The Finnish state broadcaster YLE is a joke.
Muhammad Azzizi (Kurd), a recently elected city councilman in Turku is quoted as saying that evening on YLE’s Ajankohtainen Kakkonen Islam Evening, that:
Do you really think I want to have sharia law in Finland? I am the representative of a small group in the community and I prove every day that I can live as a good citizen in Finland. Do we really believe that most Muslims want Sharia? Wake up, said Muhammad Azzizi which is city councilman in Turku.
I’d say the answer to that is emphatically, yes! He’s the same guy who helped organize a protest in Helsinki against the Norwegian embassy in relation to two other Kurds who burned the koran in Norway, demanding their punishment, and a law in Finland forbidding the same.
The tone of the debate on Islam in Ajankohtainen Kakkonen at Yle last night was quiet and subdued. Sharia law and the status of women aroused the liveliest debate.
Sharia law is Islamic law based on the Koran and the Islamic prophet Mohammed’s statements. The view of the status of Islamic law should play in society also differs among Muslims in Finland.
– Allah has created man and he has passed the laws. We should have sharia in Finland, said Ahmed Fadil who is a teacher of Islam. Fadil believes that the only remedy is to impose sharia as the law of Allah, according to him there to do a man’s life as good as possible and bring him or her closer to Allah.
Anas Hajjar, imam and president of the Islamic Society of Finland considers that one should consider some rules of sharia could be started among Muslims:
– It would be important to have matters relating to marriage, divorce and inheritance arranged in a better way. I’m still not ready to say which model would work best in Finland, said Anas Hajjar.
Sharia contains mundane rules on how a good Muslim should live. Among other criminal laws and views on the status of women is not consistent with the UN Declaration on Human Rights.
Penal laws of Sharia are extremely strict. For example, homosexuality is forbidden and the penalty for open homosexuality is death.
– Islam sees all relationships outside marriage as sinful, explained Imam Abbas Bahmanpour. Bahmanpour was not talking for himself that Sharia should be introduced in Finland.
Mohammad Azizi is city councilman in Turku out that most Muslims in Finland do not speak for sharia:
– Do you really think I want to have sharia law in Finland? I am the representative of a small group in the community and I prove every day that I can live as a good citizen in Finland. Do we really believe that most Muslims want Sharia? Wake up, said Muhammad Azzizi which is city councilman in Turku.
Abdi Rahim Hussein, deputy city councilman in Helsinki highlighted that most Muslims in Finland follows the middle path:
– We have heard the views of the extremists. I myself am married according to Finnish law, but by marriage, we considered also the rules that the Qur’an advocates. It is possible to combine a life of a good Muslim with Finnish legislation. Most Muslims living in Finland would naturally follow Finnish law, said Hussein.