Hardline Danish minister declares Ramadan ‘dangerous for society’


Inger Stojberg (EPA Photo)

Inger Stojberg (EPA Photo)

A Danish minister known for her strong anti-immigration views on Monday called for Muslims to take time off work during the fasting period of Ramadan, saying the practice is “dangerous for all of us.”

The comments from immigration and integration minister Inger Stojberg, a member of the center-right Liberal Party, come after Ramadan, one of Islam’s most revered holidays in which Muslims around the world fast from dawn until dawn, began last week.

“I want to call on Muslims to take leave from work during the month of Ramadan to avoid negative consequences for the rest of Danish society,” Stojberg wrote in a column for the BT tabloid.

“I wonder if a religious order commanding observance to a 1,400-year-old pillar of Islam is compatible with the society and labor market that we have in Denmark in 2018.”

She also said she feared the fasting could affect “safety and productivity,” giving as an example bus drivers who have “neither had a drink nor eaten for more than 10 hours.

“This can be dangerous for all of us,” she said.

Stojberg previously stoked controversy last year when she posted to Facebook a photo of her smiling and holding a cake to celebrate Denmark’s 50th measure for toughening immigration laws.

One of the strongest measures came into force in 2016, allowing police to seize valuables from refugees, although the government’s guidelines exempted wedding and engagement rings after critics likened the plans to the confiscation of gold from Jews by the Nazis during World War II.

Over the last 15 years, the country has tightened its immigration policies, insisting that migrants must learn the country’s customs and language in order to adapt to the labor market.



8 replies

  1. +=Over the last 15 years, the country has tightened its immigration policies, insisting that migrants must learn the country’s customs and language in order to adapt to the labor market.===

    I agree— Muslim who live in non Islamic countries have to obey the law of land— this is the core of Islamic teaching— have to obey the law of land. God will forgive you. God is the most forgiving.

    Those Muslim who reject it, you are better to go home or move to Islamic countries. Islam us peaceful religion— only the extremist Muslim who always want to practice the stricker religion. Whereas Islam us a religion of flexibility


    • I think Somi does not see the real problem. Those who ‘reject it’ and want ‘Islamic law’ can sort of be counted with one hand or two. The problem with not learning the language has more to do with ‘not integrating fully into the labor market’ and ‘creating a parallel society’. The parallel societies are mostly fully law abiding, but do not mix as much as they should / could (with the fault in a way being on all sides). Practically all immigrants are law obeying and want to be in the labor market. The question is how to achieve this. It is a challenge that must be faced and dealt with, yes. But it is more social than religious actually.

  2. The myth that Muslim terrorists are killing people around the world is just that. Yes there are some Muslims who are killing other Muslims and this is wrong. But as for the terrorism by the Muslims in the USA and Europe, it is mostly driven by the media. Because according to FBI figures, except in 2001, for the last 40 or more years non Muslim terrorists are responsible for the most killing. Christians and Jews are way ahead of Muslims. And this does not include the mass shootings in America by white Christians, which happens on the average once every day for the last 6 years. (Yes more than 1800 mass shootings killing more than 5,000 people) And this also does not include millions of casualties in the Middle East which is the result of direct state sponsored terrorism by the West.
    So stop blaming the Muslims and educate yourself and try to get the facts right.

    • If you still blame others instead of our teaching this killing injicent people like killing Ahmadiyya snd Christisn in Indonesia recently will not end— because Hadith and Al Quran command to kill Ahmadiyya( blasphamy) and Christian babarically and destroyed Ahmadiyysh houses —-do you think US or Zionist was involved in Indonesia?

      Those attaker was one family. Father, his wife snd 4 children as Suicider—killed Christian in Church.

      All my Muslim brothers, if we naver admit our Iskamic teaching has been contaminated with false Hadith and false INTERPRETATION of verses— believe that terrorist Muslim will continue to kill Ahmadiyyah and Christian.

      Do you still ignore the innocent life of Ahmadiyyah?
      Ahmadiyyah live in fear in Indonesia now.
      Christian also live in fear Indonesia and the West because of the rxtremist Muslim and terrorist Muslim.

      Let us reform out Iskamic teaching before to late—
      Was Salam ❤️
      I wish you a bkessed and peacuful Ramadhan

      • Even the word ‘reform’ is misplaced here. Which means the core of your argument is wrong. The word to use is interpret or understand or educate. And that is what the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community came for and that is what his Caliphs teach us and that is what all members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at teach their children and who-ever wants to listen. Read the books and articles on http://www.alislam.org library with open heart ! And pray to Allah for guidance.

      • And … members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Indonesia do not live with fear. We have trust in Allah and fear no one.

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