A group of Islamic zealots have formed a vigilante squad in the German industrial city of Wuppertal, wearing homemade vests marked “shariah police” as they try to deter young Muslims from engaging in haram behavior. They have distributed leaflets describing the sleazy nightlife area they monitor as a “Shariah Controlled Zone.”
Below are excerpts from an article about the Shariah Police in Wuppertal:
Islamists Patrol German City as Shariah Controlled Zone
A group of radical Islamists have formed a vigilante squad, wearing homemade vests marked “shariah police” as they try to deter young Muslims from drinking and vice in a German industrial city.
German police said Friday they are seeking ways to stop the bearded young fundamentalists, who have been sighted on several recent occasions at night.
The radicals have distributed leaflets describing the sleazy nightlife area they monitor near the main railway station of Wuppertal — a city of 340,000 — as a “Shariah Controlled Zone.” They wore fluorescent orange traffic-safety vests marked “shariah police” in English on the back.
The Wuppertal radicals, who have won some converts among young ethnic Germans and have exasperated authorities with previous publicity gambits, are followers of Salafism, a puritanical stream of Islam.
|0:01||NGH / The Media Pig|
|0:05||Eternal happiness … Eternity … Paradise … We will not let this be taken from us.|
|0:11||The self-named Sharia Police talk young men into “The Right Way”, proselytizing.|
|0:17||They have started this themselves. Salafists patrolling in Wuppertal, Germany,|
|0:21||want to outlaw music, smoking and tight clothing.|
|0:26||An unsettling signal for the Islamic community in Wuppertal.|
|0:30||The video of young Salafists walking the streets of Wuppertal shocks the community.|
|0:36||We see this also as a danger to our community,|
|0:40||for unfortunately we have young people who have not really dealt with their faith …|
|0:45||The community attempts to warn against the Salafists with education.|
|0:49||This is clear: They are becoming radicalized. With these activities|
|0:53||they seek to solicit the young, also for the battle in Syria.|
|0:56||One young man has died, actually in Syria, for which we were unfortunately too late,|
|1:04||and after this, after this incident, we have specifically talked to the young.|
|1:11||The Sharia Police proudly present themselves on the Internet,|
|1:14||and encourage the founding [of similar groups] in all German cities.|
|1:18||The police are undertaking an investigation. The charge: Violation of public assembly laws.|
|1:23||In the night between Wednesday and Thursday we arrested a group of young men,|
|1:29||who walked the center of the city in this “Sharia Police” uniform,|
|1:34||and talked to people, young people, unsettling them.|
|1:37||We immediately arrested these people.|
|1:42||There is also a “Sharia Police” force in England.|
|1:44||Here those of other beliefs are downright harassed:|
|1:47||”Get out of here, this is a Muslim area. Admit you’re dirty!”|
|1:53||Such extreme behaviour of intimidation and provocation must be stopped,|
|1:57||say the police in Wuppertal, Germany.
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Hat tip for the article: JP.