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Controversy marks end of Muslim holy month

Posted September 10, 2010

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— Thousands of Muslims marked the end of Ramadan Friday morning with prayers at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, but their day of reflection and celebration was clouded by controversy.

The Rev. Terry Jones, the pastor of a small, independent church in Gainesville, Fla., planned to mark the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and rural Pennsylvania by burning copies of the Quran, the holy book of Islam.

Jones said Thursday that he would back off the plan if he could meet with Muslim officials who plan to build a mosque near the site of the former World Trade Center in Manhattan. It was unclear Friday whether the Quran burning would take place Saturday.

"He's just a lunatic – trying to grab some attention and get his five minutes of fame," Isam Mari said Friday before praying at the State Fairgrounds. "If he's truly a Christian, I don't think that's what Jesus is teaching.

"Islam teaches us to live in peace with our neighbors, regardless of color, gender or what they believe in, whether it's Christian, Jew or any other," Mari said.

Mary Javed, a native of Afghanistan, said she questions Jones' motives.

"I cannot believe he's a pastor or he's a religious person because anybody who's religious and believes in God wants to prevent problems with other religions," Javed said. "I think somebody else's hand is (behind this) to bring something between Muslims and Christianity."

Muslims hope Quran-burning controversy fades away Muslims hope Quran-burning controversy fades away

Soviet troops burned the Quran when they invaded Afghanistan in the late 1970s, she said, but that doesn't shake anyone's faith.

"It doesn't mean that they burn our brain or our mind," she said.

Imran Aukhil of the Islamic Association of Raleigh said that the controversy has a positive side in that it forces people to think and gets them talking about Muslim-Christian relations.

"I think these kinds of things, although they may seem negative at first, have a lot of positive influence on the community. They'll bring people together more than they'll tear them apart," Aukhil said.

Javed said she hopes that happens and that relations between the two religions don't worsen.

"The things that (could) happen after this between Muslims and Christianity is scary," she said.

People at the Eid prayer also brought food and other donations to the State Fairgrounds to help the victims of flooding in Pakistan, where more than 1,700 people have died and millions are homeless.

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  • lauraleigh Sep 10, 2010

    "Islam teaches us to live in peace with our neighbors, regardless of color, gender or what they believe in, whether it's Christian, Jew or any other," Mari said.

    Cool. How about telling that to the head mugwumps in Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and other Islamic nations that murder/assassinate people for converting to Christianity, for practicing Christianity, for believing in Christianity - that prohibit church services of any description except Islamic.

  • twc Sep 10, 2010

    And people wonder why you can't have constructive communication with them!

  • soyousay Sep 10, 2010

    sand..German press.

    Absolutely amazing there is right wing press in Germany. Shocked, I'm shocked!

  • soyousay Sep 10, 2010

    t..don't bother to answer..

    answer what? I believe have responded each and every time.

  • sandhillsk9 Sep 10, 2010

    @soyousay: I read the german and other news from Europa daily
    this Post was headline this morning and i could translate the post in English .. but no words needed if you see the pic's!

  • twc Sep 10, 2010

    soyousay, I can get better responses from a parrot. If you don't know just don't bother to answer.

  • Lickad Sep 10, 2010

    I am having a burning after I go to the Golo carwash.

    Make sure to go and support our troops.

    (even though I think they would appreciate booze and porn more than a neti pot)

  • soyousay Sep 10, 2010

    t..What's a "pecular libral"?

    I believe you really can figure it out...now about that verse..it is so inconvenient don't you think

  • twc Sep 10, 2010

    soyousay, speaking of education the following quote gives me an idea of your level: "excatly how did you get there from here, any one who doesn't share you rather pecular world view is a libral."

    You did post that, didn't you? What's a "pecular libral"?

  • soyousay Sep 10, 2010

    sand..something about a plot to keep us from seeing the news..

    but yet you found it. Did you have help or did you happen onto it all by yourself...and geee you got to post it to.. So do you think they will come and take you away?

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