After trailing an extremist Islamic sect for months and discovering the group was responsible for recruiting jihadists, German law enforcement conducted raids at 190 locations and announced Tuesday the group was banned.
The organization called themselves “The True Religion,” and practice Salafism, an ultra-fundamental sect of Islam especially popular in Saudi Arabia. They consider themselves better than both the Sunni Islam and the Shia Islam, as well as all other religions.
The group is also known as “Read,” because of their strict instruction to read the Quran. What raised the red flag for German authorities was they were distributing their own translations of the Quran in the German language, along with “messages of hatred and unconstitutional ideologies.”
Thomas de Maizière, Germany’s interior minister, said, “The organization brings Islamic jihadists together under the pretext of the distribution of the Quran.” Mr. de Maizière reportedly said the raids involved seizure of materials, but there were no detentions, the NY Times reported.
“The translations of the Quran are being distributed along with messages of hatred and unconstitutional ideologies. Teenagers are being radicalized with conspiracy theories,” de Maizière said.
German officials said the “True Religion” group is responsible for recruiting 140 jihadists to fight in Iraq and Syria. It is the sixth Islamic organization to be banned in Germany since 2012.
The Blaze reported additional information about the founder of the group:
Ibrahim Abou-Nagie, a well-known Salafist imam, is the leader of The True Religion who instructed members to hand out the Qurans. He was born in Gaza and migrated to Germany when he was 18 years old. He later became a German national. According to the Times, Abou-Nagie has been on the government’s radar since 2005, when he launched a website to spread radical propaganda.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed over 1,000,000 Muslim refugees into the country last year, creating an upheaval of crime and small-scale terror attacks on German citizens.
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