Burning of Holy Qur’an in US, the way out


A controversial Florida pastor burned copies of the Holy Qur’an and also a depiction of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) just to protest against imprisonment in Iran of a Christian clergyman. Similar attempts were made in the past as well but the worst and most deplorable aspect of the latest incident is that it was also attended by about twenty other people and streamed live over the Internet.

Desecration of the Holy Qur’an and blasphemous attempts have become a routine in the West where copies of the Holy Qur’an were not only burnt not only by lunatic elements like Terry Jones but also by American troops. Similarly, blasphemous caricatures were allowed to appear and reappear despite world-wide protests by Muslims and condemnation by saner voices of the international community. Unfortunately, the Western Governments are justifying such heinous acts on the pretext of freedom of expression, which should never be considered a license to injure feelings of 1.5 billion Muslims. Had such an act taken place in Pakistan, the entire Western world especially its media would have depicted it as an extremist measure blackening face of the country. However, the Western Governments and their media have closed their eyes towards extremist tendencies and rogue elements among their own ranks, which speaks volumes about double standards. The latest dastardly action is bound to evoke strong condemnation and protests but instead of torching our own assets and resorting to stone pelting, we should do it in an organized manner. It would be in the fitness of things if the Government of Pakistan, members of the civil society and media do their job in approaching the UN, world human rights organizations, Western Governments and civil society through representations, e-mails, interaction, discussions on Internet and dialogue. This is the best way to expose such elements and their designs. We hope apart from Pakistan, other members of the Islamic world would also do the same in defence of their great religion.

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