AGAINST BURN A QURAN DAY: A short study of the objections raised by TERRY JONES


In less than a month, Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Florida plans to host “Burn a Quran Day” to mark the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
“ It may not cease with the holy book of the Muslims. I have always maintained that this kind of vitriolic hatred of one religion is a descent on a slippery slope, as no one can say who will be next. I was not surprised, therefore, when I heard Jones recently agree, when asked to do so in an internet podcast interview, to burn “a couple of copies of the Talmud” too, says Akbar Ahmed who is a professor and Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington.”

I will present here a short analysis of the objections and reasons given by the Church to burn the Quran. The first objection raised by Terry Jones on his blog is:

“The Koran teaches that Jesus Christ, the Crucified, Risen Son of God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords was NOT the Son of God, nor was he crucified (a well documented historical fact that ONLY Islam denies). This teaching removes the possibility of salvation and eternal life in heaven for all Islam’s believers. They face eternal damnation in hell if they do not repent”

I will take the objections one by one as that would be difficult to read for one in a single go. Now we will see if the first objection mentioned above is valid? Though the question itself seems ridiculous as all the ten objections are baseless and shows the ignorance and unawareness of Jones from the religion and Bible.
If the Holy Quran is worth burning (God forbids) due to this reason let’s have a look on the Bible what it says about the topic, if it carries the same message does that means we will celebrate a “Burn a Bible day”?Will Terry Jones go out and burn that? Though that is painful to write as we Muslims respect all the religions and their religious feelings. Let’s first take a look what Bible says about the divinity of Jesus Christ, here are a few verses from Bible which shows the oneness of God and that he has no SON.

In the Bible, it is obvious that the words, “children of your Father”, have been used metaphorically.
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven; for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust”. (Matthew 5:44-45)
Jesus was not a physical son of God. The Bible refers to Jesus as the son of David:
“The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham”. (Matthew 1:1)
At another place, Jesus presented himself as the son of man:
“And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head”. (Matthew 8:20)
In the present day Bible, not only Jesus but also Jacob has been called the son of God. Jacob, moreover, has been referred to as “first born” son.
“And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my first born:” (Exodus 4:22)
Jesus was not a partner in the Godhead, as was not Jacob. Both of them were beloved prophets of God.

Now lets have look on the second part of this objection put forward by Terry Jones of Dove church. Did Jesus(as) die or not let’s have a look from the biblical references.
Jesus did not die on the cross, and he was saved from the humiliation of death on the cross. The Bible says:
“he that is hanged is accursed of God”. (Deuteronomy 21:23)
Almighty God did work to save his beloved prophet from an accursed death on the cross. Jesus fervently prayed that the cup of death on the cross be removed. He said:
“O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me”. (Matthew 26:39
The Bible further informs us that these supplications were heard and accepted:
“Who in the days of flesh when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he suffered”. (Hebrews 5:7)
Jesus had predicted to give the sign of Jonas:
“But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
“For as Jonas was three days and three nights in a whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”. (Matthew 12:39-40)
For the sign to be similar to that of Jonas, Jesus must have been alive in the sepulchre after the incident of crucifixion.
Jesus was alive when he was being taken off from the cross. A soldier pierced his side with a spear and blood and water came out which normally indicates life. The Bible says:
“But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side and forthwith came there blood and water”. (John 19:34)
Jesus met his disciples after crucifixion and assured them of his life.
“And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them then came Jesus, the doors being shut and stood in the midst, and said, ‘Peace be unto you’. Then saith he to Thomas. “Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands, and reach hither thy hand and thrust into my side and be not faithless, but believing”. (John 20:26, 27)
These are the few of a long list of the references from Bible which proves that Jesus(as) did not die on the cross but he was delivered alive from there.
Jesus was sent to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 15:24) as he himself declared. It is historically proven that these lost Israelites had migrated to different eastern countries. Jesus in fulfillment of his heavenly mission went to the lost Israelites and conveyed his prophetic message. In Kashmir, he died a natural honorable death. His tomb, even today can be visited in Srinagar, Kashmir.
Now Mr. Terry Jones says “a well documented historical fact that ONLY Islam denies”
As it is obvious that MR. Terry is not a Christian even, as the aforesaid Biblical references show, because if he had ever read the bible he would not have said the things which even the religion he claims to represent does not support. I wonder if he has ever studied the history. I will present here an article which is a compilation of various views and opinions from scholars of the 18th to 20th centuries on Jesus (as) surviving the Crucifixion, going into a coma and being resuscitated through healing herbs.
The following eminent scholars hold that Jesus Christ (as) did not die on the Cross. You can read it below.

http://www.reviewofreligions.org/2323/the-swoon-theories/

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11 thoughts on “AGAINST BURN A QURAN DAY: A short study of the objections raised by TERRY JONES

  1. Thank U Shafi !! AS HAZRAT MIRZA MASROOR AHMAD atba HEAD OF AHMADIYYA MUSLIM JAMAAT IN THE WORLD IN HIS FRIDAY SERMON ON 20TH AUGUST2010 ON MUSLIM TV AHMADIYYA (MTA) THAT ”They have raised ten frivolous objections against the Qur’an. Objections can also be raised against the Bible, but we do not wish to create disorder. However, intellectual discussions should be carried out about these matters and this indeed is our practice.”
    I WANT TO SAY THAT BY BURNING FEW COPIES OF QURAN WOULD THEY WILL BE ABLE TO REMOVE QURAN FROM OUR HEARTS?????OFCOURSE NOT BECAUSE IT IS IN THE HEARTS OF MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS !!! !FOR THAT THEY HAVE TO BURN OUR HEARTS !!! WOULD THEY BE ABLE TO DO THIS ????????????

  2. THE PROMISSED MASSIH OF THIS ERA SAID“When we are deeply hurt and unjustified attacks
    of all kinds are made on our Holy Prophetsa, only then,
    as a warning, we retaliate in kind on the basis of their
    (Christians’) own authentic books. … they aught to
    point out in my writings any th…ing which I have written
    as a retaliatory response and it is not found in the
    Gospels. After all it is not possible for me, that on
    hearing the insult of the Holy Prophetsa, I remain
    silent.”
    Malfuζat, Vol. 9, page 479, edition 1961

  3. ’FOR MUSLIMS IT IS OBLIGATORY TO RESPECT ALL PROPHETS OF GOD,AND THE SPIRTUAL GUIDES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TEACHING OF THEIR HOLY BOOKS,THE QURAN.IT IS PART OF THEIR FAITH TO BELIEVE THAT THEY ALL ARE RIGHTEOUS AND SINLESS.THEREFORE MUSLIMS IT IS INCONCEIVABLE TO DERIDE ANY OF THEM ,LET ALONE INSULT THEM—-WHICH INDEED IS A GREAT SIN’’(Refutation Of The Allegation Of insult Of Jesus Christ By Islam International Publication ltd

  4. ’On the other hand, the holy scripture of Christians
    did not require them to believe in any other prophet
    after Jesus. Therefore, the Christians felt free to attack
    Islam and to ridicule the prophet of Islam – the most
    immaculate of all the pr…ophets, the best among the
    best, the chief of the created beings – Hadrat
    Muhammad Mustafa saw’’ Refutation Of The Allegation Of insult Of Jesus Christ By Islam International Publication ltd 20
    04.www.alislam.org)

  5. THE
    PROMISED MASSIAH HAZRAT MIRZA GHULAM AHMAD (as) SAID IN HIS BOOK ‘’FOUNTAIN OF CHRISTIANITY’’
    The fact is that the Christians are extremely annoyed with
    the Holy Quran, for it has destroyed the very basis of their
    religion. It has refuted the concept of deifying a human
    being, shattered the doctrine of the cross, and proven beyond
    all doubt that the teachings of the Gospels—which
    the Christians are so proud of—are extremely flawed and
    ineffective. It was, therefore, only natural for their egois-
    tic passions to have been aroused, and their imputations
    [against the Holy Quran] are quite understandable’’page 13-14.

  6. THE PROMISED MESSIAH
    AND MAHDI OF THIS TIME HAZRAT MIRZA GHULAM AHMAD (as) SAID IN HIS BOOK ‘Fountain of Christianity’ ‘’ The days have passed when the deception and deceit of the Christians could work, and that we are
    now in the sixth millennium since the birth of Adam—the
    time when the Divine dispensation (Silsilah) was destined
    to triumph. This is the last battle4 between light and darkness,
    in which light shall be victorious and darkness shall
    be vanquished.’’page 3-4

  7. The Holy
    Quran is the only book that proves God’s existence as a
    fact. It does not only enjoin the recognition of God, but ac-
    tually reveals Him to us. There is no other book under the
    firmament which provides proof of that Hidden Being.’’ ’FOUNTAIN OF CHRISTIANITY’’
    Page 23-24

  8. The only pure and perfect teaching is that of the Holy
    Quran, which nourishes all human faculties. It does not
    emphasize any one aspect, rather it teaches a judicious
    exercise of both forgiveness and chastisement. In truth,
    the Holy Quran is a reflection of the Divine law of nature
    which we witness all around us. ‘’FOUNTAIN OF CHRISTIANITY’’
    Page 16-17.

  9. The true criterion is whether the book
    proves its Divine origin through God’s law of nature
    and through powerful signs. Our Lord and Master, the
    Holy Prophetsa, showed more than three thousand miracles
    and made countless prophecies. But we do not have
    to refer to these miracles of the past, for, a great miracle
    of the Holy Prophetsa is that, while the revelation of all
    the Prophets have come to an end, and their miracles are
    a thing of the past, and their followers are empty-handed
    but for a few fictitious tales, the revelation of the Holy
    Prophetsa has not ended, nor have his miracles, for they
    continue to be manifested in his perfect followers
    through the blessing of their obedience to him. This is
    why Islam is the living religion and its God is the Living
    God.’’ ‘’FOUNTAIN OF CHRISTIANITY’’
    Page 21-22

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