A new report from Germany has revealed how an asylum home was built in close proximity to a known Islamist mosque, and it is often now frequented by the residents. An asylum home in Frankfurt is gaining attention in German media after it was reported that the migrants who live there are mere footsteps away from a mosque that has ties to radical Islamic groups and potential Islamic state recruiters, German broadcaster HR1 reports.
The asylum home in the Enkheim district of Frankfurt is home to 74
male migrants, 14 of whom are underage, and the majority are Muslims.
While a small handful of the asylum seekers in the Enkheim asylum
home visit a nearby Church to pray, the majority visit the Abu Hanifa
Mosque, which also serves as an Afghan cultural association. According
to the domestic intelligence service in the German state of Hessen, the
mosque is a hotbed for radical Islamic activity.
The intelligence service believes many Muslims who lived within the
vicinity of the mosque have gone to fight for radical Islamic groups in
The state security police in Frankfurt allege the Abu Hanifa Mosque
is also home to recruiters of the Islamic State terror group. They claim
that many of the visitors to the mosque do not recognize the validity
of the German constitution, likely wanting Islamic Sharia law to rule
mosque is led by Imam Said Khobaib Sadat, who has claimed to have
distanced himself from the Islamic state, but some say he still
tolerates the presence of ISIS recruiters in the mosque. The Imam is no
stranger to German domestic intelligence, and he has preached int he
past for Muslims to heed to call for Jihad, or holy war.
In 2007 Imam Sadat was found to be connected to
a trio of radical Muslims who had plotted a bombing attack in Germany,
though no evidence could be found that could give a pretext for his
arrest or deportation back to his native Afghanistan.
More recently the Frankfurt prosecutor was able to find contacts to
Islamic state members on the cell phone of the Imam’s daughter. The Imam
claimed that he had no personal relationship with the terror group
though the prosecutor suspected he may try to move to Syria at some
point in the future to join the Islamic state.
The investigation is still ongoing and no charges have been made.
The authorities in charge of the Enkheim asylum home are working on
alternatives such as a prayer room within the asylum home, in order to
dissuade Muslims from going to the radical mosque.
ISIS recruitment of asylum seekers, especially underage males, is a concern
for the German authorities. Some like French academic Gilles Kepel take
the subject a step further claiming that the underage migrants,
combined with third generation Muslims may be leading Europe down a path
to civil war.