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Shariah4Holland: kids' gang or terror threat?

Published on : 24 May 2012 - 2:41pm | By Marco Hochgemuth (Screenshot: JungleHyena)
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The radical Islamic organisation Shariah4Holland has caused a stir in the Netherlands. The movement is holding a conference in Amsterdam on Saturday and has invited Fouad ‘Abu Imran’ Belkacem, the leader of Shariah4Belgium, recently sentenced to two years in jail for incitement to violence. Media attention and questions from the anti-Islam Freedom Party are inevitable.

But who or what is Shariah4Holland? Does it amount to anything more than a shadowy organisation? Five questions answered:

What does Shariah4Holland want?
Shariah4Holland first emerged in December 2010 as an offshoot of Shariah4Belgium. The group wants to turn the Netherlands into an Islamic state. In a YouTube film it calls on Queen Beatrix to convert to Islam. “We shall only rest when death overtakes us or the flag of sharia flies above the Royal House in The Hague,” the group says in a statement.

Who are the members of Shariah4Holland
“A group of young people from the Netherlands who are prepared to fight for Allah’s laws,” in the words of Shariah4Holland itself. It’s a marginal group with - most likely - no more than a dozen members. The Dutch branch is controlled by Shariah4Belgium and its leader Abu Imran. He was recently given a two year jail sentence for inciting hatred and violence towards non-Muslims. Abu Imran has not yet been arrested and has yet to serve his sentence. Nevertheless, he is still expected to speak at Saturday’s conference in Amsterdam

What has Shariah4Holland actually done?
The group has mainly drawn attention to itself through provocative protest actions. Members disrupted a debate on moderate Islam in Amsterdam in December last year. Radical Muslims threw eggs, spat and shouted slogans such as “you are not Islam”. The police removed the group members by force. Although they presented themselves as members of Shariah4Holland, the protestors nearly all came from Belgium.

The group marked Liberation Day, 5 May, with its own ‘liberation day’ for Mohammed Bouyeri, the Islamic radical currently serving a life sentence for the murder of anti-Islam filmmaker Theo van Gogh. At this small demonstration at the jail in Vught, most of the Shariah4Holland protestors also spoke with Belgian accents.

Is there any support for Shariah4Holland in the Netherlands?
Virtually none. Orthodox Muslims see nothing in Shariah4Holland, partly because the group’s demands are so unfeasible. Apart from calling on Queen Beatrix to convert to Islam, they have demanded repentance from Geert Wilders.

Even the controversial Salafist imam Fawaz Jneid from the As-Soennah Mosque in The Hague wants nothing to do with Shariah4Holland.

“It is a group of young people who have given themselves the right to call on a head of state to convert to Islam” he told Radio Netherlands Worldwide some months ago. “That is not their responsibility. Either they’re mad, or they’re simply criminals who aim to murder people in the name of Islam.”

Is Shariah4Holland dangerous?
The Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service says in its 2011 annual report: “There is a risk that supporters from the Shariah4Holland core will cross the boundary into violence.” Dutch politicians expressed concern at the disruption of the debate in Amsterdam. Labour Party MP Ahmed Marcouch has described the organisation’s ideas as violent. Anti-Islam Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders made his views clear via Twitter: “Ban the group and deport the members.”

Whether the group is violent or peaceful, Dutch or Belgian, marginal or significant, it is likely that another provocative protest by Shariah4Holland to attract media attention is imminent. It may take place on Saturday to coincide with the Global Shariah Conference in Amsterdam.

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Discussion

Anonymous 7 June 2012 - 9:04pm / istanbul

It's just crazy that these people really think they serve A god... weird creatures.

Anonymous 31 May 2012 - 12:37am

There are always going to be religious fanatics (in just about ANY religion, not just Islam). It's just a shame that this small group is only adding ammunition to bigots and Wilders supporters (and vice versa--intolerance fueling their extreme beliefs). It's dangerous to lump a whole group of people together and say that they shouldn't be in your country....let's not forget this lesson that history has taught us within the last century!

Anonymous 26 May 2012 - 9:14pm / USA

They said the same thing about Islam4UK and Shariah4UK. Look at the problems that the British are having now. Better to stamp them out now before it gets out of hand.

Anonymous 26 May 2012 - 5:17pm / Indonesia

Need more Geert Wilders to stop trouble maker ,take action no talking anymore .....

Anonymous 25 May 2012 - 3:58pm

Let them do what they want within the bounds of the law; as soon as they violate the laws of the land they should be prosecuted, convicted and jailed and their organization should be disbanded.

Anonymous 25 May 2012 - 12:58pm / Remove this cancer

Whats the benefit of keeping those people in the Netherlands?
They are just like carcinomic tumour,then should get out immediately.

Anonymous 25 May 2012 - 8:02am / Australia

Spent a year in fairly docile Saudi Arabia. Rich and educated as it is, the quality of life there and dare I say any other Muslim country is unproductive, intellectually backward, health, employment and personal freedom poor compared to Christian inspired European civilization.
When Muslims migrate they really should inculcate in their children that they left their home countries because our system gives a person a better life. Sure, we have problems but that doesn't take away that the initial migrants came because they became better off.
It is a poor reflection on family honour, and disrespectful of Allah's providence, that kids who cannot take up a productive yoke will start fomenting unrest in what was a blessing for their parents.
It is to be hoped that Muslim countries can one day prove to be worthy heirs to a productive and lawful earth. They are currently so far behind the West and the East, indeed as nations also, behind in their respect for Mohammad's (peace be upon him) exposition of Allah's guidance of living.

Anonymous 10 July 2012 - 10:23pm / FRANCE

Lucky guy you live in Australia, far away from this fanatics!!!
I am from the south west of France where Mohammed Merah killed inocent people. The daily life is hard when you cross the way of this people, living in some french surburbs is really dangerous now.
What makes me laugh, if you look closely at videos about groups such as sharia4holland, this people wear Nikes or Adidas!!!! they are in contradictions with their values!!!

Woods 25 May 2012 - 10:02am

Excellent and articulate post, Anon.

Anonymous 25 May 2012 - 3:19am / INDONESIA

Please stop Islam before is to late, you don't know how it felt living among Islam, believe me what ever you hear is true, sure not all Muslim are like that but even a moderate Muslim will bow to Islam more than anything else on the world! I was born and raised in Muslim country! I know how they are, they'r like a cancer when it still small you can
t feel it but when is spread all over then it'll be to late!

Woods 24 May 2012 - 9:56pm

'...The group wants to turn the Netherlands into an Islamic state...'_______Hahaha, dream on, sunshine :)

sHallowithAlex 24 May 2012 - 6:42pm / USA

It only starts with a few of them, an before you know, its en epidermic!

Anonymous 25 May 2012 - 1:19am

"them"? "epidemic"? hahaha, you`re just as bright as "them" / Geert Wilders. Anyone in their right mind would know that this guy is a complete joke...

Woods 25 May 2012 - 10:04am

I beg to differ - Wilders is anything but a joke.

Anonymous 24 May 2012 - 3:22pm

time to take it seriously or it will get out of hand..

Anonymous 25 May 2012 - 1:16am

Take what seriously, and what is getting out of hand? This guy is like some Sasha Baron Cohen character in real life. Sad thing is he takes himself seriously. He should just move to some sharia country and quit yapping.

alex van kollem 24 May 2012 - 3:18pm / usa

Why are they letting this guy into the country

Anonymous 25 May 2012 - 1:12am

Eu: open borders, they have to let him in. Let him come make a fool of himself..... No one in the Netherlands cares.

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