Condemnation of “Burn a Qur’an Day”
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community New Zealand strongly condemns plans by a church in Florida to
organise an “International Burn a Quran Day” on 11th September. The church has accused Islam,
Quran and Muslims of several teachings which are against Christianity, and has used racial and
discriminatory language against Islam.
The world Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, said:
“Religious extremism, be it Christian extremism, Muslim extremism or any other kind is never a true
reflection of the religion. Indeed a number of churches have condemned this act. There is nothing
wrong with intellectual or theological debate but this should be conducted within the bounds of
decency and tolerance. Instead what we are seeing is hatred being spread.
“The world needs peace, love and brotherhood. The world needs an end to wars. Instead of walls of
hatred being erected we need peace to prevail and for this to occur people of all faiths must join
The National President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community New Zealand, Mr Mohammed Iqbal, said:
“Burning any religious scripture is directly contrary to the teachings of all the world’s major religions.
These few unfortunate Christians planning this ghastly act need to ask themselves whether they
truly belong to Jesus (peace be upon him) for he was a prophet of peace.
“We appeal to this church to abandon this provocative act that will offend billions of people of all
faiths around the world. If anything 9/11 should be a time for all of us to reaffirm our commitment
to peace and not to create new conflicts.”
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a religious organisation, international in its scope. It has
branches in over 195 countries in Africa, America, Asia, Australasia, and Europe with worldwide
membership exceeding tens of millions.
The New Zealand branch of this community was established in 1987 and has just over 300 members.
It is a registered charitable organisation and endeavours to be an active and integrated community
within New Zealand society. It recently launched the Holy Qur’an translated in Maori.
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