The largest Muslim umbrella group in Wales has claimed “all mosques and Muslim institutions in Wales” are peaceful, as they backed an imam who told his congregation that war is approaching and Islam allows them to take women as slaves and rape them.
The Muslim Council of Wales (MCW), an affiliate of the Muslim Council Britain, said in a statement signed by 40 prominent “community leaders” that Imam Ali Hammuda’s comments had been “misrepresented”.
They also argued that mosques and schools must be “safe spaces” where Muslims are able to discuss and propagate certain views about rape and enslavement in order to tackle extremism, writing:
“Vital to neutralising the message of extremism is having the safe space to discuss sensitive issues which extremists exploit to bolster their message. These safe spaces must exist in mosques, schools, Universities and all institutions.”