Rabat – Following its software for recognition as an area religion neighborhood, the mosque in Cinquantenaire park in Brussels, Belgium, confronted accusations of being beneath the affect of Moroccan intelligence.
Belgium’s Minister of Justice Vincent Van Quickenborne claimed that the infiltration lies inside the mosque’s administration. He mentioned the director and two different workers are “Moroccan spies.”
In keeping with Quickenborne, these people have been taking management of the mosque’s course for years.
On the idea of those claims, Belgium denied the mosque the mosque the precise to the title of an area religion neighborhood.
Positioned close to the European Union’s headquarters, the Grand Mosque of Brussels misplaced its standing in 2019, after the Belgian authorities thought-about it was beneath the affect of Saudi Arabian Salafist theology.
Belgium’s Muslim Executive denied the minister’s allegations, labeling them as unfounded. “There aren’t any spies right here … I might stake my life on it,” spokesperson Tahar Chahbi instructed VRT Radio.
The Muslim Government is the biggest group representing Muslims in Belgium.
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The Belgian official instructed VRT Radio on December 4, that every one members of the Muslim govt “have to be restaffed with Muslims who imply effectively to our nation.”
Chahbi went on to accuse Minister Van Quickenborne of enjoying politics. He insisted that “there was no drawback” when former Justice Minister Koen Geens and his predecessor Annemie Turtelboom occupied the place.
Van Quickenborne additionally raised the query of the shortage of ladies inside the Brussels mosque’s administration, calling on Belgian Muslims to “make a distinction” on this regard. “We actually can’t go on this manner,” he fumed.
Belgium’s Muslim Government mentioned that the minister mustn’t intervene with home issues, in any other case, he ought to do the identical with the Jewish and the Catholic Church. They questioned the minister’s moviations, asking why he isn’t bothered by the truth that there aren’t any feminine clergymen or Rabbis.
“Ladies are represented, and they’re revered,” the group concluded.
Moroccan authorities are but to answer Van Quickenborne’s allegations.
The interplay between Belgian justice and the Muslim govt comes amid a tense context, marked by Islamophobic and racist assaults in opposition to Arabs and Muslims in addition to a lot of extremist crimes in neighbouring France.
The Belgian minister’s name for the restaff of the Muslim govt follows Macron’s name on leaders of the French Council of Muslim Religion (CFCM) to create a council to designate and certify Muslim preachers, or imams, in France.