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Hungary and the "Islamic threat"

Friday, February 6, 2015

Do we have to be afraid of international terrorism - Islam? This question is often asked in recent days not only in Hungary but all around the world; foreign policy expert Ádám Horváth discussed some of these issues in an interview with alfahir.hu.

Excerpts

- You've said in a recent edition of World Panorama in Echo TV that the ISIS Islamic state suspected of committing the Paris massacre was a "fake organization", which in fact was neither Islamic nor a state. So what is it then?

- At the time of the terrorist attack two important events took place in Cairo and Tehran; the Islamic world's most respected religious leaders in both cities declared that ISIS was the enemy of Islam, which was set up by the US and Israel with the active support of several Gulf Arab states.

- Can this be taken seriously, who were those leaders that came to this conclusion?

- In Tehran 550 Islamic religious leaders from 72 countries gathered to reconcile differences between the Shiite-Sunni division of Islam; at the same time, in the Al-Azhar theological center in Cairo, Egypt a similar conference was held in the spirit of reconciliation. These events attracted religious leaders and organizations from all over the world; they represented the world's nearly two billion Muslims.

- The world's public opinion after the terrorist attack in Paris expected from "moderate Muslim" leaders to distance themselves from the extremists.

- First of all, there is no moderate and non-moderate Islam. Secondly, it is important to note that the basically secular, in many respects atheist "European" public opinion can't imagine that Islam is not a centralized church; the Islamic world doesn't have a Pope, or bishops, therefore, there is no central figure that could have distanced himself from what had happened...Leaders that are regarded as central religious figures of the Islamic world were very clear of their denunciation of what happened in Paris.

- Should we afraid of Islam?

- There is no reason whatsoever to be afraid of Islam and the question posed this way makes no sense. Since the establishment of the Hungarian state our country has always had contacts with the Islamic world and it turned out that this relationship has always been very good. Foreign and Hungarian-born Muslims have been always loyal to the Hungarian state and the Islamic cultural influence in our country and our immediate vicinity is significant.

- Few people know this and obviously many question this statement.

- Let's look at the facts. Obviously everybody has heard of Gül Baba's tomb in Budapest and the minaret of Eger; just like the Jakovali Hassan Mosque and other Turkish heritage buildings, which are used by Bosnian Muslims living in Hungary. These places are visited by the thousands every day demonstrating a living relationship between our country and the Turks and Muslims of the Balkans. The latter, namely the Balkan Muslims live south of the border (Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Bulgaria) - we are talking about several million people; we Hungarians don't know enough of this region although the Balkan is a uninterrupted region, in all respect a European geographical unit with an indigenous Muslim population.

- Where do immigrants that crossing to Hungary from Serbia come from ...

- They come from Africa and Asia, and heading for Western Europe. They use the Balkan and Hungary as transit routes. The majority of African and Asian migrants heading for Western Europe because those countries had huge overseas colonies; we can say that for western Europe this is a pay back time for the inhuman treatment of the indigenous population of their former colonies.

- But we've never been colonizers ...

- Precisely, because of that no leading power anywhere in the world has the moral authority to ask us to accept immigrants in the name of "burden-sharing" now or anytime in the future.

- By the way, what kind of relationship do we have with the Islamic world today?

- In addition to the Turkish and Balkan links, it is important to point out what only a few people know today - under the socialist system thousands of African and Asian Muslim students attended Hungarian universities and many of them today work in their home countries in high positions; they are still speak Hungarian and have great respect for our country. Hungary had extensive economic and cultural relations under the socialist system with the Islamic world - the reputation of our country in the Islamic world today is excellent. We must also point out that in recent years Hungary's relationship with the Turkic world has become very intense. Turkey, today, clearly one of the world's leading economic powers in the Islamic world. On the top of that, new data shows that Hungarians have genetic links with the Turkic people, which also include Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and other Turkic ethnic groups.

(alfahir.hu – translated by hungarianambiance.com)

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