Sweden: Destroyed Quran left near entrance to Stockholm mosque
By Atilla Altuntas
STOCKHOLM (AA) – A destroyed Quran was left Friday near the entrance to a mosque in Stockholm in an Islamophobic attack.
Images shared by the Stockholm Mosque show the damaged holy book of the Muslims chained up and hanging from an iron railing outside the mosque.
The mosque said in a statement that it and its congregation frequently receive threats.
In the statement made on the social media account of the Stockholm Mosque, it was stated that Muslims were humiliated by tying the destroyed Qur’an to the garden bars next to the door of the mosque with chains.
The statement, which also includes a photo of the incident, said, “Our mosque and our congregation receive threats very widely. Racists always make a new attempt to smear those who are not themselves. We share these photos and information in order to attract the attention of both our congregation and the public, and to prevent hate crime from being normalized.” .
The mosque has been subjected to Islamophobic attacks before such as anti-Islamic graffiti and writings painted on its door.
It said that it shared the photographs and information about the incident to draw the attention of the public and to prevent hate crimes from being normalized.
*By Seda Sevencan in Istanbul
Additional report by Turkey Posts
[Map of Sweden by CIA Factbook/Public Domain]
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