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Jones launches yet another campaign against Islam

Date: 10/04/2012 A.D 19/05/1433 H

Translated by: Manal Samhat

News…

American Pastor, Terry Jones, known for burning the Quran, blasted Islam, once again, after he organized a protest with his supporters before the biggest mosque in the state of Michigan…

US Today reported Jones as saying: “Islam has one goal -- that is world domination," and he called upon Americans to take back their country…

Around 20 supporters held signs in English and Arabic that read "I Will Not Submit," and shouted out anti-Islam slogans as Jones spoke outside the Islamic Center of America…

Jones said that he is concerned that the growth of the Muslim population in metro Detroit and the U.S. will lead to the oppression of non-Muslims and that "Muslims, no matter where they go around the world ... they push their agenda on the society…”

He added: “We must take back America,” expressing his concern about the free speech rights of Americans…

About 500 feet from Jones was a group of counter-protesters, some of whom were with an activist organization, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN). Police prevented them from approaching the grassy area in front of the mosque where Jones spoke. Muslim leaders had urged people not to attend the counter-protest. Unlike Jones' last two visits to Dearborn, this one was uneventful with no arrests and no street clashes…

It is worth mentioning that last year, a Dearborn judge threw Jones briefly in jail and ordered him to stay away from the mosque for three years. That decision was later overturned by a Detroit judge…

Comment…

Those calls made by Jones signify his hostility to Islam and Muslims alike. Had he looked into Islam thoroughly, rationally and objectively, he would have realized that Islam, through the message it brought along and its goals, does not seek dominating the world as he puts it. Rather, it aims at spreading the culture of peace, love, as well as civilized and peaceful coexistence among all peoples and religions. Moreover, such calls fuel the feelings of enmity and hatred in the society in which the Muslims constitute a human cultural and humanistic force that ought to be benefitted from and employed to develop the team spirit and cooperation in terms of making mutual respect prevail and preserving general order…

In a related context, in his interpretation to the following Ayah: “There is no compulsion in religion; truly the right way has become clearly distinct from error,” (02:256), His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra) says: “Some deduce from this Ayah that Allah commands the Prophet (p.) not to coerce others into embracing the religion; but rather to call on them to embrace it using arguments, evidences, wisdom and good preaching and putting forward the clear path to the right and the clear path to falsehood, leaving for them the freedom of choosing how to shoulder the responsibility of their fate in this world and the Hereafter…

The supporters of this opinion, according to His Eminence (ra), mention that freedom of choice has been mentioned in several legislative positions and consider that the Ayah “truly the right way has become clearly distinct from error” constitutes the basis of this thought, considering that relying on conveying and calling on the basis of clarity of the cause is what could serve the religion far more than compulsion could serve it. Since Allah created man with the ability to choose what to acquire and forsake, for He wants the human life to be based on shouldering the responsibility of one’s choices, He does not want His Messages that were revealed to His messengers to be imposed on the people as legislations… Thus, the Ayah denotes the method of the call on the one hand and the missionary task of the Prophet on the other hand…

Perhaps, this interpretation is closer to the Quranic ambiences and perhaps we can even confirm that it is true, for it is meaningless to consider that the Ayah denotes the act of telling [and not commanding], for the inability of the religion, being an ideology, to be coerced is self-evident and does not need further explanation and concern…

[(Interpretations) inspired from the Quran, vol. 5, p: 45]

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