About three weeks ago, Pastor Terry Jones burned a copy of the Qur’an. Jones had planned to burn Qur’ans on September 11th of last year but was persuaded against it. However, last month, Jones put the Qur’an “on trial,” found it guilty, and executed it. The consequence of Jones’ action was violence in Afghanistan that left at least 20 people dead and more than 80 injured.
An upcoming Inside Islam radio show at the end of February will focus on the Qur’an. Professor Anna M. Gade , author of The Qur’an: An Introduction, will join the program to shed light on the text that many do not understand. Some like Geert Wilder have gone so far as to compare it to Hitler’s Mein Kampf and others like Terry Jones called for people to burn copies of the Qur’an.
Professor Gade was part of an earlier program on the art of reciting the Qur’an. In this program, she will talk with Jean about the content of the Qur’an so that listeners have a better idea about the complexity of the text, its moral message, and its role in the lives of Muslims worldwide.
What would you like to know about the Qur’an? Do you think that it calls for violence? Have you ever read a Qur’an? What was your reaction? Please share your thoughts below.