Why do muslims get so upset over the burning of the Koran. I understand protesting, but taking a life? Do Muslims hold as we Jews do that man is created צֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים‎‎, tzelem elohim, that is in the image of God, and thus more precious than any book, regardless of their religion?

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retagged Apr 20 '12 at 18:14 goldPseudo ♦ 295215 goldPseudo's gravatar image

they said it was accidental but the fbi refused to add any details about the case how exactly does a multiple amount of qurans get thrown in the garbage then burned even when four men kept yelling to pull it out and burned their hands in the process of trying to take it out themeseleves it just dosent seem logical dont belive everything you hear espetially when somone is trying to cover up their tracks

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answered 199722 NesreenA's gravatar image

"Say, "O disbelievers, I do not worship what you worship. Nor are you worshippers of what I worship. Nor will I be a worshipper of what you worship. Nor will you be worshippers of what I worship. For you is your religion, and for me is my religion." AL QURAN 109 surat

"When the sky breaks apart And when the stars fall, scattering, And when the seas are erupted And when the [contents of] graves are scattered, A soul will [then] know what it has put forth and kept back. O mankind, what has deceived you concerning your Lord, the Generous, Who created you, proportioned you, and balanced you? In whatever form He willed has He assembled you. No! But you deny the Recompense. And indeed, [appointed] over you are keepers, Noble and recording; They know whatever you do. Indeed, the righteous will be in pleasure, And indeed, the wicked will be in Hellfire They will [enter to] burn therein on the Day of Recompense, And never therefrom will they be absent. And what can make you know what is the Day of Recompense? Again, what will make you realize what the day of judgment Is? The day on which no soul shall control anything for (another) soul; and the command on that day shall be entirely Allah's." AL QURAN 82 surat

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answered 1645 s_a_razvi's gravatar image

How does that quote answer the question? Aren't the accidental burning of the Koran simply an excuse the shia use to draw attension to themselves, and kill christians?

(Feb 26 '12 at 21:47) Athanasius Athanasius's gravatar image

السلام عليكم Oh my .. First surah Al-kafirun...and the second surah?

(Feb 27 '12 at 01:03) Muhammad Izammudin Ismail Muhammad%20Izammudin%20Ismail's gravatar image

islam is not only a religion for us.. its our way of life... i believe that this life is just a test for heaven and hell.

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answered 43114 MrIslamista's gravatar image

For true christians the same can be said, a christian lives his faith and in this case it would not mean rioting and murder if someone burned the Bible.

(Feb 27 '12 at 11:56) Athanasius Athanasius's gravatar image

who said that all muslims would do bad things because of burning qur'an... YOU .. but that s not true.. i wont do anything because the punishment in hell is enough.. only if they convert to islam and Allah will forgive them because he's merciful

(Feb 27 '12 at 12:00) MrIslamista MrIslamista's gravatar image

Please read what I said, I did not say ALL, it sounds like you would like me to have said that.

(Feb 27 '12 at 22:24) Athanasius Athanasius's gravatar image

Life is just like a game.

(Nov 22 '12 at 21:10) Aaqib J Aaqib%20J's gravatar image

so what happens when someone accidentally burns his house with the quran in it ? does he punish himself for it ?? I think all this is their character and way of life, they are used to violence and troubles and and really look forward to it.

Why go through all this trouble when they said its accidental and have already apologized ???

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answered 1815 ai4itopa's gravatar image

i dont belive killing people was the answer to this but its disrespectful to burn it on top of garbage and if men were willing to take the quran they should have let them have it instead of discarding it

(Mar 01 '12 at 00:23) NesreenA ♦ NesreenA's gravatar image

I agree with the questioner. There is nothing to get upset about. In traditional Islamic teaching fire is considered a pure substance. If we want to get rid of a copy of the Quran, the proper way to do it is to burn it, bury it deep, or to place it in a sea or ocean. Even the Prophets Companions were known to burn verses of the Quran when they wanted to do away with them. People who think they are desecrating the Quran by burning it are simply showing their ignorance of Islamic Theology and the Muslims who are going awol over this are just as ignorant.

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edited Feb 27 '12 at 22:41

The Quran's that were burned had been used to pass notes between prisoners. The notes were written directly in the Holy books. I think that means they were desecrated and so they should have been destroyed as Imad says, is that correct?

(Feb 27 '12 at 22:35) Athanasius Athanasius's gravatar image

Burning a physical text of the Qur'an is not intrinsically sinful, prohibited, or blasphemous. Traditionally, Muslims have burned old copies of the Qur'an, or copies that contain scribal errors and things like that. It was and is seen as an acceptable form of disposing old and/or damaged copies of the Qur'an.

The reason many Muslims are particularly incensed by the actions of Christian extremists like Pastor Terry Jones is because of his intention to insult and aggravate Muslims. "It is the thought that counts", as they say. And in this case, his intention was to hurt Muslims' feelings.

Muslims should try to rise above irrational and emotional responses; they should try to not "take the bait", even though I do not blame those who are angry. But in any event, the taking of innocent life because of such an incident is not justified.

To answer your other question: The Qur'an does not state that mankind was "created in the image of God", as the Torah does. However there is a hadith (extra-Qur'anic teaching/saying of the Prophet Muhammad) that can be interpreted to mean this. It basically states, in translation, "God created man in his image". The difference of interpretation is over who "his" refers to. Does it refer to God, or Adam himself? In other words, did God create Adam in His (God's) image, or did God create Adam in his (ie. Adam's) image?

Even if we take the first interpretation, however, Muslims would understand this to mean that we as humans possess attributes that are derived from God. So for example, humans possess the characteristic of being able to show mercy and forgiveness-- this characteristic or ability is given to us by God Who is "The Most Gracious" ("al-Rahman") and "The Most Merciful" ("al-Raheem").

To be completely clear, Muslims do not in any case believe that we are created in the physical form or image of God, since God does not have a physical form or image. He is Unseen and Immaterial, and far exalted above the physical universe of which He is the Creator.

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