Qur'an 5:33—The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement.
By interfering in Muslim affairs in Afghanistan, U.S. Diplomat Anne Smedinghoff was, according to Islam, "making mischief."
(CNN) -- Anne Smedinghoff lived inside a heavily secured compound.
U.S. Diplomat Anne Smedinghoff
But the public diplomacy officer for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul was always pushing to get out.
"She particularly enjoyed the opportunity to work directly with the Afghan people," her parents said in a statement, "and was always looking for opportunities to reach out and help make a difference in the lives of those living in a country ravaged by war."
This weekend, the 25-year-old was trying to do just that -- delivering books to a school in southern Afghanistan -- when a suicide bomber smashed into her convoy Saturday. She is believed to be the first U.S. diplomat killed since the September attack in Benghazi, Libya.
Her death was a grim reminder of the risks and importance of pushing for change in "one of the toughest places on earth," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday.
It was an "extraordinary harsh contradiction," Kerry said, to see an attacker kill "a young 25-year-old woman with all of the future ahead of her, believing in the possibilities of diplomacy, of changing people's lives, of making a difference, having an impact, who was taking knowledge in books to deliver them to a school."
Officials did not say who they believe was behind the blast. But Kerry offered a sharp condemnation of the violence as he spoke Sunday to U.S. diplomats stationed in Istanbul.
"The folks who want to kill people, and that's all they want to do, are scared of knowledge. And they want to shut the doors and they don't want people to make their choices about the future. For them, it's 'You do things my way and if you don't, we'll throw acid in your face. We'll put a bullet in your face,' to a young girl trying to learn," Kerry said. "So this is a huge challenge for us. It is a confrontation with modernity, with possibilities, and everything that our country stands for, everything we stand for, is embodied in what Anne Smedinghoff stood for." (Continue Reading.)