By Tamer Aboalenin
BERNE, Nov 13 (KUNA) -- The Swiss Islamic Shura Central Council condemned
on Saturday the intention of the (Stop Minaret) Commission to build a monument
commemorating the Prohibition of the construction of minarets in Switzerland.
The Monument should be in Langenthal, a small city in Central Switzerland.
The Media spokesman of the Council Qaasim Illi said to the Kuwait News
Agency (KUNA) that "the announcement of such a move just one year after the
Swiss voters approved a ban on building minarets is a clear provocation to the
feelings of the Muslim minority in the country and a symbol of the
marginalization and aggressiveness."
He also noted that the idea "also bears the signature of an intolerant
Triumphalism and harbors the danger that the general effort to mutual
acceptance and understanding among religions could suffer another defeat".
At the same time he pointed out that the Swiss Islamic Shura Central
Council is convinced that many of the Swiss as well as many countries of the
world see that the ban on building minarets is a mistake, which need to be
The Commission's draft (Stop minarets) is pouring oil on the fire by the
establishment of a monument to celebrate the Vote result and should be
prevented by all available means, he said.
Some 57 percent of the Swiss had agreed last year in a referendum to ban
minarets in the country after a proposal of the right-wing Swiss People's
Party, supported by extremist right-wing.
The referendum was supported by a media campaign and has raised wide
concerns among public opinion, which they call the (hidden Islamization of the
Swiss society). Both, the Swiss Federal Council and the Parliament did no
support the initiative.
At the same time the city of Langenthal, stronghold of the Commission (Stop
minarets), has now a judicial dispute as the Islamic Society in the city
continues to build a mosque with a minaret according to the approval of the
authorities before the ban of minarte, but the (Stopp minarte) commission is
against the project even after the authorities had granted a license before
Switzerland home to some 400 thousand Muslim who are descended mostly from
Balkans and Turkey, and representing the second largest religion in the
country after Christianity (Protestant and Catholic). The authorities said
that they are well integrated.
There is only 4 minarets in Switzerland in Geneva, Zurich, Winterthur north
east of the country and the fourth in Wangen central Switzerland.
The Islamic Shura Council was created directly after the announcement of
the ban on building minarets and it was organised by intellectuals Swiss
converts to Islam and supported by a large number of young Muslims of second
and third generations. (end).
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