from Bill Still
lass=”” >France may close down as many 160 mosques in the coming months.
France is still under a state of emergency since the Nov. 13 Paris terrorist attacks that killed 130 innocents. Since then, police raids on radical mosques have revealed an astounding cache of weapons, ammunition and pro-ISIS propaganda.
According to Hassan El Alaoui, one of France’s chief Imams:
“… between 100 and 160 more mosques will be closed because they are run illegally without proper licenses, they preach hatred, or use takfiri speech.”
Takfiri speech is one Muslim declaring another Muslim to be not sufficiently religious. It is the Muslim equivalent of excommunication among radicals of the Sunni branch, and is used to justify Muslim-on-Muslim violence.
Moderates reject takfir as un-Islamic – the result of bigotry and zealotry.
For example, in an open letter condemning the Orlando massacre on Sunday, Imam Umar Farooq Hahmood of Kingman, Arizona, quoted Matthew 7:1:
“Judge not, lest ye be judged.”
The Imam said:
“A true Muslim’s duty is to protect life. We are all equal in front of God who is all merciful and forgiving.”
However, two days ago, French police raided a mosque 18 miles east of Paris and uncovered 334 weapons and a large quantity of 7.62mm Kalashnikov ammunition, along with ISIS propaganda videos.
According to the French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve:
As a result, 223 Muslims have been taken into custody. France currently has the largest Muslim population in Western Europe, with about 2600 mosques.
The French government may be reconsidering its membership in the Schengen Agreement – the open borders policy of the European Union that allows all residents of the EU to travel freely throughout Europe without showing identification or being screened.
Should they withdraw from Schengen, all persons entering France would have to show a passport once again at the border. This would prevent more undocumented migrants from entering the country.
I’m still reporting from Washington. Good day.