Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei denounced recent acts of desecration of the Holy Quran in Europe, saying they signify the arrogant powers’ hostility against Islam.
“The insane desecration of the Quran, which is committed under the slogan of freedom of speech, shows the arrogant powers’ attacks are aimed at Islam itself and the Quran,” the Leader said in remarks posted on his official Twitter account on Wednesday.
“The Quran is shining more brightly every day and the future belongs to Islam despite the Arrogant Powers’ plots. All freedom-seekers of the world should stand by Muslims in confronting the wicked plot of insulting sanctities and spreading hate,” Imam Khamenei added, as reported by Tasnim news agency.
On Monday, Dutch politician Edwin Wagensveld, the head of the far-right PEGIDA, tore pages out of the holy book before setting them on fire in front of the parliamentary building in the Hague.
A video posted on his social media accounts showed Wagensveld claiming he received permission from local authorities for “the destruction of the Quran.”
His provocation followed another Islamophobic protest on Saturday in Sweden, where a Danish extremist burned a copy of the holy book in a police-approved demonstration.
The Muslim community worldwide has been outraged since the weekend at anti-Islam activist Rasmus Paludan, who staged his provocative demonstration in front of the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm while delivering a hate-filled speech, and the Swedish authorities who allowed him under the guise of “freedom of expression.”
Paludan was being protected by the Swedish police while committing the sacrilege.
Hezbollah denounced the burning of the holy Quran on Sunday, with the Lebanese resistance movement calling on Swedish authorities to prevent such ‘criminal acts’.
In a statement, Hezbollah’s Media Relations Office described the burning of Islam’s holy book as “heinous offence that we can’t keep silent over.”
Source: Iranian media