Kassem Ahmad, spokesperson for the Islamic Society in Denmark, resigned this week after harsh criticism about his participation in a Hizb ut-Tahrir demonstration.
Lene Kühle of Aarhus University says in 1996 Abu Laban, the society's founder and first imam, had a vision for the Society to be a mouthpiece for Muslims in Denmark. She says this vision is now dead, and the Society needs to find its place again.
Ahmad told BT that he quit both for personal reasons and out of consideration for the Islamic Society. His family, especially his children, are vulnerable and the Society is exposed to criticism and scrutiny.
He says his participation in the demonstration has caused the Socialist People's Party (SF) to shift to the right. He says it's a bad situation when there's no opposition to the government's foreigner policy.
Bilal Assaad, Chairman of the Islamic Society, says it's not clear whether he's recommend to take part in Hizb ut-Tahrir's next demonstration. In any case it will be discussed by the whole administration.
Assaad says that it was Kassem Ahmad's own decision to leave and imam Mostafa Chendid was surprised and upset by his leaving. Chendid wants to convince Ahmad to stay.
Source: BT (Danish)
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