Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan Condemn ‘Deliberate Abuse’ Of Holy Quran By ‘Extremists’ In Sweden

A number of Arabic countries have strongly condemned the deliberate abuse of the Holy Quran by the Swedish far-right party which they described as “extremists.”

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan said that burning the Quran is a disrespectful act and it’s deeply offensive against Muslims.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia strongly condemned the deliberate abuse of the Holy Quran, provocations and incitement against Muslims by some extremists in Sweden,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The Kingdom stresses the importance of concerted efforts to spread the values of dialogue, tolerance, coexistence, renounce hatred, extremism, and exclusion and prevent abuse of all religions and holy sites,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, Jordan called the action contrary to the freedom of religion and belief.

The Jordan Foreign Ministry said that such a move “violates the principles of peaceful coexistence of peoples,” warning that the burning of the religious text would have serious repercussions on the relations between Sweden and the Muslim community.

The Danish leader of the far-right Stram Kurs (Hard Line) party, Rasmus Paludan burned a copy of the Holy Quran on Thursday in southern Linkoping, a heavily-populated Muslim area in Sweden.

Paludan, who was accompanied by police, went to an open public space and placed the Quran down, and burned it while ignoring protests from onlookers.

Paludan’s move was met with protests from the Muslims across Sweden during the weekend.

Police said that so far more than 40 people have been arrested, while three people were injured in Norrkoping as clashes broke out between police and demonstrators rallying against Paludan who says he has burned a copy of the Quran and wants to do so again.

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