It’s official! After mounting international pressure by hundreds of thousands of angered people, including state leaders and other well known figures, the madness of Terry Jones is now at an end – or at least the campaign is, for now.
[UPDATE Saturday 11th September 2010 – Pastor says that he will NEVER burn the Qur’an http://bit.ly/bWIexI]
This affair ignited the whole world, Muslims and non-Muslims alike and incensed those who had a conscience. No doubt we are all relieved and glad that this sad episode in humanity is over. I personally would like to thank everyone who rallied together very quickly to speak out against Terry Jones and his church of around 50 followers. We have demonstrated globally that there are good people in the world and more than that, Allah, subhana wa ta’ala, Has Protected His Word.
Muslims across the world have been united and non-Muslims have stood with them because they knew that this wrong and that Muslims are people of good character and upright morals.
What has been the cost?
People have been offended, who have done NOTHING to bring this attack upon themselves. Community tensions have increased. Those who are intolerant have become braver in shouting out their malicious garbage.
Absolutely because truth will always overcome lies and falsehood. Thousands and thousands of people expressed their disgust at Terry Jones – who will now be known as the fool of the Christian world (this is if the Christians will allow him to be seen as part of them). Muslims have united and will stand up 4 Islam – we have shown the world that we will not tolerate being pushed around, especially not by some little man with an ego-problem. The Qur’an has been promoted to the entire world and more people are reminded of its presence. The fact that so many are willing to defend the Qur’an is amazing in itself. The world will continue and many more people will turn the pages of the Qur’an, wondering what caused so much fuss! Alhamdulillah (Praise Be to Allah!).
But what now of Pastor Terry Jones?
Should he be excused for his actions and for causing so much uproar? I don’t think so. No one should be allowed to create this much upset and then get away with it. I may sound unforgiving but I do not seem to have come across an apology from Mr. Jones. All he has said is that it is not the time to be burning Qur’ans – which means what? That he is waiting for another opportunity?
The Pastor should not be allowed to preach such hatred again and his position stripped from him – this would surely have happened to anyone else who had been given the profile that Terry Jones has had over the past few weeks. It is not right for someone to come along, stir up trouble and then walk away with a smile on his face. This is nothing but a mischief-maker.
But that’s my view – what do YOU think?
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