Dr. Marranci: Why Pastor Jones believes in tautological Islam

In his latest post, Dr. Marranci’s got a different take on the whole Qur’an burning fiasco and looks at things from a different angle. Here’s a bit from the beginning of his post (as always link to the complete article at the bottom):

 I have no doubt that during the forthcoming “International Burn a Quran Day”, on the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the pages of many Qur’ans, probably in translation, will meet fire. Fanatics, such as Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center, Florida, whom planned the event, will celebrate their quite pagan ritual of purification through fire of what they see as a demonic religion which is “causing billions of people to go to hell”.  They will be unaware that, in reality, they ‘share’ aspects of Islam with millions of others.  They, in a certain sense, are ‘crypto-Muslims’.

Burning a copy (presumably in translation) of the Qur’an may appear to some to be a courageously defiant act that is aimed to offend Muslims. Nonetheless, if it happens to be a person’s deep desire to watch copies of the Qur’an burn, there is no need to wait for the 9/11 anniversary book burning – just visit Singapore!  Yes, in this city of religious harmony and strict control over possible religiously heated controversy, Qur’ans are regularly burnt. The culprits? Muslims.

Read on … Why Pastor Jones (together with similarly minded people) believes in tautological Islam.


About Rasheed Gonzales
My name is Rasheed Gonzales. I’m a Muslim convert of Filipino descent. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, I was guided to Islam through one of my younger brothers and a couple of friends, all of whom had converted to Islam sometime before me (may Allah reward them greatly). I am married with four children (and the praise is Allah’s) and also a volunteer for the Qur'an & Sunnah Society of Canada, based in Toronto.

5 Responses to Dr. Marranci: Why Pastor Jones believes in tautological Islam

  1. erm.. i’m from Singapore and i’m appalled by what he said.. i thought that’s the proper way to dispose of old mushafs?

    And Akhee.. he might have witnessed it more than once.. but readers in the right mind would know that it’d occur only when necessary, that is, only when the mosque needs to dispose of old mushafs..

    Many mosques here would have Madinah mushafs which is of good quality to last.. or they’d have the mushafs printed in Malaysia..

    Usually, the mushafs that are being burnt (as a form of disposal) are the old ones.. whose paper quality isn’t good.. neither is the writing style, which to my knowledge, is in Imla’iyyah, not the proper calligraphy for the Qur’an (which we can see in the Madinah mushaf).. and it’s not proper to the Uthmani script either..

    Wallahu a’lam.. that’s what i know..

  2. Brother Mohamed, I think you misunderstood Dr. Marranci’s intent behind the article he wrote. This pastor thinks that by burning the Qur’an he’s doing something to harm, insult, and anger Muslims and Islam. Dr. Marranci is pointing out the irony behind this action, because according to some Muslims (including yourself), burning the Qur’an is considered to be one of the acceptable means of disposing of unwanted copies of the Qur’an (like the examples you mentioned, i.e., old worn out copies, etc.). It’s another mountain out of a molehill situation. This pastor thinks it’s a big deal, whereas in reality, it’s really not. That’s also the reason I think Dr. Marranci made it a point to emphasize that the copies most likely to be burned are mere translations of the Qur’an or translations accompanied by Arabic text, because as we know, to Muslims, only the pure Arabic mus·haf is considered the Qur’an.

  3. aha.. i see..

  4. marranci says:

    Dear Mohamed Farhan,
    I suppose that your comment derives from the fact that you might have not followed the link to my blog and read all my post instead of the excerpt that kindly Rasheed has reposted.

    Rasheed is right about my comment. However, it is not only in Singapore that the Qur’an is burnt for disposal but also in Saudi Arabia, since it is perceived that, beyond the quality of the paper, this is right way of disposing of it. As one of the readers of my blog pointed out:

    “in Saudi Arabia [where I believe, after the establishment of the Qur’an Printing Complex, the majority of the masaahif (plural of mus-haf) in the world are printed] burning old, damaged, or unwanted (for whatever reason) masaahif is the normal and preferred means of disposal.”

    Now you can agree with me that the people whom will buy (probably a cheap translation) of the Qur’an have copies that they in reality do not want (they do not buy it for their knowledge). So, according to you, which is the best way to dispose of a copy that is unwanted?

    They will burn it believing that they offend Muslims or even more ridiculously, Islam . The Muslims whom will take offense for the act of burning a copy of the Qur’an per-se will do so only because they accept the provocation of the Pastor. But if you read the action as the disposal of an unwanted Qur’an, the action per-se is not offensive.

    You see, some of the people whom wish to offend Islam or Muslims start from what they think would offend their religion. For instance, when I was teaching in Aberdeen, one student, a charismatic Christian, told me, while teaching my course on Islam, with a sense of superiority, that Mohammed is dead and Jesus is alive.

    He thought that this may ‘offend’ a Muslim. But Muslims know very well that the Prophet is dead and they know where his body and bones are. It was very difficult for the Christian student to understand that his sentence was actually affirming one of the main theological foundations of Islam. Of course, for him, as a Christian, the idea that somebody could say that Jesus was dead and not alive (i.e. resurrected) was equivalent to an offensive comment.
    Hence why this group of fundamental extreme Christians think that burning the Qur’an is offensive, since indeed, burning a Bible for them would be offensive.

    I hope that this may clarify and please, feel free to visit my blog.

  5. Mohamed Farhan Bin Mohamed Samsudin says:

    thanks for the clarification. =)

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