Iraqi Christians warn Sweden risk of “Islamist government”
While Swedish researchers reject the idea of an Islamic revenge against the government despite the impressive demographic change, they admitted the increase in Islamic indoctrination and tensions.
Among Iraqi Christians there is the widespread idea that many European countries, such as Sweden and France, have received too many Muslims from the Middle East and that they now risk an Islamic influence to the point of an Islamist government, reports the Christian magazine Världen Idag.
“We will lose control,” he told the magazine Layla (a pseudonym for security reasons) of Iraqi Kurdistan. Among Iraqi Christians like her, he said, there is a belief that Sweden will become Islamic in the future, due to the great immigration from Muslim countries.
“We who have grown up here know what Islam is. I do not warn against people, against Muslims, but against ideology, “he said. “Although most Muslims do not believe in jihad, they still believe in Muhammad. They believe that all peoples should become Muslims and that there is a reward in heaven for those who bring people to Islam “.
Layla has invited European churches to “wake up”, reports the Swedish newspaper.
“If the Islamists take power, they will not treat you according to human rights, but according to Sharia law,” he stressed. “I love Muslims, but be careful. Jesus says we should be cunning as snakes and innocent as doves, “he concluded, urging them not to give in to any pressure.
Pastor Basilio (also a pseudonym), who met thousands of Yazidis and Christians fleeing Daesh , recalled the Muslim concept of taqiya, a precautionary dissimulation or the denial of religious belief. According to him, it is often used also by radical Muslims to hide their true intent.
“This means that radicals” remain low “and adapt to a non-religious society to acquire power,” he said, warning of dormant cells ready for action as they act to “take control” once the parliamentary majority will be established.
According to Islamologist Rickard Lagervall of the University of Lund and the University of Jönköping, it is unlikely that Islamists will one day get the upper hand in Sweden, since they are a minority. Another reason is that the Islamists are a divided group that includes not only sympathizers and jihadists of Daesh , but also “puritan” Salafis who, he suggested, avoid politics. Moreover, “ordinary” Muslims are also a fragmented group, he stressed.
“Within the basic Muslim group, many are not necessarily practicing Muslims,” he said.
At the same time, Lagervall admitted that radical Muslims try to influence moderate Muslims to become more devout.
The number of Muslims in Sweden has soared in the space of a few decades. In 1950, there were only 500 Muslims in the Scandinavian country. Today, according to the Pew Research Center , their share has exceeded 800,000, equal to 8.1% of the population.
A 2018 survey of the same institution predicted that the number of Muslims in Sweden would reach 4.5 million, through demographic and immigration data, prompting the Christian daily Dagen to ask if the Swedish cross would be replaced by a crescent moon.