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Dear President Obama

As a great supporter and admirer of your energetic position and efforts on improving relations between USA with the Islamic world, I was both heartened and sad by your recent statements concerning the whole proposed incident of Quran burning in Florida.

Let me first explain why, I with a non-practicing Muslim background felt disappointed and hurt. 

In your long press conference on 10th September, which CNN reported, I saw you saying; " Burning Quran will endanger our troops and cause profound damage to USA reputation."  

You also told ABC's "Good Morning America" in an interview aired on Thursday the 9th September that Quran-Burning ‘Stunt’ is ‘Contrary’ to American Values. You explained your position in these words;

“And as a very practical matter, I just want him (The pastor Jones) to understand that this stunt that he is talking about pulling, could greatly endanger our young men and women who are in uniform,"

You went on to say "Look, this is a recruitment bonanza for Al Qaida. You could have serious violence in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan. Jones' plan, if carried out, could serve as an incentive for terrorist-minded individuals "to blow themselves up" to kill others.”

Of course as the President and the Commander-in –Chief of USA, your duty is the well being of American troops and personals. But as a world leader, your duty is also to tell the American public and those who have anti-Islam prejudices that Quran burning is sacrilegious and will for ever destroy the relations with 1.7 billion Muslims in the world.

In your speeches, there was not a single word of sympathy towards the feeling and emotions of 25% of the world population, which happens to me Muslim and for whom Quran is sacred.   

This insensitivity towards the Islamic world is not fair and goes against the concept of “Alliance of Civilizations”.

Anyhow, your soothing words at the 9/11 memorial at the Pentagon today, that; “"We Are Not and Never Will Be at War With Islam", are welcome plaster on my and millions of other people’s scars.

My respectful regards and wish that you continue the good work, you stand for.

Bashy Quraishy
Chair-Advisory Council-ENAR - Brussels
Chair-Jewish Muslim Co-operation Platform - Brussels
Senior Advisor - COJEP International- Strasbourg
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