By Majid Nabi
Srinagar- Scores of people on Friday staged a peaceful protest against the ‘desecration’ of the holy Quran by far-right extremists in Sweden and Netherlands recently.
Scores of people, shouting anti-America and anti-Israel slogans, post Friday prayers, took out a protest rally from Abi Guzar to Press Enclave here, demanding exemplary punishment to the ‘desecrators’ of holy Quran.
Protesters alleged that anti-Islam forces spare no moment to hurt the sentiments of Muslims by their sacrilegious acts. They appealed to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi to register strong protest with Sweden and Netherlands for burning and stomping over the holy Muslim book.
“We have assembled here to register our protest against the desecration of holy Quran by anti-Islam forces in Sweden and Netherlands recently, we could tolerate everything but not insult to our religion that only teaches love and equality,” Syed Abid Hussain Razvi, who leads Friday prayers at Imam-e-Zaman mosque at Abiguzar told reporters.
Razvi said such acts are committed as part of America and Israel policy to intentionally hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims. He said Muslims across Kashmir will hit streets in case such sacrilegious acts are repeated in future.
“Our Prophet (SAW) is our pride, but some anti-Islam forces are hell-bent on creating rifts between different communities for their vested interests. We would like to warn such forces to refrain from provoking Muslims, who won’t believe in violence, but if aggravated, will leave you unnerved,” he threatened.
Mohammad Rizwan, a protester said desecration of holy Quran has become a routine for some European countries especially France, Sweden, Norway, America and Israel.
“We will sacrifice our lives, our families for our beloved prophet and our religious book. We cannot take this anymore and appeal to PM Modi to take strong cognizance of the sacrilegious act and register a strong protest with Sweden and Netherlands,” he added.
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