CAIRO – A leading US Muslim advocacy group has handed out free copies of the holy book of Islam, the Noble Qur’an, to anyone who wishes to verify the inaccuracy of a new anti-Muslim bus advertisement by a hat-group in Washington, DC.
"We encourage those who view Geller's false and inflammatory ads to visit CAIR's 'Explore the Quran' website to request a free copy of the Quran so they can read it for themselves," Nihad Awad, National Executive Director of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said in a statement obtained by OnIslam.net on Thursday, May 15.
"Anyone who reads the Quran will discover that it honors Jews and Christians for believing in one God and calls on all believers to live in peace and harmony," he added.
Free Qur'an Dispels US Stereotypes
The initiative followed the publication of a new anti-Islam ad in Washington DCV buses, sponsored by a hate group led by Pamela Geller.
The ad falsely claims that the Qur’an encourages Muslims to hate Jews.
Her organization, Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA), is designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). SPLC also named Geller as a member of the "anti-Muslim inner circle."
Geller, who has bragged online that she uses a Qur’an as a doorstop, was the subject of a CAIR "Islamophobe profile" documenting the individuals and organizations involved in spreading anti-Muslim bias in the United States.
CAIR also listed her as a member of the "inner core" of those promoting anti-Muslim bigotry.
Her group SIOA was recently denied a trademark after an appeals court ruled that the name disparaged Muslims.
Along with handing out free copies of Qur’an, CAIR, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, offered a link to those wishing to obtain a free Quran (www.explorethequran.com/request-a-quran/americanp-ublic.html).
In 2012, a broad-based coalition of 127 organizations sent a letter to the Washington Area Metro Transit Authority (WMATA) expressing concern about Geller's previous anti-Muslim advertisements.
A CAIR ad placed to counter Geller's 2012 campaign featured a verse from the Quran stating: "Show forgiveness, speak for justice and avoid the ignorant." (The Holy Quran, 7:199)
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