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NETHERLANDS: Court fines an imam for cursing Ahmadis with ‘pig’

Source: The Eastern Herald

 

BY RAFIQ A. TSCHANNEN

 

The Muslim Times (08.04.2021) – https://bit.ly/3uICRot – The Hague imam Fares Mokiem has to pay a fine of 675 euros because he has called those of other faiths ‘pigs’. In particular, the imam sees followers of the Ahmadiyya movement within Islam as ‘worse than animals’. It is very rare for an imam to be prosecuted for a sermon.

 

Mokiem made his statements during a memorial service at the Al-Madinah Mosque in The Hague in 2017. He stated that real Muslims should keep their distance from followers of the Ahmadiyya movement because pigs and sheep are not allowed together. He also ordered the Ahmadiyyas present at the service to leave the hall. Two people then left. Together with a third visitor, they reported group insults.

The court considers the statements to be unnecessarily offensive because in Islam pigs are seen as ‘inferior and unclean animals’. “Among Muslims, it is a gross insult to be called a pig,” the court writes. “According to the court, the imam could have explained his beliefs and expressed his beliefs in a much less hurtful way. The court concludes that the imam, by making these statements, is guilty of group insult. According to the court, the conviction for group insult does not infringe the defendant’s freedom of expression.

Ahmadiyya movement around the world under threat

The Ahmadiyya Movement is under threat and persecution across the Islamic world, particularly in Pakistan and Indonesia. The majority of Muslims consider them heretics because they see their founder Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as a prophet after Muhammad, or at least as a reformer of Islam.

Because of that intimidating climate for members, the statements of Imam Mokiem are also so serious, according to the Public Prosecutor. “Words like this threaten to snowball. Especially when an authoritative person declares them, the situation can quickly get out of hand. Members of Ahmadiyya Muslim community apply for asylum in the Netherlands precisely because they are afraid of persecution.

MEMBERS OF THE AHMADIYYA MUSLIM COMMUNITY BELIEVE THAT THE NETHERLANDS RESPECTS HUMAN RIGHTS AND THEY WILL FIND THEIR LOST FREEDOM OF RELIGION HERE.

 

Mokiem, however, did not retract his words in the Hague court. He has been fighting heresy since the 1990s, he said. It was a recurring theme in his sermons. “Ahmadiyyas are not Muslims, while they claim to be. They have also been unanimously declared non-Muslim in Mecca. ”

 

Read further: Netherlands court fines an Islamist imam for cursing Ahmadiyya Muslims with ‘pig’ (easternherald.com)

 

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NETHERLANDS: Small group of orthodox Muslims causing problems in mosques, Council of Mosques says

By Janene Pieters

 

NL.Times.NL (17.02.2020) – https://bit.ly/2P76Nsh – A small group of younger, orthodox Muslims are causing problems in mosques by pressuring other believers to follow a the “strict” course, Said Bouharrou, vice-president of the Council of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands, said to the parliamentary committee investigating foreign influence in Dutch Islamic institutions on Monday, NOS reports.

 

“They are told ‘you are not a good Muslim’,” Bouharrou said. This small group of orthodox believers also accuse other Muslims of sowing divisions in the faith, he said.

According to Bouharrou, there are 15 to 20 mosques in the Netherlands that are ultra-orthodox and causing problems. And the silent majority does not make itself heard. But he thinks that by acting more strongly, the Muslim community can solve this problem itself. “The solution is that they enter into the public debate,” Bouharrou said, adding that this also means speaking out against orthodox or extremist preachers on social media.

 

Influences from the Gulf states must be tackled, he stressed. “We have to do something to make those influences smaller,” Bouharrou said. It is “by definition” undesirable if people from abroad are involved in the boards of Dutch mosques, he said.

 

The government’s role is limited, because acting may infringe on the freedom of religion, Bouharrou said. But certain obligations to openness and transparency, and supporting the “resilience” of the Muslim community can help, he said.

 

Bouharrou also said that he was shocked by threats aimed at Hajer Harzi of the Al Houda mosque in Geleen, after she spoke to the parliamentary committee. He called her testimony brave. “We need more such heroes in the country,” he said.

 

Monday was the fourth day of witness hearings in an investigation the Tweede Kamer launched after NRC and Nieuwsuur reported that at least 30 Islamic organizations in the Netherlands receive funding from conservative Gulf states like Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

 

Earlier this month a group of Islamic organizations asked the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, to not focus only on mosques in their investigation, but also look into foreign money flows to political parties, churches and synagogues.

 

 





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NETHERLANDS sees highest number of anti-Semitism reports in 30 years

By Janene Pieters

 

NL.Times.NL (17.02.2020) – https://bit.ly/2SVpm3I – The number of anti-Semitic incidents reported to the Netherlands’ information and documentation center on Israel CIDI last year increased by a massive 35 percent compared to the year before. CIDI received 182 reports of discrimination against Jewish people – the highest number since the center started keeping track 30 years ago, NOS reports.

 

In 2014, CIDI saw a peak in anti-Semitism reports at 171 incidents. “At the time, the anti-Semitism was related to the flare-up of te conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. There is no such link in 2019,” the center said. The number of incidents decreased to 126 in 2015 and 109 in 2016, after which they started to increase again.

 

Last year there were particularly more reports of insults, increasing from 18 in 2018 to 44 in 2019. CIDI did not include anti-Semitic expressions on social media, though the center is concerned about it. “Social media companies are still taking too little action against anti-Semitic and other racist expressions on their platforms.”

 

CIDI fears that its figures are just the tip of the iceberg. “What makes the increase all the more poignant is that victims of anti-Semitism rarely make a report to the police, because the fear that a report will lead to nothing.

 

The police also noted an increase in discrimination reports. Last year 460 incidents of discrimination were reported to the police, 16 percent more than in 2018.

 


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