One of the most well-known Salafis in Germany, a native German convert named Sven Lau, expressed willingness to spread Islam into Poland, claiming that his ‘brothers and sisters are already preparing messages in the Polish language which will be published on the internet’. The ‘brothers and sisters’ in his view are the Polish converts to Islam living in Germany. Lau brags that they are high in numbers and refers to them as ‘fervent believers’.
‘This is not a joke’, said Sven Lau, one of the most well-known Salafis in Germany, ‘We want to bring the message of the Merciful Allah to Poland. This is imminently possible. Soon there will be more Muslims among the Poles and the Italians than there are among the Germans.’
Sven Lau is a 34 year old German convert to Islam who has established his own mosque. He also launched the Sharia police patrol in the German city of Wuppertal last September, where he was telling the citizens off for not adhering to customs dictated by Shariah law along with another eleven radical Muslims. It is similar to the Sharia patrols already present in the UK and was the first occurrence of this kind in the country.
Sven Lau’s group claims is it capable of answering the questions which previously failed to be addressed by Christianity. A Polish convert to Islam, Yusuf, explains that before his conversion ‘none from among the Christians was able to successfully answer the questions I was asking.’
The German intelligence services estimate that the Salafis are the fastest growing extremist group in Germany. According to experts, the group will consists of around 7,000 members by the end of 2014. Burkhard Freier, the chief executive Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, admits that ‘these are dangerous people who recruit fighters for the Islamists in the Middle East, raising funds and collecting equipment or even preparing terrorist plots on the German soil.’
However, another German Salafi named Abu Adam shows a different face when interviewed by the Polish Catholic newspaper Fronda. When asked about potential the Salafi threat for Catholics, Abu Adam says that there is none. He claims that his religion rejects violence and that both Salafis and Catholics can cooperate successfully in the struggle against atheism and moral decadence. He also reassured that Jesus Christ is of great importance to Muslims worldwide: ‘Jesus is the Messiah and the son of Mary, a blessed man. We love Him as every Muslim is obliged to.’ Abu Adam stressed that ‘Catholics are the closest to us among all others’ and also insisted that Islam definitively rejects conversion by force: ‘There is no place for such things within Islam. This is totally forbidden!’
This announcement coincided with the recent trip to Poland by UK group Dawah Mission UK. The members of the group, accompanied with a Polish convert to Islam, Jakub Filip Wasilewski, made an attempt to spread Islamic message to Poles in Warsaw. Dawah Mission is a global Muslim initiative. Its activities revolve around promoting Islam by challenging people of other faiths and distributing informative leaflets.
According to Gazeta Wyborcza (large Polish daily left-wing newspaper), Poland currently has around 25,000 Muslims living within its borders. One in five is a member of the Tartar community, a Muslim community which has been present in Poland for around 300 years and does not show significant problems with assimilating to the mainstream society. The rest consists of Polish converts as well as Muslim immigrants from Middle Eastern countries.