Imam of the Great Mosque of Brussels says he is no extremistWednesday, 11 October 2017 18:31
“Do I look like a Salafist?” the Imam asked. “Have you ever heard of an Imam linked to the Al-Azhar University of Cairo becoming a Salafist? I studied at that university and they sent me here. Co-existence and tolerance are the values of al-Azhar. I was sent to the Great Mosque 13 years ago to bear this message, and that’s what I do.”
People close to the case say there are doubts hanging over Sewif linked to “his speeches on the condition of women,” but also to the people he frequents outside the mosque. These worrying elements contributed to the Secretary of State’s decision, they say.
The imam has appealed against the withdrawal of his residence permit. The Council of State will issue its decision on the 24th of October.
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