Denmark Muslim Cleric Hate
Danish imam charged over call to kill Jews
Controversial Danish imam Abu Laban dies
July 24, 2018
STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Danish prosecutors on Tuesday charged an imam with
calling for the killing of Jews in the first case of its kind in the
Nordic nation and which sparked political outrage.
Imam Mundhir Abdallah, who preaches in the Copenhagen neighbourhood of
Norrebro at the Masjid Al-Faruq mosque, which media have linked to
radical Islam, is accused of citing a hadith or koranic narrative
calling for Muslims to rise up against Jews.
"Judgement Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill
them," Abdallah said in a Facebook and YouTube video post in March.
"These are serious statements and I think it's right for the court to
now have an opportunity to assess the case," public prosecutor Eva
Ronne said in a statement.
This is the first time the prosecution has raised such charges under a
criminal code introduced January 1 2017 on religious preaching.
Ronne said it's legal to quote religious books like the Koran and the
Bible, but that inciting or welcoming the killings of people could be
punishable by up to three years in prison.
"It has always been illegal to accept killings of a certain group of
people, but it's new for us to target hate preachers," she added.
The case will be brought before the Copenhagen district court but no trial date has been set, the prosecution said.
The Jewish community, which in May filed a complaint over the imam's
speech, welcomed the prosecution's decision to press charges.
The community's head Dan Rosenberg Asmussen, told the Danish
broadcaster TV2 that "there was no doubt about the intentions" of the
"It was deeply worrying," Rosenberg added.
Minister of immigration and integration, Inger Stojberg, who has been
outspoken against Islamic practises in Denmark, has described the
imam's address as "horrible, anti-democratic and abominable".
According to broadcaster DR, Omar al-Hussein, who was behind a series
of shootings at a free-speech conference and a Jewish synagogue in
Copenhagen in February 2015 which left two people dead, had visited the
mosque the day before going on the rampage.
Denmark published in May a list of six foreigners accused of preaching
hatred -- five of them Muslim preachers and one Evangelical, banning
them for at least two years.
The list includes two Saudis, a Canadian, a Syrian, and two Americans,
including pastor Terry Jones who burned copies of the Koran in 2011
Copenhagen imam accused of calling for killing of Jews
11 May 2017
A video of an imam appearing to call for the murder of Jews in a sermon
during Friday prayers at a Copenhagen mosque has caused outrage in
Mundhir Abdallah was reported to police after being filmed citing in
Arabic a hadith - a teaching of the Prophet Muhammad - considered
The hadith says the Day of Judgement "will not come unless the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims kill them".
A Jewish community leader said his words were a "thinly-veiled" threat.
Videos of the sermon were posted on YouTube and Facebook by the
Al-Faruq Mosque on Sunday, although Mr Abdallah reportedly gave it on
A part of the 30-minute address was later translated by the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute (Memri).
In the video, Mr Abdallah is seen standing in front of a black flag
with the Shahadah written on it, similar to those used by jihadist
groups such as al-Qaeda.
He declares there will soon be a "caliphate" - a state governed in
accordance with Islamic law, or Sharia - that will wage jihad to unite
the Muslim community and liberate the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem "from
the filth of the Zionists".
Then, he says, "the words of the Prophet Muhammad will be fulfilled" and cites the hadith.
Jewish community leader Dan Rosenberg told the Politiken newspaper: "We
are concerned weak and impressionable people may perceive this kind of
preaching as a clear call to violence and terror against Jews."
Immigration and Integration Minister Inger Stojberg also expressed outrage.
"This is completely preposterous, undemocratic and awful," the
centre-right Venstre politician wrote on Facebook. "But it also shows
why we need to lead a harsh and consistent policy. We cannot and should
not accept this!
AMSTERDAM MOSQUE LEADERS LINKED TO TERRORISM: REPORT
By Janene Pieters
November 24, 2016
Two leaders of the Arrayan mosque in Amsterdam Noord are being watched
by the Dutch authorities because they are suspected of radicalization
and jihadism, the Telegraaf reports based on "secret documents".
According to the newspaper, there is a wiretap on chairman Aziz
Oilkadi's phone. He is suspected of having contact with "many radical
figures". The other leader is suspected of being part of the so-called
Hofstad terrorist group. The group is centered around Mohammed B. the
extremist who killed Theo van Gogh n 2004.
Oilkadi denies the accusations to the newspaper and insists that he is
not radicalized. "I graduated from the Vrije Universiteit and have been
a dutiful Muslim since my 18th birthday. Do I know jihadists? We know
so many people, that means nothing." He added that the other board
member is also back on the right path.
The chairman stressed that the Arrayan mosque always has good contact with the police.
Imam at Danish mosque: Stone women to death
29 Feb 2016
are renewed calls to shut down the controversial Grimhøj Mosque in
Aarhus after a TV2 programme revealed that an imam has advocated
stoning adulterers to death.
hidden camera showed Abu Bilal Ismail, an imam at the mosque, teaching
a class about what he says is the appropriate punishment for adultery.
a married or divorced women engages in fornication, and she is not a
virgin, she should be stoned to death,” Ismail says in the video clip.
someone violates their marriage, either man or woman, they commit
adultery and their blood is thus halal [acceptable under Muslim law,
ed.] and they should be killed by stoning. If the woman is a virgin,
the punishment is whipping,” he says.
The clip also shows the imam advocating an “eye for an eye” policy.
someone kills a Muslim, then they should be killed,” he says, before
adding that anyone who abandons their religion should also be killed.
is not the first time that inflammatory remarks by Ismail have been
caught on camera. In July 2014, a video emerged of him calling on God
to “destroy the Zionist Jews”.
mosque itself is also not stranger to controversy. In September 2014,
Grimhøj Mosque made international headlines after declaring its support
for the terrorist group Isis. In January 2015, the mosques’s chairman,
Oussama El-Saadi, doubled down on the comments in a DR documentary,
saying “we want the Islamic State to come out on top. We want an
Islamic state in the world.”
mosque also has ties to the now-deceased Abdessamad Fateh, the first
Danish citizen to ever be added to the United States' terror list, and
East Jutland Police believe that around two dozen foreign fighters who
have left Denmark for Syria or Iraq have worshipped at the mosque.
have been numerous unsuccessful political attempts to close Grimhøj
Mosque down and following the new TV2 programme, politicians of all
stripes once again came out swinging against the mosque.
is completely unheard of that there are people in Denmark preaching
this sort of thing. It clearly does not belong here. He [Abu Bilal
Ismail, ed.] doesn't belong in Denmark either," Integration Minister
Inger Støjberg told Ritzau, adding that there are limits to what the
government can do about the mosque.
Knuth from the ruling Venstre party said it’s unbelievable that the
same mosque can be the centre of repeated controversies.
is so shocking is that there are so many cases involving this mosque
and that they just keep coming. That is almost the worst thing – that
they haven’t learned anything and still practise these types of things
and encourage this Stone Age behaviour,” he told TV2.
The Associated Press
Published: February 2, 2007
COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Ahmed Abu
Laban, Denmark's most prominent Muslim leader and a central figure in last
year's uproar over the Prophet Muhammad cartoons, has died from cancer, his
organization said Friday. He was 60.
Abu Laban died late Thursday at
the Hvidovre Hospital in Copenhagen after battling lung cancer, said Kasem
Ahmad, a spokesman for the Islamic Faith Community.
"We are very sorry and we ask
people to pray for him," Ahmad said.
A Palestinian immigrant who
became Denmark's leading imam, Abu Laban was thrust into the international
spotlight during the firestorm over the prophet cartoons, when he accused
Denmark of being disrespectful of Islam and Muslim immigrants.
He angered many Danes by seeking
support from the Middle East in his fight against the Danish newspaper
Jyllands-Posten, which first published the controversial cartoons. Many blamed
him and other Islamic clerics in Denmark for stirring up anger that triggered
massive and sometimes violent anti-Danish protests in Muslim countries in
January and February last year.
The 12 drawings, one of which
depicted Muhammad wearing a turban shaped like a bomb, offended many Muslims
because Islamic law is interpreted to forbid any depiction of the prophet for
fear it could lead to idolatry.
In an interview with The
Associated Press before the protests broke out, Abu Laban described the cartoons
as an attempt to "insult" and "degrade" the prophet.
"There was no point but mere
mockery," he said.
Jyllands-Posten later apologized
for the cartoons, saying the purpose was not to offend Muslims but to challenge
a perceived self-censorship among artists dealing with Muslim issues.
Hundreds of people attended a
funeral service for Abu Laban on Friday at the Islamic Faith Community's mosque
in Copenhagen. Hundreds more braved pouring rain to follow his coffin as it was
carried down the street to a hearse, which took it to an Islamic burial ground
outside the Danish capital.
Born in Haifa, Abu Laban grew up
in Egypt where he was educated as an engineer. He worked in the oil industry in
the Persian Gulf and in Nigeria before emigrating in the mid-1980s to Denmark,
where he emerged as a leading figure in the Copenhagen-based Islamic Faith
Community, which represents about 10 percent of Denmark's 200,000 Muslims.
"To me in the very beginning,
Denmark looked like utopia, perfect country," Abu Laban told the AP. But he said
his view gradually changed to a nation gripped by fear of its growing Muslim
immigrant community and its strong values.
"(Muslims) have values, they have
identity and indirectly (Danes) assume that this is a threat," he said.
A common target for derision by
Denmark's far right, Abu Laban also faced criticism among moderate Danish
Muslims who said his comments were unnecessarily divisive and provocative.
In May, Abu Laban said he felt so
humiliated during the cartoon crisis that he had contemplated leaving Denmark
and moving to Gaza with his family.
Soeren Espersen, a spokesman for
the anti-immigration Danish People's Party, said Abu Laban will be remembered
for his role in the prophet cartoon crisis as someone "who opposed and indeed
fought against freedom and democracy."
Muslim leaders hailed Abu Laban
as a great spiritual leader with strong political views.
"We lost one of our best friends
and brothers," said Imam Khalil Jafar Mushab, of the Islamic Cultural Center in
Copenhagen. "It is a great loss for the community and his mosque."
Abu Laban is survived by his wife
Inam and their seven children.
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