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Radical Muslim Influence on the Increase in Kosovo

A victim of the Kosovo violence.

Within the last couple of months, Christians in Kosovo have been victims of what has been described as the increasing influence of radical Muslim groups.

Kosovo is a disputed territory in the Balkans. Kosovo borders Central Serbia north and eastward, the Republic of Macedonia to the south, Albania to the west and Montenegro to the northwest. The largest city and the capital of Kosovo is Pristina

In an e-mail obtained by ASSIST News Service, Pastor Artur Krasniqi said a church member from a town in the western part of the country was recently brutally beaten.

Two days after the attack against the church member, Krasniqi said, Kosovo Police arrested a group of five people believed responsible for the attack.

In addition, Krasniqi added, one of his church’s buildings in Prishtina was recently vandalized.

In addition to the attacks, Krasniqi said, he is worried about Islamic influence. He said, “Muslim radicalization of our country has become our serious concern, as it will impact not only our democratic values and freedoms but our safety and well being too.”

Krasniqi asked that those concerned about the plight faced by his fellow believers write to both the Prime Minister and President of Kosovo expressing their concerns.

Krasniqi said people wanting to know more should go to www.kishaprotestante.net, or e-mail kishaprotestante@ipko.net

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7 Comments

  1. antoine

    June 8, 2010 at 11:28 am

    You spelled some words wrong: e.g. Priština is the correct spelling

  2. Alma

    June 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    First, you should have mentioned that the church member beaten up was a protestant. Having in mind that this branch of Christianism is rather new in Kosovo, this should not be considered as a simple attack towards another religion.
    It’s true that any violent attack against another religion should be condemned, but this may come as a result of native people rejecting something foreign. Especially some organization that’s trying to recruit them into their agenda.
    Catholics and Muslims have been harmoniously co-habitating in Kosovo. It’s only a matter of time that Kosovars get used to this level of diversity.

  3. Jelena, UK

    June 9, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Dear Alma,
    As we can see ‘Kosovars’ (aka Muslim Albanians) had approximately 800 years to ‘get used to another religion’ (Orthodox Christianity) that was predominant there before they came to settle in Kosovo, and the following video shows precisely the level of ‘harmonious co-habitation’ achieved with non-Muslims in Kosovo today…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkgHkxIfgBc

  4. judgejerry

    June 9, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    As if there was any question after the Jihadist Albanians torched over 100 churches and monastaries?

  5. JJ

    June 12, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Ethnic Albanians in Kosovo have a problem with tolerating non-Albanians in their midst, although many immigrated from Albania and are foreigners in (Serbian) Kosovo themselves. I agree with Alma that it’s rather a racial issue than a religous one. I doubt that Albanians will ‘get used’ to ‘strangers’ within the next 100 years though.

  6. Continental News

    September 7, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Two days after the attack against the church member, Krasniqi said, Kosovo Police arrested a group of five people believed responsible for the attack.

  7. Master_Mind

    February 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Dear JELENA.

    The Illyrian tribe that lived there was called Dardania before Kosova/o, (Dardania – Dardha in albanians means pears hence the land of the pears, delicious pears thanks to the ideal weather). just like another Illyiran tribe Delmatia, todays Croatia (delme means sheep hence the name land of the shepherds). You base your religious history on thin air. Read history and they all will tell you the same thing. Sllavs started to migrate in the ballkan region after the 7 century. It doesn’t matter how many orthodox churches you have built or how many battles you have fought in Dardania – Kosova/o aggainst the ottomans. That still doesn’t make it serbian in any way.

    To all you religious people out there. God loves everyone but not the ones who use religion for a political agenda and as a pretext to steal land or control other nations.

    May peace be upon you all.

    Peace

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