BFnews: In his address, the director of the Islamic Center of England Hujjatul-Islam Sheikh Moezi described the despicable insult to the Holy Qur''an as: “a conspiracy planned by the agents of international Zionism intent to create tension between Christians and Muslims by insulting the sanctities of Muslims, trying to incite their emotions with an increase in Islamophobia”. The head of Islamic Center of England described the incident of the burning of the Qur’an as one in a long list of orchestrated attempts via films, cartoons and other medias to undermine the sacredness of the heavenly religions and to belittle them to the extend that ordinary people would lose their interest in them.
Participants at the meeting also expressed their views regarding the need to protect moral values and common interests. The following is the resolution signed by all participants who in terms committed themselves to increase the number of signatories by introducing it to like-minded individuals.
The full text of the 10 point resolution is as follows:
Urgent Gathering of Scholars of the Abrahamic Faiths: “A Resolution to Safeguard Our Common Values and Communities”
Tuesday 21st September, 2010
1) We, scholars of the Abrahamic faiths and independent thinkers believe in our own belief systems as individuals and will stand united to uphold our common values for the common good; and
2) Although each faith upholds its own creed, beliefs and rituals, nevertheless, interfaith co-operation is vital in the field of humanitarian and human relationships issues. Indeed, it is a basic tenet of divine religious teachings to treat ones fellow man with the utmost compassion and consideration; and
3) Inherent in the compassionate treatment of ones fellow man, is the essential requirement at all times to ensure that ones words and actions in no way harm, hurt, insult or embarrass other individuals or groups within society. This requirement in turn includes the need to show complete respect for any matter held in esteem by them; and
4) Whereas, disrespect shown to religion is on the rise which contributes to a greater degree of insecurity and sense of danger by members of religious groups that can be distinguished by their dress or place of association; and
5) In the light of the above, we wish to express our rejection at the statements made by certain individuals and groups implying intention to burn copies of the Qur’an. Such flagrant insults can only incite ill feeling and strife between the groups within society instead of enhancing goodwill and peace, which should be the aim
of all justice loving people; and
6) Whereas, such behavior is discrimination against men or harassment of them because of their race, colour, condition of life, or religion; and
7) Whereas, the desecration of the places of worship and graves of religious groups have already been illegal as hate crimes and that the desecration of the books held holy by a religion is considered more seriously than the previously mentioned acts; and
8) We, on our part, are responsible to work and be concerned for the common good, towards preventing the spread of such incendiary kind of behavior in our communities, which is incompatible with the principles of mutual coexistence and cohesion; therefore, be it
9) Resolved, that the participants representing the various religious groups in this round table gathering of scholars of the Abrahamic Faiths encourage its members to condemn all activity that insults all things held holy by the followers of any religion, in particular the recent act of burning the Qur’an.
10) May we merit the time when the glory of the Al-mighty will be revealed over the whole universe and all mankind will be at peace with each other.