Illegal howling from mosque loudspeakers “enrich Swedish culture”

Imam Ismail Abu Helal previously called minaret calls howling from mosque loudspeakers  “beneficial for integration” and a “confirmation of Sweden’s religious freedom.” He also argued that such a move would “enrich Swedish culture” and stressed that Muslims do not come as visitors but are here to stay in Sweden.

What he really means is Swedes have to submit to Islam, or else. The imam is not interested in Sweden’s religious freedom, he only cares to make Islam dominant. To insist that Muselmaniacs do not come as visitors but come to stay is an open threat to the people of Sweden.

Malmoe's mosque, southern Sweden (photo used for illustration only)

Illegal Minaret Calls Divide Inhabitants in Sweden’s ‘Most Tolerant Town’

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A Swedish Muslim center that sought permission for minaret calls and even received an unofficial “blessing” by the local bishop has been found out to have been illegally practicing prayer calls for several years.

An Islamic center in the town of Växjö has been reported to the police after it was disclosed that it has been broadcasting prayer calls without permission for several years. The notification is based on a breach of the public order act, and the police are serious about the incident, Swedish Radio reported.

The Muslim Foundation in the city of Växjö, which previously made national headlines when it sought permission for public prayer calls, was revealed to already be doing them at its premises for several years, which has disturbed the people living in the area.

“We didn’t think we needed to apply for a new permit because we got one in 2014,” Imam Ismail Abu Helal told Swedish Radio.

Why would Muslims seek permission from the filthy kafirs for anything? 

Although the permission received in 2014 was only valid for a single occasion, the mosque sought no further permissions, yet continued with prayer calls through loudspeakers, among others in connection with the Ramadan holiday between 2015 and 2017. In February, the Muslim Foundation requested the right for weekly prayer calls.

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“It’s serious when an organization commits a crime. You must have permission to broadcast propaganda or other messages,” Ola Severinsson of the Växjö police said. Unless the case is dismissed by the prosecution, the Muslim Foundation risks being fined.

The minaret calls in the migrant-dense district of Araby in Växjö has incited a fiery public debate, with Fredrik Modéus, the Bishop of Växjö, welcoming the idea of hearing both “church bells and prayer calls” in a tweet.

In response, the Sweden Democrats (SD) have started collecting signatures for a referendum petition in an attempt to stop the prayer calls.

“We aim to protect each citizen’s right to freedom from religious expression and propaganda in the public space,” SD Växjö chairman Nils Sjöqvist Axelson told the Nyheter Idag news outlet, suggesting that prayer calls left a “tangible touch” on the local community and its public image.

Former Imam Tomas Samuel wrote in a clarifying opinion piece in the Christian newspaper Dagen, that the church bell comparison was hamstrung, as church bells are only a “musical expression,” whereas the Islamic call to worship or Adhan is a “confession of faith.”

“I hope the Växjö municipality knows there are apps with prayer calls. They needn’t be public. Växjö should not be proclaimed an Islamic area. Sweden must be able to say no to Islamization,” writer and public debater Katarina Janouch tweeted.

Imam Ismail Abu Helal previously called minaret calls “beneficial for integration” as a “confirmation of Sweden’s religious freedom.” He also argued that such a move would “enrich Swedish culture” and stressed that Muslims do not come as visitors but are here to stay in Sweden.

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As the issue of minaret calls in Växjö gained nationwide importance, Liberal Party representatives wrote a joint opinion piece calling for the town to become “Europe’s most open and tolerant.”

A return to a policy based on forced assimilation of minorities is likely to further increase tensions and complicate integration, the Liberals wrote, arguing that civil society, sports and culture, including churches and mosques were “much better” at creating integration than the government and the municipal bureaucrats.

“We see how cities and regions that say a clear ‘yes’ to globalization and chose to be tolerant and accepting are growing. It’s there where jobs and growth are created. Stockholm and Oslo have had twice as high growth as Copenhagen and Helsinki, due to the fact that they are better at accepting people and impulses from the outside,” the Liberals wrote in the Smålandsposten daily. “It would be devastating if we in the eyes of the outside world would be associated with intolerance or resistance to change,” they added.

Växjö is a city of 66,000 inhabitants in the Kronoberg County and is the episcopal see of the eponymous diocese. About half of Araby district residents are foreign-born. The Muslim Foundation of Växjö has existed for more than three decades, and is one of the oldest of its kind in the region.

 

3 thoughts on “Illegal howling from mosque loudspeakers “enrich Swedish culture””

  1. Well, the prayer call from the loudspeakers starts with: Allahu Akbar

    Allahu Akbar meaning ‘God is greater’ or better still ‘Allah is greater’

    Meaning our Muslim God is greater than your Christian God.

    It is a declaration that Allah and Islam are dominant over every other form of religion, government or law.

  2. Ex-imam says Muslim call to prayer “shows power and control over the country”

    Tomas Samuel’s analysis holds true not just for the call to prayer in Sweden, but all over the West.

    “Ex-Imam about Muslim prayer call: ‘Shows power and control over the country,’” translated from “Ex-imam om muslimska böneutrop: ‘Visar på makt och kontroll över landet,’” by Anna Ernius, Samtiden, February 23, 2018:

    ISLAM. A mosque in Växsjö has applied for a prayer call. This has aroused debate, not least since Bishop Fredrik Modeus said he welcomed the Muslim proclamation…

    This motivated former Imam Tomas Samuel to explain what the prayer call stands for.

    The imam of the mosque in Växsjö also compared the Muslim call to prayer with church bells as an argument for getting the prayer call approved.

    Bishop Fredrik Modeus has received harsh words after his statement that he welcomes the application for the Muslim prayer call, and hoped to hear both church bells and prayer calls in Växjö.

    “I think that many of those who have spoken this way have a real fear of what’s unfamiliar.

    “That fear I respect, but I do not think that the way forward is to prevent others from exercising their religion,” said the bishop to the newspaper Dagen.

    Tomas Samuel, a Christian apologist and former Imam, therefore, wants to provide knowledge of what the prayer call stands for.

    “By going to the Islamic sources, we can get a foundation that can help decision makers make the right decision,” he says.

    “What we discover is that the prayer call states that everyone should submit to Islam, and proclaims power over the area of the ​​prayer.

    Tomas Samuel writes that at first glance it may seem that church bells and prayer calls are the same, but that this is a logical error.

    “Church bells are not a confession, it’s just a musical sound. They are not trying to assert power and control over the country. In addition, most churches do not use the bells, several do not even have any.”

    “The difference is obvious,” writes Tomas Samuel.

    The prayer call is called “Adhan” in Arabic and means “information, enlightenment.”

    “The prayer call comes for essentially two reasons: it will remind people of when it is time to pray, and the prayer call will proclaim Islam over a city,” according to Tomas Samuel.

    “At that time there were no alarm clocks. As the Muslim population increased in number, there was a real need to remind people of the different prayer times.”

    “But that need hardly exists today, because we have wristwatches and clocks on the walls and in our mobile phones.

    He quotes “Omdat Al-Ahkam”, one of the most important books for Islamic law:

    “Adhan is a very important ritual in the religious practice of Islam, one can liken it to the Muslim flag. Its proclamation shows that the people of the city are Muslims.”

    “It is also important for the proclamation of the word of Allah, thus manifesting the religion of Allah (Islam).”

    “The prayer call begins with giving thanks by proclaiming ‘Allahu akbar,’ to show that Allah is the greatest and that everything and everyone should bow to Allah and Islam. The Islamic profession of faith is the second part of the prayer call (‘There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger.’”

    “This confirms Islam and proclaims it (Islam) across the country.”

    “The prayer call should be done by a man who has a beautiful voice.”

    “Women are not allowed to raise their voices, because a woman’s voice could mean a temptation for men,” continues Tomas Samuel.

    “The prayer call should be done with a loud voice. There is promise of a reward from Allah for a loud voice that reaches as far as possible.”

    “The prayer call will take place at the exact time of the five prayers.”

    Tomas Samuel believes that the Växsjö mosque’s application for a prayer call is only the beginning.

    “Many other mosques will make the same request, not only to have the prayer call twice a week, but five times a day.”

    He emphasizes that everybody is free to believe how he wants.

    “But your freedom ends when my starts. One of the simplest rights is that no one should be forced to listen to a creed he does not believe in,” he writes.

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/02/ex-imam-says-muslim-call-to-prayer-shows-power-and-control-over-the-country

  3. ““I think that many of those who have spoken this way have a real fear of what’s unfamiliar.””

    Not fear of what is unfamiliar, we just do not want our peace disturbed.Not too much to ask in the modern age when you have the technology to let you know of prayers times, without blaring it out of loudspeakers.

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