What are we to think about the event late-Friday when two unidentified Finns threw a firecracker, according to the police, outside a mosque where people were celebrating the holy month of Ramadan?
There were several versions of what happened at the Al-Ikhlas mosque in the Espoo neighborhood of Leppävaara.
According to Supapress News from Finland in Arabic, the imam of the mosque, Abdul Hamid, two suspects in a car threw a “sound grenade” in front of the mosque as two suspects made a getaway by car.
What are we to think about this story? What about the suspects? Where they there just for fun or to play a prank on some Muslims?
The police respond with a statement over two days after the event, which is when Iltalehti picked up the story.
Taking into account Finland’s hostile environment against migrants, especially Muslims, it is understandable that some people don’t feel safe in Finland. Therefore, the prank carried out by the suspects, and the lateness of the police statement and not to investigate the matter further raise concern.
Add to the latter the good showing of the Perussuomalaiset,* which are openly Islamophobic and hostile to Muslims, and it’s no wonder why some feel intimidated in this country.
As some Muslims pointed out, the police don’t care what happens to Muslims, which many feel like second-class citizens in Finland.
* The Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13, 2017, into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. In the last parliamentary election, Blue Reform has wiped off the Finnish political map when they saw their numbers in parliament plummet from 18 MPs to none. A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.