Thursday 23 February 2017

Koran protest will fuel hatred

The proposed torching of scriptures of the Holy Koran planned on the ninth anniversary of September 11 is despicable to say the least.

It is disheartening that nine years on after that calamitous event, we are still embroiled in a climate of political mistrust, uncertainty and resentment at a time when Muslims and non-Muslims alike need each other to extinguish the flames of fundamentalism raging in their midst, and settle painful and legitimate grievances.

Islam is a peaceful religion which enjoins tolerance, forgiveness and justice, and such hostile provocations are bound to fan anti-Muslim hatred, intensify the stereotypical image of Islam and act as a recruiting sergeant for jihadis across the globe.

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