A prominent Iranian Islamist organization lashed out at the Muslim world’s silence on the burning of the Muslims’ Holy Book by American soldiers in Afghanistan, and urged the Muslim Ummah to show a strong and extensive reaction to the sacrilege of Islamic values.
“The Muslim world’s silence on the US soldiers (provocative) act in Afghanistan is not justifiable,” the International Union of Unified Ummah (Community) said in a statement on Monday, and condemned the desecration of the Muslims’ holy Book.
The IUUU called on Muslim scholars and elites to show proper reaction to such insults, specially at a time when Islamic awakening movements are sweeping the region.
At least 25 people have been killed and hundreds wounded in Afghan protests against the desecration of the Holy Quran since it first emerged that copies of Quran and religious materials had been thrown into a fire pit used to burn garbage at Bagram Air Field.
Americans have set fire to the copies of the Holy Quran on several occasions thus far. Angry Afghans have staged increasing protests across the war-torn country since the US troops burnt the Holy Quran in their base in Afghanistan.
A senior Afghan analyst said that the US soldiers’ recent provocative act and desecration of the Holy Quran was a move by the US to test the threshold of the Afghan people’s sensitivity to their religious values.
“A clandestine conspiracy is underway by the Americans who want to assess the religious sensitivity of the Afghan people,” Vahid Mojdeh told FNA on Sunday.
He pointed to the Afghan people’s reaction to the burning of the Holy Quran by a US pastor in Florida last year, which led to wide-scale protests in Afghan cities and the killing of some foreign nationals in Mazar Sharif, and asked, “How could Americans have forgotten the Afghan people’s reaction?”
Mojdeh stressed that the US is studying the effects of its decade-long presence in Afghanistan, and said moves like insult to the Holy Quran are actually “an effort by the US to asses the extent of the West’s influence in Afghanistan”.