Malaysia condemns Quran burnings in Sweden, calls it a hate crime

Photo: Al Jazeera English/CC BY-SA 2.0
Photo: Al Jazeera English/CC BY-SA 2.0

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs), Mohd Na’im Mokhtar, condemned the recent Quran burnings in Sweden and expressed deep concern and outrage. 

While highlighting the recurring authorization of these despicable deeds in the name of freedom of expression, the minister also offers Malaysia’s solidarity with the affected community.

In a statement, he said that Malaysia expressed strong condemnation for the heinous act of burning the Holy Quran in Sweden on Eid Al-Adha day, emphasizing that the vile act of burning the Holy Quran outside a mosque in Stockholm on a significant day of joy, celebration, and unity for Muslims around the world represents a clear manifestation of hatred, religious intolerance, and Islamophobia.

“While freedom of expression is a fundamental right, it is imperative to preserve this right within the parameters of respect and accountability.

“We urge all parties to denounce this manifestation of religious intolerance, unite against hatred, and foster comprehension, respect, and concord among the diverse members of our society,” he said. 
A man tore up and burned a Quran outside Stockholm’s central mosque on Wednesday after Swedish police granted permission for the protest to take place. After the burning, Swedish police charged the man who carried it out with agitation against an ethnic or national group.

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