Coun Eustace of the Birmingham City Council said: “I am delighted to have helped organise this facility for Muslims in Birmingham. Respect for each other’s religion is important.”
When and how do Muslims in Birmingham or anywhere else demonstrate their respect for non-Muslim religions?
Eustace added: “Throwing the copies in the bin or burning them would cause distress and is out of the question. Burying them in Handsworth Cemetery is the best option.”
Well, certainly we cannot allow Muslims to feel distressed. That sounds like the right and proper duty of the Birmingham City Council: making sure that Muslims don’t feel distressed. What is the Birmingham City Council doing to alleviate the distress of Jews, Christians, Hindus, and others? What is it doing to make sure their religious sensibilities are not outraged?
The Imam for Stechford Mosque, Professor Tahir Mahmood Kiani, said: “The holy book must always be treated with respect….due to the unique revered status the Holy Koran holds, disposing of it in a respectful manner is paramount.”
Right. And by acting in this manner, the Birmingham City Council is showing that it, too, believes that the Qur’an holds a “unique revered status.” The Birmingham City Council, like so much of the UK, is well on the way to being conquered and colonized.
To object to this, however, is to be “racist,” “bigoted,” and “Islamophobic.” Thus demonized and stigmatized, the defenders of British culture and identity have a very slim chance of succeeding.
“Row over plans to bury copies of the Koran at a Birmingham cemetery so Muslims can dispose of their worn out texts,” by Martin Robinson, MailOnline, January 23, 2017 (thanks to David):
A special plot for Muslims to bury copies of the Koran at a city cemetery has been approved.
The area is being set aside at Handsworth cemetery in Birmingham to allow people to ‘respectfully dispose of old, worn out and damaged copies’ of their holy book.
Birmingham City Council have given an assurance that the Korans will only be interred on pieces of land where people do not normally walk.
Handsworth has plots for Christian and Muslim burials but an area for the holy text is a first and has delighted the city’s mosques. The practice already takes place in nearby Coventry and Leicester.
But the policy has sparked fury among a minority of locals, who have been branded ‘racist bigots’ for criticising the plan.
Writing on their local newspaper’s website, the Birmingham Mail, ‘Luckytag’ said: ‘I would like to see what would happen if they buried bibles at a mosque – it would never happen.
Respectful ways to dispose of the Koran
Muslims must respectfully and properly dispose of old or unusable copies of the Koran.
The holy text needs to be disposed of if it’s splitting at the seams and the pages have become worn and torn. It should never be able to fall apart.
It is not permitted to burn the Koran unless there is no other way to dispose of them.
There are two main respectful methods.
The first is wrapping it in a pure piece of cloth and burying it respectfully in a place where people do not walk.
The other involves tying it to a heavy object like a stone and then placing in flowing water.
‘I worked for a company that went round collecting rubbish from shops houses etc we had loads of these we just burnt em problem solved.’
Another correspondent, called ‘Countylass’ said: ‘This country gets more ridiculous by the day …… whatever next?????’
The critical comments of the policy and Handsworth led to a stream of vitriol in their direction.
Terry Johnson said: ‘Well that’s woke up (sic) all the bigots.’
HarryBa said ‘Why don’t you take a Bible to a mosque and ask them to bury it, or dispose of it. I’m 100% any decent proper mosque would be happy to help you dispose of it in a respectable manner.’.
David786 said: ‘Muslims believe the bible is the word of god and have utmost respect for it. A plot in the cemetery will not harm you, you are acting like it’s in your back garden.’
The plan follows a joint campaign by the Stechford Mosque and Birmingham city councillor Neil Eustace, who said ‘The respectful disposal of damaged or worn out Qur’an is very important to devout Muslims.’
He said a special burial place was needed because many mosques and homes in inner-city Birmingham lack the space or grounds for it.
Coun Eustace, the member for Stechford and Yardley North, added ‘I am delighted to have helped organise this facility for Muslims in Birmingham. Respect for each other’s religion is important.
‘Throwing the copies in the bin or burning them would cause distress and is out of the question. Burying them in Handsworth Cemetery is the best option.’
The Imam for Stechford Mosque, Professor Tahir Mahmood Kiani, said ‘The holy book must always be treated with respect.
‘When a copy of the Holy Koran has become very old and splitting at the seams and the pages have become worn and torn, it is better to not use such a copy lest it falls apart and disintegrates while someone is holding it.
‘Such copies need to disposed of. However, due to the unique revered status the Holy Koran holds, disposing of it in a respectful manner is paramount..’…