WANA (AUG 21) – It seems that the countries of Sweden and Denmark do not intend to stop supporting the insult to the holy book of Muslims, the “Quran.” Is this insistence for the show “freedom of expression,” or are there other purposes behind this dangerous show?


In a shocking incident that has ignited worldwide outrage, Selvan Momika, an Iraqi refugee residing in Sweden, and his accomplice, Salwan Najm, boldly repeated their wicked act against the Holy Quran on Friday, August 16. This time, in front of the Iranian Embassy in Stockholm, all under the watchful eye of the Swedish police!


This year has witnessed a distressing series of Quran burnings in Sweden and Denmark, sending shockwaves throughout Muslim communities worldwide.


Are these countries looking for a serious confrontation with the Islamic world? What is the benefit of the conflict between the Islamic and Christian worlds for those behind these actions?


Leaders and officials of Iran have voiced their strong objections, with the Supreme Leader of Iran condemning the actions and emphasizing the gravity of the perpetrators’ offense. Ayatollah Khamenei declared that such audacity against the Holy Quran calls for severe punishment, echoing the sentiment of Islamic scholars worldwide.


“That government must hand over the crime’s perpetrator to the Islamic countries’ judicial systems.” Supreme Leader of Iran wrote in a public message.


The diplomatic fallout from these burnings has cast a shadow over Sweden and Denmark. As outrage mounts, calls for boycotting Swedish products have reverberated through multiple countries.


The situation escalated as the foreign ministers of Iran and Malaysia convened in Tehran on August 21 to discuss the desecrations and their implications.


In a joint press conference, Amir Abdullahian, the Iranian foreign minister, issued a stern warning to Sweden and Denmark. He asserted that the Islamic world would not tolerate the ongoing disrespect towards the Holy Quran, signaling a potential collective response from Islamic countries.


“According to the recent meeting of foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the idea of boycotting Swedish and Danish goods in the Islamic world was brought up during the meeting of foreign ministers, and the foreign ministers of Islamic countries will follow up on this issue. Countries of Sweden and Denmark need to reconsider their wrong and incorrect procedure before it’s too late.” Said Amir Abdullahian.

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Malaysia's Foreign Minister Zambry Abdul Kadir attend a joint press conference, in Tehran, Iran, August 21, 2023. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency)

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Zambry Abdul Kadir attend a joint press conference in Tehran, Iran, August 21, 2023. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency)

To what extent will the Islamic world take this insult? Hasn’t Salman Rushdie’s act of insulting the Quran cost enough for the two religious views in the East and the West to learn from it?


Undoubtedly, the West will not be the winner of this dangerous game of insulting other people’s sanctities. It seems that the Islamic world, especially Iran, does not want to get caught in this game and enter into a big conflict, but no one knows when and how the patience of Muslims will end and what reaction they will show. What is clear is that the response of Muslims will not be pleasing to the West.

WANA / Writing by S, Khezri and R,Ganji