The Global Muslim Brotherhood is reacting to the plan by a Florida pastor to burn copies of the Quran in order to mark the anniversary of the 911 attacks. UPI is reporting on the reaction of a Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood spokesman who said the plan was “reminiscent of the Spanish Inquisition”:
Essam al-Erian, a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, lent his voice to a chorus of voices expressing outrage over the plans announced by the non-denominational Florida church. He described the scheduled protest as a “barbaric act, reminiscent of the (Spanish) Inquisition,” the Muslim Brotherhood said on its Ikhwanweb site. The spokesman added that the protest would fan the flames of Muslim hatred of the United States if Jones went ahead with his plans.
Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi appears to be reacting with uncharacteristic restraint. According to Gulf media:
The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS), which is presided over by prominent Qatar-based Islamic scholar Sheikh Yousuf al-Qaradawi, denounced the burning as an “unwise idea”. He said: “Muslims should peacefully protest the plan and sue those who are behind it”.
The Islamic Action Front (IAF), the political arm of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood called the plan “a declaration of war.” According to the German Press Agency:
Amman – Jordan’s main opposition party, the Islamic Action Front (IAF), on Thursday termed a plan to burn copies of Koran by a US church as a ‘declaration of War’ against Islamic peoples. ‘The notion that the burning of Koran is an act of freedom of expression is a silly allegation, because it represents a provocation against peoples and is tantamount to a declaration of war,’ the IAF said in a statement…’We urge Arab and Islamic governments to adopt a firm attitude versus this crime by forcing the US administration to prevent it and stopping the policies of mobilisation and provocation against Muslims which have given rise to such rash acts,’ the IAF statement said.
The leader of the Saudi Muslim World League, closely tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood, called the plan a “heinous aggression.” According to a Malaysian news report:
RIYADH, Sept 09 (Bernama) — The Secretariat General of Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL) has condemned the call of Priest Terry Jones in Florida for making September 11 every year as an international day for burning the Holy Quran, according to Qatar News agency on Thursday. MWL said such a development will have an adverse impact on relations among nations of the world. The remarks came in a statement released by MWL’s secretary general Dr Abdullah al-Turki who said burning copies of the Holy Quran constitutes a heinous aggression on the message of Islam and a flagrant aggression on Muslims of the world whose number amounts to 1.5 billion. Dr al-Turki said the statement of Priest Terry Jones in which he said: “Islam is from the Satan is a wicked and extremist statement which causes hatred among nations of the world”. MWL’s secretary general noted that a number of parties and authorities in the world including the US administration, the European Union as well as a number of Arab and international churches have condemned the plans of the Terry Jones for burning the Holy Quran. He urged the Islamic organisations, centres and societies in the US to take the required measures for preventing Terry Jones from committing the crime of burning the Holy Quran.