States must prevent incitement and hate crimes: Egypt on Quran burning in Sweden

Amr Kandil , Thursday 29 Jun 2023

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stressed “the duty of states to prevent incitement and hate crimes," as it condemned a Quran-burning incident in Sweden during Muslims’ Eid Al-Adha as "shameful."



In a statement on Thursday, the foreign ministry underlined the duty of states to "stop those practices that undermine the security and stability of societies.”

"Egypt deeply condemns the burning of a copy of the noble Mushaf (Quran) in Sweden’s capital, Stockholm by an extremist,” the statement read.

On Wednesday, an immigrant from Iraq burned a copy of the Quran outside a mosque in Stockholm on the first day of the Islamic Eid Al-Adha after he secured a demonstration permit from Swedish authorities.

The act has been widely condemned by various Muslim and non-Muslim countries around the world, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran and the US.

The incident is the latest in a series of Quran burnings in northern European countries including Sweden, which were carried out by right-wing groups.

Earlier this year, a Quran burning at a rally outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm caused a major rift in Turkish-Swedish relations.

Al-Azhar, the world's most prestigious seat of Sunni learning, has repeatedly condemned the Quran burnings, calling on European states to prevent incitement against Muslims in the West.

'Shameful and fuels hatred'

In the statement on Thursday, the foreign ministry also deplored the incident as “a shameful act that ignites the feelings of Muslims around the world on the first day of the blessed Eid Al-Adha.”

The statement warned that such an incident “contradicts the values of respecting others and their sanctities, and fuels feelings of hatred between peoples.”

The foreign ministry voiced concerns over the recurrence of such incidents and the recent rise of Islamophobia in some European states.

“Egypt stresses its categorical rejection of all hateful practices that hurt the constants and religious beliefs of Muslims,” it added, calling on states to uphold the values of tolerance, acceptance and peaceful coexistence between peoples.

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