The Dangerous Success of Radical Young Clerics

Imams in Germany have long tended to be older men who preach primarily in Turkish or Arabic. Now, though, officials are worried about a new breed of cleric: young, dynamic and followers of a radical brand of Islam. Their adherents are growing in number.
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Many are Salafists, adherents of a fundamentalist movement that strictly follows the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. Salafists reject innovation, frown on interactions with infidels and believe that the only legitimate laws come from God.
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The Berlin arm of the BfV has warned that their ideology is almost identical to that of the al-Qaida terrorist network.
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Followers of Salafist imams consist mainly of "young men, usually unstable individuals from broken families, who are especially likely to have a criminal record," says Mathilde Koller, the head of the BfV branch in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
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Mosques are suffering from similar problems to those facing Catholic and Protestant churches. They are losing members, and they are seen as outdated and out of touch with everyday life. The young, charismatic agitators, on the other hand, know how to reach young people.
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Last July, Vogel spoke to a predominantly young crowd in Dietzenbach near Frankfurt. The native of the Rhineland region stood on the bed of a white rented truck and raved about paradise, describing it as a place where willing virgins were waiting for the Muslim faithful. "You'll get more of it there than you could ever imagine," he said.
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The main problem with the West, he says in an accent typical of the Rhine region, is the idea that everyone has to realize his full potential and be happy as an individual. He despises individualism, that "Western ideology that tells you not to obey anyone." God, says Vogel, knows best what is good for the individual, which is why people must abide by his rules. "And even if Allah were to instruct you to spend your entire life with one leg against the wall, you would have to do it, because Allah is your god."
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German imam Vogel was a professional boxer before converting to Islam. He was the German junior champion in the light heavyweight division, which gives him the kind of street credibility that a 60-year-old imam from Neu-Ulm in southern Germany can never achieve. "I know it all: amusement arcades, discos, women," says Vogel. "I can be more persuasive when I say that it's better to be married and live a virtuous life."

A number of Muslims feel that the German convert is too vain, and find it presumptuous for Vogel to drive to rallies in a VW SUV with the license plate number HAM-ZA 911. Vogel calls himself Abu Hamza, the name of a warrior who lived in the time of the Prophet Muhammad. The number stands for 9/11, the day of the terrorist attacks on the United States.
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Vogel also claims that he convinces young people to renounce violence. But a few radicals see him as a role model. Arid U., the Frankfurt Airport assailant, included "Pierre Vogel" as one of his interests on his Facebook page.

Robert B., the German native who was arrested together with a friend in England in mid-July 2011 after arriving on a ferry with bomb-building plans and jihad instructions in their luggage, was also a follower of Vogel. He had attended one of Vogel's rallies in Hamburg in the summer.

For some young Muslims, imams like Vogel are apparently the gateway drug into an ideology with Islamist overtones, which recognizes violence as a legitimate tool, and not just in war zones. spiegel

Nota: obviamente que este é um problema resultante da emigração descontrolada e não desejada pelos cidadãos dos países receptores. Agora, os filhos dos emigrantes que se impuseram à Europa - que foram e continuam a ser os principais beneficiários do "estado social" europeu - querem destruir a própria Europa, a sua liberdade e democracia.

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