CoD Vanguard Disrespects the Quran, Apologizes Afterwards

by in Call of Duty | Nov, 12th 2021

It didn’t take long for some controversy to hit the shores of CoD Vanguard, and it’s thanks to their treatment of the Quran. The Quran, the Muslim holy book, is not supposed to ever touch the ground. Perfectly understandable for a holy book. However, on a Zombies map in CoD Vanguard, pages of the Quran were found scattered across the ground, and this created quite a stir. As the central text to the Muslim faith, it is considered a revelation from Allah himself. Activision quickly responded to this slight and apologized.

CoD Vanguard Disrespected the Quran On Zombies Map

On one of the maps, a Twitter user, BKTO0R pointed out the affront. On Twitter, his translated message came out to, “Brothers, I see pages of the Qur’an on the ground in the Zombies map. I see that it should be removed as soon as possible if it is correct.”  This isn’t the first time this has happened in a CoD game either, but it’s incredibly disrespectful to see this treatment of the Quran in CoD Vanguard. This reveal led to quite a few users on social media speaking up about it.

Activision did release a statement to Dexerto shortly afterwards:

“Call of Duty is made for everyone. There was insensitive content to the Muslim community mistakenly included last week, and has since been removed from the game. It should never have appeared as it did in-game. We deeply apologize. We are taking immediate steps internally to address the situation to prevent such occurrences in the future.”

One even said that it was disrespectful, seeing the pages of the Quran on the floor, blood on them, like they don’t matter at all. There were other ways this could have been handled without using the Quran in CoD Vanguard, but it happened anyway. At least the publishers quickly apologized and have corrected this. This has happened before, in a similar manner, back in CoD: Modern Warfare 2. No faith wants to be disrespected in a game played by millions, but hopefully, it’s not a problem that occurs again.


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