Last week I received a chain email from a friend who is in habit of forwarding number of such emails everyday. I usually don’t go through such emails but its title made me read it. Few hours later I saw a note on Facebook replicating content of that email and expressing “great concern” on this horrible act, going to happen Next Saturday.
Here is the email:
The Holy Quran will be burnt on next Saturday !!!!!!!
Carrefour refused to boycott Israeli/American/Denmark Products. KFC ( Kentucky Fried Chicken), McDonalds, Hardees, Burger King, Pizza Hutt & Starbucks have decided to buy Denmark Products to save their losses.
Boycott Denmark Products and Circulate this news to whoever you can!!!!!
Denmark wants to Burn the Holy Quran on next Saturday in the large grounds in Copenhagen (capital city of Denmark ), in reply to the Islamic Boycott on their products.
Please let’s get together to boycott their products, and pray to Allah Almighty to show them the result of their intentions, which will be a lesson for the whole world.
Forward this to as many friends as you can.
السبت القادم سوف يحرق القران….. ادارة كارفورترفض المقاطعة وكنتاكي _ ماكدونالز _ هارديز _ برجركنج _ وبيتزا هت- وستار بوكس قرروا شراء المنتجات الدنمركية لتعويض خسائر الدنمارك قاطعوهم وانشر الخبر لان الدنمارك تريد حرق المصحف الشريف يوم السبت القادم في الساحة الكبرى في كوبنهاجن العاصمة كوبنهاجن ردآ على المقاطعة الإسلامية أرجوكم وحدوا الدعاء بأن يرسل الله عليهم آيه من آياته ليكونوا عبرة للعالمين (لاتدعها تقف عندك بل أرسلها
لا تمسحها ولا تغلق الصفحة امانة فى ذمتك ستسئل عنها يوم القيامة
لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله
لاإله ألا انت سبحانك إنى كنت من الظالمين لم يدع بها مسلم فى شئ الا وقد استجاب الله له. ……..الدعاء للراسل حتى ترد عليك الملائكة
Denmark is Loosing
Please don’t let this mail stop in your pc.
Hope you all know about the Denmark newspaper who made fun of our holy Prophet PBUH and till now they do not regret… let us make them regret for good…The Danish Ambassador, Prime Minister and Denmark National Channel; all are trying to do something just to stop the boycott by Muslims since last month through which their losses have reached 4 billion Euro. If we continue to boycott Denmark products 7 months more it could reach around 80 billion Euro’s loss. Believers do not let this message stop in your PC. Please forward this text to as many Muslims as possible …… Can’t u spare 15 minutes in order to spread this message among Muslims …..
ASAP? REMEMBER THE PROPHET (SAW) MIGHT ASK YOU ON THE DAY OF JUDGMENT,’ WHAT DID YOU DO WHEN THEY MADE FUN OF ME? HOW DID YOU DEFEND ME?’
7-up drink, LEGO, Cadbury chocolates, Hall Chewing gums or any product with barcode no. starting with 57
Please convince all Muslims to circulate this to Muslim ummah to ban Danish made products.
Now, you can see that it is quite emotional email, stating all the ‘right’ reasons for Muslims to forward this to their social network, everybody thinking they are doing a noble deed for Islam and the Prophet (saw). However, only exceptional few know that this email is just a spam / hoax / urban legend, with not a fraction of truth in it. And, we all are just been taken for a ride.
Here is my response:
It is our moral responsibility to check source of any news before spreading it to our social network, otherwise we will be supporting the spammers and hoaxers in their attempts to spread panic and chaos.
In past few days, I have seen above news being emailed and posted across the web. So far, nobody has tried to verify the source or even get a decent reference url. We are all just forwarding it to our friends and family, thinking we are doing a good deed. However, we are not.
The news says ‘Holy Quran will be burnt on next Saturday’, has anyone checked which Saturday will it be? February 28? March 7? or later? No one knows for sure.
I did some Google about this and, to rain on this parade, found that this hoax is going around for long time. Check following links, all claiming the incident to happen ‘next Saturday’ and Alhamdulillah, nothing of the sort has happened so far.
I request you all to be mindful of what you disseminate to your social network, through emails, SMS, Facebook, Twitter etc. Let’s first authenticate the source and then spread the news.