Telegrafi [Prishtina, Kosova] September 15, 2013
The flag of the Albanian nation.
[CIP Note: This statement was republished by the Prishtina daily Express on September 16, 2013, under the headline "Schwartz Was Right."]
[The former President of the Assembly of the Islamic Community of Kosova (BIK) reacts to a statement by the Presidency of the BIK against the Islamic scholar, Stephen Sylejman Schwartz, whom the BIK described as a tool of "the duo Xhabir Hamiti and Emin Behrami and their company." Hamiti's response is published in full.]
To Criticize Wrong Decisions Made By The Collective Leadership Of An Institution Is By No Means To Attack The Institution To Which One Belongs!
We must admit at the outset that all that may be said in response to recent statements by some who still pursue, freely and without liability, libel, while nestled within the staff of the Presidency of the Islamic Community of Kosova (BIK), is superfluous, knowing as we do that Kosova’s citizens understand that the institution of the BIK has been usurped in the most brutal way possible. We all know that involved in this are three to four people, constructing a network within the BIK that by force of power, outside the guarantees of the BIK constitution and Islamic law, managed to manipulate some BIK employees as well as a small part of public opinion.
Continue reading Schwartz Was Right: Moderate Kosova Muslim Leader Replies to Radical Libels Why Threaten People in the Name of Religion, For Your Own Interests? by Xhabir Hamiti
Koha Ditore [Prishtina, Kosova] September 5, 2013
Prishtina, September 5 – A network of transnational scholars, the Center for Islamic Pluralism (CIP), headquartered in Washington, claims to have determined that “Mufti” Naim [...]
Koha Ditore [Prishtina, Kosova] August 29, 2013
Preshëva and Its Valley, 2008 — Photograph Via Wikimedia Commons.
Preshëva, 29 August – The Islamic Community of Preshëva, Bujanoc and Medvegja (BIPBM), with its leader Necmettin efendija Saqipi, has appealed to the authorities of the Islamic Community of Kosova [BIK] to reduce emotions, avoid rancor and abandon hateful speech, thereby solving problems accumulated over the years in the high religious institution.
BIK has become a significant problem which must be solved, not as “Mufti” Tërnava preaches, but by dialogue based on an institutional professionalism.
The honorable Islamic cleric Necmettin efendija Saqipi of Preshëva — Photograph Via Koha Ditore
“No problem is ended with violence, conflict and discord. The language of defamation, denigration, intimidation, etc. does not contribute to the resolution of the situation created in the BIK. The leaders of this institution do not solve old problems, but create new problems, such as removal of their President, the change in their Constitution and other conflicts, which began on the eve of new elections in this institution,” Mr. Saqipi said to the web portal Jehona Islame [Islamic Echo].
Continue reading Preshëva-Bujanoc-Medvegja Valley Islamic Community Accuses “Mufti” Tërnava of Despotism by Koha Ditore
CIP December 4, 2011
Desecrated gravestones at the Jewish Cemetery, Prishtina, Kosova, 2011
The Center for Islamic Pluralism, with members, supporters, and correspondents in Albania, Kosova, and the other territories in which Albanians form large communities (in Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia), as well as the Albanian diaspora in Western Europe and North America, joins the civic leaders of Kosova and of the Albanian-American community in denouncing the vandalism committed against the Jewish Cemetery in Prishtina, the Kosova capital.
The Prishtina Jewish Cemetery has benefited from rehabilitation efforts by Spanish units of the Kosovo Forces (KFOR), honoring the Sephardic origin of Jews buried there, as well as American and Kosovar students affiliated with Dartmouth College in the U.S. and the American University in Kosovo.
The Cemetery is located in the TaukBahçe neighborhood of Prishtina and had been neglected for many years.
Apparently during the night of November 29, unknown persons entered the Cemetery and painted German Nazi symbols and other insulting graffiti on the gravestones. A photograph of the damage is included here.
Continue reading Denounce Vandalism of Jewish Cemetery in Kosova
by Center for Islamic Pluralism
Express [Prishtina, Kosova], July 2, 2011
Grave of rahmetli Qadiri Sufi sheh Mehmed Sezaj, Prishtina, Kosova, 1999
Willingly or not, Mufti Naim Tërnava is not in control of the situation. His role now is being taken over by Fuad Ramiqi, the man who seems to have found the small door through which to become a political factor. He is now leading the Muslim groups protesting for the construction of a large mosque in the center of Prishtina. Kosovar Imams are asking who is truly leading the Islamic Community of Kosova (Bashkësia Islame e Kosovës, BIK].
Divisions have begun to upset the Islamic Community of Kosova (BIK). Leaders of Muslims in some municipalities of Kosova have started to openly accuse Naim Tërnava, head of the BIK, of maintaining ties with Islamic radicals.
According to them, the BIK, led by Tërnava, is indirectly involved in protests, with the blocking of streets in the capital.
“Naim Tërnava could be [the reason] behind them. The problem is that when he does not want things done under his own roof, he can call on Islamic non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to carry out protests,” Mullah Osman Musliu from Drenas, who has been beaten several times by unidentified persons because of his stance against the Wahhabis, told Express.
Mufti Naim Tërnava has not been seen in the protesting crowds, but someone else is playing his role. He is Fuad Ramiqi. Mullah Osmani has a few questions: “Who is this Fuad Ramiqi and what does he do? Is he the leader of BIK or is he there because Naim Tërnava has failed to do his job leaving us in this situation?”
Continue reading Mufti Fuad by Nebih Maxhuni