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Minarets – A threat to Switzerland

Apparently, Switzerland is scared of tall cylinder domed-top buildings. This is the funniest yet saddest thing I have ever read. The government of Switzerland is full of a bunch of paranoid freaks who are scared of minarets.

They claim the minaret is not necessary for worship, but is rather a symbol of Islamic law, and as such incompatible with Switzerland’s legal system.

What a load of rubbish! This is like saying pizza represents Italian extremism. It’s not necessary for eating, but rather a symbol of the Italian mafia and fascism of Benito Mussolini and such it is incompatible with the freedom and democracy of America. Okay, maybe it was a bad example, but you get the point.

“We don’t have anything against Muslims,” said Oskar Freysinger, member of parliament for the Swiss People’s Party.

“But we don’t want minarets. The minaret is a symbol of a political and aggressive Islam, it’s a symbol of Islamic law. The minute you have minarets in Europe it means Islam will have taken over.”

LOL, and that’s all I have to say.

Sources: UmmahWatch via BBC News


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  • 20 Responses for "Minarets – A threat to Switzerland"

    1. tangents May 28th, 2007 at 11:15 pm

      I get the feeling those Scandinavian countries are xenophobic since most of their population is homogeneous; and the fact that Islam probably threatens their secularist attitude on everything.
      Nothing really surprises me anymore. BTW, is a minaret required when building a mosque. The ones I’ve been to my life don’t have one @_@;

    2. sister May 29th, 2007 at 6:21 am

      Assalam-u-Alaikum Assalaam Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Rabakatuhu!
      that’s so bias and racist clear attack!
      we should raise a voice!

    3. LondonMuslim May 29th, 2007 at 6:50 am

      Lol I just finished a post about this!

      I’ve got family in Switzerland, and I’ve stayed in Geneva twice. Not once have I heard of anything even vaguely discriminatory against Muslims there, but then again I’ve never seen a mosque in Switzerland either. It’s like the Swiss don’t even know Muslims exist in Switzerland because they’ve kept such a low profile… and it’s because of this low profile that the Swiss think that something as small as 2 minarets being banned will lead to a terrorist attack or something- a Swiss professor of Islamic Studies thinks that it will lead to bitterness and consequently militant action, and 3 MPs are against the ban because of a similar mindset.

      I think it’s really sad that a country that hasn’t even been affected in the whole terror threat junk can be so paranoid because of external influences, and because the Muslims living there were too invisible to show what Muslims are really like.

    4. AlBaraa May 29th, 2007 at 8:12 am

      The Minerate from what i remember was constructed so that that mu’azzin can give the adhaan. It was a tall structure so that when the guy gave the adhaan, his voice could reach far without obstruction.

      I know that these days they have audio systems to replace that. In india they mount the speakerphones onto the minerates so that the same goal could be achieved.

      To add to that….

      The adhaan, is a call to prayer unlike any call to prayer in any other worship. People knew it was the time for salah. Similarly…when you see a minerate…you KNOW that its a Masjid :-)

      symbol of Islamic law? perhaps…

      …symbol of islamic presense…most definently.

      Its good that the swiss govt is doing something abotu it…so that the Muslims can wakeup :-)

    5. AlBaraa May 29th, 2007 at 8:16 am

      oh adn read this: “I even gave them a written undertaking that we would never make the call to prayer,”

      thas “rubbish”

    6. Mujahideen Ryder May 29th, 2007 at 8:32 am

      AlBaraa on May 29, 2007 at 8:16 am said:

      oh adn read this: “I even gave them a written undertaking that we would never make the call to prayer,”

      thas “rubbish”

      That’s really sad. Thank Allah we can build minarets in America and make the adhan, alhamdulillah!

    7. mehnaz miraj gibson May 29th, 2007 at 11:24 am

      Salaam,

      The Swiss did not participate in WWII. After the war the population of Europe and America soared i.e. babyboomers.
      The Swiss did not experience this growth. Hence, the population is very old now. They had to import labor.
      When a person becomes old they either become very generous or bitter. When you are bitter you don’t want others to be happy.
      The Swiss Muslims need to keep on trying and if a minaret is not allowed I would hire a yoddler to announce the adhan.

    8. Yaser May 29th, 2007 at 1:51 pm

      Not to contribute anything useful but….Switzerland is not in Scandinavia. Norway, Sweden, Denmark & Finland (maybe Iceland, but I don’t think so) is part of Scandinavia. Unless your using Amir’s standard of stretching geography (example: East Africa) 😛

    9. LondonMuslim May 29th, 2007 at 5:08 pm

      lol!! Totally backing you on using a yodeler for the adhan :)

    10. Luigi June 2nd, 2007 at 9:45 pm

      Goodo for Switzerland!

      How many churches are there in Saudi Arabia?

      Answer – None! In fact, it is illegal to practice any religion other than islam in S.A.

      You cant have it both your way people.

      Besides, just behead those who dont want minarets in Switzerland.

    11. beirut June 3rd, 2007 at 5:39 am

      The thing is Switzerland claims to be a democracy, Saudi Arabia isnt. In Democratic nations there should be certain freedoms that people have, right? A minaret on a musalla/masjid does not pose any threat to their secular values whatsoever. They must believe this will decrease the number of European converts to Islaam or something…they are just pissed that more and more Europeans are converting to Islaam.

      And they cant do anything about it…

    12. Talibah Al Ilm June 3rd, 2007 at 2:48 pm

      Quote:”, and because the Muslims living there were too invisible to show what Muslims are really like.”

      Muslims in Switzerland are not at all invisible. Just have a look at Brother Tariq Ramadhaan (see Shaikh Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tariq_Ramadan)

      I suppose that it is now over with Switzerland’s neutral attitude towards anything which has to do with politics.
      I like beirut’s comment about democracy. So true!
      Wasalaam.

    13. Mujahideen Ryder June 4th, 2007 at 7:28 am

      beirut on June 3, 2007 at 5:39 am said:

      The thing is Switzerland claims to be a democracy, Saudi Arabia isnt. In Democratic nations there should be certain freedoms that people have, right? A minaret on a musalla/masjid does not pose any threat to their secular values whatsoever. They must believe this will decrease the number of European converts to Islaam or something…they are just pissed that more and more Europeans are converting to Islaam.

      And they cant do anything about it…

      Good point.

    14. Luqman June 11th, 2007 at 9:46 am

      At first this also seemed completely ridiculous to me. But then I had a think about it.

      I think what the Swiss are trying to do is comparable to the Islamic system of Ahl ul Dhimmah, where (from what I understand) non-Muslims may not have their religious buildings taller than the local mosque. By banning the minaret but not mosques, the Swiss are making a statement that they are allowing Muslims to live in Switzerland but also that the country is secular/Christian, not Islamic.

      That’s just how I see things anyway. Feel free to disagree. :)

    15. UKer June 11th, 2007 at 11:47 am

      That could well be the case, but look at whats been quoted again:

      “The minaret is a symbol of a political and aggressive Islam, it’s a symbol of Islamic law. The minute you have minarets in Europe it means Islam will have taken over”

      Its obvious what they mean by this…its like the French banning hijabs in school…to ‘stop secularism’, but looking beyond this idea of ‘lets all be one’…it shows an underlying message to all the Muslims out there…they want u out, the sooner the better, and if it takes time…like what Zain Bhikha says in his nasheed “Every step makes up the mile, even though it takes a while”..lol, but its true!
      Quite irrelevant, i must admit…but i still like that line, so i thought id put it in somewhere! 😛

      But yeh, u get wat i mean about the minarets?

    16. liv July 9th, 2008 at 7:29 am

      yeah it’s BS and a load of “$£% and I’m embaressed to be Swiss. but as of this point the SVP or the People’s party are the only ones representing this view. Not the whole govenment or switzerland.

    17. brother October 28th, 2009 at 11:01 am

      Here is a good website on Swiss news (in english).

      http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/specials/minaret_debate/index.html?siteSect=23250

      If you are interested you can learn a bit more about Switzerland’s government and the current Minaret issue.

    18. whitney December 1st, 2009 at 12:24 pm

      muslims are just as prejudiced

    19. Chris December 17th, 2009 at 6:55 am

      hmm, what do they mean by “and aggressive Islam, it’s a symbol of Islamic law.”
      What does aggressiveness have to do with Islamic law?
      And what does minarets have to do with Islam? Just because most Mosques have a minaret or two?

    20. Atif C. December 18th, 2009 at 4:30 am

      beirut is spot on…good job bro :-)

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