Dutch neighbours of mosque against racist violence

Allah's House mosque in Enschede

From Dutch daily Tubantia in Overijssel province:

Neighbors of Enschede mosque: “Madness. You do not do such things”

Last updated March 1, 9:11

ENSCHEDE – “Madness. You do not do such things.” Neighbors of Allah’s House in Enschede have nothing good to say about the men who on Saturday tried to set fire to the mosque.

Most people who live across the street have seen little of the attempted arson at the mosque. “The police came to the door to ask if we had seen it. So, nothing,” say Kim (32) and Gerrit (36).


“Who would do such a thing. Incomprehensible,” Kim says indignantly. “We have absolutely no problems with the mosque and its visitors. If something is planned in the mosque they always inform us. And we are also always welcome. Our children sometimes play there. We suffer more from the reformed church next to the mosque. The visitors of the church are much cheekier and park their cars all over our doorsteps.”


Gerrit nods. He works as an international driver and has nothing to do with religion, he says. “I think you should value everyone. But during my work I notice that the aversion rises against Islam. Whether I drive in the Netherlands, Germany, or Scandinavia, everywhere I hear that people are afraid that too many Muslims might come. I also feel that precisely because of this Turks and Moroccans retreat more into their own communities.”


Mohammed Draoui, board member of the mosque, stresses that the Muslim community is very open. “We try to involve all people around. Everyone is welcome. Tours are crowded.” He added action to his words and spontaneously showed us the mosque. In the hallway are some thirty shoes in a rack. The owners pray.


“What happened affects us tremendously,” says Draoui. “A few years ago there was arson as well. It is so unfortunate that people who have questions about Islam do not bother to come to our mosque and have a conversation with us. What makes us feel good is that we have had many reactions from local residents who find it horrible what happened.”

9 thoughts on “Dutch neighbours of mosque against racist violence

  1. Tuesday 1st March 2016

    posted by Lamiat Sabin in Britain

    A RACIST murderer was told yesterday that he would spend at least 32 years in prison for a “sickening attack” on an elderly Muslim man who was walking to mosque.

    Dale Jones, 30, of Norwood Street, Dalton, had already been sentenced at Sheffield crown court to life for killing Mushin Ahmed. Accomplice Damien Hunt, 30, of Doncaster Road, was jailed for 14 years for manslaughter.

    The 81-year-old Mr Ahmed was punched, kicked and stamped upon in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, in the early hours of August 10 2015 and died in hospital 11 days later.

    He suffered serious head and facial injuries and was left with an imprint of Mr Jones’s trainer on his face.

    A jury heard that Mr Jones flew into a “raging fury” fuelled by a day of heavy drinking and use of cocaine and tranquillisers before accusing Mr Ahmed of being a “groomer.”

    There is “no doubt” the accusation was made only because Mr Ahmed was Asian, prosecutor Andrew Robertson QC told the court.

    “This extreme violence is nothing short of sickening and highlights just how dangerous these individuals are,” said Detective Chief Inspector Victoria Short.

    A short time before the fatal attack, Mr Jones racially abused an Asian taxi driver, the jury was told.

    A man appeared in court yesterday charged with the murder of imam Jalal Uddin, who was found with head injuries in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, after walking home from a mosque.



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