Silver Spring, MD (August 22, 2010) – Ahmadiyya Muslim Community counsels patience, prayer and promotion of knowledge of the Holy Quran and its true teachings. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA strongly condemns a Florida church’s effort to desecrate the Holy Quran on “International Burn a Quran Day” on Sept. 11. In response, it is launching a nationwide campaign to educate fellow Americans about the Holy Quran.
The campaign, which coincides with the holy month of Ramadan, commences immediately and includes the distribution of literature on the Holy Quran, exhibitions across the United States explaining the holy book and its teachings, and interfaith symposia promoting the respect and honor of sacred scriptures of all religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism. Copies of the Holy Quran in both English and Spanish will be distributed widely.
“It’s regrettable that some fringe elements of the Christian faith plan to burn the Holy Quran,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, Vice President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “Such groups do not understand the true teachings of this beautiful book, which champions truth, justice and freedom of religion for all—values that Americans hold dear.”
Many other churches and Christian organizations have condemned this inflammatory event that will create disorder and hatred at a time when peace and brotherhood is needed. The very act of burning religious scripture is contrary to the teachings of the world’s major religions, including Christianity, which enjoins its followers to turn the other cheek.
As Muslims who believe in the Messiah Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian and his Master Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community invites intellectual debate on the Holy Quran, which gives high status to Jesus Christ and his mother Mary (peace be on them both).
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, reformist and fast-growing international movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the community spans more than 190 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, established in 1920, is the first American-Muslim organization.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long-awaited messiah has come in the person of Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian, India. Ahmad claimed to be the metaphorical second coming of Jesus of Nazareth and the divine guide, whose advent was foretold by the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (peace be upon him). The Community believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace. Ahmad’s advent has brought about an unprecedented era of Islamic revival and moderation. He divested Muslims of fanatical beliefs and practices by vigorously championing Islam’s true and essential teachings.