Germany bans “The true religion”
In around 10 states of Germany, hundreds of police officers searched about 190 offices, mosques and apartments of members and supporters of the Islamic group “The true religion” following the ban by the German government on Tuesday.
The reports said that police raided places in 60 cities of Western Germany and also in Berlin during the seizure of documents and files, Thomas de Maiziere, German Interior Minister said. He added that nobody was detained. Reportedly, government banned the group for trying to recruit fighters for Islamic State.
The reports said that the group — also known as “Read!” — had been distributing German-language copies of the Quran across the country. de Maiziere said that more than 140 youths had traveled to Syria and Iraq to join fighters there after having participated in the group’s campaigns in Germany.
“The translations of the Quran are being distributed along with messages of hatred and unconstitutional ideologies,” he said in Berlin. “Teenagers are being radicalized with conspiracy theories.”
The reports have said that young men in long robes and bushy beards have been seen handing out German copies of the Quran in downtown and shopping areas across Germany for several years.
It is to be noted that the ban of the group comes a week after security authorities arrested five men who allegedly aided the Islamic State group in Germany by recruiting members and providing financial and logistical help, it added. It has been estimated that such recent operations indicate that the German government is trying to clamp down hard on radical Islamists.
The German interior minister emphasized that the ban does not restrict the freedom of religion in Germany or the peaceful practice of Islam in any way, but that the group had glorified terrorism and the fight against the German constitution in videos and meetings.
“We don’t want terrorism in Germany … and we don’t want to export terrorism,”the reports quoted de Maiziere as saying, where he added that the ban was also a measure to help protect peaceful Islam in the country.