English translation + original Arabic copy of the Statement from Ayatullah Seestani’s Office in Najaf on the events of burning copies of the Holy Quran.
29 Ramadhan 1431H

In The Name of Allah The Compassionate, Most Merciful

The media is covering a U.S priest’s insistence on burning copies of the Holy Quran as an expression of his hatred for the Islamic religion.

This shameful act is inconsistent with the duties of religious and spiritual leaders –to establish the values of love and peaceful coexistence based on observing the rights and mutual respect between different religions, and intellectual approaches.

The concerned parties in the United States are invited to act to prevent this abominable act which, if occurs, will have adverse consequences and may have dangerous repercussions.

Respect for freedom of expression does not justify allowing such shameful acts, which represent a blatant attack on other peoples’ beliefs and their sanctities leading to more tension, conflict and violence.

The religious Marja’iya strongly condemns the attack on the great Qur'an and emphasizes the necessity of preventing its occurrence whilst stressing on Muslims, wherever they are, to exercise the highest degree of self-restraint and not to show what is harmful to followers of Christian churches remembering the saying of the Almighty: {O you who believe, act steadfast towards God, as just witnesses; and do not let the ill-will of any folk incriminate you so that you swerve from dealing justly. Be just: that is nearest to heedfulness; and heed God [alone]. God is informed about what you do} Holy Quran chapter 5, verse 8.

The Office of H. E. Sayyid Seestani (long may he live) - Najaf
29 Ramadhan 1431H