The Kuwaiti government has announced its intentions to release 100,000 copies of the Quran translated into Swedish, which will be distributed in Sweden with the goal of promoting tolerance, Islamic principles, and coexistence.
This decision was made in response to the controversial incident in Stockholm where individuals burned the Quran on the same day as the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha.
Local reports stated that the Council of Ministers approved the proposal presented by Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. The responsibility for printing and publishing the translated copies of the Quran will be entrusted to the Public Authority for Public Care.
According to the Kuwaiti News Agency (KUNA), the purpose of this initiative is to “reaffirm the tolerance of the Islamic religion and foster Islamic values and coexistence among all individuals.”
The statement mentioned that the printing of the translated Quran is expected to be completed in the near future. The copies will then be distributed to mosques, libraries, schools, and other institutions throughout Sweden.
The translation work was undertaken by Knut Bernstrom, a well-known Swedish translator and revert to Islam, who has since passed away.
Kuwait, along with several other Arab and Muslim-majority countries, strongly condemned the Quran-burning incident in Sweden.
Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence accused Salwan Momika, the Iraqi man reportedly responsible for burning the holy Quran in Sweden, of being an agent for Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency.
In a statement, the ministry asserted that Salwan Momika had been collaborating with the Israeli intelligence service as an agent since 2019. The ministry claimed to have obtained intelligence from reliable sources associated with the incident and cross-referenced it with existing information, leading to this conclusion.
However, there has been no independent verification of these claims by the Iranian government.
Reportedly, Salwan Momika, a 37-year-old Iraqi refugee residing in Sweden, allegedly stomped on the Quran and set several pages on fire in front of a mosque in Stockholm at the end of June.