Desecration of Quran, an injustice to freedom, religion, humanity and peace

Desecration of Quran, an injustice to freedom, religion, humanity and peace

Seyyed Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of the late founder of the Islamic Republic has strongly denounced the recent incident of burning and desecration of Holy Scripture of Muslims in a European country.

 Addressing a gathering of pilgrims at the holy mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, the internationally-reputed scholar said that the committer of such acts had desperately attempted to take shelter behind sacred concept of freedom, which is no doubt one of the achievements of humanity.

"Unfortunately, this heinous act apparently happened among those to whom God the Almighty had revealed the sacred scripture before the Muslims. They have done it in the name of Freedom which is sacred, and like all good phenomena. But it can be abused, misinterpreted, and the basis of malicious behavior; and goes to such an extent of allowing the burning of the Koran in the name of freedom of expression," he noted.  

"This has no fruit other than sowing seeds of hatred and creating bitterness among followers of religions. Of course, it does not harm the Quran. As they insulted the holy prophet many times, but he became dearer day by day,"Seyyed Hassan Khomeini stated.  

Seyyed Hassan Khomeini further said that the burning and desecration of Quran is an injustice to freedom, religion, humanity and peace.

Elsewhere his remarks, Seyyed Hassan reminded that after all those times, they have yet not differentiated that when freedom serves humanity and where can be misused to create hatred and malice.

 Iran's Foreign Ministry has summoned Sweden's chargé d'affaires in the capital Tehran in protest at the desecration of the Holy Qur'an amid the approval of Swedish authorities in the name of "freedom of speech."  The Swedish diplomat was summoned by the ministry's director-general for Western Europe on Thursday in the absence of Sweden's ambassador to Tehran.

In a repeated and state-authorized instance of sacrilege against the Muslim holy book, two men stood outside the Swedish capital of Stockholm's central mosque on Wednesday and burned a copy of the holy book following a go-ahead given to them by a Swedish court. 

The move was made to coincide with the Muslim festivity of Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), which marks the conclusion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage that is partaken by millions of Muslims from across the world.

The act of desecration has opened the floodgates of protest across the Muslim world.

Defilement of the Muslim holy book has prompted international condemnation, including large protests and countries in the Middle East summoning ambassadors. The 57-country-strong Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said international law and other collective measures are needed to prevent future incidents involving the desecration of the Quran.

The grouping, whose populations are majority Muslim, issued the statement on Sunday during an extraordinary meeting.

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