Quran/Koran shooting in Iraq…

2:2 THIS DIVINE WRIT – let there be no doubt about it is a guidance for all the God-conscious.

ذَلِكَ الْكِتَابُ لاَ رَيْبَ فِيهِ هُدًى لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ (2:2)


2:3 Who believe in the existence of that which is beyond the reach of human perception, and are constant in prayer, and spend on others out of what We provide for them as sustenance;

الَّذِينَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِالْغَيْبِ وَيُقِيمُونَ الصَّلاةَ وَمِمَّا رَزَقْنَاهُمْ يُنفِقُونَ (2:3)


2:4 And who believe in that which has been bestowed from on high upon thee, O Prophet, as well as in that which was bestowed before thy time: or it is they who in their innermost are certain of the life to come!

والَّذِينَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكَ وَمَا أُنزِلَ مِن قَبْلِكَ وَبِالآخِرَةِ هُمْ يُوقِنُونَ (2:4)


2:5 It is they who follow the guidance which comes from their Sustainer; and it is they, they who shall prosper.

أُوْلَـئِكَ عَلَى هُدًى مِّن رَّبِّهِمْ وَأُوْلَـئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ (2:5)

I have read and listened to all the controversy surrounding this incident which has now escalated to President Bush maybe or maybe not apologizing. I figured that after a week of this I should say something considering I am a US Military Veteran and a Muslim.

1: What this Staff Sergeant did was stupid plain and simple.

There is no way around it. As a fmr Sergeant in the Marine Corps, while I can’t speak from experience of the leadership training in the Army, I know for a fact in the Marine Corps we train our Non-Commissioned Officers and especially our Staff Non-Commissioned Officers to be smart, tactical, and capable warriors. We are not just trained to kill the enemy but are trained to engage the enemy in a way that will not compromise the mission.

No matter what excuse is given, that is exactly what this soldier did. He endangered the lives of fellow troops, help compromise the mission, and embarrassed the entire country. I have heard every excuse under the sun, but there is no way that we have troops in Iraq, especially a leader such as a SSgt, who doesn’t know what shooting a Qur’an can and will do. Not only that, there were “expletives” written on the Qur’an as well, therefore, that means that he knew exactly what he was doing because he or an accomplice wrote “expletives” then shot the book.

I have not been to Iraq, however, I know for a fact that cultural and sensitivity training is given to the troops so they should know especially a SSGT, that you shouldn’t be doing this type of crap.

What this soldier did was similar to aiding the enemy. He has given the enemy new propaganda, offended our allies, potentially helped in the terrorist recruiting campaign and surely offended Muslims in the same uniform as himself.

So what should be done? I will leave that up to the Chain of Command of this soldier. However, I don’t believe he should be thrown under the bus. What he did was stupid, but not worthy of destroying his career. We train these guys to kill and the lines are truly blurred between friend and foe. We can’t expect our troops under such stresses to not make mistakes. He deserves a quick trip home, counseling, and reprimand. But I don’t think anything harsher than that, maybe a rank reduction, and only because his actions aren’t in line with the leadership that should be expected at that level.

2: As a Muslim, I am deeply offended.

I do not look at the Qur’an as just a book. It is a Holy document by which I live my life. It is sacred to me. When I see a fellow service member display these type of actions, I do see this as an affront to who I am and what I stand for. Be that as it may, I believe as Muslims, we have to get beyond the reactions that many of us have at these blatant acts of disrespect toward us.

This is where our true faith comes in. We have to be able to show patience and restraint. Either Allah (swt) is who He say He is, or we are kidding ourselves. We have to remember and this should be a no brainer, Allah (swt) is perfectly capable of defending Himself. When our religion and beliefs are disrespected in this manner, this is the best time to show the world who we truly are. When they disrespect us, give to charity. Help the homeless, feed the hungry, give to the needy. When they disrespect us, explain to them what our religion truly is and work with them on a joint peace project. Whatever we do, remember to do it in a way that best reflects the message of Islam and does what is best for the faithful and not compromise who we truly are and what we truly believe. Our anger is real, but prayer, fasting, and charity is better. I’m certain that Allah (swt) and the Prophet (saw) would rather this approach than the calling for the death of someone, killing someone, burning flags, or destroying the places where we live all because someone was ignorant. Let us through our piety let all bear witness that we are in fact, Muslims.

As Salaam Alaikum

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3 Comments

  1. I think this is redicoulous espeically if he didnt know, And who cares if they get upset, Know one appoligizes when they Burn the HOLY BIBLE. are make threats against american that dont have a dang thang to do with this stupid war over oil, That is the only reason BUSH is appoligizing, He is only there for the oil anyway.. Im tried of the american people just laying down and taking whatever every other country wants and thier people who come here with the same demands, change this and change that because it offends us.

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  2. Who’s “They”…… I’m not sure if you ever worn the uniform of the US Armed Forces, but know that a SSGT in the Army or any E-6 in the military surely knows better especially when it comes to the mission in Iraq. If they don’t, they don’t deserve to be an E-6, because it’s apparent they were sleeping in the terrorism awareness, cultural, and leadership classes.

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  3. This one comment on my blog, that will show how deeply some Americans feel about Quran. An effort should be made by US administration as well as Muslims, to inform the masses about the way we Muslims feel about Quran:

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    The only thing the Koran is good for is to be riddled with bullets since it was written by a false prophet.

    From BUSH AND QURAN, 2008/05/19 at 8:23 AM

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