As Philadelphia Muslims mark the end of Ramadan, many are buzzing about the news that a pastor in a small Florida town has said he planned to mark the anniversary of the September 11th attacks by burning copies of the Muslim holy book, the Quran.
KYW’s Hadas Kuznits reports that Saadiq Abdul Jabbar Garner, outreach coordinator of the Germantown Masjid, responds to the ongoing controversy (see related story):
“It shouldn’t be a public display of someone burning the Quran or a million Bibles or Torahs or whatever. We don’t think that that type of behavior is acceptable. Those types of things are signs of ignorance, especially if they’re done under the banner of any religion.”
Luckily, he says, Muslims learn patience during Ramadan:
“Through the holiday and throughout Ramadan, the thing you learn about yourself is you learn to capture your weakness. And as human beings, we all have weaknesses.”
And he reminds people that Muslims in America are just as American as any other citizens:
“This is the land where we’ve been for all of our lives. A lot of our community are converts to Islam, but even before we were Muslims we were still Americans.”