A burned Quran found on the steps of a Virginia mosque came from a Muslim who didn't know how to properly dispose of his worn copy of Islam's Scripture. The Quran, found on the steps of the Islamic Center of Blacksburg, charred and placed in a plastic bag with other burned Arabic books.
While police said they were investigating whether it was a hate crime, some Islamic groups jumped to the conclusion that it must have been a hate crime, indicative of anti-Muslim bias in America. Laila Al-Qatami, spokesperson for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Washington DC, said shortly after the find, "Let's face it, books, don't burn themselves & end up outside a mosque. It's a willful act."
Last week a Muslim Virginia Tech student contacted local police and said he had left the Quran at the local mosque because it had been burned in a fire & he didn't know how to dispose of it respectfully himself. The note of explanation the student had left with the bag evidentally blew away.
The Lord's Servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will give them a change of heart leading to a knowledge of the truth
II Timothy 2:24-26