Dear Mr. Geert Wilders,
Unfortunately I know very little about you. The little that I do know has come to me through the media, and this information is very negative. You have been portrayed as a hatemonger, Islamophobe and racist. However, since the source of my information about you has mostly come to me through “revenue and profit driven” media outlets or rumors, I doubt its authenticity and truthfulness.
Similarly, your information about the Qur’an and Islam seems to be based upon “propaganda and rumors”. A person like you should not rely only on personal judgments or rumors when commenting on a religion which is fourteen centuries old and followed by more than 1.5 billion people.
Therefore, on behalf of three local organizations in Canada: the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, Muslims Against Terrorism and the Multi-Faith Walk Against Violence, I would like to invite you to visit our Al Madinah Calgary Islamic Centre, 5700 Falsbridge Drive, NE Calgary, Canada, at your earliest convenience. We will be happy to pay all your travel and lodging expenses for the Calgary visit.
We are making this gesture because we believe if you visit our centre and have a dialogue with me on all the issues / concerns that you have regarding the Qur’an and Islam, you will be able to find the truth about them.
Neither the Qur’an nor Islam teaches what you appear to understand about them. Muslims are normal people and can not follow any thing that seems to be inhuman or abnormal.
We want to know you better. You should also try to know our religion better. You should not rely on your own personal interpretation of the Qur’an and Islam OR the interpretation of whatever fanatics and extremists you may have encountered.
I assure you Mr. Wilders if you meet with me and discuss your concerns about the Qur’an and Islam, I will be able to answer any questions you may have to your satisfaction.
I look forward to hearing from you and hope for your positive response.
(Imam) Syed B. Soharwardy
Founder, Islamic Supreme Council of Canada
Muslims Against Terrorism
Multi-Faith Walk Against Violence