Open Letter to Rev. Pat Robertson from the Islamic Supreme Council of CanadaRev. Pat Robertson,
On November 26, 2002, you had an interview with Martin Savidge of CNN. Your interview proves that you certainly need help. I am sure you realize that lying is a sin in Christianity. In your interview, you tried to misguide and misinform people by making incorrect remarks about "Jihad" and the peaceful nature of Islam. Just reading the translation of Qur'an and quoting its verses out of context is dishonest and immoral.
Without going into details, I would like to ask you the following questions. I am sure you know the answers of these questions. These facts are in the history books written by Christian authors.
Can you please prove that the most of the above holocaust and genocide of the human race was not caused by the people who claimed to be Christians? Non-Muslims also created the other genocide? If you are interested I can send you a longer list of all the holocaust and genocide caused by the people who were not Muslims.
Rev. Robertson, I propose that you and I have a dialogue. You should bring a list of all the killing carried out by the Muslims throughout history and I will bring a list of all the killing by the non-Muslims, and let us compare the lists. I am confident that I can prove that the killing carried out by the Muslims are negligible compared to the killing carried out by Christians and other non-Muslims.
On behalf of Islamic Supreme Council of Canada (ISCC), I would like to invite you to visit Canada and we will arrange an open town hall meeting to discuss your issues with Islam. ISCC will pay all your traveling and lodging expenses. If this is not possible for you, please let me know when and where you can meet with me to have a dialogue and I will travel on my own expenses.
I strongly believe in bringing together the followers of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. These three great religions have more in common than their differences, but people like you are destroying these efforts.
Rev. Robertson, your ignorance about Qur'an, Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and Islam is so deep that you do not even know the basic beliefs of a Muslim. You do not even know how to spell Qur'an (it is not Koran, it is Qur'an). We are here to help you. We, as Muslims, do not hate God's creation. It is a requirement of our faith that we treat others as we treat ourselves. We just want to educate you about Islam so that you can be a better person.
In the past, we have asked Rev. Franklin Graham, Rev. Jerry Falwell and other Christian leaders to attend our course, Islam 101 in Toronto, and ask as many questions as you want about Islam and Muslims. But please do not badmouth our religion in the media. We do not have access to the media as you do.
We, the Muslims living in Canada and the USA, know that the media in North America is NOT FREE. In the third world countries, the dictators and the governments control the media while the Western media is controlled by the rich and strong interest groups. If the media in the West was free, Muslim leaders would have had equal chance to respond to the comments made by people like yourself.
I am looking forward to hearing from you soon. Seasons greetings to you, your family and your friends.
Syed B. Soharwardy
The writer is founder and president of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada (ISCC) and Muslims Against Terrorism (MAT). Copies of this letter were circulated to an extensive media list in Canada and the US.
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This story was published on January 8, 2003.