As we reported several days ago, leaders of Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, AfD) walked out of an abortive meeting with Aiman Mazyek, the Secretary-General of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany (Zentralrat der Muslime in Deutschland, ZMD). Their departure was prompted by Mr. Mazyek’s refusal to withdraw his comparison of AfD with the Nazi regime.
In response, Beatrix von Storch of the AfD wrote an open letter to Aiman Mazyek. Many thanks to Nash Montana for this translation from Politically Incorrect:
Dear Mr. Mazyek,
Your insulting utterances about the AfD make it harder to have a personal dialogue. This is by far the biggest hurdle. The biggest threat to freedom, democracy and rule of law is, as of today, coming from political Islam. Therefore, something different is crucial: Your still unclear relationship with political Islam and sharia. After you were so courteous as to hand us a copy of said Constitution, on Constitution day, Monday May 23rd, I still have a few questions. These questions have a lot to do with our Constitution, and refer to the “Islamic Charter”, which the Council for Muslims has produced for themselves.
[Translator’s note: The “Islamic Charter” that von Storch mentions here is the “Constitution” that the Council for Muslims in Germans (ZMD) has provided for itself concerning the relationship between Muslims and society.]
|1.||Do you distance yourself without prejudice from the legislative aspects of Sharia?
Do you support an initiative for the ban of violations of human rights within the Sharia, in order to forbid organizations and individuals who are demanding the same?
|2.||Article 3 of your Islamic Charter says: Sunni and the Koran together form the foundation of Islamic belief, of Islamic Law, and of the Islamic way of life.
Given that parts of Islamic Law and the Islamic way of life contradict our Constitution and Rule of Law, will you respect our judicial system without any prejudice and unconditionally as the higher-ranking authority, and will you forgo the enforcement of your own religious judicial requirements?
|3.||In Article 8 of your Charter it says, “Wherever they are, Muslims are required to call for solidarity with their brothers and sisters in the whole world.” You therefore restrict your worldwide solidarity solely towards your Muslim brothers and sisters of the faith.
So you are not in solidarity with Christians, Jews, and non-believers even if it were possible for you?
|4.||In Article 10 of your Islamic Charter, it says that “Islamic law binds Muslims in the diaspora to basically hold themselves to local rule of law. In this sense, visa issuance, residency permits and naturalization are therefore contracts, that have to be adhered to by the Muslim minority.”
Islamic law binds Muslims to hold themselves to local rule of law. Does that mean that the law for Muslims is therefore not indefinite, but only and as long and as far as Islamic law tells them to?
This obligation is specifically for Muslims “in the diaspora” Does that mean: only as long as Muslims are a minority, obedience to this law is required, and after that they don’t feel they have to abide by our Constitution anymore?
You feel “basically” bound to the local rule of law. That means, your abidance of the law is not unrestricted. Which exceptions from abiding by our Constitution do you notify us of?
You mention three laws: visa issuance, residency permits and naturalization. What about all the other laws?
What does it mea, that you let our laws be looked at as mere “contracts”? A contract is in effect when both parties agree to it and only until one side gives notice. Laws, on the other hand, exist; nobody has to agree to them, and you cannot just give notice about them.
What does it mean, that these so called contracts are to be adhered to by the “Muslim minority”? Would a Muslim majority not abide by these laws anymore? Is this an announcement that a Muslim majority then would give notice to dissolve these “contracts”, because they are, after all, contracts? And then, which new laws would the majority Muslims intend to enact?
|5.||I am particularly enamored of Article 11 of your Charter. In it you advise the Muslims of the Council to abide by “the by the constitutionally-guaranteed checks and balances, rule of law and democratic basic right of the Republic of Germany, including party pluralism, and the active and passive right to vote for women as well as the freedom of religion.”
What about all the other basic rights which are anchored in our Constitution? Women have rights in our society that go far above the right to vote you mentioned.
Do you stand unconditionally behind our entire basic law and Constitution, or only behind those individual principles and individual rights you mentioned?
|6.||In Article 11 of your Charter it says that, “There is no contradiction between the God-given individual rights anchored in the Koran and the core of declared Western human rights.”
You emphasize that there are no contradictions with the “core” of western human rights. Does that mean that beyond this core, there are contradictions? Which human rights are affected by this?
Furthermore, in Article 11 it says: “Islamic law mandates treating equal things equally, and permits treating unequal things unequally.”
Since you have declared, under Article 2, that the Koran and Sunna are the source of all Islamic law, I am asking you if men and women, or Muslims and people of different faiths, are equal and therefore equal in their rights? or do these fall into the category of “unequal” in Islamic law? And foremost: When and in which areas is Islamic law applied in Germany?
|7.||Article 14 of the Charter asserts that “European culture is substantially influenced by Islamic philosophy and civilization.” Furthermore, that “Muslims want to make significant contributions to overcoming crises. To this, among others, the affirmation of the Koran-approved religious pluralism applies.”
What does this limitation on the “Koran-approved” religious pluralism mean? Does it mean that you don’t recognize the unlimited equality of all religions, and that this refers to the sharia based “dhimmi” status (ahl adh-dhimma) for tolerated non-Muslims with mere limited rights?
Are you prepared and willing to give up the implementation of a sharia based legal status for non-Muslims?
|8.||In Article 19 the Council applies itself to “the integration of the Muslim population into society, under the preservation of their Islamic identity.” It says further that the Council “supports all efforts which contributes the promotion of language and naturalization.”
Are you of the opinion that Muslims only have to learn the German language in order to become German citizens, so that they can then be regarded as “integrated”?
I shall look forward to your reply.
With sincere regards,
Beatrix von Storch