Mosque shooting in Malmoe, Sweden

The mosque at Islamic Center in Malmoe, Sweden was subject to a shooting on New Years Eve. Someone shot through a window into a room with a handful of people. No one was hit, but one imam was injured by shattered glass from the window.

Bejzat Becirov, founder and vice president of Islamic Center, believes the attack was aimed at the mosque as such and not towards any specific person. Swedish police are regarding the shooting as attempted murder.

Libyan organization takes over Scandinavia’s largest mosque

Ownership of the largest mosque in Scandinavia – Islamic Center in Malmoe – has been taken over by the Libyan organization World Islamic Call Society.

The mosque was in heavy debt after an arson incident in 2003. The founder and chairman of the Islamic Center, Bejzat Becirov, says he could see no other options than to take the offer from the Libyan organization – which also contributed to Islamic Center when it was founded in the early 1980s.

Professor emeritus Jan Hjärpe believs this can be an attempt to counter Muammar Khaddafi’s bad reputation amongst many Muslims in the diaspora. Hjärpe doesn’t believe the change in ownership will effect mosque activities.