World Bulletin / News Desk
Non-Muslims in Iceland are calling to ask for membership to one of the country's leading Muslim community organizations in protest against anti-Islamic hate campaigns set up by certain far-right groups seeking to prevent the building of Iceland's first mosque.
The Muslim Association of Iceland had been promised by the authorities a free lot to build a mosque in Reykjavik. However, two weeks ago, Sveinbjörg Birna Sveinbjörnsdóttir, the Progressive party’s leader in Reykjavík, demanded the promise be retracted.
“I have received emails from people asking how they can register to the Association,” Salman Tamimi, the leader of the Muslim Association of Iceland, was quoted by Iceland's Review on Tuesday. “I was a bit surprised but very pleased by these enquiries,” he added.
Former editor Gunnar Smári Egilsson was among those seeking to register out of protest, revealing that one does not need to actually become a Muslim in order to register with the Muslim Association of Iceland on a Facebook post.
“It is not necessary to be a Muslim to be a member and everyone is naturally welcome,” Salman Tamimi confirmed, according to OnIslam, adding that the rules of the Muslim Association of Iceland allow membership for any member on agreement with its goals.Last Mod: 11 Haziran 2014, 14:19