JLH, who frequently translates German-language material for us, has compiled a report about a nationwide raid on German mosques. His account is based on two articles, one from SWR.de and the other from Die Welt:
Raid On German Mosques
January 20, 2010
In a nationwide raid, police impounded copies of a banned book which called for violence against women. Beating of women is justified as “discipline,” so long as no bones are broken and no bruises left on the body.
In a raid on five mosques, prayer rooms and publishing houses as well as the private residences of three Islamic preachers, police impounded data storage units, computers and banned books. Thirty establishments were targeted in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saxony. In Lower Saxony, four establishments were involved, six in Baden-Württemberg and one each in Bavaria, Berlin and Saxony
“Women under the Protection of Islam” is the German translation of a book published in Saudi Arabia. Descriptions in the chapter “Beating the Woman” have been declared by the Federal Department for Media Likely to Endanger Young People as both discrimination and incitement to violence
The book, which can be found on diverse Islamic internet sites, had already been indexed as dangerous to youth on January 15, 2009. The applicable passages state that beating women is, to be sure, absolutely forbidden, but is permissible as an ultimate resort when a woman does not obey her husband.
After “admonition” and “warning of Allah’s punishment,” the man should apply the sanction of “avoiding his wife’s bed.” If this is also ineffective, the next stage of discipline would ensue: “Beating without damaging, breaking bones, leaving bruises on the body and under no circumstances striking the face.” This treatment had proven as effective with controlling or domineering women as with submissive women: “These women enjoy being beaten.”
According to police statements, the books were displayed at public events and offered in mail order catalogs, thereby being made available to young people. The books had first appeared in Stuttgart in June, 2009, at a lecture by the Islamic preacher Pierre Vogel (Abu Hamza).
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The 31 year-old Vogel — a former professional boxer — converted to Islam and preaches to mostly young people, whom he encourages to convert. He advocates, among other things, the law of sharia. Vogel lives in Cologne (North Rhine-Westphalia), presents his interpretation of Islam on numerous lecture tours and offers his sermons on the internet for downloading.
The two other preachers are Sven Lau (Abu Adam) and Muhammad Ciftci (Abu Anas) of the Islamic school in Braunschweig. The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution has had the so-called Educational and Cultural Center in Braunschweig in its sights for years. It is considered one of the most important hubs of the Islamic scene in Germany.
The three men run the website “Invitation to Paradise,” which recruits for Salafi Islam. According to security authorities, branches of Salafi especially, as extremist forms of Islam, represent a threat to democratic constitutional social order.
It is true that they foreswear violence, but they pursue anti-democratic goals under the cover of religious freedom and adherence to the law. They use propaganda materials in an attempt to embed concepts and values in today’s society, which not only undermine continuing efforts at dialog and integration, but also cancel out the validity of current legal norms.