I also know that, as LGF has reported, the terrorist plan for and intend to use cries of civil and religious rights abuse claims against us, but that shouldn't excuse actual claims or preclude our investigating. I just know that we have got to be realistic - we are at war after all. Shoot, I remember we were originally ripped for debating whether or not we would allow them to have a Koran and the proper head covers, but we did.
Well, after about 45 minutes of searching I decided to eat dinner then came back for another hour and a half and this is what I have found out.
Please keep in mind that this is not at all inclusive nor is it intended to reflect upon Islam in any way or indicate a knowledge of Islam.
The first rule is:
It is unlawful (haram) for someone not in the state of wudu to carry a Qur'an, even by a trap or in a box , or touch it, whether its writing, the spaces between its lines, its margins, binding, the carrying strap attached to it, or the bag or box it is in.
So by having anyone touch the Koran that wasn't a Muslim was desecration, whether it was the soldier who packed it for shipping or the chaplain who handed it out using clean gloves.
The Holy Qur’aan should not be touched by anyone except those who are purified. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Verily, the Mushrikoon (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allaah, and in the Message of Muhammad) are Najasun (impure)” [al-Tawbah 9:28]
On this basis, the kaafir should not be permitted to touch the Qur’aan, whether he is a Christian, a Jew, a Buddhist, a Hindu or anything else.
But one must be pure and cleansed prior to even that - unless the Koran is about to be burnt, get wet, or touched by someone who is impure - which is any non believer. Of course no menstruating women allowed
But that is just touching the surface, the list goes on and on.
It could be considered desecration of the Koran to even bring it into a bathroom, unless you are afraid it will be stolen if left and it is in a bag and the bag is kept away from the toilet (it is allowed to bring cell phones or PDA's with the Koran saved on it in digital form!). So in a one room cell.......is that allowed? Good question but not the only one. It seems that the rules are complicated enough that true believers have to submit questions about what the proper handling of the Koran is.
Oh, when reciting the Koran you should be alone:
so that no one interrupts one, forcing one to mix the words of the Qur'an with replying, for this nullifies the effectiveness of having taken refuge in Allah from the Devil at the beginning;This is one of the 37 rules of inviolability of the Qur'an (but not all handling rules) that includes this:
not to place other books upon the Qur'an, which should always be higher than all other books, whether they are books of Sacred Knowledge or something else
My point - we couldn't win regarding the Koran. We could have kept them from having them but we already heard an uproar about that. You can't win when your own media disagrees with every aspect of the war that you didn't start.
We know that the Koran is considered holy enough to riot and kill over, is it difficult to believe that any handling would have been interpreted and reported as desecration by those who intend to do us harm?
An even better question is what mind set or illness is it that makes one put all of your faith in the enemy and zero faith in those who are risking their lives to protect our very way of life.
Update - DANEgerous ads a key point!
desecration : To violate the sacredness of; profane. --Pretty subjective huh?
May 2008 fixed expired links and corrected dog passage.