The Problem of Muslim Prayers in France and Italy

Aside from the obvious problems facing Western European countries with the Islamic invasion in terms of terror, crime, riots, rape, and public welfare costs, France and Italy are faced with the ever growing problem of Islamic prayers. While the faithful are obligated to pray five times a day, the holy day of Friday is a particular problem when larger crowds turn out for services. In France and Italy, there is not enough space in terms of mosques. The result in France is large crowds of Muslims taking over sidewalks and public streets in order to perform their prayers on Fridays. The inconvenience to residents, drivers and store owners is obvious. Some French protesters are starting to turn up and protest the use of public space for Muslim prayers.


Now comes forth a Muslim religious leader named Abdallah Zekri, who argues that the solution is simply to multiply the number of mosques. To some that might seem like reasonable solution except when you consider that the French state is obligated to fund construction of such mosques.


In Italy, especially in large cities like Rome and Milan, Muslims have simply taken over basements and garage spaces beneath large apartment buildings without the permission of owners or tenants. Hundreds of men come at all hours of the day to pray, somehow provided with keys to the outer gates and entrances to the underground areas. Complaints to the local authorities go nowhere. Some reporters have been assaulted while investigating the problem. The Lega Nord party headed by Matteo Salvini, which opposes unfettered migration to Italy, has also investigated these clandestine “mosques” and made it a key campaign issue.


In both of these countries, the twin issues of Islam and mass immigration are tearing apart the social fabric of the societies. Simply building more mosques may alleviate the problem of takeovers of public and private property for prayers, but the larger problems remain.

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About the author

Gary Fouse

Born 1945 in Los Angeles. Currently employed since 1998 as adjunct teacher at University of California at Irvine Ext. teaching English as a second language.
Education: BS in Police Science and Administration California State University at Los Angeles (1970)
Master of Education at University of Virginia (1993)
Served three years in US Army Military Police Corps at Erlangen, Germany 1966-68.
1970-1973- Criminal Investigator with US Customs
1973-1995 Criminal Investigator with Drug Enforcement Administration. Stationed in Los Angeles, Bangkok, Milan, Italy, Pittsburgh and Office of Training, FBI Academy, Quantico, Va until retirement.
Author of Erlangen-An American's History of a German Town-University Press of America 2005
The Story of Papiamentu-A Study in Slavery and Language, University Press of America, 2002
The Languages of the Former Soviet Republics-Their History and Development, University Press of America, 2000

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