The German preacher who heads global Islamist network

Source: The Local

In his video messages to followers, Abou-Nagie doesn’t come across as a dangerous man.In a recent clip, shot in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, Abou-Nagie appears with a manicured, greying beard and short-cropped hair, and greets his followers with the soothing words: “My dear siblings in Islam.”But, if German security services are to be believed, the 52-year-old is one of the most dangerous Islamists in Germany. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Tuesday banned The True Religion (Die wahre Religion), the preaching network Abou-Nagie founded in 2005, saying it was unconstitutional. “Under the pretext of promoting Islam, under the pretext of supposedly harmless distribution of translated versions of the Koran that took place in pedestrian zones, hate messages were propagated and young people radicalized,” said the interior minister.The organization’s controversial programme called “Lies!” distributes copies of the Koran in German. But experts say the translation is a particularly strict version from the original Arabic text.De Maiziere noted that after participating in the Koran distribution campaign organized by the group, “140 young people travelled to Syria and Iraq where they joined the fight with terrorist groups”.

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