Holy Quran desecration ‘not an ordinary Islamophobia incident’: OIC

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Foreign ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation OIC meet in the Saudi capital Riyadh. — AFP/File
Overseas ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation OIC meet within the Saudi capital Riyadh. — AFP/File

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday held its emergency assembly and demanded collective measures together with use of worldwide legal guidelines to cease spiritual hatred incidents together with desecration of Holy Quran.

The Saudi-based OIC assertion comes days after a replica of Holy Quran was torched outdoors a Stockholm mosque.

The 57-member physique met at its Jeddah headquarters to answer Wednesday’s incident during which an Iraqi citizen dwelling in Sweden, Salwan Momika, 37, desecrated the holy e-book and set a number of pages alight.

It coincided with the beginning of the Eid ul Adha vacation and the tip of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, sparking anger throughout the Muslim world.

On Sunday, the OIC urged member states to “take unified and collective measures to forestall the recurrence of incidents of desecration of copies of the” Holy Quran, in accordance a press release launched after the “extraordinary” assembly.

The physique’s secretary common, Hissein Brahim Taha, “pressured the necessity to ship a transparent message that acts of desecration” of the Holy Quran are “not mere bizarre Islamophobia incidents,” the assertion mentioned.

“We should ship fixed reminders to the worldwide neighborhood relating to the pressing software of worldwide legislation, which clearly prohibits any advocacy of spiritual hatred.”

Taha condemned the Holy Quran burning incident as “a despicable act”, echoing widespread denunciations which have included demonstrations close to the Swedish embassy in Iraq’s capital.

International locations together with Iraq, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco have summoned Swedish ambassadors in protest.

Swedish police had granted Momika a allow in keeping with free speech protections, however authorities later mentioned they’d opened an investigation over “agitation”.

‘Despicable act’

Pakistan had earlier this week strongly condemned the “despicable act” of the general public burning of a replica of the Holy Quran.

“Such wilful incitement to discrimination, hatred and violence can’t be justified below the pretext of freedom of expression and protest,” a press release issued by the Overseas Workplace in condemnation of the abhorrent incident learn.

The FO said that worldwide legislation binds all of the states to forestall and prohibit any advocacy of “spiritual hatred” that results in incitement of violence.

“The recurrence of such Islamophobic incidents throughout the previous few months within the West calls into severe query the authorized framework which allows such hate-driven actions.”

The FO, on Pakistan’s behalf, reiterated that the fitting to freedom of expression and opinion doesn’t present a license to stoke hatred and sabotage inter-faith concord.

It mentioned that the issues relating to the matter had been being raised with the federal government of Sweden.

It additionally urged the worldwide neighborhood and the nationwide governments to undertake credible and concrete measures to forestall the rising incidents of xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred.

— With further enter from AFP