A conference in Utrecht this week, organized as part of the MultiFestijn Festival, explored “whether the unease about Islam in the Netherlands is due to a lack of leadership”, Reformatorisch Dagblad reports. Abdulwahid Van Bommel, a translator and guest lecturer at the University of Groningen, spoke at the conference and identified a sense of unease about the presence of Islam in the Netherlands. He suggested that the “silent majority” of the Muslim community should take a stronger role in leadership within Islam in the country.
Members of Parliament are calling for a debate with justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin regarding a conference scheduled at the end of May on the future of Islam in the Netherlands. The Telegraaf reports that the MPs are concerned about the involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood in the conference, entitled “Islam in Holland- Meditating on the Present and Future Horizons”. According to the organizers, the conference aims to clarify misunderstandings around controversial issues of Islam in the Netherlands.