Servais Verherstraeten said: “We want in Belgium an Islam practiced by people who respect our constitution, who want to integrate into our country.”
Most Western leaders simply assume, without a shred of evidence that Islam is practiced in their countries by people who respect their constitution and want to integrate into our country. In all too many cases, this reckless assumption will blow up in their faces.
Has Servais Verherstraeten stopped for a moment to consider why this large mosque is teaching what Belgian officials no doubt believe is a twisted version of Islam practiced only by a tiny minority of extremists? When and how did the “fringe” become “mainstream”? Has he asked himself why Saudi Arabia, which so ostentatiously bases all its laws upon Islamic law, would back this supposedly twisted version of Islam?
Verherstraeten said. “There is the perception that there is something to hide in the most important mosque in the country.”
“War is deceit,” said Muhammad.
“The Mosque is Belgium’s biggest. Officials say it’s a hotbed for extremism,” City Today, November 11, 2017:
“Prime News, International (Brussels), November 11:- The Grand Mosque of Brussels is Belgium’s biggest and oldest site of Muslim worship. Officials in Belgium say it is also a hotbed for Saudi-backed Islamist extremism.
Now the Parliament wants the country’s leaders to take over the sprawling complex that is just steps from the gleaming core of the European Union. It is the latest attempt to tighten security after radicalized Belgians emerged at the heart of terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels in the last three years….
The mosque’s leaders “are trying to live in their splendid isolation with a radical point of view, and their aim is not to integrate into our society. And that is a big problem,” said Servais Verherstraeten, one of the leaders of a Belgian parliamentary commission that recommended last month that the government break the Saudi government’s 99-year rent-free lease on the mosque. The lease was handed to Saudi King Faisal in 1969 as a goodwill gesture by Belgian King Baudouin.
“We want in Belgium an Islam practiced by people who respect our constitution, who want to integrate into our country,” Verherstraeten said. “There is the perception that there is something to hide in the most important mosque in the country.””