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Muslim countries condemn Quran burning protest at Stockholm mosque



An Iraqi refugee tore, burned and kicked the holy e book at a protest initially allowed by the authorities.

A number of Center Japanese countries, together with Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Iran, have condemned a “provocative” incident through which a person burned pages from the Quran exterior a Stockholm mosque, denouncing it as “incitement to hatred”.

At a rally authorised by the Swedish authorities on Wednesday – which Muslims marked because the Eid al-Adha celebration – an Iraqi man who had fled his nation for Sweden, trampled on a duplicate of Islam’s holy e book exterior the capital’s largest mosque earlier than ripping out and burning a number of of its pages.

Whereas the authorities gave permission for the protest by Salwan Momika, police stated afterwards they have been investigating his motion as a possible act of “agitation in opposition to an ethnic group”.

This was the most recent in a string of such incidents in Sweden and different European countries, generally at the instigation of far-right actions, which have beforehand led to diplomatic tensions.

Turkish Overseas Minister Hakan Fidan condemned the “despicable” motion, deeming it “unacceptable (to) permit these anti-Islamic actions underneath the pretext of freedom of expression”.

“Turning a blind eye to such atrocious acts is tantamount to complicity”, he added.

An indication in January throughout which a duplicate of the Quran was burnt in Stockholm in entrance of the Turkish embassy aroused the anger of Ankara and the Muslim world, resulting in demonstrations and requires a boycott of Swedish merchandise.

A flare-up in relations with Turkey couldn’t come at a extra delicate second, with Ankara nonetheless blocking Sweden’s accession to NATO on the grounds that it’s residence to a variety of individuals whom the Turkish authorities considers terrorists.

However the incident additionally aroused anger in different Muslim countries.

International outrage

A spokesman for the Iraqi authorities condemned “irresponsible acts” that he stated happen “repeatedly”, are carried out by “sick and extremist minds”, and replicate “a spirit of hatred and hostility with no connection to freedom of expression”.

“That is racism and incitement to violence and hatred”, he declared. “This odious act, which has offended the emotions of thousands and thousands of Muslims, can be damaging to the individuals of the West, who pleasure themselves on embracing range and respect for the beliefs of others and the safety of religions and the rights of their followers.”

Additionally in Baghdad, the Ministry of Overseas Affairs on Thursday condemned “the permission given by the Swedish authorities to an extremist to burn a duplicate of the Holy Koran”.

“These occasions inflame the emotions of Muslims all through the world and signify a harmful provocation for them”, the assertion warned.

In Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Overseas Affairs denounced “repeated and heinous acts that can not be accepted underneath any pretext”.

These actions “clearly incite hatred, exclusion and racism, and straight contradict worldwide efforts to unfold the values of tolerance, moderation and the rejection of extremism, and undermine the required mutual respect in relations between peoples and states”, an official Saudi assertion stated.

Iran additionally denounced the “provocative, inconsiderate and unacceptable” act, with international ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani saying his nation’s authorities and other people “is not going to tolerate such an insult and strongly condemn it”

He expressed the hope that “the Swedish authorities will take critical account of the precept of duty and accountability on this matter, whereas stopping any repetition of insults to the sacred”.

Morocco has recalled its ambassador to Sweden, condemning an “offensive and irresponsible” act and “repeated provocations, dedicated underneath the complacent gaze of the Swedish authorities”.

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