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Unnecessary fear, anxiety for Muslims, says Swedish priest in Facebook post; Goes viral

Friday May 25, 2018 8:46 PM, UNA-OIC

Stefan Lindquist

[Stefan Lindquist's Facebook post came about a week after mosques in a southern Swedish town have been allowed to use loudspeakers for the call to prayer (adhaan). (AA Photo)]

Harnosand Town: A Swedish priest's Facebook post praising Muslims and calling their fear unnecessary went viral on social media gathering 19,000 reactions and 4,326 shares, local media said on Thursday.

According to Swedish Daily Aftonbladet, Stefan Lindquist, district chairman of the Swedish Christian Church in Harnosand town, called Muslims "kind-hearted".

“[…] what if we Swedes would lift our eyes and see how it really is. I did it and discovered what amazing Muslim friends I have,” Lindquist said in his post.

"I wanted to show the Muslim majority’s love and mercy," he said, speaking to the newspaper after his post went viral on Facebook.

"I think there is an unnecessary fear and anxiety for Muslims", he said.

Stefan Lindquist's Facebook post came about a week after mosques in a southern Swedish town have been allowed to use loudspeakers for the call to prayer (adhaan). Police in Vaxjo district of Kronoberg County gave the permission for Friday prayers, according to state radio SR.

Fredrik Modeus, district bishop, welcomed the decision in a statement, adding that Sweden guarantees religious freedom to its citizens.

In 2013, the first call to prayer was broadcast on a loudspeaker in Fittja Ulu Mosque, linked to Turkey's religious authority Diyanet, in Botkyrka district in Stockholm. The Friday tradition continues to this day.

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