Our Swedish correspondent Carpenter writes:
Stockholm’s local administration is actually lobbying for banks to institute “Islamic banking,” i.e. Shari’a-compliant loans (Muslims should pay less for loans than native Stockholmers — Jizyah, as it is called in the Koran).
Here’s Carpenter’s translation of the Sveriges Radio report on Friday:
Alvendal wants Islamic banking
According to Islam, it’s prohibited to receive or pay interest on loans. Therefore Stockholm’s integration council wants Swedish banks to offer so-called Islamic banking to the groups which, for religious reasons, don’t want traditional bank services.
Kristina Alvendal of the Moderate party is on the integration council of Stockholm.
“We are many Swedes who take cash cards, saving money for our children and buying our own residences for granted. But for many new Swedes [emphasis added] this is impossible today. Therefore, it is very important to inspire the banks. It’s about making it possible for people of Muslim belief to act the same way we do.”
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According to Islam, neither lending nor borrowing money with interest involved is allowed. With Islamic Banking, interest is replaced by permanent installments or by leasing agreements where the customer pays amortization.
Today, there is Islamic banking in fifty countries [the article doesn’t mention which countries; Saudi-Arabia? Syria? Jordan? Egypt? Exactly what countries should Sweden “enrich our culture” from? — translator] but in Sweden, the interest in this has been weak.
Mostafa Kharraki, chairman of Sveriges muslimska råd [Sweden’s Muslim council] hopes that Stockholm’s request will make the Swedish banks change their minds.
“I think it’s very good that [Stockholm] is trying to convince the banks”
But why should Swedish banks adapt to Shari’a?
“It’s not about that. It’s about giving opportunities to citizens [emphasis added] who live in this country.”
What could this mean?
“It means a lot. One gets more involved with the majority of the population, more engaged, and economically takes better care.”