On the first day of Eid al-Adha, an activist in Sweden tore up a copy of the Holy Qur’an and desecrated it, before burning it, waging anger in the Muslim world.
Swedish police granted official permission to organize a new event that attacks the holy book of Muslims, outside Stockholm’s main mosque on Wednesday, coinciding with the start of Eid al-Adha.
Under a heavy police presence, Salwan Momika, a 37-year-old who fled to Sweden several years ago, on Wednesday, June 28, 2023, stomped on the Qur’an before setting several pages alight in front of the mosque in the Sweedish capital.
Back in January, a Swedish-Danish right-wing extremist burned a copy of the Qur’an near the Turkish embassy in Stockholm, also triggering outrage in the Muslim world.
The Iraqi government in a statement issued late Wednesday strongly condemned “the repeated acts of burning copies of the holy Qur’an by individuals with extremist and disturbed minds”, in addition to wide condemnations in most Muslim countries.