Mosque distances itself from ISIS

The al-Moslimin mosque in the city of Nijmegen distanced itself from ISIS and it’s violent jihadistic ideology that don’t correspond with the Quran. According to the mosque a lot of Muslims feel scared and threatened by the hatred towards Muslims that is the consequence of ISIS’ actions.
Board member Said Bouharrou says more Islamic organizations should speak against ISIS and other extremistic organizations to avoid people becoming scared of their Islamic neighbour. The statement is also meant for youth who consider travelling to Iraq or Syria: “You are on the wrong path.

Dutch Schools Reluctant to Accept Minority Pupils

26 April 2013

Dutch primary schools are refusing to accept children with an ethnic background, reports newspaper Trouw. The refusal is based on fears that children of an ethnic background will drive down test scores, and that those who do not speak Dutch as a first language will have a negative impact on the school’s performance scores. In addition, the schools are worried that they may become classified as “too black” and therefore unpopular with white parents. Trouw bases its report on information from the Nijmegen based KBA bureau following a research project.

Some 12% of Dutch primary schools have more than 50% ethnic-minority pupils. Parents of children with a minority background who try to register their children at white schools hit a variety of obstacles, Trouw said. These range from simply feeling unwelcome to long waiting lists. In some cases they are referred to a more mixed school ‘where there is more experience with language disadvantage’.

Dutch football club wants fewer immigrants

Quick 1888, an amateur football club in the town of Nijmegen is taking steps to cap the number of ethnic minority players on the team. Those supporting the cap claim white players do not feel at home and that minority parents do not provide sufficient volunteer support for the club. The club wants to reduce the number of minority players to 50%, down from a current 80% of players who have an ethnic minority background. Provincial parliamentarian Toine van Bergen stated that he feels the club’s subsidies should be suspended if they carry through with the cap.

Study finds no sharia courts in Netherlands

A recent study has found that due to the ethnic and religious diversity of Dutch Muslim groups, the existence of an official legal institute for all Muslims in the Netherlands is not possible, and no Sharia courts currently exist in the country.

The study was conducted by Radbound University Nijmegen for the Ministry of Justice and sent by the ministers of Justice and Integration to Dutch parliament. It notes that while practices of counseling and conflict-arbitration on the basis of Sharia exist in the Netherlands, it does not take the form of settling disputes. Rather, Muslims ask among peers or scholars for advice about issues in which Islamic concepts and life in Dutch society offer choices. The cabinet response admits that the study alleviates concern about the existence of Sharia courts, while restating its position ensuring that there will be no parallel legal orders in the country.

Sharia in Netherlands (Dutch)

A recent study has found that due to the ethnic and religious diversity of Dutch Muslim groups, the existence of an official legal institute for all Muslims in the Netherlands is not possible, and no Sharia courts currently exist in the country.
The study was conducted by Radbound University Nijmegen for the Ministry of Justice and sent by the ministers of Justice and Integration to Dutch parliament. It notes that while practices of counseling and conflict-arbitration on the basis of Sharia exist in the Netherlands, it does not take the form of settling disputes. Rather, Muslims ask among peers or scholars for advice about issues in which Islamic concepts and life in Dutch society offer choices. The cabinet response admits that the study alleviates concern about the existence of Sharia courts, while restating its position ensuring that there will be no parallel legal orders in the country.

Dutch Muslim Initiates “Walk of Tolerance”

A Dutch Muslim woman who has worn a headscarf for the past two years is calling for participants in a walk of tolerance “to create awareness and demand tolerance for our faith and our headscarf.” Joany Dahlmans tells Wereld Journalisten that she hopes to gather participants to walk as a group in the Four Days Marches in Nijmegen in 2010, when the country participates in a massive series of walking marches. The march is Dahlman’s response to her own experience being cursed and jeered at on previous marches. She tells Wereld Journalisten that she wants to show veiled Muslim women that they deserve just as much respect and opportunities in society. “My experience is a minuscule part of what takes place in society. I hope that the ‘Walk of Tolerance’ kindles the social debate.”