State organizations in Saudi Arabia have desecrated the Holy Qur'an by discarding over fifty copies in Taif city’s street sewerage canals.

According to a Saudi official in the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the incident was reported by a local student, who saw the holy books on his way home in Al-Salama district of Taif.

A photo that shows desecrated books has now gone viral on the internet and social media websites.

This is not the first time the Holy Quran has been desecrated in Saudi Arabia. Earlier this year, the move by prison officials in Al-Haer province to insult the Holy Book led to protests in different parts of the Kingdom.

The desecration of the holy Quran in a country, which is the birthplace of Islam, has raised eyebrows in the Muslim world.