Saudi Arabia Condemns Burning of Holy Qur’an in Malmo, Sweden


Riyadh — The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs has strongly condemned and denounced the burning of a copy of the Holy Qur’an by an extremist in Malmo, Sweden.

State news agency SPA reported the ministry’s response on Sunday, expressing the Kingdom’s outrage at the incident and its rejection of such flagrant acts that have been occurring repeatedly in several European cities under the guise of freedom of expression.

According to SPA, the incident took place with the knowledge of the local authorities, which has further intensified the condemnation from Saudi Arabia. The ministry called on the Swedish authorities to urgently address such acts and put an end to granting permission to extremist groups to carry out actions that fuel hatred and racism.

The desecration of the Holy Qur’an, a sacred text revered by millions of Muslims worldwide, is considered deeply offensive and disrespectful. It is seen as an attack on the religious sentiments of Muslims and a violation of their faith. The burning of religious texts or symbols is not only an act of provocation but also perpetuates a climate of hostility and intolerance.

Saudi Arabia’s strong condemnation reflects the country’s commitment to protecting the sanctity of Islamic religious symbols and its rejection of any form of religious discrimination or incitement to hatred. The Kingdom has consistently emphasized the importance of respecting religious beliefs and promoting dialogue and understanding among different cultures and faiths.

The incident in Malmo serves as a stark reminder of the need for vigilance against acts of religious intolerance and extremism. It highlights the importance of promoting mutual respect and peaceful coexistence within diverse societies. Addressing such incidents promptly and effectively is crucial to maintaining social harmony and preventing further escalation of tensions.

The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ call for urgent action by the Swedish authorities underscores the need for measures to prevent the recurrence of such acts in the future. It is essential for governments and local authorities to ensure the protection of religious freedom and to combat all forms of discrimination and hatred.

International cooperation and dialogue among nations are vital in addressing religious intolerance and promoting a culture of respect and understanding. Saudi Arabia’s condemnation of this incident serves as a reminder of the shared responsibility to foster an environment that upholds the principles of tolerance, inclusivity, and respect for all individuals and their religious beliefs.

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