive that's insane please stop it we are not doing anything, we never burn a single page Of Quran and we never even have Quran in our homes how can we burn it?
    We Christians are not brutal please do not make us one of them!
    Recommend

  • Mar 23, 2011 - 1:41PM

    While I was studying in a Madrassa about 40 years back, there were few old and torn books of Quran. Our teacher one day early morning called me and we both burned those Quran books. Of course, we purchased new and costly books later for distribution among other students. But there was no this much fuss or reaction to these acts at that time. What anybody can do with an old and dilapidated books. It is not the book that is important but the belief in it. How many Quran books washed away in our recent floods, how many holy books destroyed in terrorist acts. People should start think reasonably, rationally and positively. Recommend

  • Goga
    Mar 23, 2011 - 4:03PM

    Pakistan must take this man to international court of Justice in the Hague…Recommend

  • Omer Khalid
    Mar 23, 2011 - 4:22PM

    Why this news is interesting? It only polarizes our society further by inflaming religious emotions. What happens in US, is a problem for US; their leaders have already condemned it. We in Pakistan should focus on our own problems; we are tons of it and stop wasting time in issues that doesn’t help to resole our political, economical and social crisis.Recommend

  • G. Din
    Mar 23, 2011 - 6:20PM

    @Salman:
    “These hill billies are in a panic mode because their distorted bible doesn’t have the answers and they see Islam growing around the world. “
    I am neither a Muslim nor a Christian. It is difficult to understand how can that be? It has been said that Qurran is just a plagiarized edition of Bible. May be your Qurran provided more answers which Bible did not. But, if terrorism is one of the answers, no wonder people do not want to read it.
    This fallacious tall claim of Islam growing around the world can be explained by pointing out that there are far more students in a primary school than you can find in a post-graduate institution precisely because there is far more intellect needed up above than down below! That is not something Muslims ought to trot out as something in Islam’s favour!Recommend

  • some sense
    Mar 23, 2011 - 6:41PM

    Ya Allah- Indeed the Quran is Allah’s word and a message to human kind.
    Ya Allah- Punish these unbelievers who have committed this henious crime…
    Recommend

  • PriyaSuraj
    Mar 23, 2011 - 9:56PM

    @ G Din – “It has gone much beyond just interpretation. We really don’t care if the book is holy or how holy it is.”

    We don’t but moderate muslims do.

    Totally agree with you otherwise, just to illustrate my point further –

    Quran = Holy book for mad fanatic muslims (A) + Holy book for moderate sane peace loving muslims (B)

    (A) is anti all other religions, breeds terrorism and already wants to destroy whatever comes between them and their “God”. The effect of the above incident on them will be (to B) – We told you so, Americans/Christians hate us, join us in this war/ clash of civilisations.

    (B) respects all religions, wants to live in peace as well as die in peace. The effect of the above incident on them will be – I guess what A says is not wrong, may be I need to become A and protect my religion/identity.

    You may argue that if B were so sane, they would not bite the argument forwarded by A. However let me say this that whatever that pastor did will not convert B to A, but how we (other sane peace loving people of other faiths) react to such incidents will ensure if B remains B or becomes A.

    @ Khurram – Appreciate your support.Recommend

  • shiraz
    Mar 23, 2011 - 10:34PM

    extermist muslims like alqaedans are responsibleRecommend

  • farhan
    Mar 23, 2011 - 11:43PM

    Liberal and secular forces will say don’t say anything on burning of Quran because it is violation of freedom.. nonsense.. this is the true face of West and their moral values.. Biased…Recommend

  • Andrea
    Mar 24, 2011 - 12:02AM

    Let them practice their hate; In the end these extremists will only consume themselves with such hatred. It’s time we take the moral high ground. What these crazies want is to provoke anger and watch the spectacle. Don’t give them the satisfaction. Just pray that God gives them better judgement and the love of humanity they don’t have.Recommend

  • John
    Mar 24, 2011 - 1:05AM

    @Hina Stunning:
    The burning of the book exactly symbolizes and highlights your fear. In US people are fortunate to express their view, Christians, Muslims, etc., or not. Remember Asia Bibi. She is your leader, as Rosa Park was for Americans. Recommend

  • Mar 24, 2011 - 2:01AM

    Burning a Quran won’t get you burn it’s morals, it’s teaching, it’s honor, it’s love, it’s care, it’s passion, it’s respect, it’s words, it’s message from us Muslim’s hearts … you are so wrong Pastor … How should I respond to you .. well the act what you did will be answered by a higher authority and all I can do is wish Allah SWT lead you to the right path if not he is the one better to decide. [ And trust me you have sinned ]Recommend

  • G. Din
    Mar 24, 2011 - 2:07AM

    @Goga:
    “Pakistan must take this man to international court of Justice in the Hague…”
    Did you take the cartoonist that lampooned your prophet to ICJ? If not, why not? Brave but empty words!
    The problem with Muslims generally and Pakistani Muslims particularly is that they tend to be emotional – and flaunt empty bravado and braggadocio when the issues we are facing require deep thought and deliberation. Pakistanis in particular are always threatening extreme actions but never seem to deliver on any one of them. Is it any wonder people have begun to ignore what they say and threaten them with?
    “Karo dosto pahle aap apni izzat, jo chaho karein log izzat zyada” (Develop some self-respect before you wish/demand respect of others)Recommend

  • pakpinoy
    Mar 24, 2011 - 3:22AM

    @ahmed saleem:
    You obviously don’t know much about American society…this guy IS an extremist and not mainstream at all…where are his supporters? He is completely marginalized in US society. There were maybe 20-30 people in his church at the time…There are hundreds of rapists in America as well…is it now fair to call its people “rapists”? Use your brain please.

    It seems like posters here are attempting to compare the thousands of supporters, yes SUPPORTERS, of 9/11 on the streets in Pakistan to a few dozen crazy, but PEACEFUL, Americans and somehow claim that both people are equally extreme…when thousands of Americans come out on the streets to celebrate the death of innocent Muslims, then you can start comparing…until then, swallow hard, and accept that burning a book is nothing compared to killing people and rejoicing when people are killed.Recommend

  • pakpinoy
    Mar 24, 2011 - 3:35AM

    @Adeel Ahmed:
    Interpretation of the Quran is not allowed by the majority of the fundamentalist groups…are you so ignorant of this?? Or just choose to hide your head in the ground like most?

    Don’t be so delusional and self-deceiving. Any intellectually honest and open-minded person knows very well that many, yes very many, of your fellow Muslims reference the same verses in the Quran you declare “totally peaceful” to justify and authenticate violence, intolerance, hatred and murder in the name of religion.

    If you prefer to ignore reality unless it hammers you over the head, then I suggest you stick your head back in the ground. Pakistanis are good at that. It took most several years to admit 9/11 wasn’t simply a media conspiracy, several more years (after being attacked in their own cities) to acknowledge that the Taliban even existed at all. I know, I used to live and work there and heard it daily! People of the Frontier only started admitting the Taliban’s EXISTENCE after they started blowing up mosques, schools and police posts inside the major cities. People of the Punjab, by and large, STILL don’t admit they exist.

    Reality, honesty and truth are very evasive commodities in your part of the world.Recommend

  • pakpinoy
    Mar 24, 2011 - 3:44AM

    @Meera Ghani:
    Thank you for your enlightened view that is so often missed by your fellow countrymen! It truly is sad to see the difference in response between the two events! There is so little regard for humanity and justice. People’s minds are delusional and messed up!Recommend

  • pakpinoy
    Mar 24, 2011 - 3:59AM

    @Khurram:
    I can’t imagine you are Pakistani as I’ve hardly met anyone with such a reasonable, open mind towards religious criticism in my many years there!

    Your words are spot on though. Most Muslims don’t realize that they will never be respected until they take off their hypocritical masks and allow criticism and honest examination of their beliefs, practices and scripture just like other major religions have undergone.

    Authenticity is determined by holding something up to the all-revealing light of examination — think of a microscope. Most Muslims have such fear of this. It baffles the mind. But truth-seekers want the truth no matter what is revealed by being put through the fire of examination and critique.Recommend

  • pakpinoy
    Mar 24, 2011 - 4:06AM

    @Salman:
    Please go back to reading the Urdu newspapers so you won’t embarrass yourself here with your delusional, intellectually challenged observations!Recommend

  • Saqib
    Mar 24, 2011 - 9:46AM

    the shame full act done by this donkey face man ,is seems very much directed by white house machinery he was tried to do this before but stooped by congress members but this time he seems to be guided to do that ,i am telling this to everyone no mater how liberal we may become but it is the true fact that ”Firoun’s” dead body still have not found the place to be restedRecommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Mar 24, 2011 - 11:58AM

    We have nuts everywhere on this planet called earth. He is also one of them who enters the church with a gun around his waist like a “Cowboy” of some western country. Importance must not be given to this so called Pastor Terry Jones. This stupid person does not know that we come from the lineage of Prophet Abraham and as such are “Cousins” in true sense. If we do not show respect to all Holy Scriptures then we are only following the lines of Satan. I would request the government in USA to send this indoctrinated pastor of some unknown denomination straight to Mental Hospital for good. These types of loose scud missiles have no place in the society of common persons who want peace and co-existence between them. Hate begets hate nothing more and the end result is always chaos and anarchy.Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Mar 24, 2011 - 1:23PM

    Now, he needs to be very very afraid of the wrath of Allah.Recommend

  • some sense
    Mar 24, 2011 - 2:19PM

    The fact the America does nothing to stop ths devil pastor shows their tacit support for his devilish acts.

    One more thing to note is that American controlled facebook refused to remove the page which submitted supposed drawings of Prophet (saw). However facebook was very quick to remove the fan page of mumtaz qadri. Where did freedom of speech go then? People have a right and freedom to support mumtaz qadri without beng branded extremists, if you really believe in freedom of speech.

    The west (particularly America) uses freedom of speech as an excuse to vent their hollow frustrations against the only true religion, Islam. Recently a top employee of a designer fashion business in the US was fired for saying something against the jews. where did freedom of speech die then?Recommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    Mar 24, 2011 - 5:04PM

    The poor red neck got himself in trouble.Recommend

  • Mar 24, 2011 - 5:11PM

    John; Asia Bibi is how are leader? she is a victim who is suffering in jail without any crime. We all are praying for her. And still after this incidence, what i thought that happens. Our two Christians are shot dead yesterday, and other two are in critical condition.Recommend

  • G. Din
    Mar 24, 2011 - 5:33PM

    @some sense:
    “The west (particularly America) uses freedom of speech as an excuse to vent their hollow frustrations against the only true religion, Islam.”
    You are talking nonsense, some sense! I am not an American and do not belong to west and I love and exercise my freedom of speech and I say what you claim as”the only true religion” is as fallacious and hollow as the claim of Hitler that Aryans were a superior race. We saw how the world dismissed that claim – and him -on the trash heap of history. You may have been brainwashed to believe that that you are “ashraf-ul-makhlooqat” (pinnacle of all creation), that does not make you so. A truth is something you should be able to verify. Every fascism inculcates such ideas of superiority in its followers but it is so easy for you to verify the truth. Look at the Muslim world around you. Do you see any sign of an animal that is “ashraf-ul-makhlooqat” living therein?Recommend

  • some sense
    Mar 24, 2011 - 7:57PM

    Seems G Din does not have any knowledge about Islam. Ashraf ul Maqlookat is referred to for all Human Beings (Muslims or non Muslims) being the most intelligent of the creatures of ALLAH. Hence Human beings will be accountable for their actions and for not accepting Islam by their ONE & ONLY LORD- ALLAH.
    Allah has given muslims the main power- OIL and other natural resources, without which the west would freeze to death, but its the muslim rulers who are completely useless and causing muslim nations to be behind.Recommend

  • G. Din
    Mar 25, 2011 - 2:38AM

    @some sense:
    Again, you are not making any sense at all. I confess I do not know everything about Islam especially because the Islam, its followers are presenting to the world is so repulsive. So, exhortation of Muslims to non-Muslims to study Islam falls on deaf ears. Even with all my ignorance, I do know what “ashraf-ul-makhlooqat” means-literally- but the way Muslims practice it, is by setting themselves above every one else outside of Islam. You must know it already that the basic conflict between Muslims and the rest is precisely because no one outside of Islam accepts your Allah as “their ONE & ONLY LORD”. And, they never will. If it hurts your feelings, we don’t care because such surrender is highly personal.
    Another misconception I would like to disabuse you of is that “Allah has given muslims the main power- OIL and other natural resources”. That is not true. Muslims do not control those resources, the sheikhs and the sundry dictators do. Let us see you, ordinary Muslims, exercise any control at all. You just can’t, you will not be allowed to.
    ” (oil)…without which the west would freeze to death”
    Ask yourself this question: did the West freeze to death before they showed you how to pull that oil from the bowels of earth. Going further, did you even know that black gold was buried under your feet because Allah certainly kept it buried and out of sight for you. Even if you had known it, what would you have done with it, ignorant as you were how it could be made useful to the humanity. The same west that Muslims are ranting against, discovered that oil, pulled it out, processed it and then invented machines to use it. Until that point i.e how to use it, it was worthless. You couldn’t drink it, could you or bathe in it? Your (Muslim) contribution to all that effort was precisely NIL. Let us now suppose you deny that oil to west, what would you do with it? Would you even want to draw it out? In the meantime, the goods and services you bought with the money you received by its sale would be denied to you. Could you live without them? Think!
    Has it occurred to you that Muslims live entirely by parasitising earth or the societies amongst whom they live. In other words, they don’t add any value to anything! Think again!Recommend

  • some sense
    Mar 25, 2011 - 3:16PM

    @G Din

    Whether or not you or any non muslim Accepts Allah as their Lord makes no difference to Allah Almighty. Allah has mentioned in the holy Quran that there is only ONE master of this Universe- ALLAH. and whoever believes in Allah is at a benefit and whoever disbelieves and rejects the only true message of the ALL Mighty (Islam) is at a loss. ALLAH also mentions in the Quran that it is not in the power of a human being to convert another to Islam, but it is whomsoever ALLAH wills, shall become a true believer (muslim).
    So I feel sad for you, but then its Allah’s will that you remain so. Indeed the muslims are lucky to have the special favour of ALLAH to be the chosen believers.

    Secondly just to correct you in a few places. The main resource of this Earth- OIL is predominantly in Muslim lands- Saudi Arabia, Libya, Kazakistan, Azerbaijan, Other Middle east countries, Iraq, etc. So the resources have been blessed to the muslims by ALLAH. Now a few corrupt rulers sell them cheaply to the west. With this revolution of the arab world this scenario may change. Also with China coming up as the next super power and China not being so anti-Islam (China never meddles in the affairs of any other country). The oil can all be sold to China and they are developed enough to extract it. So the west needs the muslim countries and NOT vice versa.

    Finally, when the early muslims were true believers and practiced the teachings of the holy Quran and Hadith, they were the world rulers. But when they went away from the teachings of Islam their decline started. But one important thing to note is that empires come and go, but the only true religion ISLAM (GOD’s True Guidance) always remains. The roman empire came and went, Russia came and went and now its the declining time of the west with economic recession and competition from China/far east, the west will falter in a few years. but ISLAM always remains. right from the begining of this universe and the first man on earth (Adam) till the last day. All the prophets and messengers of ALLAH (Like Prophets Ibraheem, Isa, Musa (AS)) brought the same message of ISLAM to worship only ONE LORD- ALLAH.

    So the hatred of non muslims for Islam and muslims will not affect islam in the slightest. As ALLAH says in the holy Quran- “Even if the entire world is against you, but ALLAH is with you, no harm can come to you” So these hollow acts of a devil pastor do not have the slightest affect on ALLAH or the only Divine religion ISLAM. Islam is growing every day.

    It is a saying of Prophet (saw) that “the early generation of the muslims will be very successful then the middle generation of muslims will be overpowered and then the last generation of muslims (before the end of this world) will again the be rulers of the world” So things are happening just at prophet (saw) predicted. We were the rulers in the beginning, currently we are overpowered, but towards the end of times, we will be victorious once again…

    Sorry for you and others like you.

    True Believer (Momin)Recommend

  • Abdulrehman
    Mar 25, 2011 - 3:29PM

    Such a shameful act done & this is real terrorism act. U hurt as ALLAH will hurt u Recommend

  • suneel
    Mar 25, 2011 - 5:13PM

    This is realy an evil act, i dnt know why this people dont want to be in peace,Let this act be judged by God,because He can give them proper punishment….Recommend

  • pakpinoy
    Mar 26, 2011 - 2:14PM

    @some sense & @G. Din
    I can’t stop laughing on the inside! It’s like a guy with a brain is communicating to a guy without the capacity to think and reason! Oil ONLY has value because the evil — yet intelligent, hard-working, innovative and creative — West INVENTED machines that could make use of it. At some point in the very near future, the evil West, along with the newly creative, yet equally evil, INDIANS, Chinese and other emerging nations will invent new, alternative energy sources that will render the oil less valuable and less necessary. Maybe then the creative, infidel countries will invent a valuable usage for sand! :)

    @some sense: You have missed the point on almost every point! You are blind, self-deluded and ignorant of the world around you. It’s laughable your comments about China! You know nothing of their history. If Muslim countries even THINK of messing with Muslim regions of China (Uyghurs), China will come down harder on you than the “nice” West ever has! They don’t care about you and in fact have a very low view of your peoples — wake up to reality before it knocks you in the side of the head!

    @ G. Din is so right by saying, “Has it occurred to you that Muslims live entirely by parasitising earth or the societies amongst whom they live. In other words, they don’t add any value to anything! Think again!”Recommend

  • Mar 27, 2011 - 3:20PM

    @Pakpinoy; i totally agree with you because people in China don’t know that Pakitani or muslims are their neighbours. They only know India nothing about Muslims. Only thing they know is that they are promoting Terrorists.Recommend

  • nicotine
    Mar 27, 2011 - 10:24PM

    such a shameful act by that so called preacher who doesnot even know the world and world of preaching

    how could possibly be he answered the challange of QURAN-E-PAK to produce a single line or a phrase which is equivalent or it may resemble the original verse/phrase of QURAN

    such a shameful response from muslim world as none of the country except PAKISTAN did record the protest

    such a low level of EEMAN we have in our heartsRecommend

  • F430
    Mar 28, 2011 - 1:15AM

    What’s this priest’s deal anyway? Why would he wait for muslims to come and defend their book or religion? and for what? and justify exactly what to this idiot? and I really dont understand his so called “concern” for the growing muslim population in Europe. What are statistics going to do for this fool that the daily news on a television wouldn’t?

    I have a solution for this fool: Become a muslim yo! otherwise you gonna stay single for the rest of yo life! ha!

    P.S. you really need to get a complete makeover boy, dont you guys have a barbershop or summin where you live? Oh and please add a 200mg can of common-sense to your grocery list for this sunday – you been missing that one since a year now almost :) Recommend

  • iftikhar
    Mar 28, 2011 - 10:28AM

    This is a try to start terrorism.
    This man is a real terrorist.Recommend

  • Bayne
    Mar 30, 2011 - 4:56AM

    All the people saying PUNISH America, are as ignorant as this guy. U.S. has nothing to do with this IDiotcy.Recommend

  • Arshad Farooqui
    Apr 1, 2011 - 9:06PM

    Quran can not be diminished by burning, it is safe in millions Hafiz, you may burn the book but how can kill million Hafiz (Quran is memorized by millions). Quran is the only book is most read in the world.Recommend

  • mr. who
    Apr 2, 2011 - 1:28AM

    i blame this people for the dead of the UN people on friday the 1. of april in mazar-e-sharif. they should be taken to court…Recommend

  • ramon lukban
    Apr 2, 2011 - 3:16AM

    now that 7 lives had been violently lost and others injured because of your foolish acts, what have you got to say Sapp and Jones? have you any messages to the widows/widowers and children of your victims? yes, they are as much your victims as the moslems that you intensely hate. Would Jesus do as you have done? Shame on you!Recommend

  • Ajaz
    Apr 2, 2011 - 10:03AM

    This person has committed a shamfull and unhuman act. The world need to comdam it. This is a gang which creates rifts in between relegions cultures and societies with the help of this kind of acts. Now its our turn to defeet this conspiracy of hattered and ill will.

    Of cource we need to have a peacefull protests only to bring it under notice of international community and this kind of acts shoul not be repeated. As for as SAZA to the burner is concern Allah Pak himself will decide as we Muslim beleive that Almighty Allah is the real Gaurdain of Holy Quran so we should not interfare.Recommend

  • Apr 2, 2011 - 11:46PM

    Quran is the exact word of God (Allah) and He promised to protect his book. Millions of Muslims around the world memorized the whole Quran and burning all the copies of the Quran worldwide would not shake an atom bit rather it will backfire those who try to harm his book. Quran is a guide for human being who is looking for true guidance and a warning for those who do mischief on earth and a good news for those who follow his guidance that they will have rewards hereafter waiting for them for enjoy ultimate happiness for ever in the heaven. Quran mentioned about 25 prophets including Adam, Noa, Moses, David, Jesus and Mohammed to whom God send messages for guidance for human kind. While Adam is the 1st messenger, Mohammed is the last messenger to convey the God message to the human kind. Since the last message has to stay intact so that all the forthcoming generations can get the true guidance, the Quran has been protected by God himself and nobody can claim today that any changes took place in Quran since it was revealed about 1400 years ago. So there is no point that you can destroy anything to the true religion Islam because that is the only religion God will accept as mentioned in the Last revelation which Quran. Find out more in the Quran if it is the truth. Quran is a miracle of miracle because everything mentioned since 1400 years ago are still intact and true without any error. Recommend

  • pakpinoy
    Apr 3, 2011 - 1:35AM

    I posted the following about a week ago. Very unfortunately, events have played out exactly as stated below…I take no joy in this at all — it’s tragic — but the truth speaks for itself…

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/02/world/asia/02afghanistan.html?_r=1

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui: We don’t have to decide from this article and its
    comments…verifiable facts speak for themselves…
    killing a person(s) = terrorism :: burning a book DOES NOT = terrorism,
    but because “Muslims are so peaceful”, it certainly WILL lead to terrorism!

    Recommend

  • pakpinoy
    Apr 3, 2011 - 1:40AM

    @mr. who & @ramon lukban:

    Yes, we’ve heard the same defense before in court…”I murdered my wife and my children because my Dad beat me and abused me when I was a child…My Dad is to blame for my actions! I couldn’t control myself!”Recommend

  • Hugues Sauzier
    Apr 3, 2011 - 1:42PM

    Disgraceful. What have they achieved? Only to show that people are the same everywhere, abusing the freedom which God in His perfect love has given us. They don’t care about the sensitivity of people. How far can one get from God as not to care for his creatures? Unbelievable really. The whole world is against you. Disgraceful… :-(Recommend

  • qays aslam
    Apr 4, 2011 - 12:49PM

    this is a henious act of terrorism against the muslim community and i foresee that it will result to a global war for surely Allah guards his books against the disbelievers,disobeyers and haters.let peace fall to those who embrace islamRecommend

  • Hafiz Mehboob
    Apr 5, 2011 - 2:42PM

    It is a shamful act, he didn’t read the Holy Quran, and didn’t try to see what is actually inside this book, and what kind of teachings of this Holy Book, Allah will punish him.Recommend

  • moh.azharuddin
    Apr 7, 2011 - 12:33PM

    america burn the quran sarif becose they have fear to risesion islam in america.Recommend

  • pakpinoy
    Apr 7, 2011 - 1:28PM

    @ All:

    My posts keep being rejected for no apparent reason! There is a great article by Christine Fair in Foreign Policy Magazine. It explains the realities of the reactions to the Quran burning better than any other piece — afpak DOT foreignpolicy DOT com. Search for “Murder at Mazar”.

    The truth is hard to swallow sometimes when emotionalism and honor cloud the view…Recommend

  • Farzad
    Apr 11, 2011 - 12:02AM

    A crazy mind!
    I think, church shouldd punish & charge this man!
    Who was servered by this agt? Freedom act in Canada constitution is 100% sure, is against
    this type of mentality. The world should claim against the human right crimes like this. Recommend

  • Haroon latif
    May 8, 2011 - 12:30AM

    It is very shamefull act done by these people…These people must answer in the judgement day in front of ALLAH and also the whole world will see there desoster in this world, and why they not think about that this is not an ordinary book but this is words of ALLAH which helps and guide the whole humanity in this world and hereafter….I love ALLAH and his prophet MOHAMMAD (sallalaho aliahay wa’aalaihi wassalam) and his holy book QURANRecommend

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