Quran Desecration by Ukrainian Soldiers Draws Widespread Condemnations

16:13 - March 18, 2023
News ID: 3482853
TEHRAN (IQNA) – A recent move by a number of Ukrainian soldiers to burn a copy of the Holy Quran has drawn condemnations, with the president of Chechnya vowing to find and punish those behind the sacrilegious act.  

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Sheikh Abdullah Jabiri, secretary general of the Ummah Movement of Lebanon denounced the desecration, saying it was an attempt at turning the Ukraine war into a religious war.

He likened the move to the Zionists’ attacks on religious sanctities, adding that Ukrainian leader should provide explanations and apologize to Muslims.

He went on to say that Muslim organizations, the Arab League and human rights organizations must adopt a clear stance on such crimes.

Muhammad al-Baghdad, director of the media and documents office of Algeria’s Supreme Islamic Council, also denounced the Quran burning, describing it as stark violation of values and criteria of respect for sanctities of different faiths and cultures.

He said such incidents (and the West’s silence on them) reveal the Westerners’ hypocritical approach to different cultures.

He added that confronting the Quran desecration crime, which happened only a few days after the UN secretary general called for respecting Muslims’ sanctities, requires more than merely condemning it.

Lebanese Muslim scholar Sadiq al-Nablusi also censured the Quran burning by far-right Ukrainian troops.

Speaking to RT Arabic, he said the incident was in line with the goals of a new radical ideology in Ukraine that seeks provoking and deepening religious clashes.

He said it has a message from Ukrainian radical elements to Muslim soldiers in the Russian army that if the war continues, the radicals will take revenge by any means they can.

Meanwhile, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov denounced the sacrilegious act and said he is committed to finding and punishing the Ukrainian soldiers who desecrated the Quran.

Quran Desecration by Ukrainian Soldiers Draws Widespread Condemnations

He described the move as a sign of fascism and satanism and said he would spare no effort to find the perpetrators and punish them.

Kadyrov also offered a huge reward to anyone who finds him the Ukrainian soldiers.

Radical elements in the Ukrainian army recently released a video featuring their desecration of a copy of Islam’s Holy Book.

The TikTok video posted online shows Ukrainian soldiers tearing a page from a copy of the Quran and placing it in a fire, where it subsequently caught alight.





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