Islamic countries condemn Qur’an burning by far-right activist
Different countries across the world of Islam have reacted to the recent desecration of holy Qur’an by Danish-Swedish far-right politician in front of Turkish embassy in Stockholm following a permission issued by the Swedish government.
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Messages have poured from across the world of Islam and international organizations as Swedish activist Rasmus Paludan burned a copy of the holy book of Islam under the pretext of practicing freedom of expression, reported Taqrib News Agency (TNA).
Turkish Foreign Ministry has issued a statement condemning the insult on the holy Qur’an “in most severe words” despite previous warnings. The ministry called that a crime inspired by hate stressing that to issue permission for such anti-Islamic measures targets all Muslims.
Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry also issued a statement denouncing the Qur’an burning in Sweden and warned that,” The Islamophobic move provokes more than 1.5 billion Muslims across the world.”
It added,” Such measures do not stand for freedom of expression since, based on the international human rights, freedom is necessarily intertwined with commitment to avoiding hate speech and provocation.
Kuwaiti Foreign Minister, Sheikh Salim Abdullah al-Jabir al-Sabah, in a message issued on the state news agency KUNA, warned of Qur’an burning as a serious threat to feelings of Muslims across the globe.
He called on the international community to stop such unacceptable measures, condemn all forms of hate and extremism and demand explanation from the perpetrators.
Saudi Arabia Foreign Ministry in its statement reiterated expansion of dialogue, tolerance and coexistence rejecting any form of hate and extremism.
United Arab Emirates stressed opposition with all measures targeting security and stability and oppose the human and moral values.
Qatar censured Swedish authorities for issuing permission for Qur’an burning and urged the international community to stand committed for fight with hate and violence across the globe.
Jordan also warned that measures like Qur’an burning will intensify hatred. In the statement issued by Jordanian government, Amman stressed necessity of promoting the culture of peace and tolerance. It underlined confrontation with extremism is a communal responsibility.
Egyptian government censured the shameful desecration of holy Qur’an which has provoked hundreds of millions of Muslims across the world and warned against repercussions of spreading sacrilege and promoting violence.
Egypt also called for protection of coexistence and preventing insult on religions and their sanctities.
Deputy of Russia’s Mufti council, Roshan Abbasov, slammed the Qur’an burning incident in Sweden and called on the authorities in the European country to confront with perpetrators of the Satanic move.
He called that an instance of Islamophobia and warned against increase of similar incidents in other European countries.
Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah also decried the Qur’an burning in Sweden as an insult to the entire world of Islam.
Hezbollah warned of Qur’an burning as a heinous crime against Islam and Islamic sanctities and said Swedish government should solely stand responsible for that.
Rasmus Paludan, leader of the Danish far-right political party burnt a copy of the holy book of Islam in front of Turkish embassy in Sweden after an hour of speech against Islam and immigration.