Press Statements

Burning Bible against Islamic law

New Delhi (13 Sept. 2010): Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood, President, Zakat Foundation of India said in a statement today that a South African Muslim's intention to burn the Bible in retaliation to some Christians' burning of the Quran is against the Islamic Shariat which bans such behaviour and enjoins Muslims to respect other religions and their holy books. Dr Mahmood said, We, at Zakat Foundation of India, have noted with bigger concern the intention of a South African Muslim businessman to retaliate Terry Jones' blasphemous declaration regarding Quran by burning a copy of Bible. According to Quran, Injeel (later version known as Bible) was one of the holy books that was revealed by God to Prophet Christ. 

Dr Mahmood further said that Muslims are under instruction to respect Bible and other similarly revealed books, like Quran.

God clarifies in Quran that messengers were appointed by Him in each part of the word and in all phases of human history. Books were revealed to many of them - in the local language.

Dr Mahmood added in his statement that God says in Quran (2:285): The conveyors of God's message, and the believers (in His message) believe in what has been sent down to them from his Lord. They all believe in God and His angels and His books and the conveyors of His message, not differentiating (in belief) between any of His conveyors.

God further adds in Quran (5.48): To each of you I have appointed a law and a way to follow. And, had God so willed, He would have made you all one single people, but (He willed it otherwise) so as to test you through what He has given you. Vie, then, with one another in good deeds. Christ and Christianity have been mentioned in Quran for more than six hundred times spread over nine chapters one of which is titled as Mary.

Dr Mahmood concluded his statement saying that Muslims are under God's instruction to equally revere and respect all the messengers of God and all the books revealed by Him. Therefore, the intention of the South African Muslim businessman to burn the Bible, even though by way of retaliation, is against the tenets of Islamic shari'ah.

Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood,
President, Zakat Foundation of India
New Delhi, 
Phone: +919810334141, +911124375196,

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