Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said in a July 22, 2023 address posted on the Newsgate YouTube channel that in a recent communiqué, Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei said that by supporting the "criminal" responsible for the Quran-burning incidents in Sweden, the Swedish government "has gone into battle-array for war against the Islamic world and has brought upon itself the hatred and enmity of the Islamic nations and many of their governments." Nasrallah elaborated that if the Swedish government "continues on this path, it will be categorized as a country at war with Islam and the Muslims," and he advised Sweden to consult with experts in Islamic law to understand what this truly means. Nasrallah also said that the U.S. has a "shameful project" to spread homosexuality around the world, adding that there would be no theft or murder if Islamic punishments such as executions and chopping of hands were implemented.
Hassan Nasrallah: "I would like to quote from the communiqué published by Imam Khamenei today. One sentence in the communiqué is extremely important, and I advise the Swedish government to consult experts in Islamic law and jurisprudence, and ask them about this sentence, in order to know where it is heading. This applies also to the government of Denmark, if it insists on not dealing with the situation.
"Imam Khamenei says in his communiqué: 'The Swedish government should also know that by supporting the criminal' – he means the man who attacked the Quran – 'it has gone into battle-array for war against the Islamic world, and has brought upon itself the hatred and enmity of the Islamic nations and many of their governments.'
"The expression 'battle-array for war' does not need a long explanation. It means that if the Swedish government continues on this path, it will become categorized as a country at war with Islam and the Muslims. I advise the Swedish government to make consultations and ask what it will mean for Sweden to be categorized as a country at war with Islam.
"The United States has announced a clear and shameful project, which it embraced and is promoting day and night. It has to do with spreading homosexuality around the world. It calls for abnormal, deviant, and depraved relations between two men or two women.
"If Islamic punishments were implemented in human society, many tragedies would be eradicated. If a thief's hand was chipped off, there would be no theft. But they do not chop off a thief's hand. Rather, they put him in prison, where he eats and drinks for two, three, or four years, until he comes out with more experience, having learned from others, and he is more hateful of society and the country. Instead of being a means of deterrence, prison is a place that cultivates criminals in most cases. If murderers were killed, there would be no murders, and so on."