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Muslim Group Invites Christians For Dialogue Ahead Of Quran Burning

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A Muslim community in Silver Spring is inviting Christians to learn a bit more about their holy book.

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Ahead of Saturday's planned Quran burning by a Florida Church, a Muslim community in Silver Spring is inviting Christians to learn a bit more about their holy book.

Naseem Mahdi is Vice President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community based in Silver Spring. He says he wishes the Florida church and other groups knew how much the Quran and the Bible have in common. Both, he says, refer to Jesus as the Messiah, for example.

"We'll be just raising this question that how a good Christian can burn this book that talks of Jesus as the true messiah and Mary as a chaste and righteous woman, and there are so many verses about the goodness they have done," says Mahdi.

He worries that people around the world won't view the burnings as the act of a fringe church in Florida, but as a symbol of the United States as a whole and that, he says, will embolden radicals.

"We feel very sorry about it, sorry in the sense that what some Muslim clerics are saying, that is not Islam, and what this pastor is saying in Florida, that is not Christianity. Ultimately this going to damage true Islam and true Christianity, and also the United States and security and safety," he says.

It will be a small meeting; Mahdi has invited just few church groups, but he hopes it'll make a difference.

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