by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D. 26 Oct 2016
A Syrian refugee who was granted asylum in Germany, along with his four wives and 23 children, is now reportedly receiving 360 thousand euro ($390,000) a year in benefits, sparking outrage among German citizens.
The 49-year-old Muslim migrant, identified only as “Ghazia A.,” fled his Syrian homeland in 2015 and is now based in Montabaur, in the southwest German state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
According to a report in the German newspaper Das Bild, Ghazia traveled along the Balkan route through Turkey along with his wives and children and eventually reached Germany. When he applied for asylum, since polygamy is prohibited in Germany, he had to choose which of the four women to become his “main” wife, in order to ensure to all his children social benefits that the state provides to refugees.
Ghazia chose his wife Twasif as his official wife, along with the 5 children he had by her. According to German law, Ghazia’s other wives are classified as “partners” but the man insists that he treats them all equally.
“According to our religion I have a duty to visit every family in the same way and do not prioritize any of them,” Ghazia said, meaning that he often must leave home to “visit” his other wives, who all live within a 30-mile radius of the man. All of his 23 children but one—a daughter now married and living in Saudi Arabia—are settled in Germany.
A local official in the town of Montabaur described Ghazia’s benefit situation as an “exemption.”
The estimated sum of 360 thousand euros per year comes from a German financial manager who posted the figure on the website of the “Association of Employers” as an approximative calculation of what the German state would be paying for the whole family.
For his part, Ghazia claims he would “like to work” but his familial burdens make it impossible. Back in Syria the man reportedly earned enough money with his car sharing and car service business to cover the expenses of his large family.
Now he spends his time visiting his various families, he says.
Children Forced to Recite ‘Allahu Akhbar’, Learn Muslim Prayer by Heart
by Virginia Hale 26 Oct 2016
Primary school pupils in the German ski resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen were made to recite “there is no god but Allah” and memorise an Islamic profession of faith, an outraged father has revealed.
Children in the fourth-year class are said to have been “forced” by teachers to recite the Muslim prayer aloud, alternating line by line between German and Arabic.
The situation was brought to the attention of unsertirol24 when an angry father forwarded the Austrian news service the handout from which his daughter said the class was made to learn.
The worksheet, which was given out during an ecumenical religious service at the Bavarian school, states that the exercise is a lesson in “ethics”. The verse students were made to recite, which begins with “Allahu Akbar”, forms the beginning of the “second pillar of Islam” known as the prayer process.
The English translation for the section reads: “O Allah, how perfect you are and praise be to you. Blessed is your name, and exalted is your majesty. There is no god but you.”
The principal of the girl’s school, Gisela Ehrl, would not confirm the incident when questioned by unsertirol24, and refused to offer any further information on the telephone. However, she said that the school will publish a written response to enquiries about its position in the coming week.
Since an influx of more than a million migrants to Germany in 2015, most of them Muslim, the country is Islamising at an increasing rate.
Breitbart London reported in April that the Bavarian teachers association is pushing to make Islamic studies mandatory in all the state’s schools. The petition argues that Muslims should feel that their religion is included in the country’s formal education and that Germans will be better equipped to help migrants integrate if they possess an understanding of Islam.
Earlier this month, parents were angered to learn that public daycare centres are dropping Christmas festivities. Teachers at one state kindergarten explained that they forego “Christian rituals” at the centre so as to accommodate the “diverse cultures” of other children.