Saudi gives up control of Brussels mosque over extremism concerns

(Euronews) — The is being turned over ’s Muslim Executive.

The agreement was reached last month during a meeting between Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders and his counterpart, Adel al-Jubeir,

One worshiper at the mosque on Wednesday (February 13), denied it promoted radical ideas.

“If there’s any evidence against the mosque, it would be the sermons themselves. But if you translate them, there’s nothing at all to do with or anything like that”.

has long been a major global exporter of ultra-conservative Islam. After several extremist terrorist attacks on European soil, some countries are trying to encourage more moderate Imams to lead their Muslim communities.

It’s the right move, says Khalid Hajji, President of the Brussels Forum of Wisdom and World .

“The needs to update the religious discourse propagated in Belgium and ,” Hajji told euronews.

The kingdom’s apparent willingness to promote a more moderate form of Islam is one of the promises made by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is leading a new initiative to end support for mosques and religious schools abroad blamed for spreading radical ideas.


(Photo: The Brussels’ Great Mosque is seen in Brussels, Belgium January 19, 2018. Picture taken January 19, 2018. /Yves Herman)

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