Swedish parliament urged to dispel misconceptions about Islam

Swedish parliament members arrive for a no-confidence vote against then-Prime Minister Stefan Lofven on June 21, 2021 in Stockholm, Sweden.  - Reuters
Swedish parliament members arrive for a no-confidence vote against then-Prime Minister Stefan Lofven on June 21, 2021 in Stockholm, Sweden. – Reuters
  • Sanjrani urged the Riksdag to highlight the importance of inter-religious harmony.
  • Sanjrani told the Swedish speaker, “It is our duty to educate people.”
  • Sanjrani offered to travel to Sweden to dispel misconceptions about Islam.

Senate President Sadiq Sanjrani has written a letter to Swedish Parliament Speaker Andreas Norlen regarding the recent incident of desecration of the Holy Quran in the Scandinavian nation.

In the letter, the Senate President urged the Riksdag – the Swedish parliament – ​​to highlight the importance of inter-religious harmony and dispel misconceptions about Islam.

“As representatives of our people, to guide and educate our people, foster an environment that encourages tolerance, respect and empathy among different religions, faiths and communities,” the Senate president said in the letter on Tuesday. , we have an obligation.”

Highlighting the importance of inter-religious harmony for regional and global stability, Sanjrani said: “If you [Swedish speaker] If appropriate, I may travel to the Kingdom of Sweden to address the Riksdag and dispel any misconceptions about Islam.

He said, “I believe that in such a modern age where we are all connected to each other in this global village, there is no place or excuse for abusing and insulting holy personalities, scriptures and religious sentiments of any community.” Should not happen.”

He commended the Swedish government for “making it abundantly clear that such actions do not reflect Swedish state policies and are condemned as Islamophobic”.

“However, we seem to be far from our goals of ensuring world peace, tolerance and inter-religious harmony. I represent a nation deeply committed to these principles, and I firmly believe that as parliamentarians and world leaders, we can do much to prevent actions that could disturb world peace.

Sanjrani said that a person is not considered a Muslim unless he believes in all the preceding prophets of the existing Abrahamic religions and their holy books.

“It is in Islam that other religions have respect and stature, yet Islamophobic incidents often occur and are often suppressed under the guise of freedom of expression,” he said.

He further said that disrespect towards Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the Holy Quran causes immense pain to Muslims.

“It is important that this reality is understood and accepted, and that through our national and global efforts, steps are taken to prevent such acts.”

The recent desecration of the Holy Quran, like other similar incidents in the past, is rooted in a lack of understanding and misconceptions about the religion that must be dispelled. “It is up to all of us to educate ourselves and others, promoting understanding, tolerance and inter-religious harmony.”

The development comes after the latest incident of desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden when a man set ablaze a copy of the holy book outside a mosque in the country’s capital on the eve of Eid al-Adha.

Salwan Momica (37), who fled to Sweden from Iraq several years ago, attacked the holy book and burned several pages as Muslims around the world began celebrating the Eid al Adha holiday and Mecca in Saudi Arabia The annual Haj pilgrimage was about to begin. To finish.

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