Benyaich about radical Islam: ‘Drugs and Religion Keep Brussels Calm’

Politician Bilal Benyaich has published a book that maps the religious radicalization of Moroccan residents in Brussels. According to Benyaich, one must look in one’s own bosom, but one must also be more aware of Muslim Background, Ramadan, Moon, Star, Religiousgeopolitics and social inequality in the capital. Otherwise, the situation threatens to worsen. “After all, Salafis speak the language of the people.”
I slam and radicalism among Moroccans in Brussels is called the writing of politician Bilal Benyaich. The young researcher comes from Diest, but has been living in the capital for ten years and works at the Social and Economic Council of Flanders. He is also a lecturer at HUB and is affiliated with VUB. Benyaich has worked in the Moroccan community of Brussels in a few years. Thoroughly incorporated when we read the book.

Why Did You Write the Book?

Bilal Benyaich: “Simple: there has been a move to the right among practicing Muslims for some time, and that had to be investigated. Islamism is gaining in popularity. Both Salafism and the Muslim Brother Movement are firmly anchored. Salafism may be a minority movement, it has a great deal of influence on the normal perception of Islam, the pioneers of which have been the Saudis, who have devoted a great deal of money to it, but international groups are also the cause of the stagnation of the religious experience. 15 years on the rise. Because Brussels has become an international pole of attraction, this radical movement has gained more foothold here than elsewhere, especially in the neighborhoods of the people. Salafis speak the language of the people. “

“Now, only a minority of Moroccan inhabitants of Brussels are intensively involved with religion. Why is the influence of Salafism so effective? Because they are very present in Brussels neighborhoods and appeal to people there. They act as sex police, although that often happens implicitly. For example, they ensure that a lot less religious Moroccans conform. That’s how Islamism works. “

What Do You Do About Foreign Interference From Saudi Arabia, For Example?

Benyaich: “Geopolitics is important if you want to study radicalization. During the Cold War, Saudi Arabia was supported by the West because the country fought with religion against Arab countries that flirted with socialism and secularism. Now, however, there is a new one The Cold War, with Iran, a country that, just like Saudi Arabia, is trying to gain influence and souls in the Middle East, is a battle for ideas that is being fought on European soil: Morocco is trying to counteract some of its problems especially here but it does not have the resources it needs. Gulf states do.

Belgium has never known which wood to turn arrows into. Look at the failure of the Muslim executive. We are not interested in international dynamics. Also in Brussels. A lot of black money flows from different embassies to mosques. That needs to be regulated. , mosques must be transparent. We must not have the illusion that rules will come automatically. “