Who Is Salwan Momika? 37-Year-Old Iraqi Refugee Who Burnt Quran Outside Stockholm Mosque Amidst Eid-Al-Adha Celebrations

Who Is Salwan Momika? 37-Year-Old Iraqi Refugee Who Burnt Quran Outside Stockholm Mosque Amidst Eid-Al-Adha Celebrations

Read below to know about the man who shocked people by burning the holy Quran

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Thursday, June 29, 2023, 04:40 PM IST
article-image
Who Is Salwan Momika? |

On the day of Bakri Eid 2023, a protest erupted outside the Stockholm mosque in Sweden where an Iraqi refugee identified as Salwan Momika set ablaze some pages of The Holy Quran in an insulting act. He also laid a strip of bacon on the holy book and began stamping on it with his foot. He was joined by another protester who translated what Momika said. The shocking incident was reported during the Eid-al-Adha festivities on June 28 (local time).

Who is Salwan Momika?

Man who wants Quran to be BANNED

Salwan Sabah Matti Momika, now known to the world as the man who initially asked permission to burn the holy book and later, with no fear set it on fire in public, is a 37-year-old Iraqi refugee who openly "expressed his opinion" towards the Islamic religious text and wanted it to be banned.

Iraqi national in Sweden

The man fled from Iraq to Sweden a couple of years ago and was living in the municipality of Järna in Södertälje, Stockholm County. Salwan is an Iraqi national.

Releases video on social media to inform about his move

"My demonstration will take place on the 1st day of Eid. My demonstration will be in front of the big mosque in Stockholm where I will burn the Quran... My loved ones, who are living in Stockholm, and would like to participate in the demonstrations, and contribute both financially and emotionally, my information is below," he said in a video signing off with a kiss.

Momika's belief which led to Quran burning

His idea was to highlight the importance of freedom of speech as he was quoted in reports as saying, “This is democracy. It is in danger if they tell us we can’t do this."

In his application to the act accessed and quoted by international media reports, Momika wrote, "I want to protest in front of the large mosque in Stockholm, and I want to express my opinion about the Quran… I will tear up and burn it."

It is learned that Sweden rarely condemns protests and public opinion. And, reportedly, permission for the Momika's demonstration was given by a court there on Wednesday. However, the police refused to authorise the Quran burnings in Stockholm.

Turkey condemns Quran burning protest

Turkey condemned Swedish authorities' decision to approve the Quran-burning demonstration outside Stockholm mosque, a move that may risk Sweden’s bid to join NATO before the bloc’s key summit in July.

Turkey’s foreign minister termed the protest a “heinous act.”

“It is unacceptable to allow these anti-Islamic actions under the pretext of freedom of expression. To turn a blind eye to such heinous acts is to be complicit in them,” Hakan Fidan said in a statement.

RECENT STORIES

Noida: Thar Car Deliberately Obstructs Movement of Female Students Outside Amity University, Driver...

Noida: Thar Car Deliberately Obstructs Movement of Female Students Outside Amity University, Driver...

Viral Video: Man Eats Ice Cream By Mashing It With Salted Duck Eggs

Viral Video: Man Eats Ice Cream By Mashing It With Salted Duck Eggs

Video Of Dancers Recreating 'Pushpa Pushpa' Hook Steps Goes Viral

Video Of Dancers Recreating 'Pushpa Pushpa' Hook Steps Goes Viral

RIP Kabosu: Dog Who Inspired Dogecoin, Replaced Twitter Bird Logo & Became Viral Meme Passes Away At...

RIP Kabosu: Dog Who Inspired Dogecoin, Replaced Twitter Bird Logo & Became Viral Meme Passes Away At...

Kedarnath: Helicopter With 7 People Onboard Undergoes Emergency Landing Due To Technical Snag;...

Kedarnath: Helicopter With 7 People Onboard Undergoes Emergency Landing Due To Technical Snag;...