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Copies of the Quran vs. anti-Islam caricatures in Germany

Date: 21/04/2012 A.D 30/05/1433 H

Translated by: Manal Samhat

News…

Many sections of the German people are still interacting with the campaign of distributing copies of the Holy Quran that was translated into German language for free. After a number of publishing houses and local websites denounced this campaign that aim at distributing 25 million copies of the Holy Quran for free on the German people to introduce them to the teachings of Islam, some groups described as extreme far-right in the country conducted a counter campaign which called for demonstrations and protests and announced the launch of a contest for spreading anti-Islam caricatures….

Some Germans considered that the best reaction to this act is to refuse explicitly to take a copy of the Quran, pointing that it is almost forbidden to circulate the bible in many Muslim countries…

Others confirm that rejecting the campaign of distributing the Quran does not demand an act that is more provocative, such as the call in drawing anti-Islam caricatures that provokes Muslims…

A German online magazine had previously conducted a survey on Islamophobia which showed that 84% of those surveyed revealed that they fear Islam…

Comment…

All people, both Muslim and Christians, should not perform any acts that provoke the other’s religious instincts and create tensions. Both Islam and Christianity alike call for tolerance, love, acquaintance, and productive and constructive dialogue, through realistic measures taken by aware and responsible parties that determine and organize the religious activities and the like, in a way that does not affect the reality negatively or lead to certain repercussions that serve neither Islam nor Christianity. In this respect, we rely on the educated and aware individuals to play their role in calming the situations down and studying the matters thoroughly, objectively and calmly…

In a related context, His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra), said: “A suitable climate should be provided for dialogue in order to turn it into a productive process instead of being narrow and fruitless in both the form and the content. Allah wanted the Messenger, in the Quran, to establish a primary foundation for this climate by inducing practical planning to provide the necessary characteristics at the top of which is the personality of the one leading and adopting the dialogue, the personality of the other party engaged in the dialogue who should take part in it as a means that leads to knowledge and belief and not as a fruitless debate. Moreover, all parties should practice the best method that enables them to deliver the idea to the others and not to move them away from it…

In conclusion, the elements that ought to be provided in the process of dialogue are five:

1- The personality of the one leading the dialogue

2- The personality of the other party engaged in the dialogue

3- Creating a calm atmosphere in favor of independent thinking

4- Being aware of the idea, the subject of the dialogue

5- The method of dialogue

[Extracted from the book “Islam: The religion of dialogue”, p: 67]

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