Belgium: Terrorism watchdog warns against influence of Salafist ideology

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The OCAD, the Belgian government body that analyses the terrorist threat, has issued a warning with regard to the increased influence of Salafism on imams and mosques in Belgium. The body concedes that Salafists form a small minority but insists that the development is a cause for concern.

The daily De Standaard has gained access to the OCAD report issued in October of last year. The OCAD is worried about the growing influence of the Salafist ideology on imams in Belgium and Europe. The report warns against the growing influence of this very conservative and radical version of Islam that is backed by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states. A central tenant is a return to pure Islam. A clear distinction is also made between Muslims and infidels. Salafism believes that today's society should adapt to Salafism and not the other way around.




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