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Quran Burning & Tolerance

Posted by Aneela Shahzad on

Tolerance is a handy word, it is a sophisticated way of saying ‘let everyone do wrong, just shut your eyes and bolt your ears, if you don’t like what’s going on around you’.

Has the west not spent the last two centuries or more boosting upon the world how it is culturally elevated, verbally sophisticated and civilized to such degrees that it is rendered imperative upon it to reach out to the whole humanity - lying bare in misery, disgrace and paganism - to deliver them into this light of institutionalized mannerism and the scientific discourse. Do they not, owing to their highly successful civil-lization, impend upon the barbaric others, to follow their thoughtful, respectful, refined ways of life? And is it not true that civilization begins when two people decide to live together, share space, respect each other’s wants, beliefs and mannerisms; is harshness, disrespect, abuse and bully not the end of civilization; do they not tear the two people apart. On what standards can the West that plea that freedom of expression allows disrespect, when they themselves want to be respected in every possibility of the word, all around the globe, unquestioned.

Perhaps this standard is set in the Bible, their supposedly revered but practically forsaken book that overburdens them with its weight of irrationality so as to turn them, the proclaimed civilized, ferocious and barbaric. The standard was set when they filled their own space of reverence with filth and disrespect. The standard had been laid down when less than two millennia back they started converting the revered David into the naked despot whose favorite sport is killing - the revered Solomon into the playboy man-of-the–bed - and when they had the revered Lot sit down with his own daughters. They were slowly turned into a people for whom godliness would be another name for shameless tyranny.

The changed version of the Book was originally edited to rule a pagan majority; but when in time the pagans learned to read and write, they found themselves under the espoused shadows of darkness - they had nothing but disgust for what they thought was God. So, as the rudely West grew up, it explained to itself that all that is divinely revealed is falsehood and all that can be sought empirically is truth. Religion is for them the root of all evil, it is the creator of the church that has been accursing man into all devilish detours. In its extreme generalization the humane-west vehemently rushes to the realization that all divine books are compulsorily bad and are the deep-trenched reason for the misery of all humanity. The proof they take is the apparent success scored by secularizing belief and believing in the empirical. So when they burn the Quran, in their self-perception, they are doing a good to humanity.

As much as the western thought was trained to analyze, dissect, experiment and find the truth by connecting pieces of the riddles found in nature and not rely on their hunch, the more they were affirmed in their belief against religion.

Today many in the West believe Islam as their enemy because they understand it to be the last living religion, alive in the hearts of billions of believers. And religion they think of as a disease, one they want to rid humanity of. What they have utterly missed is ‘the possibility of religion being true’, which is a very high probability considering the smallness of the entire range of science compared to all the possibility spread around us in this Universe alone. Theirs is a blind belief and this very blind belief leads to the self-proclaimed higher genera of the West into repeated psychopathic outbursts in the grief of the downcast others.

Blind to see the light of true wisdom that illuminates the souls of millions and sets into harmony and peace many millions more; blind to be able to read through simple articulation of profound truth; blind to feel the love and respect the Quran gives to all the revered prophets and to all humanity. Respect that binds humans into humanity, gives it the space to civilize, the space of peace that gives man a chance to recline and mediate into the higher perspectives of life. This is what the Quran brings into the life of its followers and this is why only after the advent of this book humanity finally got the repose to lend itself to scientific inquiry and philosophize. Muslims are taught from childhood to respect not only the Quran and the Prophet, whom it was revealed upon, but to respect all prophets and all Holy Scripture, especially the Torah and the Bible; they are revered scriptures from God; only the Quran does not insist on irrationally following their distorted forms.

Here are a few stances from the Book that they burn, and how it trains its followers to reconcile with scripture:

‘He hath revealed unto thee (Muhammad) the Scripture with truth, confirming that which was (revealed) before it, even as He revealed the Torah and the Gospel.’ (3:3)

‘We did reveal the Torah, wherein is guidance and a light…’ (5:44)

‘If they had observed the Torah and the Gospel and that which was revealed unto them from their Lord, they would surely have been nourished from above them and from beneath their feet.’ (5:66)

‘We gave unto Moses the Scripture, and We appointed it a guidance for the children of Israel…’ (17:2)

‘… and We caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow, and gave him the Gospel, and placed compassion and mercy in the hearts of those who followed him.’ (57:27)

Yet we find, in the wild-wild-west, the freedom and will to disgrace and defile scripture becoming the vogue of the day. Are we witnessing a civilized gesture of a composed society or vile spew of arrogant egoists; is the sink-hole for humanity that falls it back to the age of barbarism appearing in the whiter continents. In the vanity of their technological advances, they have already forsaken cloths, family and marriage, the next logical step to savagery was outright slander and physical victimization; which they show as they kill, plunder and enslave humanity round the globe - which they show when they blasphemies and burn what is revered by others.

The Muslims are weary of the reality that it is only their Book, that is being burnt, not the Nikayas or Sutras of the Buddists or the Vedas and Puranas of the Hindus or the Avestas of the Zorastrians or any of the thousands of revered scripture associated with the thousands of proclaimed religions - not the Bible or the Torah. Even the LaVeyan’s ‘Satanic Bible’ is held with due respect, owing to the freedom of thought and personal space of others. But when it comes to Islam, it’s Prophet or its Book, the private space is cut open, we have no right to the freedom of thought and choice, we are exiled from ‘good is what you think is good’, our damnation is international and our irritation is the laughing stock on-air.


They preach to us: ‘we don’t mind if anyone calls Jesus or Moses bad, learn to be tolerant’… we say ‘tolerance for the vile is not our religion’, we will never call them bad, we just can’t, we love all the good men of God, we cannot come down to your uncivilized manners, we have been trained to be very considerate in this matter:

‘Revile not those unto whom they pray beside Allah lest they wrongfully revile Allah in enmity, without knowledge…’ (6:108)