Local Islamic Society reacts to Pastor's move to Manatee County

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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 10:44 pm | Updated: 12:15 pm, Wed Sep 11, 2013.

MANATEE COUNTY-- A spokesperson for the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton says a person can move wherever they want to, even if it is an infamous Qur'an burning Pastor.

As we reported Monday, Pastor Terry Jones is moving his church from Gainesville to East Bradenton. Jones has made a name for himself around the world as the Pastor who burns Qur'ans.

"We definitely don't hate Muslims, but there is something very, very wrong with the foundation and roots of that religion," Jones told us over the phone. "This is a very dangerous, evil book and a very dangerous and evil religion."

Samir Khatib with the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton says wholeheartedly that Jones is wrong.

"There is nowhere in the Qur'an, and I challenge anybody to come and tell me where it says that we should hate and kill. There is not one phrase," said Khatib.

Khatib invites Jones to visit the Mosque in Sarasota on Lockwood Ridge Road.

"I'd be the first one to receive him in the Mosque and take him around and answer his questions," said Khatib.

Yet, Khatib knows that's unlikely to happen.

"I hope this hate he has in his heart and his mind will be alleviated and go. When someone has hate in his heart, that's a black mark from God," said Khatib.

Jones is already planning his next Qur'an burning for this September 11th in the city of Mulberry, Florida.

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  • MikeGhouse posted at 7:32 pm on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

    MikeGhouse Posts: 1


    Muslims plan to respond to pastor Terry Jones' planned burning of 3000 copies of Quran on September 11, 2013 in positive terms.

    Our response - we will reclaim the standard of behavior practiced by the Prophet concerning “scurrilous and hostile criticism of the Qur’an” (Muhammad Asad Translation Note 31, verse 41:34). It was "To overcome evil with good is good, and to resist evil by evil is evil." It is also strongly enjoined in the Qur’an in the same verse 41:34, “Good and evil deeds are not equal. Repel evil with what is better; then you will see that one who was once your enemy has become your dearest friend.”

    God willing Muslims will follow the divine guidance and pray for the restoration of Goodwill, and on that day many Muslim organizations will go on a “blood drive” to save lives and serve humanity with kindness.

    We invite fellow Americans of all faiths, races, and ethnicities to join us to rededicate the pledge, “One nation under God”, and to build a cohesive America where no American has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of fellow Americans. This event is a substitute for our 10th Annual Unity Day Celebration (www.UnitydayUSA.com) held in Dallas, but now it will be at Mulberry, Florida.

    Mike Ghouse
    World Muslim Congress

  • Manatee Gadfly posted at 1:24 am on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

    Manatee Gadfly Posts: 4

    Koran 5:33
    Surat Al-Mā'idah (The Table Spread) - سورة المائدة

    Sahih International
    Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment,

  • Manatee Gadfly posted at 11:44 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    Manatee Gadfly Posts: 4

    From Quran.com
    Sahih International
    "They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah . But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper."


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