Muslim countries have strongly condemned the burning of a copy of the Holy Quran during a protest in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday, describing it as a vile act.
Prior to the act, the Turkish government had repeatedly asked the Swedish authorities to avoid granting permission for such protests in Stockholm during which a copy of the Holy Quran was burned.
The anti-Muslim provocative move took place after the Turkish government canceled a planned visit of the Swedish Defense Minister to Ankara – followed by protestors who take to the streets while chanting anti-Turkish slogans during the rally.
Protest in Stockholm on Saturday against Turkey and Sweden’s bid to join NATO, including the burning of a copy of the Quran, sharply heightened tensions with Turkey at a time when the Nordic country needs Ankara’s backing to gain entry to the military alliance.
Turkey is already a NATO member, which translates it can block another country from joining. Sweden and Finland both applied to join NATO after Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, however, Turkey opposed Sweden and Finland to become new members of the alliance.
The provocative protest has not only soured the relations between Sweden and Tukey further, but also the majority of the Muslim world has condemned the act in the strongest manner, and described it as completely unacceptable for Muslims.
“Burning the Quran, Muslim’s holiest scripture under the guise of freedom of expression is a devilish act. “Permitting this anti-Islam act, which targets Muslims and insults our sacred values, under the guise of ‘freedom of expression’ is completely unacceptable,” the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement said.
Other Muslim countries including Iran, Afghanistan, and Arab countries such as Jourdan, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait denounced the act and called it shameful not only for Sweden but the entire world. Doing such provocative acts would further increase islamophobia and many other issues in global communities.