Ex-Muslims in Switzerland completely refuse to allow sheikh Al Arifi to make public lectures on Swiss soil.
The Association of Ex-Muslims in Switzerland is noticing, with much interest and admiration, the margin of freedom granted by the Swiss authorities to the majority of institutions, civil organizations, and political movements to express their views and advocate their principles in an environment of respect of all views and intellectual and religious vocations.
But at the same time, we express our concern and our absolute refusal of any tolerance in any form with those who try to use this sacred right to free speech in order to spread words of hatred and violence, and ideas that are against human rights and dignity, as they have been set by the Swiss Constitution, and all international treaties and conventions dealing with human rights.
We were surprised when we saw the list, published by the Islamic Central Council of Switzerland, of the guests invited to attend its annual meeting, which will be organized in Fribourg on Saturday 15, December 2012, featuring many Salafist and Wahhabi figures known for their extremist views opposing women’s and minorities rights, ideas that we believe must not be tolerated along with those who express them, nor should one participate in advocating them in any way.
One of the main guests to the meeting is the Saudi sheikh Mohamed Al Arifi, famous for his controversial fatwas, namely his declaration during a TV interview that there’s no lower age limit to the marriage of girls in Islam. He also stated on Ar-Rissala TV, sponsored by the Saudi Ministry of Religious Endowments, that women in the West marry dogs and donkeys, that 54% of women in Denmark don’t know the identity of the fathers of their children. He also spoke on many TV programs about men beating women in Islam, and even explained how the beating should be done with proof from Islamic scripture and Tradition. Al Arifi is also known for his antisemitism, and great hatred for Jews.
This why we declare the following to the Swiss people:
- We completely refuse to allow sheikh Al Arifi to make public lectures on Swiss soil.
- We call for Swiss authorities to intervene urgently and take necessary measures to prevent that.
- We wish to emphasize on the fact that the ideas of Al Arifi and other Salafists will thwart the integration of immigrant Muslims in society, and destabilize the peaceful co-existence, characterizing Swiss society with its various intellectual and religious vocations.
- We ask the Islamic Central Council of Switzerland to remove the name of Al Arifi from the list of their guests on their website and their public page on facebook.
Kacem El Ghazali President of the Association of Ex-Muslims in Switzerland