Category Archives: Muslim participation: mosques and imams.

Press release Dutch mosques and imams: ‘No more unregistered Islamic marriages’

Five Dutch mosques and eight Dutch imams have released a press statement in which they ask Dutch Muslims to no longer have unregistered marriages. According to Dutch law religious marriages are allowed provided that they are preceded by an official marriage at the public registar. The statement comes after a Dutch undercover journalist showed that the Al-Raza mosque in Almere is prepared to conduct a marriage after the couple informed the imam they did not have a civic marriage. Also examples of polygamous marriages were shown in the TV program Undercover Nederland yesterday.

The statement reads: (my translation, see below):

Een moslim heeft zich te houden aan de wetten van het land waar hij woont. Dat geldt ook voor zaken die betrekking hebben op het huwelijk. Als de Nederlandse wet voorschrijft dat een religieuze plechtigheid pas mag plaatsvinden als het huwelijk ten overstaan van de ambtenaar van de burgerlijke stand is voltrokken, dan moet de moslim zich hieraan houden.

Naast het naleven van de wet, borgt een contractuele vastlegging van het huwelijk bij de rechtmatige autoriteit ook de rechten van de man en de vrouw. Dit is erg belangrijk gezien de nadelige gevolgen die een niet-geregistreerd huwelijk soms kan hebben voor een echtpaar, in het bijzonder voor de vrouw.

De Islam heeft als doel het bewaken van de eer en het beschermen van de rechten van mensen. Omdat deze zaken in onze tijd alleen opeisbaar zijn als ze officieel vastgelegd zijn bij een ambtelijk apparaat, is het verplicht om dit te doen. Het islamitische basisprincipe luidt ook ‘dat wat nodig is om een verplichting na te komen, is ook verplicht’.

Wij hebben de afgelopen jaren gezien en gehoord wat de gevolgen kunnen zijn van huwelijken die niet vastgelegd zijn bij de burgerlijke stand. Vrouwen die gevangen zitten in situaties waar zij niet voor gekozen hebben. Schrijnende verhalen van mishandeling, uitbuiting en misbruik. Dit alles omdat sommige mannen Allah niet vrezen en de rechten van hun vrouwen niet respecteren.

Daarom vragen wij beleefd doch dringend aan de moskeeën en imams in Nederland om geen islamitische huwelijken meer te sluiten voordat zij een document hebben gezien waaruit blijkt dat het huwelijk tussen betrokkenen geregistreerd staat bij de burgerlijke stand. Ook vragen wij van de overheid om met islamitische organisaties en moslimvertegenwoordigers bij elkaar te komen om op korte termijn een oplossing te vinden voor dit probleem.

Stichting as-Soennah, Den Haag
De blauwe moskee, Amsterdam
Omar Alfarouk moskee, Utrecht
Essalam moskee, Rotterdam
Centrum de Middenweg, Rotterdam
Imam Aboe Ismail
Imam Yassin Elforkani
Imam Rachid Nafi
Imam Azzedine Karrat
Imam Ahmed Talib
Imam Said Tissoudali
Imam Remy Soekirman
Imam Ilyaas Arrachied

My translation, in English:

A Muslim has to abide by the law of the country where he lives. This also pertains to matters related to marriage. If the Dutch law requires that a religious ceremony can only be held if the marriage is conducted by the civil registrar, a Muslim has to abide by this.

Besides complying with the law, a contracted marriage with the legitimate authority safeguards the rights of husband and wife. This is very important given the adverse effects a non-registered marriage may have sometimes for a couple, in the particular the wife.

The goal of Islam is to safeguard the honour and to protect the rights of humans. Because these are only claimable when they are officially registered by a civil service, this is a duty. The Islamic principle also says: ‘What is necessary to uphold a duty, is also a duty’.

In recent years we have seen the potential consequences of marriages not registered by the civil registrar. Women who captive in situations they did not choose to be in. Harrowing stories of mistreatment, exploitation and abuse. All of this because some men do not fear Allah and do not respect the rights of their wives.

Therefore, we urgently but politely ask the mosques and imams in the Netherlands not to conduct Islamic marriages anymore before they have seen a document that states that the marriage is registered at the public registrar. We also ask the state to meet with the Islamic organisations and Muslim representatives soon, to find a solution for this problem.

Stichting as-Soennah, Den Haag
De blauwe moskee, Amsterdam
Omar Alfarouk moskee, Utrecht
Essalam moskee, Rotterdam
Centrum de Middenweg, Rotterdam
Imam Aboe Ismail
Imam Yassin Elforkani
Imam Rachid Nafi
Imam Azzedine Karrat
Imam Ahmed Talib
Imam Said Tissoudali
Imam Remy Soekirman
Imam Ilyaas Arrachied

Press release coalition anti-Islamophobia organisations – The situation for Muslims in Europe is getting worse: Time to act

21september
Press Statement
The situation for Muslims in Europe is getting worse:
Time to act

Brussels, 21 September 2016 – On the European Day Against Islamophobia, a coalition of organisations fighting Islamophobia call on EU leaders and decision makers to tackle rising anti-Muslim hatred as a matter of urgency. Continue reading Press release coalition anti-Islamophobia organisations – The situation for Muslims in Europe is getting worse: Time to act

Jaarrapport ‘Meld Islamofobie’: Toename Islamofoob Geweld Na Aanslagen Parijs in 2015

Meld Islamofobie is vorig jaar januari opgericht na de aanslagen op Charlie Hebdo en de Joodse supermarkt. Vandaag presenteert ze haar jaarrapport 2015. Hieronder het persbericht:
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#HelloIamaMuslim – European action for understanding and empathy

Yesterday the European Milli Görüş organisations organized a public manifestation in several European countries. Milli Görüş is one of the largest European Muslim organisations and has strong ties to organisations in Turkey. They had a similar action last year ‘Allow me – I am Muslim’ distributing roses (but apples in Vienna) in several European cities.
#GestattenMuslim #HelloIamaMuslim #BuyrunBenMüslümanım #hallowijzijnmoslims
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Dutch mosque responds to fire bomb attack: ‘Dear Fire Bomber’

Almost a week ago someone tried to fire bomb a Dutch mosque in Enschede. Fortunately only minor damages and the perpetrator was caught and charged with attempted arson with terrorist intent. This Friday the mosque responded with an open letter on its Facebook page. Here is the text (my translation)

Dear fire bomber,
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NEWS – Fire bomb at Dutch mosque: attempted arson with terrorist intent

Last Saturday evening a man in the Dutch town Enschede threw a fire bomb at a mosque. People (including children) were present in the mosque when it happened and after local residents chased the man he was arrested by the police moments later. The small fire in the mosque was extinguished quickly with only little damage and no injuries. Continue reading NEWS – Fire bomb at Dutch mosque: attempted arson with terrorist intent

Dutch governement on ‘Salafism’ – Maintaining the rule of law and countering ‘undesirable’ influences

Yesterday the Dutch government responded to several initiatives against ‘Salafism’ in the Netherlands. Last year about nine initiatives to counter the influence of ‘salafism’ were approved of by Dutch parliament. One included a motion to ban so-called Salafi organizations, another one to curb foreign financial support, to ban so-called Salafi Muslims from working in the army and a yet another to ban so-called Salafi Muslims from centers for asylum seekers. Continue reading Dutch governement on ‘Salafism’ – Maintaining the rule of law and countering ‘undesirable’ influences

Dutch Report: Muslim Women Bear the Brunt of Islamophobic Violence

“Report Islamophobia”, an independent Dutch citizen initiative established in January 2015, released its first half-yearly report on islamophobic violence in the Netherlands today. The report presents findings collected between January – June 2015. The findings mirror research conducted elsewhere in Western Europe that reveals that Muslim women bear the brunt of islamophobic abuse. Continue reading Dutch Report: Muslim Women Bear the Brunt of Islamophobic Violence