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ISESCO denounces burning a copy of the Holy Quran in Afghanistan

Date: 23/02/2012 A.D 01/04/1433 H

Translated by: Manal Samhat

News…

The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) strongly denounced the act of burning a copy of the Holy Quran in an American airbase in Afghanistan by American soldiers. It also issued a statement in which it confirmed that this act, according to all norms, constitutes a racist crime that the United States of America, which has occupied, along with the NATO alliance, Afghanistan - a member state in ISESCO - is responsible of.

In the statement, the Organization called on its member states, the International Community, the United Nations and the UN Human Rights Council and the related international organizations to condemn and denounce this crime openly and exert pressures to ensure that the soldiers who have committed this crime are punished…

The Organization said that adopting silence with regards to the act of burning the Quran in an American military base is unjustifiable and it cannot but be a form of collusion with those involved with this crime that represents a barefaced challenge to the emotions of Muslims in the world, knowing that this crime is of the same kind of crimes committed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories…

It must be noted that eight Afghanis were killed in demonstrations held for protesting on the act of burning the Quran in Bagram, the American military base. In the meantime, Washington expressed its apologies for the “inappropriate” act that it considered as a mistake…

Amidst the calls “death to America” and “death to Obama”, violent clashes erupted in the capital, Kabul, in Jalal Abad to the east and in Parwan province to the north of Kabul, where thirty people were injured according to the local and medical sources…

Comment…

Such crimes ought to be openly denounced for they have nothing to do with morals and humanity. Actually, they represent a savage act that invokes the emotions of millions of Muslims throughout the world and violates the sanctity of their holiest book. Does not that desecrate the dignities of others and offend their sacred symbols and landmarks?!

Where did all those fancy slogans that call for respecting human rights as well as the civil and religious rights of the others go?

Such racism only kindles disagreements and leads to a civilizational and human alienation, instead of securing an atmosphere of mutual respect to build the culture of peace and not that of racism and fanaticism…

In a related context, His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra), says: “We call for studying the Glorious Quran in a scientific and objective way, so that the fair reader will find that the Quran emphasizes human dignity, since it considers man as Allah's viceroy on earth and that the Quran is a call for love and mercy, as it calls to resorting to the best of means and words in dialogue and dealing with the other. It also represents a movement towards interfaith dialogue and a movement that calls for meeting on the basis of the unity of Allah and the unity of humanity. It also states that Christians are the nearest to Muslims in their spirituality and human humbleness.

His Eminence continues to say: “Instead of directing the efforts towards offending Islam and the Quran that embodies the values of good and justice, they should be directed against the brutal violence being actually practiced against the poor nations in the form of killing, destruction, plunder of wealth and confiscation of the future, especially that the world is legitimizing usurpation and occupation that are based on the collective eradication of peoples, just as in Palestine where a Jewish state is being instituted on the ruins of another nation under the pretense of religious historic rights.”

[Extracted from an interview conducted by Al-Hayat newspaper on 07/02/2008 with the late Religious Authority, His Eminence, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah]

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