A Sweden citizen burnt on Wednesday 28 June a copy of the holy Quran in front of a mosque in the Swedish capital Stockholm which drew rage of Many Arab and Islamic countries who strongly condemned the crime.
The Saudi Foreign Ministry slammed the incident noting that “these hateful and repeated acts cannot be accepted with any justification, and they clearly incite hatred, exclusion and racism.”
Moreover, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry said that “burning the Holy Quran is an act of dangerous hate, and a manifestation of Islamophobia that incites violence and insulting religions, and it cannot be considered a form of freedom of expression at all.”
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry as well as Palestinian Resistance movement of Hamas slammed the incident noting that such hatful crime against the Holy Quran by a hateful extremist is an expression of hatred and racism and a flagrant attack on the values of tolerance, acceptance of the other, democracy, and peaceful coexistence among followers of all religions.
Furthermore, the Arab Parliament said in a statement that what happened was “an act of incitement that would inflame the feelings of Muslims around the world,” denouncing the continuation of the Swedish authorities in these “provocations.”
On Wednesday, a person identified as Salwan Momika burned a copy of the Quran under police protection in front of Stockholm Mosque.
On June 12, a Swedish appeals court upheld a lower court’s decision to overturn a ban on Quran burning, ruling that police had no legal grounds to prevent two Quran burning protests earlier this year.