A Libyan imam has received CHF600,000 ($620,000) in state welfare payments while preaching messages of hatred against other religions from a mosque in Biel, Swiss public television has discovered.
The Rundschau news programme obtained a recording of Abu Ramadan preaching: "Oh Allah, I beg you to destroy the enemies of our religion. Destroy the Jews, Christians, Hindus, Russians and the Shia." The sermon was delivered at the Ar'Rahman mosque in canton Bern.
"He who befriends a disbeliever is cursed until the Day of Judgment," the imam preached. He also suggested that Muslims should not be subject to local laws. "If you tell me that a Muslim has stolen or raped...that does not matter to you, and you should not talk about it," he has been recorded as saying.