Western Europe's biggest mosque opens in Netherlands

17th December 2010, Comments 2 comments

Western Europe's biggest mosque opened on Friday in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, five years behind schedule with organisers blaming obstruction from far-right politicians for the delay.

The mosque, which is built with two 50-metre (164-feet) high minarets, can accommodate 3,000 worshippers and will be a centre for charity, mutual understanding and forgiveness, said its chief adminstrator Abdelrazak Boutaher.

Construction began in 2003 and was slated to last for two years, but organisers said far-right opposition had delayed the project.

"This horrible thing doesn't belong here but in Saudi Arabia," said Geert Wilders, the Dutch far-right leader, on his Twitter account.

The mosque is funded by the Al Maktoum Foundation, a charitable organisation established by Dubai's ruling family.

Immigrants account for about 25 percent of the Netherlands' population, but anti-immigrant feeling is strong with Wilders' Party for Freedom making strong gains in this year's general election.

© 2010 AFP

2 Comments To This Article

  • David posted:

    on 20th December 2010, 13:04:59 - Reply

    Holland i done, the dutch has gone the way of sweden and will drown in illiterate muslims, who will in the end out-breed and kill the rest of you.....congrats :) multiculture = multidisaster
  • H. Klomp posted:

    on 20th December 2010, 00:50:40 - Reply

    Dubai's government operates within the framework of a constitutional monarchy, and has been ruled by the Al Maktoum family since 1833. Dubai's 250,000 foreign labourers live in conditions described by Human Rights Watch as being "less than human. (Wikipedia)

    What is The Netherlands hoping to gain with a mosque funded by people who's ideas are diametrically opposed to those of it's grounding father, who sacrificed his life to the liberation of the Dutch people from the tyrannies of kings and popes?

    Dubai is a place where discrimination based on either gender, religion or race is not only rampant but statewide condoned and institutionalized, nothing short of a system of apartheid.

    Don't just curb immigration, curb any influence from people that would destroy your freedom without blinking an eye.