Skip to comments.Row as radical cleric arrives in the Netherlands
Posted on 09/09/2006 3:17:11 PM PDT by knighthawk
On Saturday, the radical Pakistani Muslim Mohammed Anas Noorani Siddiqui is fronting an international conference in Amsterdam. In the Dutch parliament, though, eyebrows have been raised about why the man - who is considered a radical - has even been given a visa.
Siddiqui will speak the conference in the Taibah mosque in the South East of Amsterdam on Saturday. When on Thursday it turned out that the man had been given a visa, Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner was called to account in the Dutch parliament. Almost all parliamentary factions thought it surprising that the controversial Muslim leader, who has arrived in the Netherlands in the meantime, was suitable for a visa. MP Geert Wilders issued a motion to withdraw the visa of the radical Muslim leader. But the other factions in the parliament rejected the motion.
Not political? Siddiqui is a prominent member of the Jami' at e-Ulema i Pakistan (JUP), an organisation of Muslim scholars in Pakistan. The JUP is a political organisation that opposes the pro-western military government of president Musharraf, but it does not have a totalitarian blueprint of an Islamic state like the Jami' at i Islam, the leading movement of political Islam ibn Pakistan.
Although the JUP is classed as a 'moderate' group, its secretary undersigned in 1998, the notorious fatwa of Bin Laden, in which he stated that it was a duty for every Muslim to kill Americans and their allies, military and civilians alike. Siddiqui himself is said to have undersigned a death warrant for all who slander or insult the prophet Mohammed.
According to Mohammed Amer Morgahi of the Leiden Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM), however, Siddiqui is not a radical figure at all. "The JUP is a conservative Muslim organisation that is mainly concerned with maintaining its position in Pakistani society. They are against the salafis and oppose the jihad of the Taliban and al-Qaeda."
Visits As chairman of the Pakistan-based World Islamic Mission (WIM), to which the Taibah mosque belongs, Siddiqui visited the Netherlands on a number of other occasions. In 2001 he laid the first brick for the Taibah mosque.
In April 2005, the conservative liberal MPs, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Laetitia Griffith raised questions about Siddiqui, whom they considered as an important player in radicalising trends coming to the Netherlands from Pakistan. Their questions were inspired by a Dutch (VPRO) TV documentary, which showed Siddiqui praising jihad fighters in Pakistan.
Questions Yesterday, questions were raised in parliament especially by the Labour party (PvdA) and the anti-immigration parliamentarian Geert Wilders (photo: left). Labour parliamentarian Jeroen Dijsselbloem commented that Siddiqui should have been refused entry to the Netherlands because he belongs to a "wandering circus of hate sowing figures." According to Wilders, the Netherlands should make clear that "such figures are not welcome here."
According to minister Donner, however, there was no legal reason to refuse Siddiqui a visa. On his previous visits to the Netherlands, the Pakistani Muslim leader didn't make any statements that made him liable to prosecution under Dutch laws. Siddiqui also received visas for other European countries including the UK.
Donner assured the parliament that Siddiqui will be closely watched during his stay in the Netherlands. If this time he says anything that contravenes the law, or that can be seen as a threat to public order and national security, he will be declared persona non grata and refused entry to the Netherlands on any future occasion.
A few of the nice things he said:
- who do not pray 5 times a day are unbelievers and need to be 'punished hard' (hinting on death)
- pregnant woman also need to pray 5 times a day. During birth they must pray on time, even if the child is being delivered...
I like that guy!
Why do they need a legal reason to deny a visa?
Don't they appreiciate diversity?
The citizens of Holland should be at the airport to beat this idiot with sticks.
Why on earth do they allow this nonsense?
Only Americans and any allies?? It sounds very moderate to me!!!!! The really radical people want to kill all non-Muslims, after all. This is Holland after all.