Attacks on mosques in Sweden are ranging from graffiti to arson, according to a new study.
When Imam Nassir Hussein, on September 29 this year came to the mosque in Avesta, 150 kilometers from Stockholm, unknown persons had set the building on fire. There were flames and fire in several rooms, and only the fact that he had come early to the mosque, was the reason that Nassir Hussein managed to put out the fire and call the fire department.
The example from Avesta is far from unique. According to a new survey conducted among Muslim associations in Sweden, two out of three mosques experienced attacks, ranging from stones thrown and graffiti vandalism or arson.
The study, which was conducted among 110 Muslim communities, according to the Swedish state radio, said that 66 percent have experienced outright vandalism against mosques.
Mustafa Setkic, spokesman for the Bosnian Muslim community in Sweden, believes that over the past year there has been a negative change in the perception of Islam in Sweden.
"We feel that the climate in Swedish society is different than before. It goes the wrong way, and these are tough times for a practicing Muslim in Sweden. You will be greeted with suspicion, and even attacks", he told the news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå.
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