Some 40 percent of Denmark’s 250,000 Muslims believe that Danish law, at least to some extent, should be based on the words of the Koran, according to a new Wilke survey carried out for Jyllands-Posten newspaper.
The survey also found that about 10 percent believe the constitution shouldn’t play any role at all and that Danish law should only reflect the Koran. Conversely, about 54 percent of Danish Muslims believe that Denmark’s laws should only be based on the constitution.
“It’s a majority, yes, but one could question why almost everyone doesn’t agree with it,” Jens Peter Frølund Thomsen, an associate professor in political science at Aarhus University, told Jyllands-Posten.
“It is fundamental to our democracy that the constitution is the foundation for everything.”
Right-wing party Dansk Folkeparti contended that the results offer further evidence that the migration of Muslims to Denmark should be halted.
The survey was based on the answers of 702 Muslims in Denmark. [The Copenhagen Post] Read more
Danish Muslims more devout than in years past
According to a poll conducted by Wilke for Jyllands-Posten, Danish Muslims pray more now than they did in 2006, are more likely to believe in the literal word of the Quran and to support the idea that Muslim women should cover their heads in public.
The survey found that 77.2 percent of Danish Muslims agreed that “the Quran’s instructions should be followed completely”. That is a marked increase from 2006, when just 62.4 percent agreed. The number who think that Muslim girls should wear head scarves also increased significantly, from 28.6 percent in 2006 to 42.7 percent.
Likewise, Danish Muslims are more likely to devoutly practise their faith now then they were nine years ago. While 37 percent said they prayed at least five times a day in 2006, that number is now at 50.3 percent.
A majority of Danish Muslims also rejected the notion that Islam needs to undergo a reformation or modernization in order to fit in to Western society. Some 35 percent of respondents want a modernization while 52.4 percent said none was needed.
…. The poll conducted by Wilke for Jyllands-Posten was based on interviews with 702 Danish Muslims over the age of 17. Participants included immigrants and descendents of immigrants from Turkey, Pakistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Somalia, Syria and Afghanistan.
There are approximately 260,000 Muslims in Denmark. [The Local] Read more
Every third Danish Muslim wants to modernise Islam
While most Danish Muslims refuse to entertain any idea regarding the reformation of Islam, over a third want to modernise the religion to better reflect contemporary society.
A new Wilke survey on behalf of Jyllands-Posten newspaper revealed that 35.7 percent of Danish Muslims yearned for their religion to be reformed, while 52.4 percent wanted it to remain as it is.
“We’ve experienced there is a need for a re-interpretation of the Koran compared to the time and society we live in,” said Sherin Khankan, who recently established Denmark’s first mosque with female imams.
“If you use the word ‘re-interpretation’ instead, I think that many more can be convinced to jump on the reform bandwagon.”
…. Naser Khader, a current member of Parliament for the Konservative party, concurred with Khankan, arguing that Islam was in desperate need of a massive overhaul.
Meanwhile, the imam Fatih Alev from the Danish Islamic Centre has rejected any notion of reforming Islam – a sentiment echoed by Oussama El-Saadi, the spokesperson for the infamous Grimhøj Mosque in Aarhus.
“You can’t change what the Koran says and what the prophet has told us to do. Then you’re not Muslim anymore,” said El-Saadi. [The Copenhagen Post] Read more