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Finland’s Iranian Mega – Mosque


Mosque of Rome, currently the largest in Europe

Mosque of Rome, currently the largest in Europe
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Immigration from Somalia alone has more than doubled over the past several years. The Helsingin Sanomat newspaper has reported that most of the Somali adults coming to Finland are illiterate, and that the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab has been recruiting young Somalis living in Finland to go to war against the Somali government.

Some Muslim immigrants to Finland have travelled to Pakistan or Somalia to attend jihadi training camps; Finnish authorities have conceded that Somalis are abusing the family unification procedure to facilitate human trafficking.

According to a journalist for the Finnish Broadcasting Company, Tom Kankkonen, who recently wrote a book entitled Islam Euroopassa [Islam in Europe], Finland is also home to several hundred Islamic fundamentalists who adhere to the extremist Wahhabi sect of Sunni Islam found in Saudi Arabia. Wahhabism, which not only discourages Muslim integration in the West, but actively encourages jihad against non-Muslims, threatens to further radicalize Muslim immigrants in Finland, according to Kankkonen, who says these Islamists operate in communities such as the Helsinki Muslimikoti [Muslim Home], the Iqra Association, and the Salafi Forum on the Internet.

In response to the growing threat posed by radical Islam, the Finnish Interior Ministry in December 2010 declared that training individuals to commit terrorist acts would become a criminal offense. The Finnish Security Police (SUPO) has also asked Parliament for €1.7 million in funding to station officers permanently in Africa and the Middle East to stop possible terrorists who might want to travel to Finland.

There are also growing concerns about the failure of ordinary Muslim immigrants to integrate into Finland.

Muslim children in Finnish schools, for example, are often not allowed to take part in school activities such as singing and dancing, which some parents consider to be anti-Islamic. Further, immigrant children apparently often play “the race card” if a solution to a conflict does not go in their favor or if a teacher rebukes a child.

In some instances, Muslim parents have harassed Finnish teachers, as in the case of Tuija Rinne, a Finnish convert to Islam who also teaches in a school in Helsinki. Rinne, who was once the pride and joy of Finnish multiculturalists, was recently forced to stop teaching a course on Islam after Muslim parents accused her of not being sufficiently Muslim.

Among other demands, Muslim parents tried to force Rinne to cover herself in hijab-compliant clothing; they also ridiculed Rinne for teaching belly dancing classes in her spare time. The tensions were defused only after local school officials bowed to Muslim demands and agreed that from now courses on Islam will be taught exclusively by Muslim immigrant teachers and only in their native language.

As their numbers grow, Muslims are also demanding that the Finnish government provide them with more mosques and prayer rooms. There are currently 45 mosques and prayer rooms in Finland, most located in Helsinki; the Islamic Society of Finland, a Muslim umbrella group, says they are overcrowded and inadequate.

As far as Helsinki’s new mega-mosque is concerned, Sunni Muslims say it will not provide any decisive relief for the shortage of prayer space in Finland because the mosque will serve only Shia Muslims. As in other European countries, Sunni Muslims in Finland may now look to Saudi Arabia to fund a Sunni mega-mosque to rival Iran’s Shia mega-mosque.
Originally published by Gatestone Institute  http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org

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About the Author: The writer is the Senior Analyst for Transatlantic Relations at the Madrid-based Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos / Strategic Studies Group, one of the oldest and most influential foreign policy think tanks in Spain.


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17 Responses to “Finland’s Iranian Mega – Mosque”

  1. Harry Gorkin says:

    stupid is as stupid does

  2. Jacek Gruszczynski says:

    is that the twilight zone? what happened to all the finn alcoholics? they better wake up cuz booze will be outlawed in finnlandstan soon.Sharia law is coming! Rejoyce Finnland!

  3. Rami Eskola says:

    Booze will be outlawed? Oh man it'll suck big time. Are there any jobs for Microelectronics Engineer in Poland?

  4. so here we go, soon enough there will be a situation like in Netherlands.

  5. Tarvitaan taivaallisia strategioita.. a.s.a.p

  6. Anne Ruotsalainen says:

    Kiitos Suski (ja jarno) eilisestä, se oli mahtava päivä, teidän koti on rauhan ja ilon paikka :)

  7. Marko Hasanen says:

    Mitä tähän moskeijahankkeeseen sanoisi? Multikulti-suvaitsevaisuus vihreässä hyväätekevän humanismin kaavussa sumentaa loputkin vähäisestä poliittisesta arviointikyvystä. Guggenheim pesisi tämän 6-0 ja sekin oli maailman älyttömin ehdotus Suomen kannalta.

  8. *reps* Marko: toi Guggenheim heitto sai kyllä parhaat :D

  9. Jacek Gruszczynski says:

    dunno mate I live in the south pacific…cheers

  10. I'd like to see them try to ban alcohol and bacon in OZ!

  11. http://www.iltalehti.fi/uutiset/2010122812920357_uu.shtml

    jännä homma että minäkään en ollut kuullu tuosta juuri mitään ja tuosta on jo 1,5 vuotta aikaa

  12. good luck with that Finland…

  13. Is it not enough for finnish people?

  14. The Christian countries of the world have not learned a lesson.
    Islam is moving in to your countries at a fast pace.
    Now there are 60000 Muslims in Finland, in a total population of 5 millionm. How long will it be nefore the Muslims are the majority, and will convert Finland into another Islamic state.

    The Finnish way of life is "finished".
    You will eventually have to live under sharia law, OR ELSE.
    The way you dress, what you eat, whtever you do.

    I hope I am wrong, but I wish the Finns good health and freedom while you have it.

    At least Australia will never allow this to happen.

  15. Helena Kaski says:

    Madjid Bahmanpour on vahvasti eri mieltä uudesta moskeijasta. Finnish Ahl Beit tells the building has been there for 35 years and only little renovation has been going on inside the building when the restaurant becomes a mosque. Minusta remontti, jossa ravintola muuttuu moskeijaksi ei ole sen vaatimattomampi kuin uuden moskeijan rakentaminen.

  16. Päiviö Latvus says:

    Harhauttava kuva…

    Tässä todellisuus:

    http://www.iltalehti.fi/uutiset/2010122812920357_uu.shtml

  17. Another reason not to live in a big city! I hope a close eye is kept on the place.

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