Danish prosecutors have charged Imam Mundhir Abdallah after outrage over a 2017 speech, in which he called on Muslims to kill Jews to fulfil their destiny. It is the first charge of its kind under new religious preaching laws.
The disturbing comments, which were filmed and distributed on the imam’s social media, prompted Danish prosecutors to issue charges for the first time under the new criminal code, introduced in January 2017.
“Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them,” the imam said in a Facebook and YouTube video post in March.
Abdallah is accused of citing a religious narrative calling for Muslims to rise up against the Jews. Abdallah preaches in Norrebro, Copenhagen, at the Masjid Al-Faruq mosque, which has previously been linked to radical Islam, reports the Local.
According to a translation of Mundhir Abdallah’s 2017 speech, the imam quoted a Hadith (sacred text of the words and stories of the Prophet Mohammed) saying Judgement Day would not come “until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them.”
“The Jews will hide behind rocks and the trees,” he said. “But the rocks and the trees will say, ‘Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him,’” he said.
Public prosecutor Eva Ronne released a statement following the imam’s charge. “These are serious statements and I think it’s right for the court to now have an opportunity to assess the case,” she said. “It has always been illegal to accept killings of a certain group of people, but it’s new for us to target hate preachers,” Ronne said.
While it is legal in Denmark to quote religious texts – such as the Koran or the Bible – inciting or welcoming killing is not. Under the hate speech law, those found guilty of such offences could be punished by up to three years in prison.
When the video of Mundhir Abdallah’s remarks surfaced on social media, he was condemned by Inger Stojberg, the Danish minister for immigration, integration and housing.
“The following video is from the mosque at Heimdalsgade in Copenhagen on March 31 this year, and this calls for the killing of Jews,” she said on Facebook in 2017. “This is completely preposterous, undemocratic and awful. But it also shows why we need to lead a harsh and consistent policy.”
In response to the backlash, Mundhir Abdallah said in an interview of his own that he has
“wide and warm support from people from everywhere. Even many in Denmark.”“They know that my words have been manipulated, and they know that the motivation for this campaign is to prevent Muslims from criticizing Israel and Western governments that support the occupation [of Palestine],” the imam said.
Meanwhile, another imam was accused of twice raping a teenager during spiritual healing, told a jury she had urged him to have sex with her – but he turned her down.
Komar Uddin (68), a dad of 11 and a grandad, said the young woman became annoyed at being spurned then threatened to expose him as an illegal immigrant.
He told Leicester Crown Court that he had been an imam at various English mosques, since 2006, and had successfully healed people in the community.
He said the woman’s father asked him to perform a ceremony at their Leicester home, because his daughter was concerned about evil spirits.
The father suggested a private ritual in her bedroom, he claimed, which went ahead with candles, incense, holy oil and prayers, in February 2015.
Uddin claimed the young woman confided in him fearing she was pregnant and was worried her boyfriend would not marry her – and asked him for help.
He offered to discuss the matter with her father – but she insisted he must not tell him.
Uddin claimed that after holy oil was rubbed on to her stomach, she made a sexual pass at him and placed his hand on her private parts.
He said he removed his hand and refused, saying she was the same age as his grandchildren.
The defendant told the court they did not have sex and she was a liar.
He claimed he was impotent and could not have committed the alleged sexual acts in any event.
Uddin claimed not to understand why his DNA was allegedly found on two swabs taken from the woman.
He told the jury: “It might have been a mistake or an accident – it’s not mine.”
Uddin, formerly of Lincoln Street, Leicester, denies sexually assaulting the teenager, causing her to engage in sexual activity and two counts of rape.
Giving evidence in his defence, he told the court he was educated in Bangladesh, where he was also an imam, and a successful faith healer since 1985, having cured people with epilepsy.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
July 24th, 2018