Muslims will comprise the majority of the population of Brussels by 2030. And the continent of Europe will be completely Islamic by the end of the century, if current demographic trends continue.
Stonegate Institute This is the view of sociologist and author Felice Dassetto, in The Iris and the Crescent. According to Dassetto, Muslims will be the majority population in Brussels by 2030 and similar trends are occurring throughout Europe. In fact, one third of all European children will be born to Muslim families by 2025.
Islam is on its way to become the most practiced religion in Europe. In a new book published by the University of Leuven, “The Iris and the Crescent,” sociologist Felice Dassetto says that Muslims will comprise the majority of the population of Brussels by 2030. The title of the book refers to the yellow flower symbol of Brussels’ region and to the Islamic emblem: While the first is decaying, the second is growing.
In Belgium as a whole, Muslims comprise roughly 6% of the total population, one of the highest rates in Europe. This number is expected to rise to more than 10% by 2020. According to Dassetto, Islam is becoming increasingly visible in Brussels: there are more and more mosques and minarets, more veiled women and more Muslim organizations.
The book also warns that ultraconservative elements within Islam are increasingly gaining ground in Brussels. Of the many strands of Islam represented in Brussels, Salafism is apparently far and away the most popular. Salafism, the highly conservative pan-Islamic movement, seeks, among other objectives, to unite the Muslim world under the leadership of a single Caliph, or ruler, who would govern based on Islamic Sharia law. The book also reveals that most Muslims in Brussels have an “us” versus “them” mindset, which hinders their integration into Belgian society.
Antwerp is also home to Belgium’s first Islamic Sharia law court, which began operating in September. The Sharia court is the initiative of a radical Muslim group, Sharia4Belgium. Leaders of the group openly say the purpose of the court is to create a parallel Islamic legal system in Belgium to challenge the state’s authority as enforcer of the civil law protections guaranteed by the Belgian constitution.
The self-appointed Muslim judges running the court are applying Islamic law, rather than the secular Belgian Family Law system, to resolve disputes involving questions of marriage and divorce, child custody and child support, as well as all inheritance-related matters.
Unlike Belgian civil law, Islamic Sharia law does not guarantee equal rights for men and women; critics of the Sharia court say it will undermine the rights of Muslim women, specifically in the areas of inheritance, marriage, divorce, polygamy, child custody, freedom of movement and most of all physical violence and a woman’s virtually total inability to extricate herself from it.
Sharia4Belgium says the court in Antwerp will eventually expand its remit and handle criminal cases as well. The Sharia4Belgium group consists of Islamists who are openly committed to bringing everyone living in Belgium — including all non-Muslims — under the submission of Islamic Sharia law.
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Belgian police on Wednesday detained 15 members of a radical Islamic group after they harassed passers-by in the city of Antwerp and shouted anti-Western slogans, police said. The Sharia4Belgium militants distributed leaflets glorifying Islam and criticizing the Western way of life in a central street of the northern port city.
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Belgian Muslims disrupted a debate about Islam which featured writer and Muslim activist Irshad Manji and Green Left Party MP Tofik Dibi. The Islamists threatened and spat on Ms Manji. Tofik Dibi, who accompanied Ms Manji to the police station where she filed a report, said that “the disruption of the debate shows that even in the Netherlands it is necessary to continue the debate on a free and moderate Islam.”
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Mohammed G. (58) has been teaching in the Royal Athenum Verdi in Verviers since 2004. In 2010 an inspector reported ‘bizarre behavior’ by the teacher, and informed the school that the teacher preached radical points of view in his lessons. One student said that Mohammed had told her that her mother would burn in hell because her mother was Catholic. Another that the teacher reproached her, a Muslim girl, for walking hand-in-hand with a boy. The teacher called girls without a headscarf ‘sinners’. According to the inspectors he also discriminated against students without a headscarf: they automatically got lower grades. Mohammed G. also had his students learn Koran verses by heart, though that wasn’t part of the curriculum.
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