Swedish TV4 revealed yesterday that the homepage of the Gothenburg mosque – a mosque built with Saudi Arabian money – links to an international guide for proper behavior if one wishes to convert to Islam.
The New Muslim guide says that a Muslim woman must have her husband’s permission to leave the home, regardless if it is for personal or for other reasons. Furthermore, the guide claims that it’s a sin if a Muslim woman ever denies him sex. The only exceptions to the rule are if the woman is sick or is menstruating.
Sarah Delshad, the founder of the organization Feminist Muslims, says that she’s saddened that such an ultra-orthodox conservative form of Islam attempts to speak for all the Muslims today. Sarah does not wear hijab and she is a “progressive” Muslim.
Another person who TV4 met who reacted negatively to Gothenburg mosque’s statement Magnus Ranstorp, a researcher on terrorism.
“It is remarkable that the mosque link to this New Muslim Guide, a guide which has these reprehensible views,” Ranstorp said.
TV4 called the spokesperson for the Gothenburg Mosque, Mohammed El Alti, to confront him about the views espoused on their homepage.