TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nasser Kanaani vehemently condemned the desecration of the Holy Quran by a Danish far-right group, slamming a muted response from the self-proclaimed advocates of human rights to the sacrilegious move.
In a statement on Monday, Kanaani strongly condemned a Danish extremist group’s sacrilegious move to insult the Holy Quran, especially during the fasting month of Ramadan.
He also warned against the repetition and a surge in the desecration of the Holy Quran and religious sanctities of Muslims in some European countries. The spokesman further deplored the silence of the self-styled defenders of human rights toward such acts, the Foreign Ministry’s website reported.
Kanaani added that these moves pave the way for hate-mongering and extremism and promote violence, thus endangering peace and peaceful coexistence of human beings and also the global security.
Turning a blind eye to the recent insults under the pretext of defending human rights is completely at odds with the universal and genuine bill of rights, he stressed.
The spokesperson noted that Iran and other Muslim nations and countries expect the Danish officials to undertake their responsibility and revoke the permits for such sacrilegious acts and hate-mongering moves in order to prevent the repetition of these desecrating shows under the pretext of defending freedom of speech.
The statement came less than a week after the extremist and anti-Muslim group known as Patrioterne Gar Live, burnt a copy of the Quran in front of the Turkish embassy in Copenhagen.
The frequency of insults against Islam and its holy book has been on the rise in Europe. Several European countries have been playing host to such despicable acts on their soils over the past months, drawing far-and-wide condemnation from the world’s Muslim countries, Press TV reported.
In January, dual Danish and Swedish citizen Rasmus Paludan burned a copy of the Holy Quran in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm, and later again in front of a mosque.
Days later in the Netherlands, far-right extremist, Edwin Wagensveld, who leads the anti-Muslim PEGIDA party, tore a copy of the Quran apart before setting it on fire.
Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Morocco, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Libya, among others, issued separate statements, condemning in the strongest terms desecration of the Holy Quran in Denmark. They asserted that such insulting acts hurt the feelings of the world Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan.