The imam and preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Yusuf Abu Sneina, said that burning the Holy Qur’an is an expression of “hatred” of Islam and Muslims.
In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Abu Sneineh called on Arab and Islamic countries to "withdraw their ambassadors from countries that allow these attacks."
In The Hague, the leader of the extremist anti-Islam Pegida group in the Netherlands, Edwin Wagensfeld, burned, last Monday, a copy of the Holy Qur’an after it was torn and desecrated, repeating what he did about 3 months before his arrest while he was also burning it.
And last Saturday in Stockholm, the leader of the Danish "hard line" party burned a copy of the Qur'an near the Turkish embassy in the Swedish capital, amid tight police protection that prevented anyone from approaching him while committing his act.
hostility to Islam
Abu Sneina said, "The Qur'an is the word of God, and whoever is hostile to it is hostile to the Lord of the worlds, and some people who burn the Qur'an only burn themselves before they burn the Qur'an."
The imam and preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque considered that "burning the Holy Qur'an is evidence of hostility to Islam and Muslims."
He added, "To our present time, the enemies of Islam are still fighting Muslims, Islam, and the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace. Sometimes they attack the Messenger, and at other times they attack and burn the Qur'an."
The Qur'an will remain immortal
And Sheikh Abu Snaina continued, "But the Qur'an is the word of God and it is the constitution of Muslims, and it will remain immortal until the Day of Judgment. If they burn it in newspapers, they will not be able to burn the hearts that contained the Qur'an and memorized it. The Qur'an is in the hearts of Muslims."
He added, "If you looked at Muslim countries, you would find hundreds of thousands of those who memorize the Qur'an by heart. The Qur'an is the word of God, and no distortion, alteration, or alteration entered it, and it will remain over time immortal in the hearts of Muslims and in their tongues."
And the preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque continued, "The greatest evidence of this is the Muslims' reading of the Holy Qur'an in the aloud prayers, in the sunset, dinner and dawn prayers, as it is recited by heart."
He condemned the imam and preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque for allowing some countries, such as Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark, for fanatics to burn and tear copies of the Noble Qur’an.
"These are fanatical people, and unfortunately, some governments give permits for these actions as part of democracy," Abu Sneineh said.
He added, "Unfortunately, those people who burn the Qur'an obtained official permits from their countries, but we say to them that the Qur'an will remain immortal in the hearts of Muslims, in their prayers and in their supplications. ".
Abu Sneineh denounced "the silence of the UN Security Council and the United Nations on these attacks," saying, "There is no benefit from the Security Council and the United Nations over time."
Sheikh Abu Snaina called on Arab and Islamic countries to "take practical steps to respond to these attacks, including summoning ambassadors and summoning senior officials in the countries where these attacks take place."
"The Arab and Islamic countries are required to take practical steps on the ground, including summoning ambassadors and senior officials from the countries where these attacks are practiced," he said.
The imam and preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque added that "Arab and Islamic governments suffice with expressions of condemnation and denunciation, but they are required to take practical steps on the level of aggression."
The attack on the Holy Quran in Denmark and the Netherlands sparked widespread condemnation in the Islamic world, and many capitals criticized it.
Countries including Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan witnessed popular protests, while the Al-Azhar Foundation in Egypt called for a boycott of Dutch and Swedish products.