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An American preacher teaches Quran in a church

Date: 05/05/2012 A.D 14/06/1433 H

Translated by: Manal Samhat

News…

American preacher, Scott Morgan, embarked, by a personal initiative, on teaching the Quranic verses in a church in Virginia State, and he chose the verses that handle the issues of women, peaceful coexistence and citizenship. He also interpreted its meaning to the church attendants. Moreover, an American TV channel broadcasted Morgan’s interpretation of the verses, and pointed that at a time the United States of America is the homeland of Pastor Terry Jones who burned a copy of the Holy Quran in Florida State recently, it is the homeland of a number of preachers who teach Quran within its churches…

Pastor Morgan said: I chose two subjects that the Americans rank as highly important: violence and the woman. He demonstrated through the Ayahs that Islam forbids violence against non-Muslims, citing certain incidents that corroborate his findings from the biography and stands of the Holy Messenger (p.). As for the issue of women, Morgan cited certain verses that elevate the woman’s status and assert her role in building the society…

The American preacher continued to say: If the distorted image of Islam and Muslims that the media outlets depicted changed even at the level of one individual, then this constitutes a great gain to America…

The mentioned TV channel pointed that this is not the first time the Quran is taught in American churches, for Chicago was home to several similar experiences that resulted in several positive outcomes as the lesson attendants explained. An American lady once pointed that she had a wonderful time and that they discussed taboos…

Comment…

This is a step in the right direction and it cannot be but fruitful and productive. It can also build bridges of communication and dialogue and uproot all the elements of anxiety and tension from the reality, in what best serves human and social peace. It opens up people’s minds and hearts on each other, especially in terms of the complicated circumstances and situations the world is going through, not to mention all the attempts to foment sedition and religious and sectarian conflicts that aim at fragmenting the entire human reality…

In a related context, His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra), says: The Quran calls on the Muslims to adopt in their dealing with the others a method that turns them into friends. Islam also calls on the Jews and Christians to come to common terms with the Muslims; i.e. to the issues with which they all agree upon “that we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with Him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah…” (03:64).

His Eminence (ra) adds: We ought to come together on the love of Allah, for this love enables us to open up to the Bible and the Quran, for we consider the Bible to be the sacred Book of Allah, just as the Quran is the sacred Book of Allah… We also learn from the Bible just as we learn from the Quran, for they both include the words of Allah and we should learn the words of Allah. We believe that Jesus Christ is the spirit and word of Allah and that Allah loves him. The Christians believe in that as well… We believe that the Prophet (p.) loves and regards Jesus (p.) highly and that Jesus brought along the glad tidings of the prophecy of Muhammad (p.)… Thus, we cannot but notice that no problem exists between Islam and Christianity…

[Extracted from a speech His Eminence (ra) delivered upon the reception of a delegation of the Council of Churches in Britain and America, on 30/04/2007 A.D.]

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