Pope Francis slams desecration of Quran in Sweden

1688377260 Pope Francis slams desecration of Quran in Sweden
Pope Francis addresses the crowd from the window of the Apostolic palace overlooking St Peters square for the Angelus prayer in the Vatican on July 2, 2023. — AFP
Pope Francis addresses the gang from the window of the Apostolic palace overlooking St Peter’s sq. for the Angelus prayer within the Vatican on July 2, 2023. — AFP

Pope Francis has condemned the burning of the Quran, saying that the transfer left him “offended and disgusted” and that he refused to time period it a type of freedom of speech.

The Pope’s remarks got here in response to the most recent incident of Quran’s desecration in Sweden, when a person set a replica of the sacred guide ablaze outdoors a mosque within the nation’s capital metropolis final week.

In an interview revealed within the United Arab Emirates newspaper Al Ittihad on Monday, the Pope mentioned: “Any guide thought of holy ought to be revered to respect those that imagine in it.”

“I really feel offended and disgusted at these actions,” he mentioned, including: “Freedom of speech ought to by no means be used as a way to despise others and permitting that’s rejected and condemned.”

The incident of burning the Quran in Sweden’s capital Stockholm garnered condemnation from nations worldwide.

Amongst these was Turkey, whose backing Sweden wants to realize entry to the Nato navy alliance.

The Swedish police have lately rejected quite a few functions for anti-Quran demonstrations; nonetheless, Swedish courts over-ruled these choices, sustaining that they went in opposition to the precept of freedom of speech.

On Sunday, 57 Muslim states — below the banner of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation — mentioned that collective measures are wanted to stop acts of desecration of the Quran and that worldwide legislation ought to be used to cease spiritual hatred.

Swedish police had granted Momika a allow in keeping with free speech protections, however authorities later mentioned that they had opened an investigation over “agitation in opposition to an ethnic group”, noting that Momika had burnt pages from the Islamic holy guide very near the mosque.

Sweden’s authorities condemned Momika’s actions on Sunday, calling them “Islamophobic”.

Saudi summons Swedish ambassador

In the meantime, Saudi Arabia has summoned Sweden’s ambassador to denounce the Quran-burning incident outdoors a Stockholm mosque that sparked a diplomatic backlash throughout the Muslim world, state media reported early Monday.

The dominion — house to the holiest websites in Islam, in Makkah and Madina— had already condemned Wednesday’s incident by which an Iraqi citizen residing in Sweden, Salwan Momika, 37, stomped on the Muslim holy guide and set a number of pages alight.

The international ministry summoned the ambassador on Sunday to induce Sweden “to cease all actions that straight contradict worldwide efforts in search of to unfold the values of tolerance, moderation and rejection of extremism, and undermine the mandatory mutual respect for relations between peoples and states”, the official Saudi Press Company reported.

Momika’s Quran burning coincided with the beginning of the Eid ul Adha and the top of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, triggering widespread anger.

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

Iran mentioned on Sunday it was holding off on sending its new ambassador to Sweden due to the incident.

— Further enter from AFP