The mosque is Belgium’s biggest. Officials say it’s a hotbed for extremism.

BRUSSELS — The Grand Mosque of Brussels is Belgium’s biggest and oldest site of Muslim worship. Officials in Belgium say it is also a hotbed for Saudi-backed Islamist extremism.

Now the Parliament wants the country’s leaders to take over the sprawling complex that is just steps from the gleaming core of the European Union. It is the latest attempt to tighten security after radicalized Belgians emerged at the heart of terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels in the last three years.

The sudden move against the mosque underscores the challenge for Western European leaders seeking to embrace what they call a “European Islam” that endorses pluralistic values. For too long, many officials say, they have stood by as imams preaching the ultraconservative interpretation of Islam favored by clerics in Saudi Arabia and Qatar have worked among their populations, encouraging the frustrated descendants of North African immigrants to wall themselves off from mainstream society.

  • Gary

    John Tory, Wynne , Trudeau and most leaders in Corporations and Schools have yet to connect the Dots that any one of those Jihadist had to have support among the muslims community and be Aided or Abetted by the mosque where fellow muslims chose to keep quiet.
    When i hear the CBC and STAR excuse away terrorism by the term Lone Wolf
    and claim he was Self-Radicalized . I decode the message as a muslim that doesn’t want to wait for the global GRAND JIHAD where all muslims raise up at once for a mass slaughter and becomes a free agent for allah, then the term Self-Radicalized means to me that he read the quran by him self instead of the local mosque radicalizing him .

    The media can’t have it both ways to deny there are radical hate preaching Imams in the mosque because 99% of the muslms are peaceful and they would go to a mosque with a hate preacher ……but then they try to mitigate the terrorism to protect islams imagine by making sure that the terrorist wasn’t radicalized in a Mosque by a hate preacher but he was self-radicalized.
    Fine…..but this stance by the media infers that the quran is at the core for all the terrorism because the Imam uses it in the mosque where they say some muslims get radicalized and the ” Lone Wolf ” used the same quran too which is the quran also used by ISIS, Hamas, Boko , Al Qaeda , the saudis and pakistan.

    It’s the quran stupid.

    Radicalized muslim is PC speak for Devout muslim .
    No islam – Know Peace
    Know islam – No peace

    • mobuyus

      erdogan having removed a donkey’s engorged prong from his yap long enough to speak has just said there is no moderate islam and moderate islam is a device by the west to weaken islam. I know a sure fire way to weaken islam but they won’t let me do it.

  • Bless his heart
  • Bless his heart

    That is an enemy fortress.

    • mobuyus

      The mosk is a forward operating base for the invaders.

      • Bless his heart

        That is how Mohamed used the mosque he made in Medina before he conquered Medina and slaughtered most of the inhabitants.