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3 april 2006

Abu Laban i engelsk Wiki (som bekendt kan alle og enhver gå ind og skrive med)

Ahmad Abu Laban

Ahmad Abu Laban being interviewed by FOX TV (2006)

Ahmad Abu Laban being interviewed by FOX TV (2006)

Ahmad Abu Laban (Arabic: أحمد أبو لبن) (born 1946, Jaffa, Palestine) is the leader of the organisation called the Islamic Society in Denmark.

In 1948 his family emigrated to Egypt, and he grew up there. In 1969 he graduated as a mechanical engineer. In 1974 he married his cousin Inam; the couple has 7 children. He studied Islamic theology with scholars in different Muslim countries. He was employed in the Persian Gulf oil industry from 1970 to 1982, and in a contracting company in Nigeria from 1982 to 1984. He contributed to Islamic projects in education in different states of Nigeria. He immigrated to Denmark in 1984 and lives there today.

Current positions

Ahmad Abu Laban works as a religious advisor with the Islamic Society in Denmark. According to the Society’s website, he is a member of the “Co-ordination council of Imams” in Europe.[1]

[Controversy

Abu Laban is persona non grata in the United Arab Emirates and Egypt because of his Islamist views.[2] He is a well-known character in the Danish media for his often radical statements about Islam and the integration of immigrants into the Danish society.

[Muhammad cartoons controversy

Ahmed Abu Laban became involved in the issue of the Muhammad cartoons in the newspaper Jyllands-Posten. In November 2005 he was one of the leaders of a delegation that toured the Middle East to ask for support, one of the factors that sparked the widespread anger in the region in early 2006. Along with Akhmad Akkari, he authored the Akkari-Laban Dossier which was used on that tour.

Three additional “far more offensive” images were added to the list of cartoons actually published, in the dossier handed out during this tour. Abu Laban is thought responsible for adding those images to the dossier. (Akkari later explained that the three drawings had been added to “give an insight in how hateful the atmosphere in Denmark is towards Muslims.”)

Laban was widely criticized for this, and for condemning the boycotts of Danish products on Western television while supporting them in an interview with Al Jazeera.[1]

It was subsequently suggested, in articles published by CanadaFreePress[3] and WorldNetDaily[4], that Abu Laben may have been covertly promoting an Islamist agenda, including providing political and financial support to Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya. An interview of the Imam with Dan Abrams of MSNBC explains his position: MSNBC interview[5]

References

  1.   Abu Laban at the Islamic Society in Denmark webpage
  2.   Abu Laban taler med to tunger
  3. The Moslem Riots: Why we owe them nothing
  4. Cartoon-protest leader welcomed 9-11
  5. Imam explains origin of cartoon controversy

Retrieved from “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmad_Abu_Laban

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