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This Video of a Man Burning the Quran is Not Recent

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
Spirituality & Religion
24th January 2023
This Video of a Man Burning the Quran is Not Recent
The video dates back to 2021 and was taken in Denmark (Twitter)

The Claim

A recent video shows a man burning the Holy Quran in Sweden before three people beat him up.

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Social media users recently circulated a video purporting to show a man burning the Holy Quran in Sweden which angered three people who beat him up. 

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating video and found the claim to be misleading.

After conducting a thorough reverse image search, Misbar’s team found the viral video to be outdated and unrelated to the recent incident in Sweden.

Swedish Man Burning the Holy Quran in 2021

On March 3, 2021, the Turkish media outlet Yeni Şafak published the same video.

Contrary to viral claims, the video features a racist man being beaten by a Muslim young man after burning the Holy Quran in Denmark.

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In Nørrebro street, a district with a preponderance of Muslims in Copenhagen, Denmark, three Muslim young men came across a racist man from the far-right political group Stram Kurs (Hardline) who was burning the Holy Quran.

It can be seen in the video that one of the men hit the man with a flying kick while another one snatched the burning book and extinguished the flames.

On March 13, 2021, the video was also uploaded to a YouTube channel called "LeopardeX."

The video’s title reads, "Racist man beaten by Muslim youth after burning the Holy Quran in Denmark."

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The Holy Quran Was Burnt in Front of the Turkish Embassy in Sweden

The viral video started circulating after the Holy Quran was burnt in front of the Turkish Embassy in Sweden.

Rasmus Paludan, the head of the Danish far-right political group “Hard Line,” burned the Quran.

Paludan, surrounded by police, denounced Islam and immigration in Sweden during a nearly hour-long tirade before setting fire to the holy book with a lighter.

"You have to live somewhere else if you don't think there should be freedom of expression," he stated.

Muslim Countries Denounced Burning the Holy Quran

This Islamophobic action was denounced by the Turkish Foreign Ministry in a statement.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the vile attack on our holy book… Permitting this anti-Islam act, which targets Muslims and insults our sacred values, under the guise of freedom of expression is completely unacceptable," the ministry said.

Several Arab nations, notably Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Kuwait, condemned the burning of the Quran.

Furthermore, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation also condemned the vile act of burning the Holy Quran.

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