Netherlands court fines an Islamist imam for cursing Ahmadiyya Muslims with 'pig'

Mokiem made his statements during a memorial service at the Al-Madinah Mosque in The Hague in 2017. He stated that real Muslims should keep their distance from followers of the Ahmadiyya movement because pigs and sheep are not allowed together. He also ordered the Ahmadiyyas present at the service to leave the hall. Two people then left. Together with a third visitor, they reported group insults.

The court considers the statements to be unnecessarily offensive because in Islam pigs are seen as ‘inferior and unclean animals’. “Among Muslims, it is a gross insult to be called a pig,” the court writes. “According to the court, the imam could have explained his beliefs and expressed his beliefs in a much less hurtful way. The court concludes that the imam, by making these statements, is guilty of group insult. According to the court, the conviction for group insult does not infringe the defendant’s freedom of expression.

Ahmadiyya movement around the world under threat

The Ahmadiyya Movement is under threat and persecution across the Islamic world, particularly in Pakistan and Indonesia. The majority of Muslims consider them heretics because they see their founder Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as a prophet after Muhammad, or at least as a reformer of Islam.

Because of that intimidating climate for members, the statements of Imam Mokiem are also so serious, according to the Public Prosecutor. “Words like this threaten to snowball. Especially when an authoritative person declares them, the situation can quickly get out of hand. Members of Ahmadiyya Muslim community apply for asylum in the Netherlands precisely because they are afraid of persecution.”

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community believe that the Netherlands respects human rights and they will find their lost freedom of religion here.

Mokiem, however, did not retract his words in the Hague court. He has been fighting heresy since the 1990s, he said. It was a recurring theme in his sermons. “Ahmadiyyas are not Muslims, while they claim to be. They have also been unanimously declared non-Muslim in Mecca. ”

‘Not incorrectly named pigs’

He began to use stronger language to deal with Ahmadiyya Muslims, he admitted. “Like a father who has already warned ten times. What the Ahmadiyyas do is worse than disobedience: claiming that Muhammad is not the last prophet.”

The name ‘pigs’ was not unjustified, he thinks. “Unbelievers are ‘like animals,’ only worse.” And when you think of untidy, dirty and unclean, you are soon talking about pigs.”

The Ahmadiyya movement has about 2000 members in the Netherlands, worldwide there are about 200 million. The Ahmadiyya Muslims also has a mosque in The Hague.

Islamization of the Netherlands

Imam Mokiem is associated with Jamaat-e-Islami which is banned in many countries including Bangladesh for its direct involvement in terrorist activities across the world. Recently, a former Jamaat-e-Islami leader arrested in Sri Lanka for promoting Islamic extremism.

All the infamous terrorist groups are linked with Jamaat-e-Islami which offers them an umbrella to run their operations smoothly.

The government and security agencies of the Netherlands should investigate the connections of the Imam Mokiem of the Al-Madinah Mosque, Hage. For any further information, the editorial board of The Eastern Herald can also be reached anytime.

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