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article imageOp-Ed: Salafist's Quran distributions concern Germany

By Eliot Elwar     Apr 20, 2012 in World
Recently, the Salafists declare their support for the Syrian rebels. While the Syrian rebels are not a homogenous crowd, having the Salafists on their side makes them appear militant and radical.
Furthermore, the Salafist’s free Quran distributions concern the German government, Quran giveaway in Germany has many officials troubled, Germany’s government monitors Salafists Quran distribution, and the Salafist’s leader affirms his support for Syrian rebels.
According to Spiegel Online International, Salafist Muslims have been handing out Qurans across Germany in recent weeks. However, the group's militancy and radicalism has many German politicians concerned partly because of claims that Salafist Muslims were threatening journalists who wrote critical reports against their religion. Additionally, German political parties’ spokespersons have expressed concerns about the Quran distributions. Leading German Muslim organizations have criticized the Salafist Muslim because they are seeking to portray themselves as Islam’s representatives in Germany.
According to the New York Times, while Islamic fundamentalist groups give a copy of the Quran to many Germans, observers have discovered elements of anti-Islamic sentiments in Germany forming turbulence among politicians and security officials. German officials are concerned about Muslim groups handing out Qurans and using their campaign as cover to recruit more radicals for terrorism operations. However, there is nothing illegal about the Quran’s distribution because religious works are permitted in Germany. Nevertheless, German officials remain worried about Muslim’s distributing religious literature.
According to BBC NEWS Europe, German security service elements are monitoring the Salafist Muslims campaign to give away millions of Qurans to determine any constitutional violations related to religious liberty. The Salafist project has been funded by wealthy Muslim donors located in Mideast countries.
According to the Daily Star, Sheikh Dai al-Islam al-Shahhal, the Salafist’s leader, never vowed to abandon Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar Assad’s regime. Shahhal declared that the Salafist movement supports the “Syrian revolution with pride”, but not with weapons because we cannot buy weapons for ourselves.
Analysis
While the Salafist’s campaign to get Qurans into German hands has sparked debate among many, their work offers Germans the opportunity to learn elements of Islamic culture and religious beliefs. Germany’s government should always defend faith based liberty and its leadership should not permit religious extremism to destroy the nation’s freedom.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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