OIC: Burning of Holy Qur’an was intended to hurt feelings of Muslims
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned the burning of a copy of Islam’s Holy Qur’an by far-right extremists in Sweden as a “provocative offense” devised to anger Muslims.
According to Press TV, in a statement on Sunday, the OIC’s General Secretariat said the highly sacrilegious assault was “counterproductive to the global effort to defeat extremism and hatred on grounds of religion and faith.”
The move, it added was a “provocative offense deliberately intended to outrage” the Muslims.
During an illegal gathering on Friday, supporters of right-wing Danish politician Rasmus Paludan, who leads the anti-Islamic group Tight Direction (Stram Kurs), burned a copy of Holy Qur’an in the southern Swedish city of Malmo.
A riot broke out after Paludan was stopped at the Swedish border and denied permission to attend the gathering. The rioters set car tires on fire and threw objects at police officers, injuring several of them.
The controversial Danish figure was subsequently banned by Swedish authorities from entering the country for two years. At least 10 arrests were also made in connection with the violence.
The OIC Islamophobia Observatory, which documents Islamophobic incidents across the world, welcomed the measures taken by the Swedish authorities against those who burned the holy book.
It also called on the Muslim community in Sweden “to exercise restraint and avoid violence.”
The Muslim body also said it would support global efforts to tackle such harmful Islamophobia moves through different channels, including UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18, which provides a comprehensive plan for “combating incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence based on religion and faith.”