| 23 April 2024, Tuesday |

Saudi Arabia condemns Sweden for allowing extremist to burn Quran

The Saudi Foreign Ministry strongly condemned on Saturday Swedish authorities for allowing an extremist to burn a copy of the holy Quran in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm.


It underscored the Kingdom’s firm position that calls for the importance of spreading the values of dialogue, coexistence and shunning hatred and extremism.


The Organization of Islamic Cooperation also strongly condemned the burning of the Quran.


OIC Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha warned that such repeated acts by far-right extremists target Muslims and offend their sacred values.


They are another example of an alarming degree of Islamophobia, intolerance and xenophobia, he added.


He called on Swedish authorities to take the necessary measures against the perpetrators of this hate crime.


He also urged the intensification of international efforts that would prevent such acts from taking place in the future and to show solidarity against Islamophobia.


Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary-General Dr. Nayef Al-Hajraf slammed the burning of the Quran, saying it will “provoke Muslim across the globe”.


He underlined the GCC’s firm stance that calls for the importance of spreading the values of dialogue, tolerance and peaceful coexistence and shunning hatred and extremism.


He urged the international community to assume its responsibilities and prevent such acts from taking place.


The Muslim World League (MWL) condemned the “absurd, provocative and disgraceful” burning of the Quran.


MWL Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa warned of the repercussions of such hate acts that only serve extremism.


He added that such reckless behavior abuses the concept of freedoms and their human values.


Moreover, he stressed that such barbaric acts will only increase the faith of Muslims and their steadfastness in their values that always call for peace and coexistence.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat