World Bulletin / News Desk
A mosque in Sweden’s Fittja was vandalized on Monday, November 18, after attackers broke windows and left pig body parts in the mosque.
Sweden, which like much of Scandinavia, is traditionally known to be a very tolerant country, is seeing a gradual increase in Islamophobic incidents. In August, a pregnant Muslim woman was hospitalized after being attacked because of her headscarf. This led to a mass headscarf campaign, where Muslims and non-Muslims alike donned the headscarf in support of women’s rights to dress as they please.
Due to Muslims’ aversion to pork, the leaving of pig trotters in the mosque has been deemed a hate crime.
The mosque, which was built in 2007, is the only mosque in Sweden that issues the call to prayer on Fridays and attracts up to 1,500 worshippers. Muslim residents in the area won the right to issue the call to prayer from the minaret last April.
Almost 500,000 Muslims live in Sweden, making up around 5% of Sweden’s overall population.Last Mod: 19 Kasım 2013, 17:45