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I Sveits er det samlet inn nok underskrifter til å avholde folkeavstemning om minareter skal forbys på moskeer. Avstemningen er en indikasjon på voksende motstand mot bygging av moskeer i Europa.

Avisen USA Today har samlet noen eksempler på denne motstanden.

• Supporters of the Swiss referendum collected enough signatures two weeks ago to call for a constitutional ban on minarets, the towers used to call worshipers to prayer. No date has been set for the vote.

• Italy’s Interior Minister Roberto Maroni announced this month that he wants to close a Milan mosque because crowds attending Friday prayers spill onto the street and irritate neighbors. In April, the city of Bologna scrapped plans for a new mosque, saying Muslim leaders failed to meet certain requirements, including making public its source of funding.

• In Austria, the southern province of Carinthia passed a law in February that effectively bans the construction of mosques by requiring them to fit within the overall look and harmony of villages and towns.

En bosnisk imam i Zürich, Sakib Halilovic, sier at slike forbud vil spille rett i hendene på radikale elementer. Hvis muslimer ikke får bygge gudshus, vil det bli reaksjoner.

Men det er størrelsen på noen av moskeene som vekker reaksjoner, bl.a. i Köln der minareten vil bli høyere enn Kölner-domen, og noen mener det ikke er tilfeldig. I islam skal moskeen være høyest.

I London er det planer om en gigantmoske som kan romme 12.000. Det er samlet inn 250.000 protestunderskrifter.

Some moderate Muslims say those against building more mosques sometimes have legitimate concerns.

«Truthfully speaking, we don’t need so many mosques,» says Irfan al-Alawi, international director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism in London. «We have 1,600 mosques (in Britain) and a (Muslim) population of 1.6 million. It’s become a business rather than a worship place.»

Al-Alawi, who opposes the London mega-mosque, says disagreements within a mosque can cause some members to branch off and want their own new building that is unnecessary.

The mosques often don’t fit in with neighborhoods or outnumber churches or other religious houses of worship, he says.


Mosques increasingly not welcome in Europe