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Type: Opinion

Summary: 
  • Although the internet evidently did play a role in the radicalization process, the study showed that face-to-face encounters were more important, and that dawa, the proselytizing of Islam, played a central role in this process, as the men themselves became missionaries for Islam.

  • The third factor was the establishment of a "them and us" distinction between the radicalized men and the rest of the world, especially the belief that the West is an enemy of the Muslim world. The distinction also involved a rejection of democracy and a commitment to the establishment of a caliphate governed by sharia law, which the men want to bring about either through dawa(proselytizing) or violence (jihad).

  • "The Islamic State is a byproduct of Al Azhar's programs. So can Al Azhar denounce itself as un-Islamic? Al Azhar says there must be a caliphate and that it is an obligation for the Muslim world. Al Azhar teaches the law of apostasy and killing the apostate. Al Azhar is hostile towards religious minorities, and teaches things like not building churches, etc. Al Azhar upholds the institution of jizya [extracting tribute from non-Muslims]. Al Azhar teaches stoning people. So can Al Azhar denounce itself as un-Islamic?" — Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah Nasr, scholar of Islamic law, graduate of Egypt's Al Azhar University, explaining why it refused to denounce ISIS as un-Islamic, 2015.

Type: News

Country: 
Egypt
News Date: 
17/09/2015
Summary: 

Egypt is adding mosque surveillance, private security and book bans to its efforts to control extremism and support moderate religious thought.
 

Country: 
Slovakia
News Date: 
01/12/2016
Summary: 

'We must do everything we can so that no mosque is built in the future'

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
02/03/2017
Summary: 
  • Channel 4 documentary was granted access to Birmingham Central Mosque
  • Filmed over a year, provided an eye-opening insight into lives of British Muslims
  • First episode looks at marriage and relationships between Muslims
  • Men and women who have Islamic weddings aren't married in eyes of British law
  • Birmingham Central Mosque's Sharia Court has the only female judge in the UK
Country: 
Canada
News Date: 
02/11/2017
Summary: 

Incitement which would have been considered extremist even by Middle Eastern standards is now commonplace in the West. Extremist incitement has found its way into sermons and even prayer services in ostensibly “moderate” Muslim communities in the West. The daily prayers at Toronto’s Masjid Mosque provide a shocking example of this extremism, with calls for violence against non-Muslims and unabashed anti-Semitism.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
17/10/2017
Summary: 
  • "We do not know what they are preaching as [it is] all in Arabic." — A petitioner against the Hussainiyat Al-Rasool Al-Adham mosque, in the middle of one of London's two largely Jewish areas.

  • "[Ayatollah Syed Mohammed Al-Shirazi]... would constantly encourage the establishment of Hussaini centers across the world, especially in non-Islamic countries... so we can propagate the teachings of the Ahlulbayt." — Leading members of the Hussainiyat Al-Rasool Al-Adham mosque describing its 30-year history and why it was established.

Country: 
France
News Date: 
03/10/2017
Summary: 

The controversial law allows authorities to shut down mosques, carry out on-the-spot identity checks and expand border controls. Under the law, authorities are allowed to shut down mosques or other places of worship if preachers are suspected of spreading radical ideas and theories. Suspected jihadist sympathisers can also be confined to their neighbourhoods without the approval of a judge. Police can also carry out more on-the-spot identity checks and expand border controls to areas around international train stations, ports and airports.

Country: 
Switzerland
News Date: 
29/09/2017
Summary: 

Switzerland’s legislature has voted to ban the foreign funding of mosques, including from Saudi Arabia, as well as to force mosques to use local languages instead of Arabic or other foreign tongues. The Swiss National Council, the parliament’s lower house, voted by a narrow majority to ban the financing of mosques from abroad and for generally increasing the transparency of how mosques are funded. If the law passes the Senate, individual mosques will need to declare who they are backed by as well as preach in one of Switzerland’s official languages, namely German, French, Italian, or Romans

Country: 
Belgium
News Date: 
27/08/2017
Summary: 

“One in five mosques checked for extremism in 2016,” Brussels Times, August 27, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Country: 
Angola
News Date: 
25/11/2013
Summary: 
  • Minister of culture described Islam as a 'sect' which is banned as counter to Angolan customs and culture
  • Nation's president said: ‘This is the final end of Islamic influence in our country'
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Germany
News Date: 
20/07/2017
Summary: 

Schoolteachers and other school officials in Berlin have noticed a rising trend of anti-Semitism among pupils and say the expression “You Jew!” has become a common insult. A report conducted by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) of 21 schools in Berlin shows the level of antisemitism is growing among the primarily Turkish and Arab Muslim pupils.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
13/07/2017
Summary: 

An imam accused of glorifying and drumming up support for Islamic State in his sermons is to stand trial later this year. Islamic leader Kamran Sabir Hussain faces eight terror-related offences in connection with his work at a mosque in Tunstall.

Country: 
Turkey
News Date: 
21/06/2017
Summary: 

This mosque received a great deal of international publicity recently as heralding the advent of a new, modern, moderate Islam. As is always the case with genuine attempts at Islamic reform, however, it is receiving pushback from Islamic authorities who say it is inauthentic Islam.

The Turkish authorities in this case are working from hadiths that have Muhammad saying that if a woman is in front of a man as he is praying, his prayer is invalidated:

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
17/02/2002
Summary: 

British Islamic extremists have been involved in weapons training with assault rifles at a mosque in London, intelligence sources have told The Observer.

The disclosures that hardline Islamists practised with Kalashnikov AK-47s at the Finsbury Park mosque in north London underline the pivotal role that Britain has played in the recruitment of volunteers to fight alongside Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda group all over the world.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
16/06/2017
Summary: 

A former teacher at a mosque is facing jail after being found guilty of sexually touching four girls as young as five while they read to him in Arabic from the Quran. Mohammed Haji Saddique, who taught at the Madina Mosque in Cardiff for more than 30 years, would call the girls to sit next to him on the pretence of getting them to read from the Muslim holy book, Cardiff Crown Court heard during his trial

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
28/05/2017
Summary: 

THE mosque where bomber Salman Abedi ­worshipped hosted hate preachers who called for British soldiers to be killed and gays and adulterers to be stoned to death.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
30/11/2011
Summary: 

Several madrassas – religious schools often run by mosques – use “excessively strict approaches to discipline” to keep children in line, it was revealed. Researchers said the imposition of hard-line rules on behaviour instilled a sense of “spiritual fear” in young people, marking them out from mainstream schools. The study, by the Institute for Public Policy Research, found a number of examples of madrassas actually employing corporal punishment. A ban on physical beatings, including the cane, was introduced in the 1980s. But the legislation does not cover “supplementary schools”, including

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
27/05/2017
Summary: 

THE MANCHESTER terrorist responsible for killing 22 people at a concert this week attended a mosque where a leaflet against “Western immorality” was allegedly given to him.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
01/05/2017
Summary: 

Where did Samata Ullah learn his understanding of Islam? Are British authorities looking into that? Have they visited his local mosque? Why not?

A paranoid Welsh Muslim who wore gloves while typing on his laptop, admitted being part of Islamic State, and, gasp, harbored a copy of Linux Mint, has been described as a “new and dangerous breed of terrorist.”

Country: 
Australia
News Date: 
18/04/2017
Summary: 
  • A Melbourne man has pleaded guilty to marrying 14-year-old girl in September
  • Mohammad Shakir, 34, was initially charged with having sex with the child
  • But on Tuesday, the charge was withdrawn by at Melbourne Magistrates' Court
  • Instead, Shakir was charged with marrying a person not of marriageable age 
  • The ceremony was conducted at Noble Park by former imam Ibrahim Omerdi
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Tunisia
News Date: 
27/06/2015
Summary: 

Habib Essid, the prime minister, said on Saturday that the army would deploy reservists around resorts and archeological sites and would shut down mosques that were outside government control, accusing them of spreading venom.

See also:

http://www.dw.com/en/tunisia-to-close-80-mosques-following-terror-attack/a-18544478

Country: 
Italy
News Date: 
08/04/2017
Summary: 

A Mestre mosque frequented by three Kosovars allegedly planning to bomb Venice’s Rialto Bridge has been given three days to close, sources said Friday. The order was handed to the Bangladeshi clerics who run the mosque, informing them that its activity did not comply with its official use.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
23/12/2014
Summary: 

While anti-Semitism itself isn’t necessarily a threat to national security of the UK, US, and many other countries like radical Islam, it is a threat to the social cohesion of these countries. Many Jews in the UK feel they no longer have a future there and are planning to move mainly to Israel or the US. This rise in has been mentioned by the Home Secretary, Theresa May and the Communities Minister, Eric Pickles. At a speech to the UKs Board of Deputies, they assured the leaders of British-Jewry that they are planning legislation to specifically target anti-Semitism.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
17/03/2017
Summary: 

The 36-year-old sales rep, from the Midlands, hopes her story will help to stop others from having to ‘suffer in silence’. I WAS abused almost every day between the ages of seven and 11. My abuser was the leader of my mosque, the Imam.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
22/08/2008
Summary: 

Now Hardcash has made a follow-up programme for Channel 4's Dispatches, to be broadcast next month, in which a female reporter attends prayer meetings at an important British mosque which claims to be dedicated to moderation and dialogue with other faiths.

The programme-makers, who are not naming the mosque at this stage, say she secretly filmed shocking sermons given to the women-only congregation in which female preachers recited extremist and intolerant beliefs.

Country: 
Canada
News Date: 
01/03/2017
Summary: 

This is not some aberration. There are many more mosques where this kind of thing is preached, because the Qur’an depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
27/02/2017
Summary: 

A woman has given a harrowing description of the daily sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of an imam for nearly five years as a young girl. Nabila – not her real name – was sexually abused almost every day from the age of seven in a small mosque operating within an imam's home in the West Midlands. Speaking to 5 live Daily’s Amara Sophia Elahi, Nabila described how she also started self-harming as a way of dealing with the abuse. The abuser, Hafiz Rahman, was found guilty in 2016 of six counts of indecent assault and sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison.

Country: 
United States of America (the)
News Date: 
27/02/2017
Summary: 

A north Texas mosque was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in United States history. The judge found there was ample evidence that the mosque, the Islamic Association of North Texas, assisted the Holy Land Foundation in funding millions of dollars to a Palestinian military terrorist organization that has killed Israeli children......According to a statement from the U.S.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
21/02/2017
Summary: 

AN IMAM accused of a string of terror offences including allegedly encouraging his flock to support the Islamic State in a series of sermons appeared in court today.

Country: 
Belgium
News Date: 
08/02/2017
Summary: 

Belgium's terror monitoring centre has expressed concerns about the spread of Saudi- and Gulf-backed fundamentalist Islam in the country's mosques, according to an official report published in local media Wednesday. The OCAM national crisis centre said the austere Sunni doctrine of Wahhabism preached in an increasing number of Belgian mosques was getting financial support from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, according to the report quoted in Flemish-language daily De Standaard.

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