Imam Oussama El-Saadi of the Aarhus mosque has spoken in favor of the child bride crisis in Denmark. As the Danish government is planning to deport immigrant men who have married and impregnated children, but giving the young girls refuge, the Imam believes the government should “relax.”
He wants the people of Denmark to assimilate and accept the Muslim culture.
Despite the strong Danish reaction to the practice of marrying children among some migrants, Imam Oussama El-Saadi of the Aarhus mosque has said the Danish government must relax their laws and respect migrant families, whatever age the brides are.
Speaking to Danish newspaper Metroxpress, the Imam said: “One should look at these cases from a different perspective. It is an extraordinary humanitarian situation, and I think you have to take care of these families. They’re married, and even if the man is twice as old as they have built a family. We have to accept that it is a different culture, and we can not destroy family life”.
The marriage of young children to older men went even further than just foreign and unfamiliar cultures arriving in Europe, said the Imam, but it was also a side-effect of the migrant crisis, he said: “If you look at the situation in the refugee camps, it is often filled with violence and uncertainty.
This crisis isn’t just found in Denmark, but also in other northern European states. “Norway saw dozens of migrant children arriving married in 2015, with one girl just eleven years old. Most of the married children came from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.”
The migrants, who are looking for shelter in western culture have to learn to live within the boundaries of that culture.