The representative of Iran’s ruler in the foreign wing of the Revolutionary Guard has issued threats against the man who burned a Quran in Sweden last month.

Ali Mohammadi-Sirat, the Supreme Leader’s man in IRGC’s Quds (Qods) Force – a division primarily responsible for extraterritorial military and clandestine operations – said the man who disrespected the Quran should fear for his life. He called upon Swedish authorities to hand over the individual to a Muslim country, emphasizing that “whoever insults Prophet Muhammad and the Holy Quran will be sentenced to execution”.

The incident involved Salwan Momika, an Iraqi immigrant, who burned pages from the Quran in front of the central mosque in Stockholm on the first day of Eid al-Adha, after obtaining a permit from a Swedish court. Some 200 onlookers witnessed him tearing up a copy of the Quran and wiping his shoes with the pages. He then put bacon on the book and set it on fire whilst another protestor addressed crowds with a megaphone. Momika repeated the desecration in front of the Iraqi embassy in Stockholm on July 20. The following day, in neighboring Denmark, members of the far-right nationalist group “Danske Patrioter (Danish Patriots)” burned a copy of the Quran in front of Iraq’s Embassy in Copenhagen.

Iran’s Supreme Leader called for the severest punishment for the perpetrators, describing it as “a bitter, conspiratorial, and perilous act.” In an interview with IRGC-affiliated Tasnim news agency on Wednesday, Mohammadi-Sirat repeated Khamenei’s demands and stressed that these men will not be safe wherever they are, a similar fate to that of Salman Rushdie, an Indian-born British writer who was stabbed in August 2022 because of a death edict by Islamic Republic’s founder Ruhollah Khomeini. In the late 1980s, Khomeini issued a Fatwa for the killing of Rushdie for his book, Satanic Verses, seen by some Muslims as insulting to Prophet Muhammed. Iran also announced a reward for Rushdie’s killing.

Earlier this month, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Commander Hossein Salami also threatened attacks against those responsible for the incident, saying that those who burn or desecrate the Quran will not enjoy security.

“We will not allow those who insult the Quran to have security. If someone wants to play with our Quran and religion, we will play with all his world,” Salami said. “Sooner or later the vengeful hand of ‘mujaheds’ will reach politicians and stage managers behind this sort of crimes, and we will render the highest punishment to the perpetrator.”

Khamenei’s representative in Quds force – designated as a terrorist group by the US, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Bahrain – claimed that the clandestine orchestrators of Quran burnings are the United States and Israel. “The leaders of the Israeli regime have arranged such an action through one of their spies to divert public attention” from the country’s internal turmoil and “its weakness against the resistance front,” he said, using Islamic Republic jargon for its allies and proxies in the region, including Palestinian militant groups.

Mohammadi-Sirat’s remarks came two days after Nasser Kanaani, spokesperson for Iran’s Foreign Ministry called on European countries to take stronger action against the burning of the Quran. “We want governments of countries in which such shameful insults occur to prevent the repetition of such disgraceful actions and to strongly deal with the perpetrators,” he stated,

Iran has announced that it will not accept a Swedish ambassador and has no plans to send a new ambassador to Sweden.

On Tuesday, the UN General Assembly passed a Morocco-drafted resolution, deploring ”all acts of violence against persons on the basis of their religion or belief, as well as any such acts directed against their religious symbols, holy books, homes, businesses, properties, schools, cultural centers or places of worship, as well as all attacks on and in religious places, sites and shrines in violation of international law.”

On July 12, the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council also passed a motion to condemn the burning of Quran despite nay votes by Western countries, which said it conflicts with their positions on human rights and freedom of expression.

Source » iranintl