Unwittingly Pastor Jones has done us a favor by shaking us up by his decision to burn nearly 3000 copies Quran on September 11, 2013. Obviously he is not satisfied by the notoriety he garnered by burning one Qur'an last year.
As Muslims and citizens we honor the free speech guaranteed in our constitution. We have no intentions to criticize, condemn or oppose Pastor Terry Jones' free expression. Instead, we will be donating blood and praying for goodness to permeate in our societies.
We plan to follow Jesus Christ (pbuh), a revered prophet in Islam as well as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – that of mitigating the conflicts and nurturing good will for the common good of the society, where no American needs live in apprehension or fear of the other.
We hope, this event and the message will remind Muslims elsewhere in the world that violence is not the way. Muslims, who react violently to senseless provocation, should realize that, violence causes more violence, and besmirches the name of the religion that we hold so dear. We believe that Prophet Muhammad was a mercy to the mankind, and we ought to practice what we believe.
As Muslims citizens we ought to adhere to the teachings of Quran and the acts of the Prophet. We must not insult Islam by our reaction.
We can only hope it will bring about a change in the attitude of the followers of Pastor Jones and in the behavior of those Muslims who reacted violently the last time Pastor sought notoriety – We hope this small step towards a bridge to peaceful coexistence would propel us towards building a more tolerant cohesive society. Like most Americans a majority of Muslims quietly go about their own business, but it is time to speak up and take the positive action instead of negative reaction. May this small step of peace and goodwill reverberate and reach many shores.
Lastly, we appreciate the Citizens of Mulberry (http://www.cityofmulberryfl.com/
We thank the Media for giving value to the work towards peace rather than conflict.