Lithuanian Muslims deny suspicions on links with Terrorists

October 9, 2007 at 12:47 pm 10 comments

Islamic FundamentalistAs the daily Kauno Diena announced the Lithuanian Muslims have expressed disappointment over a The commercial TV channel LNK television coverage of suspicions of the country’s special services about extremists coming to the state under the guise of movement spreading Islam might pray in mosques on Saturday.

The TV channel reported that the authorities have established that one of the organizations spreading Islam in Lithuania could be disguising terrorists searching for executors of terrorist acts. The TV said that analogous suspects had been identified by Estonian police, and an investigation is also carried out by Lithuania’s State Security Department.

Today, the imam of Kaunas mosque Romas Jakubauskas denied such statements in an interview to the daily newspaper Kauno Diena.  “We speak for safer Lithuania ourselves and we have no connections with terrorists,” said Jakubauskas.

The imam did not deny that members of the organization Tablighi Jamaat are quite frequent guests in Lithuania, describing their practice as missionary.

As the BNS reported, in April, the State Security Department reported about reconnaissance anti-terrorist operation completed with partners in other countries and detention of 14 persons in Estonia, Lithuania and other countries.

Islam experts doubt whether Tablighi Jamaat could be looking for potential terrorists in Lithuania.

Racius also underscored the small size of the Muslim community in Lithuania.  He noted that if the organisation came to look for new recruits to Lithuania they must have left the country very disappointed.  As the scientist told there is no a critical mass for the possible recruitment, he even struggles to conduct some of his questioners since the Muslim population in Lithuania is very small.

According to various calculations, the Muslim population in Lithuania counts approximately 3,000 people Most of Lithuanian converts to Islam are women who married Muslims and live in Great Britain or other countries. As the paper writes there are only four small Muslim mosques operate in Kaunas, Vilnius and Alytus.

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Entry filed under: Baltic States, Estonia, Lithuania, Northern Europe, Politics, Terrorism.

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  • […] Lithuanian Muslims deny suspicions on links with Terrorists of the organizations spreading Islam in Lithuania could be disguising terrorists searching for executors… investigation is also carried out by Lithuania s State Security Department. Today, the imam of Kaunas….  We speak for safer Lithuania ourselves and we have no connections with terrorists, said Jakubauskas… guests in Lithuania, describing their practice as missionary. As the BNS reported, in April… with partners in other countries and detention of 14 persons in Estonia, Lithuania and other countries […]

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  • 2. usman  |  October 4, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    i am happy to see muslims in lithuania as well.actually why womens convert to muslims because we practice islam and what we say to our wives then we do.thats why they dont leave us and they love us.for us they are humans but we are not extgrimist we are peaceful muslims.some people want to create bad expressions about us.they are not muslims and the people who are doing bombin they are also not muslims.if you dont believe you can ask those wemen who converted to muslims they are not stupid.they saw us at home and in the same room as well because we dont sleep with other women except our wives.i love our wives so much

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  • 3. sami  |  February 18, 2009 at 3:47 am

    the terrorists are no one’s friend and it got nothing to do with any religion.it’s simple they are just killers and destroying innocent peoples and giving bad names to islam.if anyone not belive they can have a look to iraq and afghanistan’s situation that how many innocent muslim and christian dies each day.they are just evils . when they kills people they never see your name ,religion,etc . i just want to say that the quran says onlly peace and just peace

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  • 4. ahmed  |  July 20, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    i am sure agree about all what above i am Muslim and speaking Arabic as well and i am proud , i live recently in Lithuania Vilnius, and i really hope to meet any Muslims here because i am just arrived here . but i wanna add some thing here that if any educated person who red quran and knew how to analysis the logic in it will never do any thing bad for any body even if they are enemy just if they touch (touch some thing holly) 0037065293891

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    • 5. Ruslanas Iržikevičius  |  July 22, 2009 at 10:34 am

      Welcome to Lithuania Ahmed. The Lithuania’s Muslim community is very small, only about 3.000 practising Muslims. I hope that you will find you place here and I sincerely hope that you will like it here.

      There is a Lithuanian academic who is very much one of very few, perhaps the only one expert on the Muslim world’s current affairs in Lithuania. He also speaks Arabic. His name is Edgūnas Račus, he teaches at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science (IIRPS) of Vilnius University. His contact email is egdunas.racius@cr.vu.lt You could try to get in touch with him. By the way, I don’t know him personally, so if you mention my name to him it will not help.

      My best regards to you,

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  • 6. Evelina  |  April 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I’m from Lithuania and I really didn’t know that so many muslim people lives in Lithuania,I am glad to hear that.But I think life for muslim people in LT is very hard expecialy for women,who wear the hijab,it is very closed country and I know how people think in there.But I hope that in future will be better.

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    • 7. adel  |  May 14, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      yes i think you are right
      it will be so hard for muslim ladys

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    • 8. sohail ahmad  |  December 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      i am from pakistan we plan to move lithuania can you help me and give some information

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    • 9. Kristina Yaseen  |  November 8, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      Thank you Evelina.

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  • 10. Kristina Yaseen  |  November 8, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    I converted to Islam in 2008 while I was in London. The only thing that makes me sad is why I did not do it earlier. My children will be muslims and they will live a clean life. 2 of my clise friends and my sister is also now considering Islam.

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