What is the proper way to dispose of Korans that have been defaced?
Answer by The Logo
According to http://humancond.org/_media/analysis/handling_and_disposal_of_religious_items.pdf, there are two preferred ways to dispose of a Koran:
(1) Wrapping it in a pure piece of cloth and burying it respectfully in a place where people (normally) do not walk about In cold climate countries (such as the UK), one may dig a Shiq grave, but a slab should be placed first and over it the soil.
(2) Fastening the Qur'an with a heavy object like a stone and then placing it respectfully in flowing water.
If one is able to implement the above two methods, it would not be permitted to burn the copy of the Qur'an. However, if the above two methods are difficult to carry out, then one may burn the Qur'an and bury or drown the resulting ash.
Answer by maureen dirienzo
I don't have an answer to this question, but it certainly seems like a point is being missed in this whole debacle. Why was it OK to deface the Korans in the first place? Muslims scribbled notes to each other in them. That's OK??? The notes provided information that was threatening to our soldiers, so they had to be disposed of. Burning them seems like a perfectly appropriate means.