Denmark Muslim Cleric Hate

Danish imam charged over call to kill Jews

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.

-'Deeply worrying'-

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 imam's statement.

"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
BBC News

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 Denmark.

Mundhir Abdallah was reported to police after being filmed citing in Arabic a hadith - a teaching of the Prophet Muhammad - considered anti-Semitic.

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 31 March.

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!


By Janene Pieters

November 24, 2016
NL Times

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
The Local

There 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.
A hidden camera showed Abu Bilal Ismail, an imam at the mosque, teaching a class about what he says is the appropriate punishment for adultery.
“If 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.
“If 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.
“If someone kills a Muslim, then they should be killed,” he says, before adding that anyone who abandons their religion should also be killed.
This 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”.
The 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.”
The 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.
There 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.
"It 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.
Marcus Knuth from the ruling Venstre party said it’s unbelievable that the same mosque can be the centre of repeated controversies.
“What 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.


Controversial Danish imam Abu Laban dies

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.