OIC Condemns Koran Burning – Top Iranian Cleric Says It Was a Deliberate Act
The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu deplored the burning of the Holy Quran by the US forces in Afghanistan and called for a quick trial.
The top Iranian Friday prayer leader condemned the burning of the sacred koran by US troops in Afghanistan today. Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami said it was a deliberate act.
Fars News reported:
Tehran’s provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami strongly condemned the recent insult to the Muslims’ Holy Book at a US base in Afghanistan, and said the move was a deliberate act.
Addressing a large congregation of worshippers on Tehran University Campus on Friday, Ayatollah Khatami refuted the claim of the US officials that the US forces had erroneously burnt Holy Quran copies in Afghanistan and described US President Barack Obama’s apology for the provocative act as superficial.
“Based on reports by reporters, this was an intentional move prompted by the hatred of American statement for Islam,” Ayatollah Khatami stated.
“I announced with a loud voice, the world should know that the US administration is hostile to Islam; Americans’ insult was not a mistake, rather deliberately because Washington rulers are hostile to Islam.”
Obama has sent a letter to his Afghan counterpart Karzai, apologizing for the burning of copies of the Holy Quran.
Obama told Karzai that the incident, which has sparked angry protests against US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was not intentional.