The Grimhøjmoskeen mosque in Aarhus, Denmark, has openly declared support for Islamic State (IS; formerly known as ISIS), claiming a state under Sharia law is a matter of national-religious pride.
“An Islamic state will always be what Muslims long for, therefore we cannot help but to support the Islamic State. Even if it makes mistakes, we will just have to wait and see,” mosque spokesman Fadi Abdallah told the online news source Den Korte Avis Thursday.
“The conditions aren’t the same down there [in Syria and Iraq, ed.] as they are here. I can fully understand why people are getting killed,” he continued.
Abdallah later defended his remarks further, in a TV interview with TV2 Østjylland.
"Muslims should have their own state and we support that. Muslims should be able to govern their own state and judge other Muslims without influence from the West," he said.
He insisted that he condemns IS's violence, however.
"It is of course deplorable, and we are sorry that it has come to this," he said.
The Grimhøjmoskeen mosque has made headlines before for its extremism, after its imam, Sheikh Abu Bilal Ismail, threatened to "kill the Zionist Jews" days after Operation Protective Edge in Gaza broke out while visiting in Berlin.
“Gaza is the land of glory, the land of jihad, the land of honor, which is facing the strongest war machine, the Zionist Jews, these criminals, these slayers of prophets,” he said.
“Oh Allah, destroy the Zionist Jews. They are no challenge for you,” he continued. “Count them and kill them to the very last one. Don’t spare a single one of them. Shake the ground beneath their feet. Make them suffer terribly. Deflect their bullets."
Abdallah's statements also surface just days after IS in Syria killed Jewish-American journalist and Israeli citizen Steve Sotloff in a brutal decapitation taped for the Western world to see.
The tape not only vows death on another journalist - British civilian David Haines - but also threatens the US over its action against the terrorists.
The incident has sparked a worldwide scramble to suppress terrorism in Syria and Iraq, where IS has been taking large swaths of land over the past several months and committing genocide against thousands of ethnic minorities.