According to state media, Saudi Arabia has called in Sweden’s ambassador to express their disapproval of a recent incident where a Quran was burned outside a mosque in Stockholm. This incident has caused a diplomatic controversy in the Muslim world.
The kingdom, which is home to the holiest sites in Islam, including Mecca and Medina, had already expressed its condemnation of the incident that took place on Wednesday. In this incident, an Iraqi citizen named Salwan Momika, who resides in Sweden, stomped on the Muslim holy book and set several pages on fire.
According to the official Saudi Press Agency, the foreign ministry called in the ambassador on Sunday to request that Sweden refrain from taking any actions that go against international efforts to promote values like tolerance, moderation, and rejection of extremism. They also emphasized the importance of maintaining mutual respect in relations between countries and peoples.
Momika burned the Koran at the same time as the Eid al-Adha holiday and the conclusion of the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. This caused a lot of anger among many people.
Swedish ambassadors have been summoned by several countries, such as Iraq, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and Morocco, as a form of protest.
Iran announced on Sunday that it has decided to delay sending its new ambassador to Sweden due to the incident.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, which is based in Saudi Arabia, held a special meeting on Sunday in Jeddah. During the meeting, they discussed the need for everyone to take action together in order to prevent any future incidents of burning the Quran.
The Swedish police gave Momika a permit based on free speech rights, but later authorities stated that they were investigating her for “agitation against an ethnic group.” They mentioned that Momika had burned pages from the Islamic holy book near the mosque.
On Sunday, the Swedish government criticized Momika’s actions, describing them as “Islamophobic.”