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Friday Qur’an Quote: Kind Speech and Forgiveness

Although the Dove World Outreach Center called off its planned Qur’an book burning originally slated for September 11, 2010, I am sharing a quote from the Qur’an each Friday in September as others in this country continue to think burning another’s holy book ( or any other book for that matter) is ok.

As a librarian I refuse to support the burning of any book anywhere. As a Christian, I follow Jesus’ command in Matthew 7:12, “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets.” I don’t want my books burnt, so I will never burn or condone burning the books of others.

Today’s quote is from the chapter of the Qur’an called “The Cow“.

[2.263] Kind speech and forgiveness is better than charity followed by injury; and Allah is Self-sufficient, Forbearing.

In the absence of other nationally publicized instances of burning a book of scripture, this will be my last week of offering a verse from the Qur’an.

Love your enemies. Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. It’s not about who they may or may not be. It’s about how you are in your service to God and/or Truth. Be well.

Source for Qur’an quote http://quod.lib.umich.edu/k/koran/. Explanatory statement:

About the Koran

This is an electronic version of The Holy Qur’an, translated by M.H. Shakir and published by Tahrike Tarsile Qur’an, Inc., in 1983. The text was provided by the Online Book Initiative and subsequently marked up at the HTI in SGML. Like all the versions of this text derived from the Online Book Initiative, it is not free from errors and represents the text as published. We will strive to correct any transcription errors pointed out to us.

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