Going Undercover in Sweden’s Mosques

Bruce Bawer is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center and the author of “While Europe Slept” and “Surrender.” His book "The Victims' Revolution: The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind" is just out from Broadside / Harper Collins.


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On to Uppsala, where Abdul Wadod – who, amusingly, looked not unlike Sasha Baron Cohen with a beard – told the woman that when her husband hits her, she shouldn’t call the cops; she should apologize.  Apologize?  Yes.  He cited what he called “a very fine hadith,” which, according to him, says in effect that a good wife responds to spousal abuse by telling her husband: “I’m sorry, I just can’t sleep until you’re satisfied with me.”

That was the overall pattern.  There were exceptions.  “It doesn’t matter if he ends up in prison,” said the counselor at the Islamic Cultural Center in Rinkeby when asked about how to deal with domestic violence.  “You must report him to the police.”  (Curiously, of all the mosques, this is the one that has the reputation of being the most conservative; I couldn’t help wondering if he’d figured out that his visitor was wearing a wire.)

The final score: at six out of the ten mosques, the woman was told that it was her duty to submit to sex with her husband.  At six, she was told not to report spousal abuse to the police; at two others, the advice she received was vague or contradictory; only at two mosques was she told to go to the police.  And at nine out of ten, she was told that her husband has the right to take four wives.

All of this advice, as Uppdrag: Granskning duly noted – and as the mosque employees certainly understood – is in explicit violation of Swedish law.  And these mosques, as was pointed out on the program more than once, receive generous financial support from the Swedish government.

After the women had finished making their rounds, a male reporter for Swedish TV visited the Stockholm Mosque, where, in a sit-down interview, he told Abdallah Salla of Sweden’s Islamic Federation that a woman had asked an official of that mosque, Mahmood Adam, for counsel.  He told Salla what Adam had said, whereupon Salla got Adam on the phone and, after a brief conversation, assured the reporter that Adam had never said any such things.  Such advice, he insisted, would be utterly counter to Islam, which, he explained, is all about democracy, sexual equality, and so on.  At which point the reporter, in classic 60 Minutes fashion, whipped out his laptop and confronted Salla with a video of Adam saying everything he’d denied saying.

What followed was instructive.  First Salla tried to argue that Adam hadn’t really said what he’d said.  When the reporter confronted him with the absurdity of this claim, a cowed, defensive Salla agreed to meet with him and Adam the next morning to discuss the matter.  But when the reporter showed up the next morning, Salla, now in a thoroughly aggressive mode, said that the plans had been changed.  Adam would not be coming; there would be no meeting; the mosque would perform its own internal investigation.  And he would not be giving any more interviews to the media.

And that was that.

The only surprising thing about this program is that Swedish national TV broadcast it at all, given that it violates the see-no-evil policy on Islam that has guided that country’s politics and journalism from the git-go.  How, one wonders, did the producers get away with this?  Part of the answer is that the program’s emphasis on the mosques’ unequal treatment of women made it far more acceptable than it might have been had the mosques been criticized from another angle.  Sweden, after all, prides itself on the notion that it is (as we were reminded at the beginning of the program) the country in the world in which men and women enjoy the greatest equality.  Which trumps which in Sweden: multicultural blindness toward Islamic misogyny or the proud Swedish tradition of equal rights for women?  The producers of Uppdrag: Granskning were plainly betting on the latter.

In addition, the producers manifestly strove to frame the program not as an attack on Islam but as a criticism of rogue mosques by “good” Muslims and their allies in the name of “true” Islam.  Viewers were informed at the outset that one of the two women in burkas is a Muslim and that the other is an ex-Muslim.  The producers also granted a prominent role to Mohammad Fazlhashemi, a Muslim historian of Islam, whom they presented as a personification of decent, moderate, democratic, law-abiding Swedish Islam, and whom they kept cutting back to: instead of having an infidel Swede comment on the counsel given to the women at the various mosques, the producers accorded that role to Fazlhashemi, who smoothly argued that the unfortunate statements made by the men at the mosques to the undercover women in burka only fuel the fire of Islam’s enemies, including the Muslim-haters in the Swedish Democrat Party.  By giving such counsel, lamented Fazlhashemi, his fellow Muslims “live up to all the prejudices of the Islamophobes.”  Thus did the producers manage to affirm their abhorrence for “Islamophobia” and their solidarity with “good” Muslims like Fazlhashemi.

Whatever.  At least it got the show on TV.  But whether it will make any difference is, I would guess, doubtful.  I hope I’m wrong.  But Sweden is a tough case.  And in Britain, as noted, where the media are a lot more open about these things, the only people who ended up in trouble with the law as a result of Undercover Mosque were its producers.  Heaven only knows what’s in store for the gutsy folks at Uppdrag: Granskning.

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  • Chezwick

    BRUCE: "whether [the expose] will make any difference is, I would guess, doubtful. I hope I’m wrong. But Sweden is a tough case."

    Doubtful? I think it's certain nothing will change. Sweden's version of multiculturalism is one that's on steroids. Its destiny is to become the very first Islamic Republic in Western Europe….circa 2030 to 2040.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    FACT: One out of every four children inside Israel is Moslem.
    The annual Arab-Israeli population growth rate is 3.4% while that of the Jewish-Israeliis but 1.4%. Do the math and you will see a demographic catastrophe just over the horizon!

    The median age of the Israeli Jew is 35. The median age of the Israeli Arab is 14 and just entering his reproductive years… anxious to make BOTH Love and War!

    • trump

      "FACT: One out of every four children inside Israel is Moslem.
      The annual Arab-Israeli population growth rate is 3.4% while that of the Jewish-Israeliis but 1.4%. Do the math and you will see a demographic catastrophe just over the horizon! "

      Bla bla bla ,your comments are not up to date…….

      In 1969, the Israeli Arab fertility rate (which is similar to the Judea and Samaria Arab fertility rate) was 6 births higher than the Jewish fertility rate. In 2012, the Arab-Jewish fertility gap plunged to 0.5 births. Moreover, the fertility rates of younger Arab and Jewish women have converged at 3 births per woman, while the average Israeli-born Jewish mothers already exceed 3 births per woman. Jewish fertility trends upward (particularly within the secular sector!), and Arab fertility trends downward, as a result of successful integration of Arabs – and especially Arab women – into the infrastructures of modernity. http://www.theettingerreport.com/Demographic-Scar

      Same conclusions from David Golmann in his article: Israel future Hegemon in the Asian s Time online !
      With a total fertility rate of three children per woman, Israel's total
      population will rise to 24 million by the end of the present century. Iran's fertility is around 1.7 and falling, while the fertility for ethnic Turks is only 1.5 (the Kurdish minority has a fertility rate of around 4.5).

      • H&R_ Barack

        Sorry. I left my stone tablet in Noah's Ark. Thanks.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Your stone iPad?

    • Hans

      Sorry to burst your bubble but the Israeli Jewish population growth is at least equal to that of the Israeli Arab population… Families with 3-4 children are quite the norm among non religious Jewish Israelis… Furthermore, the Arab population (20% of the population) growth is offset by the Orthodox Jewish population (also 20% of the population) growth…

      Furthermore, younger, better educated Arab Israelis no longer have the huge families that they themselves grew in… They realize that having so many kids basically means a life of poverty… And, like everybody else, they wish for a prosperous life for themselves and their children…

  • Schlomotion

    I went into a synagogue before and they were discussing politics, not religion. They were discussing how best to use real estate agencies and news outlets to prevent Muslims from building mosques. The synagogue was being used to wage Jewish warfare against Muslims using money, media, and lawfare.

    • KarshiKhanabad

      "The synagogue was being used to wage Jewish warfare against Muslims using money, media, and lawfare."

      Schloim, you just made my entire day! I don't know what your point is (giggle) but I hope to what you just reported is spreading all over this country. Long live Israel!

      • Chezwick

        Schlomo is not only a pathological Jew-hater, he's a pathological liar. The conversation he supposedly overheard at the synagogue was completely fabricated for our sake. It's doubtful he's ever been in a synagogue in his entire life.

    • Zionista

      visit some mosques and listen to what they say – a Jew hating troll like you will drool as you hear all the anti Jewish, Israel and America garbage spewed – you may even convert if you aren't a muslim already

      • skai

        Zionista " visit some mosques and listen to what they say-a Jew hating…" You don't have to go to mosques. From muslim's Quran Sura 5:51 " Believers ,take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends and protectors, for they are friends and protectors of one another. Whoever of you seeks their friendship and supports them shall become one of their number. Alla does NOT guide the wrong doers." Quran is full of hate towards Jews and Christians.
        In majority muslim countries child is breast fed hatred along with his mothers milk .

    • Ghostwriter

      Well,Schlobrain has once more proven himself to be the vile anti-semite that he is. He constantly blames Jews for the world's problems and fawns over people who want to destroy us. It's not the Jews that the world should be worried about,it's people like Usama Bin Laden and those like him who think that everyone else on the planet should be forced to become Muslim. The majority of Jews are patriotic Americans who love this country. It's the Muslims who have the patriotism problem. They seem to lack it.

    • RoguePatriot6

      You ought to read "The Rise and Fall to The Third Riech". I think you and the main character would have alot in common.

      WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?

  • davarino

    Liars? Duh

    Where do you think Brock learned his presto chango life style?

  • lugnut

    Another thing to ponder..God with his superority already thought of this and brought in over a million Jews from Russia to stop the take over of Israel by the arabs.

    • StarTripper

      And now there are going to be more Jews moving to Israel from France.

  • Tupak

    "Among other things, Channel 4 caught preachers on videotape rejecting Western law and integration into Western society; asserting the intellectual inferiority of women and the acceptability of marrying pre-pubescent girls; and calling for the murder of Jews, Hindus, gays, Muslim apostates, and British soldiers."

    Schlomotion: Lies I tell you all lies. Islamicists love Hindus & gays.

    • skai

      " Islamicists love Hindus & gays " I don't know about loving Hindus . but muslims love gays . On YouTube ,type in " bacha bazi -Afghanistan"

  • BS77

    Sweden's mosques…..somehow that sounds very strange……whatever happened to the proud VIkings? Now they live in fear.

    • No Muslima slave

      Not knowing their own history, and foolishly believing only the cartoon version of the Vikings, Swedes are actually embarrassed by their heritage and will spit on it in a heartbeat.

      They are unfortunately self-hating FOOLS of the highest order – Swedes pride themselves on being educated, so why don't they actually study their own history? The Swedish Vikings were not bloodthirsty barbarians – they had a very good society, far better than the disgusting Islamic one. Cultural suicide – their own genocide, and they don't care.

      Sweden was targeted by Islamists who saw a soft touch, and these idiots think it's because they're so evolved and enlightened that Muslims are flocking to them. No, it's because you're fat pigeons to be preyed upon!

      • Questions

        It is time for the offspring of Odin to rise to the occasion. Tell the Muslims that the Old Norse sleeping giant is awakening! They have entered the realm of Asgard!

  • Marty

    The United States is also being victimized by the islamic death cult. saudi arabia (our fake ally) financially supports around 80 percent of the mosques in this country and trains the clergy who relentlessly preach hatred and intolerance. mosques are nothing more than centers for the spread of an intolerant death cult that essentially demands human sacrifice for allah. In a growing number of places, mosques and their affiliated community organizations have taken over entire neighborhoods and driven normal people out. dearbornistan is only one example. Treasonous organizations such as cair and muslim student groups on university and high shool campuses are intent on spreading the diseased mindset of islam to young people. Many of us are fighting back by patronizing businesses such as Lowes and Caterpillar as well as purchasing their stock. Avoid halal food and boycott grocers who provide it. Check public school curricula to learn if islam is being taught in the classroom. islam can be successfully fought if we simply develop the will.

  • No Muslima slave

    You got it right, Bruce, that Sweden is a tough case. I'm ethnically mainly Swedish, and I can't believe how STUPID the Swedes have become. When I post items like this one on Facebook, Swedish knuckleheads come along and try to defend Islam and Muslims, frantically pointing fingers elsewhere and becoming insulting.

    Absolute idiocy – the Swedes have gone from one of the most civilized cultures in the past century to one of the most deranged. I'm horrified for my ancestral homeland.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      It's not a Swedish problem, it's a EUROPEAN problem.

      Europe has been overrun by socialist barbarians who have opened the door, wide, for Islamofascists who socialists see as allies in the socialist goal of destroying Europe and America.

      Europe may be lost, but America will NEVER become a socialist gulag like Eurabia. Americans are smarter than Europeans.

      Just as the sun has set on the former British empire, the sun is setting on Europe. A new Dark Ages is falling upon Europe.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      People who oppose what is happening in Sweden or Norway should boycott all products and services from those dhimmitudinous entities.

  • stevefraser

    Is this news?….it was years ago Israel's tennis team played Sweden's in Stockholm in a huge, EMPTY stadium for fear of Muslim violence.

  • Monty

    Wonderful article! But why do you accept advertisement from a business like "meet Your Asian Lady Today"?

  • denis

    Perhaps it is time to deport all these imams who preach this radical "hate the west" ideology in their mosques. Call them "person non gratia" because of their belligerence and promotion of hatred and violence towards our western society. No country in the western world needs these Saudi trained wacko imams. Send them back to the country they come from. The second thing we in the western countries should do is vigorously audit mosque books. If money to support mosques comes from an Islamic country or a numbered account in a western country is used to maintain and /or build mosques then perhaps we should set up some form of control on the amount of money that pours into these mosques. Saudi money , by proxy of these wacko Imams, promotes hate against the western society.

  • Schlomotion

    Nevertheless, I don't think that Jews have more of a right to practice their religion than Muslims do.

  • skai

    Please go to YouTube and see http://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=2H8HFb-YG00 or type " Hamas TV; Jews enemies of Allah -should all be killed" You will get many more links from there. like Quran sentences Jews to extermination" " Egyptian cleric: it's our duty to hate the Jews as part of our faith "

  • Schlomotion

    Your suspicions are unfounded. I am not a fresh-off-the-boat-Jew. Look to your cousins and in-laws for that. I am simply an American. Your inability to get along with Muslims is a strain on the fabric of America.

  • Western Canadian

    Your stupidity and viciousness are again on display for all to see.

    “If I leave the Muslims alone, they will still screw me over.” is a statement which is based on the reality of islam. It hates and attacks those who are not part of it.

    Your moronic comment:

    “Your inability to get along with Muslims is a strain on the fabric of America.” blames the victim for the islamic crime. You might actually have been a lawyer, blaming the victim for the crime is a common method used by the lowest and shabbiest of lawyers. And sadly, way to many muslims.

  • Western Canadian

    You don’t think that jews, who practice a non-violent religion that is very generous and giving towards others, have more of a right to practice their religion than muslims, who practice a religion based on vicious hatred of all non-mulsims, violence towards non-muslims (including but not limited to: rape, kidnappuing, murder). Bozo, you don’t have to continue proving that you are a moron. You have done so, so many times, that there is no longer doubt in anyone’s mind as to exactly who and what you are.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    - 9/11
    - 1993 truck bombing of the WTC
    - Bombing of Pan Am 103
    - 7/7 2005 London transport bombings
    - Madrid train bombing
    - Bali bombing
    - Beslan school hijacking massacre
    - Mumbai India massacre
    - 2012 Toulouse France massacre
    - Saddam Husseins poison gas attack on the Kurds – 5,000 dead
    - assassination of US Senator Robert F. Kennedy
    - richard reid sneaker bomber
    - Nigerian underwear bomber
    - Times Square SUV bomber
    - Death fatwa on writer Salman Rushdie
    - Death threats on Danish cartoonists over pen and ink drawings
    - Near nuclear war between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and India
    - Beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl
    - Various other kidnapping and video taped executions
    - $100 per barrel Oil – Thanks OPEC
    - $4 per gallon gasoline – Thanks OPEC
    - 8 year Iraq / Iran war
    - Genocidal death threats by the Islamic Republic of Iran
    - Death threats against Europe by Muslims living IN Europe – see British Muslism
    - Honor killings of Muslim girls over "family honor" in the US too
    - Murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh
    - Fort Hood massacre
    - Assad kkklan of Syria murder of over 9,000 Syrians AND the absence of "anti-imperialist", "anti-war" protests outside the Syrian consulate
    - attack on the 1972 Olympics and murder of atheletes
    - hijacking of the Achille Lauro and the murder of a wheelchair bound innocent
    - Current Day Slavery in Sudan (Darfur) and Mauritania
    - Empire State Building observation deck murders
    - Muslim-Only city of mecca in saudi arabia
    - wahabbi / salafi fascism
    - Luxor Egypt massacre of tourists
    - murder of Coptic Christians in Egypt
    - synagogue bombings in Turkey
    - church bombings in Nigeria
    - church bombings in Pakistan
    - mosque bombings in Iraq

  • Schlomotion

    No, that just makes Jews sound like self-righteous chauvinists. If you lived in a free republic like the United States, you might have a greater appreciation for equal protection under law and the non-establishment clause, but it is hard explaining things like freedom to the Northern Barbarians.

  • Ray Olson

    Who's Brock, and what has he to do with the matter at hand? Maybe I wasn't reading closely enough, but I don't recall seeing his name in Mr. Bawer's piece. Or am I missing a Swedish reference that I as an American don't know?

  • Schlomotion

    All you have said is that you hate Muslims more than others. If you keep withholding all your "business" like that, you won't have anywhere left to shop.

  • Schlomotion

    Again, I fail to see what business it is of a Jew from Canada to dictate American civic discourse. You have already chosen your country, a British Kingdom to live in.

  • Touchstone

    By that logic, what business is it of yours as an American to scold the Jews of Israel? Will you stop criticizing Jews anywhere outside of America, now that you've established the principle that foreigners should mind their own business?

    By the way, Canada is an independent sovereign country. It has a prime minister, not a king. It bows before no British monarch. And I presume most Canadians are like Americans in that they didn't choose where to be born, they were simply born where they reside.

    Your rebukes might have more of a sting if you bothered to think through them first. What the heck is motivating you to provoke people left right and center, anyway?

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    - 9/11
    - 1993 truck bombing of the WTC
    - Bombing of Pan Am 103
    - 7/7 2005 London transport bombings
    - Madrid train bombing
    - Bali bombing
    - Beslan school hijacking massacre
    - Mumbai India massacre
    - 2012 Toulouse France massacre
    - Saddam Husseins poison gas attack on the Kurds – 5,000 dead
    - assassination of US Senator Robert F. Kennedy
    - richard reid sneaker bomber
    - Nigerian underwear bomber
    - Times Square SUV bomber
    - Death fatwa on writer Salman Rushdie
    - Death threats on Danish cartoonists over pen and ink drawings
    - Near nuclear war between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and India
    - Beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl
    - Various other kidnapping and video taped executions
    - $100 per barrel Oil – Thanks OPEC
    - $4 per gallon gasoline – Thanks OPEC
    - 8 year Iraq / Iran war
    - Genocidal death threats by the Islamic Republic of Iran
    - Death threats against Europe by Muslims living IN Europe – see British Muslism
    - Honor killings of Muslim girls over "family honor" in the US too
    - Murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh
    - Fort Hood massacre
    - Assad kkklan of Syria murder of over 9,000 Syrians AND the absence of "anti-imperialist", "anti-war" protests outside the Syrian consulate
    - attack on the 1972 Olympics and murder of atheletes
    - hijacking of the Achille Lauro and the murder of a wheelchair bound innocent
    - Current Day Slavery in Sudan (Darfur) and Mauritania
    - Empire State Building observation deck murders
    - Muslim-Only city of mecca in saudi arabia
    - wahabbi / salafi fascism
    - Luxor Egypt massacre of tourists
    - murder of Coptic Christians in Egypt
    - synagogue bombings in Turkey
    - church bombings in Nigeria
    - church bombings in Pakistan
    - mosque bombings in Iraq

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    And there are laws against bombing planes like Pan Am 103, inciting to murder people, beheading people, enslaving people, blowing up churches, synagogues, Hindu or Buddhist temples, wearing masks to hide your identity.

  • Schlomotion

    The article was by me. I didn't suggest that's all they talk about. Obviously they also talk about God and circumcision and pork and stuff. I can't imagine even Muslims talking about mosques 52 weekends a year. No. I have not been to the Middle East. I have only read lots of newspapers and looked at lots of pictures and videos. I have only been to Iceland, Mexico, and Canada.

  • Schlomotion

    I would certainly refrain from commenting on how Israelis should run their own internal national affairs. My criticism to "Western Canadian" is not that he is a foreigner, it is that he is a belligerent foreigner trying to dictate limitations on American freedom of religion and public assembly. He acts as if he were simultaneously a citizen of the US, of Canada, and of Israel. When I was talking about Canada, I was referring to the two, or one posters here who are from Yahk, BC whose Queen in Right is Elizabeth the Second.

    I don't think Palestinians are an internal issue to Israel. Israelis are fond of saying that Gaza and the West Bank are independent, Palestinian run territories, when they are not saying "Judea" and "Samaria" are part of modern day Israel, of course. Speaking on that is a matter of global conscience, but never to my knowledge have I ever tried to say the conservatives or the liberals in Canada should be in charge or that Montreal should be less left leaning and cosmopolitan, etc.

    The left, right, and center issue is simply that Zionism uses left, right, and center politics. Again, that's fine in Israel, but when they start coming up with things like "World" Likud, and American radio jocks with fake Irish names, and making our Presidents have to appease their lobbyists in order to win elections, and howling against Fed reform, or worst of all, spreading the idea that America needs to curtail its Constitution in light of a Muslim menace, then it doesn't matter what wing they are.

  • skai

    You nothing but disgrace to humanity. now see http://www.thereligionofpeace.com and http://www.danielpipes .org

  • Schlomotion

    Been there, done that. Daniel Pipes is just a cheap knock off of Richard Pipes. At least Richard Pipes had an excuse. The Soviet Union was a genuine enemy. Daniel Pipes just writes fodder for Anders Breivik types.

  • skai

    Why are you a odd man out? Is there some thing wrong with you? Just going by the thumbs up and down.

  • Schlomotion

    It's because of my relationship with the mashed potatoes at this party.