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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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  • Seyed Hosseini

    ASA brothers and sisters and may Allah reward you according to best of your deeds. I support your cause and pray that Church in Florida would come to it’s senses.

  • saudah

    I am not sure what this person thinks he will accomplish by burning the qur’an. I do believe that anyone who burns a qur’an is afraid of truth and is doing himself a disservice. I have been a muslim for over 30 years,and, alhamdulilah the burning of qurans and the hatred shown toward muslims has always been around. We must assume responsibilty for ourselves and behave as Allah swt wants . Pray and treat people justly and fairly.

  • Muhammad Hussain

    Do not burn but Learn. It is guidance for all mankind from the creator Who is the God of Heavens and earth and all mankind including Prophet Jesus P who fell on his face and worshiped Allah(The Only True God)Alone.

    Burning Book of guidance,knowledge and Wisdom is sign of ignorance.

  • Maisha Liwaru

    In addition, it would be good to send copies to libraries across the country.

  • Ahmed

    May Allah reward you brothers. InshAllah this church will bring all the attention to the Quran and Allah may guide many through the response and your distributions. If this religion was from anyone else, it would have withered long ago with the centuries of oppostion. But Allah will not allow the kafireen to estinguish his light no matter how hard they try.

  • Samy AbdelAziz

    I think ICNA should consider legal charges about who ever is in charge of this sinful act. This is a clear hate crime and should be treated as such

  • Sophie

    I hope the church itself catches fire and all the haters are barbecued.

  • Mohammad Afzal

    As it is a known fact about the burning of the Holy Qur’an, all the Islamic Countries must call the U.S. Ambassador in their respective countries And stop this hate crime. I think that Saudi Arabia and other OPEC countries must warn to use oil embargo until such acts are stopped.

  • Elhadj Barry

    Islam will continue to have enemies and they will fail all the time.(3:118)…they will not fail to corrupt you.They only desire your ruin:rank hatred has already appeared from their mouths: what their hearts conceal is far worse. We have made plain to you the signs, if you have wisdom.
    Let’s treat them well.The enemies of Islam will never succeed. Islam will win.

  • I think that the burning issue brings forth our own shortcoming as an ummah. As muslim americans we have lived here now for centuries. That a church is now buring the Quran is a telling reminder to us all, to wake up to our true calling!

  • Ummehdi

    Buring our Holy Koran will only prove that to the ignorant and those weak of faith that Islam is a threat to them. You can burn our books and kill our people but you can not change our faith or belief

  • Amin Paniwala

    I appreciate the GOOD DEED done by ICNA in response to the BAD DEED – as a befitting response from a religion ISLAM brought by Mohammed SAW – REHMATUL-ALAMIN for the world.

  • Precious

    WOW! Excellent job. May Allah reward you all for this excellent effort ameeeen.

    To Sophie above: I hope the church itself catches fire and all the haters are barbecued.

    This is not part of Islam. We don’t correct a ‘wrong’ act with another ‘wrong’ act! Leave their judgement to Allah.

  • mohsen

    All who care about islam may use to send an anonymous email to (church email address) and let them know they are the ones who worship devil. no one can trace don’t worry. Do your duty to defend islam in this small way. ASa

  • abubakar

    ALLAH is proctactor and INSHALLAH will save HOLLY QURAN from this worst act these people are planing to do. ALLAH give all of us wisdom so we can stood up against this coward act as a one muslim nation. i condem what happen on 9/11 but we should all look and research how and who did that?

  • Assalaamu Alaikum…
    Awesome reply to the Anti Peace
    May Allah Accept your efforts
    Jaza’kallahu Qair :-)

  • Ashik Mohamed

    To all muslims, Please don’t over react to this incident, he is just trying to instigate us and few stupid muslims take this to extreme and spoil islams reputation by taking extreme steps of harming the innocents.
    REMEMBER: The more we react the more we will be targetted.
    Burning quran by pastor shows how ignorant he is. I pray that Allah gives hidaya to this pastor and he embraces islam.

  • Anwar

    If somebody burns a copy of the Holly Quran, it proves that he or she hates Quran and islam. It will be a hate crime. On the other hand, burning qurans will not extinct Quran nor Islam, because, the original quran is in peoples heart.

  • I commend the efforts of the members of ICNA in this regard. Ignorance and Islamophobia can only be defeated with light and knowledge. Muslims must always hold the high moral ground inspired by our Noble Faith and not be provoked by such senseless act of intolerance and hate.

  • Assalaamu alaikum

  • Zubair

    Local Muslim people should go to the church personally and talk to them

  • Hillorie

    Either the minister will actually read it, repent, and become a huge da’i for islam, OR he will taste the flames of THE DAY la raibee fee… either way we win

  • Aatif

    No harsh words or feelings, I just pray that Allah show those people the right path.

  • Tanveer Ahmad

    may Allah reward you brothers and sisters.

  • Blissful

    Salaam Alaykum,
    Ma’sha’Allah – I’m humbled, and pleased to read and hear about the brothers & sisters efforts through ICNA about distributing the holly Quran. Alhamdulillah. Although the Quran permits “eye for an eye” — the Quran does promote forgiveness with a good deed and a reward (5:45). Let Allah deal with the judgment and fate of these people in Florida.

  • Christian

    Elhadj Barry, shame on you. You are just as bad as the man burning the holy Quran. “The enemies of Islam will never succeed and Islam will win.” Islam will not win. Christianity will not win. The Jews will not win. Wake up. It is not about winning. It is about making peace with all around you, accepting your own God, and your own religion, and treating others will respect.

  • You should let the youth memorise (become ghafis) in the quran like they do in my community, its really good.

  • ali

    Allah subhanawataala as mentioned in Glorious Quran..”Reply them in a beautiful way”… so ICNA is replying them in a beautiful way by offering Glorious Quran…Mashallah..

  • Muazza

    When I first heard about this event taking place in the US, a supposedly forward thinking society,myself and many other South African muslims doubted whether something so absurd was true. After confirming that this event was very real,all we in South Africa can do is pray for these people and be grateful that so much attention is being brought to ISLAM… With every good come bad and of course,with every bad comes some Good. If just 1 person who has never had any interest in Islan,reads 1 verse from the Holy Quraan and finds 1 truth in it… Would that be enough?

  • Mansoor Ali

    Its the symptoms of Qayammat, Lets all pray to allah and ask mercy for this mis behaviour. Why every time American Muslim has to suffer for some one’s mistake. I am muslim of India and have great value of muslim any my country really permits to live like brotherlihood.