Western Thrace Turks not silent to the burning of Quran
The Western Thrace Muslim Turkish Minority living in Greece did not remain silent when Rasmus Paludan, the leader of the Danish far-right Strict Direction Party (Stram Kurs) in Sweden, provoked the burning of the Holy Quran near the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm.
Western Thrace Turks condemned the ugly attack on our holy book, the Qur'an, with statements made by elected muftis and non-governmental organizations.
The reaction to the provocation of burning the Qur'an by the Mufti of Xanthi, FEP Party, Xanthi Turkish Union, Xanthi ÇINAR Association, Western Thrace Turkish Teachers Union, Western Thrace Imam Hatip High School Graduates and Members Association and Meriç Province Muslim Minority Education and Culture Women Association condemnation was published.
The statement of Mustafa Trampa, Mufti of Xanthi, is as follows:
"It is unacceptable for the Swedish authorities to allow an action aimed at burning our supreme Book, the Qur'an, which turns people from oppression to light and distinguishes right and wrong, in front of Turkey's Stockholm Embassy, on the grounds of freedom of thought.
This action is clearly insulting our religion. As the Muslim Turks of Western Thrace Xanthi, we strongly condemn this ugly attitude and action against our Holy Book, the Qur'an, and our religion, Islam.
On this occasion, we invite common sense to stay away from such hate crimes and ugly acts targeting social bar."
The Turkish Union of Xanthi made the following statements:
We are concerned that allowing this action, as well as the attack on the holy book of Islam, will further increase the Islamophobia that has increased in Europe in recent years. We would like to emphasize that it is essential to take the necessary measures immediately to prevent similar incidents from happening."
BIHLIMDER's statement is as follows:
"We regard and condemn the attempt to burn our holy book, the Quran, in front of the Turkish Embassy in Sweden, as an attack that disregards the sacred values of humanity.
We condemn the West, which remains silent on this fascist attitude, which is far from the vast tolerance of Islamic civilization.
We believe that the best answer to this outdated mentality is to raise faithful, knowledgeable, and moral generations who will walk with determination on the straight path shown by the Qur'an, and we strive with all our might for this purpose.
We believe that the evil hands reaching out to the Qur'an will definitely get the answer they deserve one day.
Even if they don't want it, Allah will complete his light."
Cinar Association made the following statement:
"Despite all the warnings of our homeland Turkey, we strongly condemn the vile and barbaric attack against our holy book, the Quran, in Sweden.
We condemn this Islamophobic provocative action that targets Muslims and insults our sacred values, under the name of freedom of expression.
The statement of the Western Thrace Turkish Teachers' Union is as follows:
"We strongly condemn and condemn the madman who has the right to insult the holy things of a belief group by carrying out a proactive action that cannot be explained with freedom of thought in front of the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm, and the understanding that gives this right to this madman.
The aim of the proactive action by burning our holy book, the Holy Quran, is to fuel the Islamophobia and Turkophobia existing in Europe, and to undermine the intercultural tolerance that has become fragile in recent years.
It is our wish that this behavior, which is against the founding principles and values of the EU, will not go unpunished. We invite the officials of both the EU and Sweden, which has been an EU member since 1995, to do their duty immediately so that similar actions do not occur."
Friendship Equality Peace Party used the following statements in its statement:
"It is with great sadness that we learned of the act of burning the Qur'an in front of the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm.
As the FEP Party, we strongly condemn this ugly attitude and action against our lofty book, the Qur'an, which distinguishes between right and wrong."
The statement of the Muslim Minority Education and Culture Women's Association in Meriç Province is as follows: