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Outrage as Anti-Muslim Group Leader Desecrates Holy Quran in Netherlands

In a recent incident that sparked outrage, the leader of the anti-Muslim group Pegida, Edwin Wagensveld, desecrated a copy of the Holy Quran in front of the embassies of Turkey, Pakistan, and Indonesia in The Hague, Netherlands. Wagensveld tore pages from the holy book and threw them on the ground in a provocative act met with widespread condemnation.

This act was not the first of its kind. On August 18, a similar incident occurred in The Hague, where a copy of the Holy Quran was desecrated. This copy was later repaired and handed over to Turkish Ambassador Selçuk Ünal by Salih Arslan, head of the Mimar Sinan Mosque Association affiliated with the Turkish-Muslim group IGMG.

Ambassador Ünal strongly condemned these attacks on the Holy Quran and hoped such actions would not be repeated. He said they would keep the repaired copy of the Holy Quran in the embassy as a reminder of this disrespectful act and are in contact with Dutch authorities to prevent similar incidents.

Unfortunately, these are not isolated incidents. Attacks against the Holy Quran have occurred in countries like Sweden and Denmark. For instance, Rasmus Paludan, a Danish far-right politician and leader of the Stram Kurs Party, burned copies of the Holy Quran in several Swedish cities during the Easter holidays in 2022.

Edwin Wagensveld has been involved in two separate incidents where he tore copies of the Holy Quran – one in The Hague and another in Utrecht. In Stockholm, Salwan Momika set a copy of the Holy Quran on fire while under police protection, and Bahrami Marjan, an individual of Iranian origin, burned a copy on a beach in Stockholm.

These incidents highlight an alarming trend of Islamophobia and disrespect towards Muslim religious symbols. Countries must take stringent measures to prevent such acts and promote respect for all religions.

 

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