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That’s what they do learn in mosques


Children at Salafist mosque schools learn that people with a different religion or belief deserve the death penalty. They also learn to turn away from Dutch society and the principles of equality and freedom. There are such schools in Ede (two) and Apeldoorn (one).

At various mosque schools, teachers teach that young Muslims must leave this ‘unbelieving country’ to settle in an Islamic country. This is the conclusion of a study by Nieuwsuur and NRC Handelsblad into salafist institutions that fall outside of regular education.

Both in politics and within the Islamic community there has been a shocked response. Gert-Jan Segers of the ChristenUnie and VVD leader Klaas Dijkhoff want to have the law amended so that the education inspectorate can also intervene in informal education after signals, where it can now only inspect regular schools.

The Moroccan-Dutch community is also shocked. A sheikh, imam and Islam teacher, active in traditional Moroccan mosques, call the Salafist lessons ‘horrible’.

Nieuwsuur and NRC investigated dozens of educational centers that are Salafist or strongly influenced by Salafism, and studied the teaching material for different age groups. Teachers throughout the country glorify a system where sharia punishment, Islamic law, apply.

Written by: Patrick O'Brien

Patrick O'Brien is a student who is taking only the first steps in journalism. The main interest is events from the world of macroeconomics and finance.

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