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Imam Dead In Mosque Arson In Belgium: Police

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A man set fire to a mosque in Brussels on Monday, killing its 47-year-old imam and injuring another person, in an arson attack that destroyed a large part of the building, police told AFP.

Police officials at the scene "confirmed it was the imam" who died when a firebomb was thrown into the Shiite mosque, police spokeswoman Marie Verbeke said.

The imam, who succumbed to the fumes in the burnt-out place of worship, was with a second person, who was lightly injured, at the time of the attack.

"A suspect was taken into custody at the scene," Verbeke added.

A witness saw the suspect, a man, set fire to the building, Verbeke said, but no other details were immediately available.

Anderlecht Mayor Vincent Van Goidsenhoven said the suspect threw a Molotov cocktail at the mosque, Belga news agency reported.

"The mosque was apparently almost entirely burned down," Verbeke said.

Belgian public broadcasters RTBF and a stream of Twitter users said that a group of at least 50 people had gathered outside the Shiite mosque.

Police said they received a call at 6:45 pm (1745 GMT) and the body was pulled out 45 minutes later.

The area around the mosque, near Belgium's main international railway hub, has a large immigrant Muslim population.

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(bismillah)

(salam)

Inna Lillahay Wa Inna Ilaihay Raajay-oon.

"To Allah we belong, and to Him we return." 2:156. (fatiha)

May the Imam of that Masjid be compensated in heaven for his martyrdom inside the mosque.

Condolences to his family, friends, all the Believers who are saddened to hear this.

My prayer is that the Belgium authorities put the murderer on trial, convict and punish him, and, by this procedure of justice, help deter other criminals with similar evil thoughts.

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Wahhabi djihadiste.

It's in french. But he said: he (the wahhabi) insulted the Shiites

So it is not Pakistan, Iraq, Palestine and Bahrain anymore where these Salafists are attacking Shia mosques. Now, they attack the Shia mosques in Western countries as well?

If the guy was caught by believers, they shouldn't hand him over to the police, they should have hanged him in front the of the mosque..self defense is legal anyways!

Edited by Noah-

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Inna lilah ilayhi raji'oon. Salafi scum of the earth. Times like this I feel a fleeting sympathy with paranoid right wing angst in Europe.

Then I remember that as far as they are concerned I am an oppressed soul who was subjected to FGM and is likely waiting to be processed by mujahids in heaven. :dry:

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inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'oon

I used to go to this mosque, this is tragic news

In the news papers it says it was a salafi who came in with an axe and two cans of petrol, and this happened just before 7 pm, maghreb here is just after 7, the guy must not have taken into account the time difference in the maghreb prayer, alhamdulillah, or else if he had come in during prayer it would have been alot worse.

-apparently they claimed it is due to the events in syria

-wahhabis have been making threats since 2007

-3 guys were invloved, 2 got away

http://www.lesoir.be...echt-902359.php

Edited by Ali_Hussain

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What better way to become a martyr, in the service of Imam Ali in a mosque.

Salafism, the inhumane ideology, has destroyed the image of Islam, whether in Nigeria(against Christians), in Somalia(against own people), in Afghanistan, Pakistan or Iraq, hundreds of thousands of people have died because of that ideology. The only way is to expose this ideology to the people so that they reject it.

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It's too soon to be saying whether it was a Salafi nutjob behind this or a xenophobic rightwinger, all we know is that it's been confirmed that one man has been arrested.

It's not as if the average rightwing racist can tell the difference between a Sunni or Shia mosque, a mosque is a mosque. But if it is indeed a sectarian attack, that would be the most prolific I can think of in the Western world to date, and would be very worrying of the future ahead in this part of the world.

Edited by Propaganda_of_the_Deed

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It's too soon to be saying whether it was a Salafi nutjob behind this or a xenophobic rightwinger, all we know is that it's been confirmed that one man has been arrested.

It's not as if the average rightwing racist can tell the difference between a Sunni or Shia mosque, a mosque is a mosque. But if it is indeed a sectarian attack, that would be the most prolific I can think of in the Western world to date, and would be very worrying of the future ahead in this part of the world.

inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'oon

I used to go to this mosque, this is tragic news

In the news papers it says it was a salafi who came in with an axe and two cans of petrol, and this happened just before 7 pm, maghreb here is just after 7, the guy must not have taken into account the time difference in the maghreb prayer, alhamdulillah, or else if he had come in during prayer it would have been alot worse.

-apparently they claimed it is due to the events in syria

-wahhabis have been making threats since 2007

-3 guys were invloved, 2 got away

http://www.lesoir.be...echt-902359.php

''Vers 18h30, un homme s'est introduit dans la mosquée qui accueillait ses fidèles. Il s'agirait d'un Salafi. L'homme est entré armé d'une hache, de deux jerricanes d'essence''

(roughly) At around 18:30 a man came into the mosque. he was a salafi. He entered armed with an axe and two cans of petrol

''Les fidèles l'ont immobilisé à l'intérieur en attendant l'intervention de la police.''

The faithful locked him inside waiting for police intervention

''La mosquée chiite Rida a effectivement déjà fait l'objet de menaces salafistes, en 2007''

The shi'ite mosque Rida had effectively already been the object of threats from salafis in 2007

The news paper 'Le Soir' is a major news paper, the police have arrested the guy, there is very little chance they got the story wrong

Edited by Ali_Hussain

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