Mosques

Tunahan Kuzu
Mar 13 '17 09:29

DENK is pressuring mosque leaders to urge their congregations to vote for the party, according to the council of Moroccan mosques in the Netherlands RMMN. Multiple mosque leaders have complained about undue pressure from the political party, NOS reports. 

"Mosque leaders are free to give political parties a platform if they want and there is nothing wrong with that", RMMN spokesperson Said Bouharrou said to the broadcaster. "But you cross a line if you, like DENK, indicate that you have to vote right, otherwise you are a traitor."

Mevlana Mosque in Rotterdam
Feb 3 '17 14:55

Dutch mosques were targeted in dozens of incidents over the past year, a clear increase compared to previous years, Dick Schoof, the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security said on Friday. He suggests that extra preventative measures be taken at mosques and at a local level, AD reports.

Jan 31 '17 09:31

The Union of Moroccan Mosques in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam imam association are calling on all mosques in the city to dedicate the Friday noon prayer to Mayor Eberhard van der Laan, who revealed on Friday that he was d AT5 reports.

Oct 14 '16 14:35

Christian party SGP wants to ban mosques in the Netherlands from making their daily calls to prayer with the words "Allahu Akbar", party leader Kees van der Staaij said to broadcaster NOS. This ban is one of the points in the SGP's election campaign, which will be released in two weeks.

Police officers on the street
Sep 8 '16 14:20

In edition to the alFitrah mosque in Utrecht, the police and Tax Authorities also raided the As-Sunnah mosque in Tilburg-Noord as well as 10 other buildings across the Netherlands on Thursday morning. The authorities believe that the foundation behind the mosques, educational institutions and charity organizations in these buildings are involved in large scale money laundering

Aug 26 '16 07:39

Geert Wilders' PVV released their election campaign and it is only one page long with eleven points. The first point, and most expansive one too, is the "de-Islamization" of the Netherlands.

Smoke rising over Zaventem airport in Brussels bombings, 22 Mar 2016
Mar 23 '16 09:19

The suicide bombings in Brussels on Tuesday hit Muslims in the Netherlands just as hard as everyone else, but with the addition that they also have to worry about retaliation. Several Muslim organizations are organizing a peace rally in Amsterdam on Friday, to show solidarity and support for Brussels and Belgium.

Mar 11 '16 08:20

Mosques in the Netherlands are increasingly facing threats, almost on a daily basis. Yet no extra security measures will be implemented to protect them at this stage. But should it be needed, there will not be a second's hesitation to give extra security, Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs said after a meeting with mosque managements

Mar 3 '16 08:25

The Public Prosecutor sees the incident in which a suspect threw a Molotov cocktail at a mosque in Enschede on Saturday as an act of terrorism. The perpetrator, a 33 year old man from Enschede, is officially suspected of attempted arson with terrorist intent, the prosecutor stated on Wednesday

Mar 1 '16 09:26

Violent incidents directed against mosques are increasingly common occurrences and happen far more often than is reported in the media, according to researcher Ineke van der Valk. "Many Mosque leaders choose not to make the violence against their address public", she said to Dutch newspaper Trouw. "For example, because they do not want to exacerbate the matter."

Feb 26 '16 07:52

About ten mosques in the Netherlands received threatening letters over the past days. The letters contain swastikas and texts like "You will soon receive important visitors, pigs" and "Islam is the devil's religion".

Dec 3 '15 13:35

A number of mosques in Amsterdam implemented extra security measures following the terrorist attacks in Paris. The feelings of insecurity that emerged after the attack on Charlie Hebdo in January, are even worse following the attacks in the French capital on November 13th

Sep 15 '15 11:00

The Rotterdam-Zuid community center De Put has denied Islamic-movement Hizb ut-Tahrir permission to give a lecture on Friday.

Jun 1 '15 10:42

A total of 45 imams from Morocco will preach the so-called "healthy Islam" in the Netherlands during Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month that starts on June 18th.

May 14 '15 11:12

On Thursday Rotterdam will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombardment on May 14th, 1940 that destroyed the city center.

Nov 27 '14 14:12

According to Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher, the PVV "crossed a new line" by "clearly and unambiguously" stating that "Muslims do not have the same rights as other Dutch citizens".

Nov 12 '14 08:34

Minister of Social Affairs Lodewijk Asscher is very concerned about the large amount of support among Turkish youth in the Netherlands for violent jihadist groups such as Islamic State (ISIS).

Aug 26 '14 08:01

Dutch mosques are going to take to social media in an effort to counter the flood of muslim youths being recruited by terrorist organization IS. Young islamists are being encouraged to offer counter-discussions about the negatives of IS on the internet, to engage sympathizers to turn away from extremism, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

Aug 7 '14 10:10

De Telegraaf newspaper today contains a full-page ad with calls from several well-known Dutch people to end the rising anti-Semitism in The Netherlands. On the back of the newspaper, in large black lettering is written: "No excuse for anti-Semitism."

Aug 5 '14 08:46

The government is taking steps to tackle the growing incidents of discrimination in The Netherlands. In response to the number of anti-Semitic events that have occurred in the country recently, Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and Ministers Lodewijk Asscher and Ivo Opstelen spoke with representatives of various Jewish organizations in the Catshuis, the NOS reports.

Aug 1 '14 11:14

Mosques in The Netherlands are worried about rising tensions between religious groups. For this reason, the Council of Mosques and the Union of Moroccan Mosques Netherlands are calling for tolerance against Jewish "brothers of the holy book", Elsevier reports.