But the question is, what should our response have been to this issue as Muslims? We have seen the Muslim Ummah react violently in the past in response to the Danish cartoons issue. Is that a correct reaction? Should we get out on the streets with sticks and stones and shout and rant? Or is this exactly the kind of reaction the West expects from us? To show that we are a "savage" race, uncivilized and unable to live in the modern "free" world? Would this be worse for us than it is for them (if we should generalize as us and them in the first place)? The answer is a resounding no. Did Allah (swt) not order us to
I would like to direct the reader to a khutbah by Nouman Ali Khan, in which he explains how this issue affects us and what our response should be.
In the khutbah we are reminded that copies of the Quran are not THE Quran. These are Mus-haf. The Quran is inside our hearts and minds, and it is in the Loh-i-Mahfooz, from which it was revealed unto the Prophet Mohammad (SAWS). So there is no point if they burn a copy of the Quran, because it will not harm us nor will it harm Islam. Of course it will make us feel bad and we should protest, but in a way that is better. Shaikh Abdulqadir As-Sufi has given a beautiful example of how Maoists tried to burn the Quran and the people realized that the Quran is in their hearts and not the pages of a book.
Muslims should therefore be patient. It is fitting that this issue occurs at the end of Ramadan, which is the biggest lesson of patience a Muslim can get in regular life. This does not mean to say nothing and clasp your hands behind your backs, but it does mean that there is no reason to break the windows of the shops on your street.
In the end I would like to mention a prayer that very good Muslim brother once instructed me to read.
This captures the essence of our existence today in the global scenario. We beg Allah to prevent our nature, our feelings, our sensibilities and our reactions from becoming fodder for the forces of the kuffar to spread their fitna against us. Ameen