A Muslim party in the Netherlands that says it was striving to “decrease the gap between Muslims and non-Muslims and to improve Islam’s image in the Netherlands” has closed up shop, saying that “the Dutch Muslim community is too politically divided.” Generally Muslim rhetoric in the West about decreasing the gap between Muslims and non-Muslims and building bridges between the two camps is just thinly-veiled proselytizing, as the premier Muslim Brotherhood theorist, Sayyid Qutb, made clear in Milestones: “The chasm between Islam and Jahiliyyah is great, and a bridge is not to be built across it so that the people on the two sides may mix with each other, but only so that the people of Jahiliyyah may come over to Islam.”
Likewise attempts by Muslims to “improve Islam’s image” generally involve pretending that non-Muslim analysts, not Islamic jihadists, are responsible for linking Islam to terrorism, and demonizing those who are working to resist jihad and Islamic supremacism.
Still, it is noteworthy that the Muslim community in the Netherlands is so rent by political divisions that this part can’t get off the ground. Do Muslims in the Netherlands oppose attempts to “bridge the gap” between Muslims and non-Muslims, even if such attempts consist essentially of dawah?
The Dutch Muslim Party (NMP) no longer exists.
Board members Henny Kreeft and Jacques Visker have resigned, and dissolved the party.
The two men have decided that the Netherlands is not ready for a Muslim political party in parliament. Kreeft and Visker say the Dutch Muslim community is too politically divided.
The NMP was founded in 2007 but has not been a success. In local elections in 2010, the NMP did not garner any municipal seats. The party had planned to participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections, but was unable to pull together an organisation to do so.
The NMP”s stated purpose was to decrease the gap between Muslims and non-Muslims and to improve Islam’s image in the Netherlands. Remarkably, co-founder Henny Kreeft was a supporter of Islam-critic and politician Pim Fortuyn, who was mudered [sic] in 2002. Kreeft converted to the Islamic faith in the 1990″s.
Ah. He must be a close relative of Peter.