Plan to burn Quraan ‘path of hatred’: OIC

The Organisation of the Islamic Conference on Thursday said a US clergyman’s plan to burn copies of the Quraan on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks would constitute “an outrageous path of hatred.”

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the 58-member OIC, expressed “grave concern” over the plan by Terry Jones, pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center church in Gainesville, Florida, to burn copies of Quraan on Saturday, according to an OIC statement.

Ihsanoglu expressed dismay that “the pastor who preaches religion, should choose to adopt an outrageous path of hatred by burning a holy book of one of the greatest religions of the world,” it said.

“The culture of peaceful coexistence and inter-communal and inter-religious tolerance that the international community is trying to achieve is under threat from marginal and extremist fanatics,” he said.

Ihsanoglu said he was encouraged by the condemnations of the planned burning by President Barack Obama and other top US officials.