Imam charged for inciting violence against … Muslims

Imam charged for inciting violence against … Muslims August 12, 2017

Muslims who neglect to pray in a local Islamic community in Switzerland should be killed, an Ethiopian imam said in a sermon.
Now, according to this report, the preacher is in custody, having been charged for inciting violence.
The step by prosecutors in the northern town of Winterthur comes amid heightened sensitivity to the risk of Islamist violence in Switzerland, whose spy agency warned about the threat in May.
Prosecutors did not name the imam, one of four people they said were linked to the local An’Nur mosque and who have been under investigation since November on suspicion of inciting criminal or violent acts.
Prosecutors said:

In his homily of October 21, 2016, in the An’Nur Mosque, he is accused among other things of calling for expelling Muslims who do not pray in the community, and even burning them and killing them in their homes if they still refuse.

He was also accused of sharing brutal depictions of killings via Facebook and of working as an imam without authorisation.
Prosecutors are seeking an 18-month suspended sentence and expulsion from Switzerland for 15 years for the cleric, who has been held in investigative custody since November.

Efforts to reach the mosque were not immediately successful. A number listed for the An’Nur cultural association that runs the mosque was no longer in service.
Swiss federal authorities say they have identified more than 500 internet users with Swiss connections who were using social media to spread jihadist ideas.
Concerns about militancy and potential attacks led Swiss voters to back a law last year extending the national spy service’s authority to monitor internet traffic, deploy drones and hack foreign computer systems.
According to this report, in June, Swiss authorities arrested a man believed to be involved in radicalization of young Muslims in the Winterthur area and convincing them to join Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). The man was reported as having close ties with the inner circle of the An’Nur mosque.
Local media said the mosque’s previous imam was forced to step down over accusations of holding extremist views. Some reports said at least six young people linked to the site tried to go to Syria to fight with the terrorists. The mosque denied any involvement in supplying recruits to IS.

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  • remigius

    ‘…expelling Muslims who do not pray in the community, and even burning them and killing them in their homes if they still refuse.’
    But the Imam has a point. Mad Mo himself said he would burn down the houses of those who didn’t come to pray, according to this Hadith…

  • Broga

    They can’t keep Muslims in thrall to their vile religion by reasoning so they have to resort to violence.

  • John the Drunkard

    How many people EVER became ‘Muslim’ except by force?

  • Frogatt

    Islam … Filth

  • Rob Andrews

    How convenient of an invisible deity
    To tell the chosen what should be
    Of course it’s all love and peace
    The nature of the Muslim beast
    Is to kill those involved with apostacy.
    For Islam to behave moderately
    Would be an act of total insanity
    Islam means “submission”
    To all, including Muslims, oppression
    Using violence to proselytize totally.

  • Vanity Unfair

    “Concerns about militancy and potential attacks led Swiss voters to back a law last year extending the national spy service’s authority to…hack foreign computer systems.”
    It’s bad enough, though understandable, that GCHQ should be allowed to hack my emails if they follow the rules but that the Swiss should think they have any justification is beyond belief.
    “He was also accused of …working as an imam without authorisation.”
    I wonder whose authorisation that is. Islam is a notoriously unregulated religion and anyone, it seems, can become an imam. No authorisation is necessary. The situation is similar in most countries with Christian churches; start your own church and become a minister. No authorisation is necessary. If this means that state authorisation is necessary before anyone can become a clergyman of whatever stripe then I feel somewhat uneasy about that as a matter of course. Obviously, I should feel relieved when religious manifestations crumble under the weight of logic but state intervention has never made the situation better.

  • Broga

    There is no doubt that elements in our media defend, if not encourage Islam. In general I have little sympathy with UKIP but when I heard a UKIP representative saying that our laws were being ignored to accommodate Islam and sharia law my attention was grabbed. He mentioned amongst other things FGM about which little action was taken, the treatment of wives, forced marriages and “honour” killings.
    He was being interviewed on Radio Five Live by Stephen Nolan who butted in to contradict him repeatedly when the UKIP man tried to make a point. The UKIP man had to keep asking for the opportunity to speak.
    Nolan also had an Islam representative present who, from my perspective, made no case for Islam and resorted to sneering at the UKIP man. The classic ad hominem approach. Nolan presided over a disgrace of an interview.
    Who is Nolan? I’ve never heard of him. If this is his style I don’t want to hear him again.

  • barriejohn

    Vanity Unfair: Spot on!
    Broga: The trouble with UKIP is that they tend to think that it’s only religions like Islam that should have no public influence, but that England is a “Christian country”, with all that that implies. I’m sure that we have mentioned Stephen Nolan here before, and if it is the same well-known NI broadcaster, then he has been in trouble before for his “anti-Christian” views:

  • Broga

    barriejohn: Stephen Nolan sounds like a good man. Just goes to show the danger of jumping to conclusions based on a sliver of information. I plead guilty.
    I detest UKIP and they provide plenty of reasons for me to feel like that.

  • remigius

    ‘ I’m sure that we have mentioned Stephen Nolan here before…’
    Yep. Quite a while ago. Some bloke called barriejohn brought him up in 2012.

  • barriejohn

    It would be me! I searched for the comment but couldn’t locate it.