Louisville Church To Host Quran Reading

by Rick Howlett on September 10, 2010

By Sheila Ash

A Louisville church will host a reading of the Quran on Saturday, the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The event is in response to the planned burning of the Quran that was to take place in Florida but has been called off.

Rev. Todd Eklof of the Clifton Universalist Unitarian Church says the event is being held to promote freedom of religion and equality.

“The gentleman in Gainsville, Florida who until very recently has been planning on burning the Quran has come out and said he would not burn the Quran if they would move this mosque in New York which we find equally as disturbing,” he said.

Thirty-six people will read from the Quran from 9:11 a.m. to 9:11 p.m. at the church.

In addition, Interfaith Paths to Peace is also planning a special service beginning at 11:30am at Highland Baptist Church.

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Pedro September 11, 2010 at 12:12 am

What is the significance of 36 persons reading from the Quran? Why not double it to 72, all virgins? Now that would be very significant.

Bluedrake42 September 11, 2010 at 12:25 pm

uhh… WHAT?

gravenimage September 11, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Will someone be reading this famous verse from the Qur’an?

Sura 9:5:

“Slay the unbelievers wherever you find them; besiege them, seize them, lay in wait for them with every kind of ambush….”

This would seem most appropriate for 9/11.

AsimG September 12, 2010 at 12:15 am

Why don’t you tell everyone what that Surah and verse is about?

How the Arabs oppressed, tortured and killed the Muslims for years and this was the revelation to fight back against them?

And what about the verse that follows?

“And if any one of the polytheists seeks your protection, then grant him protection…” 9:6

OR EVEN THE REST OF THE VERSE YOU QUOTED:

“But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.” 9:5

I invite you all to learn more about Islam more than copy/pasting from hate sites. http://www.whyislam.org

meistereckhart September 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Quite right. While Muhammad wasn’t a promoter of non-violence like Jesus was, he was a man who, like most Christians who don’t follow their own savior’s teaching at all in this regard, one who believed it is right to protect oneself and one’s home against violence. Even so, if an enemy retreated or desisted, he commanded his followers to leave them alone which was pretty progressive for its time, especially given the Hebrew Scriptures’ many stories about completely destroying the enemy–man, woman, child, and animal.

gravenimage September 13, 2010 at 10:19 pm

AsimG wrote:

And what about the verse that follows?

“And if any one of the polytheists seeks your protection, then grant him protection…” 9:6

OR EVEN THE REST OF THE VERSE YOU QUOTED:

“But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.” 9:5
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“Seeking your protection” means accepting second-class citizen status as a dhimmi and “paying the Jizya with willing submission”.

“If they establish worship” means converting to Islam. There is no acceptance of non-Muslims as equals under Shari’ah.

By the way, this was confirmed by a “Why Islam” representative I spoke with in San Francisco, who asserted that Jews and Christians deserved a second-class status because they “lied about Allah”.

More:

I invite you all to learn more about Islam more than copy/pasting from hate sites.
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No copying and pasting from “hate sites” here, unless you consider the text of the Qur’an itself to be hateful.

Joe Brooks September 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I really don’t understand the uproar over this mosque. We have a terrorist group that has killed and tortured thousands over the years and wrap themsleves in Christianity and hold up the cross….they are the KKK. Does that make Christianity evil? Of course not. A religion is not defined by extremist that claim it. Is the Church of latter Day Saints marred by the actions of David Koresh? Again,of course not. So why do we visit blame on Islam for the actions of these people? Islam is no more to balme for them than Christianity is for the KKK.

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