Germany Bans Islamist Group Amid Nationwide Raids
Henning Kaiser/AFP/Getty Images
German officials launched searches on extreme Islamist groups last Thursday, raiding homes and mosques across the country. The raids resulted in a ban on one Islamist organization, and prompted authorities to open investigations on two others.
Authorities say these groups threaten Germany’s security with their adherence to Islamic sharia law and advocation of violence. “Such an understanding of Islam has no place in Germany,” said German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich.
The Salafist organization Millatu Ibrahim was outlawed because it calls on Muslims to rise up against Germany’s “constitutional order,” Friedrich said. The Dawaffm and dwr are being investigated to determine whether evidence exists to outlaw them as well.
Friedrich said a “comprehensive collection of evidence” had been seized, including laptops, videos, cellphones and other items. This evidence is to be evaluated over the coming days to determine if the two organizations in question should be banned.
The landmark crackdown is a response to a spate of violent outbreaks last month when German Islamists attacked police and members of the anti-immigrant Pro nrw political group during election campaigns in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Shortly after the attacks, a video was posted online by German-born Yassin Chouka —a known terrorist linked to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan—calling for German Muslims to kill members of Pro nrw and German media. Chouka urged Salafists to edge away from street violence where the risk of being arrested is great, and to instead target Pro nrw members at their homes and workplaces.
Authorities fear that the message could inspire an attack such as that committed by Arid Uka, an Islamic extremist who killed two U.S. airmen at Frankfurt airport last year after being inspired to action in part by a YouTube video calling for holy war.
The simmering tensions between the German people and Islamic extremists was foretold by the Prophet Daniel more than 2,500 years ago: “And at the time of the end [the present age], shall the king of the south [radical Islam] push at him: and the king of the north [a German-led Europe] shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over” (Daniel 11:40).
Right now, most elements of this conflict are largely confined to the extremities. But rather than remaining on the fringes, this confrontation will expand. Radical Islamists will push against Western nations in a variety of ways—terrorist attacks, aggressive immigration into Europe, economic extortion, defiance of international laws, human rights atrocities and more. The spate of Salifist attacks on German right-wingers, and Chouka’s calls for blood, represent another manifestation of this “push.” Berlin’s decision on Thursday to crack down on the extremist groups within its borders was resolute, but it was only the gentlest foreshadowing of how it will ultimately respond. Radical Islam’s multifaceted push will intensify until Europe—led by Germany with Rome’s unwavering support—reacts “like a whirlwind,” with a decimating blitzkrieg attack.
This clash will be a trigger for the most devastating war the world has ever seen. The unprecedented violence, however, immediately precedes the most hope-filled event in all of history: the return of Jesus Christ.
To understand more, read The King of the South.