Muslim leaders call for a boycott against Sweden
The Muslim educational institution al-Azhar University in Cairo has called on all the world's Muslims to boycott Sweden. Al-Azhar University is the premier Sunni Muslim institution of learning in the world and enjoys widespread respect among the world's 1,5 billion Muslims.
Published: January 26, 2023, 5:57 am
In addition to calling for a boycott of Sweden, the Netherlands is also in the crosshairs after Edwin Wagensveld, leader of the Islam-critical Pegida movement in the Netherlands, tore pages from a Koran outside the Dutch parliament in a political action against Turkey.
‘Inhumane and immoral’
Al-Azhar called the acts protected by freedom of expression “a crime against Muslims”. The university also believes that boycotting both countries is a way of punishing the governments that protect their countries’ constitutions and freedom of speech, which they see as “barbaric crimes under the inhuman and immoral banner they call freedom of speech”.
“This is a powerful marking that can have effects, as al-Azhar University is the most famous of the Sunni universities and has a very strong position in the Islamic world,” Jan Hjärpe, professor of Islamology at Lund University, told Swedish outlet TT.
He believes that threats of boycotts can affect Sweden in the form of a stop to the import of Swedish goods and a stop to the sale of oil to Sweden.
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