We expressed our outrage and strongest condemnation on the burning of the Quran on the 21st January in Stockholm Sweden.
The far-right politician burns a Quran during an Islamophobic protest in front of its embassy in Stockholm.
We call all Muslim countries to denounce Sweden for the despicable act. The act cannot be tolerated.
We support Turkey’s swift action to cancel the visit by Sweden’s defence minister aimed at overcoming Turkey’s objections to its NATO membership.
This is an act of hate crime carried out by Rasmus Paludan, leader of Danish far-right political party Hard Line.
In April last year, Paludan’s announcement of a Quran burning “tour” during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan had sparked riots across Sweden. Sweden has not taken the necessary measure to stop the campaign.
We deplore the Swedish police who took no action when Paludan set fire to the holy book with a lighter following a long diatribe of almost an hour, in which he attacked Islam and immigration in Sweden.
We deplore Sweden ‘s policy of freedom of expression that denigrating religious is acceptable. This is definately not freedom of expression but sheer hatred and Islamophobic.
We call on all Muslim countries to summon Swedish embassies and to register strong protest against the incident.
We support Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu who voiced fury at Swedish authorities’ failure to ban the protest.
It is absolutely appalling that Sweden is spreading
hatred and extremism.
It is questionable that this ‘Clear crime of hatred’ though not necessarily that the Sweden government support the expression, as defended by the Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom. However, the fact that this campaign has been allowed to continue, reflects Sweden’s tolerance under the pretext of freedom of expression.
However, we deplore the incident was not curbed and no action was taken to curtail it.
Sweden’s government failed to take measures against the disgusting act.
It seems that Sweden is clearly encouraging hate crimes and Islamophobia. This is uncivilised and barbaric.
We urge the Malaysian government to condemn the crime and to summon the Swedish embassy.
We call the OIC to issue a strong condemnation and to warn Sweden that the Muslim international community will not be silent.
Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid
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