Muslim Group Invites Christians For Dialogue Ahead Of Quran Burning | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Muslim Group Invites Christians For Dialogue Ahead Of Quran Burning

Play associated audio
A Muslim community in Silver Spring is inviting Christians to learn a bit more about their holy book.
http://www.flickr.com/crystalina
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.

NPR

'Breaking Bad' Fans Get Their Fix In Spanish

Metástasis, the Spanish-language remake of the AMC series, ends this week on UniMás. The show is set in Colombia instead of New Mexico, but the story of a teacher-turned-drug dealer stays the same.
NPR

Edible Packaging? Retailers Not Quite Ready To Ditch The Wrapper

To reduce waste, some enterprising companies are trying to roll out products that make the package part of the snack — edible packaging. But selling it to the retail market is trickier than it seems.
WAMU 88.5

Senator's Legislation Would Strip NFL Of Nonprofit Status

The Redskins' refusal to change its name has prompted the legislation from U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA).
NPR

The Kaypro II: An Early Computer With A Writer's Heart

Commentator Andrei Codrescu remembers the first word processor he had — the Kaypro II in the 1980s. Its inventor, Andrew Kay, died Aug. 28, at the age of 95.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.