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Encyclopedia > Qur'an desecration

Qur'an desecration means insulting the Qur'an, the holy book of Islam, by defiling or disfacing it. Most traditional schools of Islamic law dictate that a Muslim may not touch the Qur'an, which is regarded as the literal word of God in its untranslated Arabic form, unless he or she is in a state of ritual purity (wudu). Muslims must always treat the book with reverence, and are forbidden, for instance, to pulp, recycle, or simply discard worn-out copies of the text; instead, burning or burying the worn-out copies in a respectful manner is required. [1] (http://www.ourdialogue.com/q4.htm) Indeed, some devout Muslims refuse to use recycled paper, for fear that it might contain paper from a recycled Qur'an. The Quran (Arabic al-qurʾān أَلْقُرآن; its literal meaning is the recitation and is often called Al Quran Al Karim: The Noble Quran, also transliterated as Quran, Koran, and less commonly Alcoran) is the holy book of Islam. ... Islam (Arabic al-islām الإسلام,  listen) the submission to God is a monotheistic faith and the worlds second-largest religion. ... A Muslim is a believer in or follower of Islam. ... The term God is used to designate a Supreme Being, however, there are countless definitions of God. ... Arabic can mean: From or related to Arabia From or related to the Arabs The Arabic language; see also Arabic grammar The Arabic alphabet, used for expressing the languages of Arabic, Persian, Malay ( Jawi), Kurdish, Panjabi, Pashto, Sindhi and Urdu, among others. ... Ritual purification is a feature of many religions. ... People washing before prayer at the Badshahi mosque in Lahore, Pakistan Wodoo is washing parts of the body, in clean water, as a part of the preparation for the daily prayer, Salah. ...

Respect for the written text of the Qur'an is an important element of religious faith in Islam. Intentionally insulting the Qur'an is regarded as a form of blasphemy. Desecrating a copy of the Qur'an is punishable by imprisonment in some countries (life imprisonment in Pakistan, according to Article 295-B of the Penal Code) and, reportedly, by death in others (including Afghanistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia).[2] ( Islam (Arabic al-islām الإسلام,  listen) the submission to God is a monotheistic faith and the worlds second-largest religion. ... Blasphemy is the defamation of the name of God or the gods, and by extension any display of gross irreverence towards any person or thing deemed worthy of exalted esteem. ...

A non-Muslim in a non-Islamic jurisdiction is not required to pay such respect to a copy of Qu'ran. As a practical matter, a non-Muslim book dealer in a non-Muslim country will very likely handle or dispose of a copy of Qur'an as he or she would any other book. The term jurisdiction has more than one sense. ...

During the "War on Terror" in the early years of the 21st century, alleged deliberate desecration of the Qur'an in front of Muslim prisoners at the United States military base in Guantánamo Bay caused a widespread controversy; see Guantánamo Bay Qur'an desecration allegations. The War on terrorism or War on terror is a global effort by the governments of several countries (primarily the United States and its principal allies) to neutralize international groups it deems as terrorist (primarily radical Islamist terrorist groups, including al-Qaida) and insure rogue nations no longer support terrorist... (20th century - 21st century - 22nd century - other centuries) Decades: 2000s 2010s 2020s 2030s 2040s 2050s 2060s 2070s 2080s 2090s In calendars based on the Christian Era or Common Era, such as the Gregorian calendar, the 21st century is the current century, as of this writing, lasting from 2001-2100. ... Map of Cuba with location of Guantanamo Bay indicated. ... In the May 9, 2005 issue of Newsweek magazine, an article by reporter Michael Isikoff quoted an anonymous source which alleged that interrogators at the U.S. military base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in an attempt to rattle suspects, flushed a Quran (Koran) down a toilet. ...



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