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Quran Burning “Misguided”: ICNA Ups Quran Distribution

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Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA (August 25, 2010) – The Southern California chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) issued a press release today calling the planned desecration of the Quran by a church in Gainesville, FL “misguided,” and announced that it would distribute 10,000 free copies of the Quran through its 1-877-WhyIslam outreach project in response to the Gainesville event.

ICNA Southern California also launched, a new Quran distribution initiative, specifically for this cause.

Condemned by various local churches, synagogues and mosques, as well as the National Association of Evangelicals, the Gainesville event is scheduled for the ninth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Although the city’s fire department has denied a permit for the public burning, the church’s pastor has stated the event will proceed as planned.

quran-boothDuring the past year 1-877-WhyIslam Southern California has distributed close to 10,000 copies of the Quran via 70 information booths organized at various public events. The Qurans are handed out in person, exclusively to non Muslims, upon request, and the chapter has said that it is poised to deliver nationwide through its network of hundreds of booths and volunteers. A consignment of over 7,000 copies is ready for distribution.

Amir Mertaban, Chairman of the ICNA chapter’s Dawah Committee said “We feel that a positive act like this is much more effective and appropriate in countering a hateful act like the one in Gainesville.” Muslims are obligated to respect other religions and their holy books, particularly the Bible, and Mertaban added that, “A Muslim would never burn a Bible.”

The Islamic Circle of North America is a leading American Muslim organization dedicated to the betterment of society through the application of Islamic values. Since 1968, ICNA has worked to build relations between communities by devoting itself to education, outreach, social services and relief efforts.


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  • Muqaddas

    My heart is crying.May Allah subhan’hu Ta’alaa give them Hidaya’a.InshAllah Allah will protect Quran-e-Kareem.

  • Robert Jonston

    All these people saying how a Muslim would never burn a Torah or a Bible. Would a Muslim burn a Bahai holy book and think it a holy religious book?

    Burn the koran. It is just a book as far as I am concerned. Enough pandering to the fear of offending Muslims. Welcome to modernity where no one cares about what you think is holy and whatever they do to your holy books is fine as long as they don’t physically harm you. Burn baby burn!


  • Aamir

    I request that ICNA should send a delegation to talk to this pastor and sit with him and make him understand the teachings of Quran. This person is misguided and needs guidance. Giving free Quran is not going to help. Why does not ICNA understand and do something about it. The people who are running ICNA, they have a greater responsibility and they are accountable to ALLAH (SWT) since they are in an authoritative position. May ALLAH (SWT) guide the misguided. Ameen

  • Ikram Aleem

    As-Salaamu Alaikum Brothers and Sisters in Islam:

    I live in Gainesville. We have a very strong Muslim community ICG and Hoda Center. First of all may ALLAH (swt) guide all of us and those who are misguided and sow seed of mischiefs on earth. AMIN!

    We in the Gainesville community thankful to ALLAH (SWT) to giving us strength and making our community stronger and all the support received from interfaith groups from around the world who have denounced this act of terrorism.

    Allah Hafiz

  • Mona

    As salaamu alaikkum

    It is Allah’s way of making us tronger and united in times like this. Allah will take care of his Holy Book and we as true Muslims should try and make people understand the teachings of Quran. THey can burn the paper bound Quran but what about the Quran Karim which is etched in thousands of Muslim hearts.

  • Elhadj Barry

    Look at the story. This act will increase the number of Muslims by the will of God. The enemies will be defeated.Let’s be Muslim.

  • mohsen

    Inshallah it will rain on that day :):) That God is the best of the planners:)

  • An American

    Just a right winger propaganda in preparation of November elections and display of pure ignorance and an effort of cheap publicity.

    Gains = Noting, Looses = Uncountable including speedy conversion to Islam

    God has protected this text for centuries and continue for future.

  • Ali Rizwan

    Allah has the power to change hearts the angels guide the misguided.
    Look around us people from all faiths Jews, Christians and leaders from the world have spoken. It is a book which guides us to the right thing, as we Muslims are also very respectul of other religions.

  • Nora

    A preacher should preach for peace and respect of others. His action is a proof for his followers and everyone else that he should not be a leader.

  • Ahmed

    This is a shameful event by an ignorant, whole US is ashamed of it and condemns it, i would ask to be peaceful and protect the christian minorities in islamic counteries from the extremist out there as those ppl are totally inocent and are our brothers .be peaceful , such events wouldnt do any harm to Quran and its knowledge but such things only let ppl know about the context .
    Americans are helping a lot with flood victims in Pakistan and this could be an attempt by a power who want to evoke violence between two religion.

  • Mehr

    Quran is memorized by millions around the world. Yes, even in the United States of America. The world loses nothing by pages that burn by the will of Allah.
    The world shell prevail and people of Islam will still continue to give the message of hope and peace to Americans and the world through their memorization. Hafiz ul Quran. May Allah bless them all and strengthen their memory further through this difficult time. Ameen.

  • عصام

    الرد المناسب على محاولة حرق القرآن الكريم هو التهديد بحرق الصلبان . والبدي أظلم

  • esmaeel

    in the name of ALLAH
    Holy quran is in my heart.These ignorant people will pain soon.
    They are real devils on earth.

  • Juan

    The actions of my Christian brothers shames me. we are called to love one another is we would love ourselves. This preacher is no christian by my definition. I pray that muslims do not think all Christian’s are like this. Just like the minority of muslims are radical please remember that only a small minority of Christians are radical. God bless all the children of God.

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  • mahboub

    May God forgive and guide them all.

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