Credit CNN via Wasim Sroya of Selvenia.
Editor’s note: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, one of the key figures in the plan for an Islamic center near ground zero, and author of “Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America.” His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and Foreign Policy, and Time magazine named him among the 100 most influential people of the world.
(CNN) — Islam is a religion of compassion and mercy, considering that the two adjectives most used in the Quran to describe God are the “compassionate” and the “merciful.” It is also a religion of justice. Throughout Islamic history, many non-Muslims would take their disputes to Sharia courts, over their own religious courts, because of the firm injunctions in the Quran and Sharia law to adhere to high standards of justice.
It is for this reason that, as an imam, I am deeply distressed to hear that a young Christian girl in Pakistan was accused by her angry Muslim neighbors of burning text from the Quran, Islam’s holy book, in violation of the country’s blasphemy laws.