Pierre Vogel aka Abu Hamza
This is an important proof of two things: firstly, of the real danger we face, that is mainly an ideological one and, secondly, of the race playing no important role in this. If you support Wahabbism/Salafism, it doesn’t matter your origins. What matters is that support.
We can add that converts are specially dangreous because they have to proof that they are as harder as the hardest of their teachers, this guy being “educated” in Saudi Arabia:
Abu Hamza, born a German named Pierre Vogel in 1978, is a very popular Islamist preacher in Germany. The former professional boxer became Muslim in 2001 and is now among the most influential German representatives of Saudi-originated Wahhabi fundamentalism, which masquerades as “Salafism.”
His “kunya” or “Islamic nickname,” Abu Hamza, means “father of the strong.” He should not be confused with the notorious radical Muslim agitator currently locked up in Britain, Abu Hamza al-Masri, known for his missing eye and a prosthetic hook that substitutes for his right hand, or for the two late al-Qaida terrorists active in Pakistan and Iraq, who also used the same name. Vogel’s impact among German Muslims is no less ominous, however, even if his extremism appears more restrained.
Adherents of Wahhabism like Pierre Vogel, alias Abu Hamza, call themselves “Salafi” in claiming they emulate the prominent adherents of early Islam. “Salaf” is an Arabic noun meaning “predecessor” or “forefather,” and the first three Muslim generations are collectively referred to as “al-Salaf as-Saleh,” or the “Pious Predecessors.”
Vogel received his religious training in an Islamic school in Saudi Arabia. Through nationwide lecture tours and the creation of several websites, he has reached out to very religious young German Muslims, as well as to young non-Muslim Germans with identity problems.
Those who flock to him are impressed by Vogel’s apparent knowledge of Islam and his mastery of Arabic, the language of the Koran. Central to his teaching is the belief that Islam is the only true religion, while all Christians and Jews are “kuffar,” or “unbelievers.” In addition, Vogel sees “da’wa,” or calling others to Islam, as an obligation incumbent on every Muslim. He has fashioned himself as a missionary and argues explicitly that he possesses theological evidence for the superiority of Islam.
…Critics of Vogel describe his method as brainwashing. A young Pakistani studying in Germany comments, “There is currently no alternative for young people who want to learn about moderate Islam in Germany.” The Wahhabi “Salafis” have the best web sites and publish the most translations of Islamic literature. Unfortunately, Muslim university students are typically afraid to say anything about the situation. Whoever speaks against Pierre Vogel will be abused by his supporters, in online chat forums. “The success of this movement makes me very angry, because it has nothing to do with Islam as I understand it,” says the same Pakistani student in Germany. “I do not want to live in a society defined by Pierre Vogel. It would be a nightmare for all people.”
via Christians Under Attack : Radical Islam in Germany: The Convert as Missionary.
His former group was Invitation to Paradise (Einladung zum Paradies), which was investigated by the police and the home of their members raided.
- Germany: State Interior Ministers warn about rise in Salafist Islam (teaandpolitics.wordpress.com)
- German official: “Islam is a moderate religion” (teaandpolitics.wordpress.com)
- Pierre Vogel – Abu Hamza Salahudin (GlobalJihad.net)
- Pierre Vogel speaks in Hamburg (fotos.lainformacion.com) “Vogel, a founder of the Germany-based Salafist organization Einladung Zum Paradies (EZP), or Invitation To Paradise, is known for his charismatic appeal to young Muslims, his diatribes against homosexuals, his rejection of religious diversity and his sympathy for former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden“. A peaceful guy indeed.