Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam - YOUM7 (Archive)/Khaled Kamel
CAIRO - 7 March 2017: Egypt’s Islamophobia observatory – part of Dar al-Iftaa, which is the religious body responsible for issuing Islamic decisions (fatwas) – issued a statement condemning Dutch politician Geert Wilder’s calls to ban the Quran in the Netherlands,
The right wing politician vowed to shut down mosques and ban the Quran if elected Prime Minister. Wilder, head of the
, also said he would close all Islamic schools and asylum centers and ban Muslim women from wearing the headscarf in public.
Wilder’s statements drew strong condemnation from the Egyptian Islamophobia observatory, which called the statements “hostile” and “racist” against Muslim citizens in Holland.
The observatory said such statements stir fear of Muslims among Dutch citizens in favor of electoral and political gains, and it demanded the criminalization of such statements for their discriminatory nature.
The observatory’s statement added that Wilder seeks to create an imaginary enemy and threat to the safety of Dutch society to influence voters, pushing them to vote for the far right wing parties during upcoming elections on
Most polls show Wilder running neck-and- neck with the ruling center right
, led by Dutch Prime Minister