“I believe that the mosque can be built. I am convinced that in the next five years it will become the most beautiful in the Province of Milan”. These words were spoken by the center-right candidate of Pioltello in the municipal elections Claudio Fina. Among the forces that support him there are also Lega and Fratelli d’Italia
Lega and Fratelli d’Italia for the mosque
These sentences are just a fragment of a longer video “stolen” and disseminated on the network during a meeting that the leader of the center and center-right coalition (including in addition to Lega and FdI also Forza Italia, Cambiamo and the civic Polo for Pioltello and Progetto Pioltello) had an election campaign with some members of the Muslim community.
Pioltello boasts a very strong presence of people of the Islamic religion, a component to be taken into consideration in view of the next elections to be held on 3 and 4 October. It is surprising, however, that it was precisely the candidate chosen by two forces that, historically, do not look favorably on certain mixtures to talk about the mosque.
Suffice it to say that a few weeks before the leader of the Northern League Matteo Salvini he was in Martesana to support other mayoral candidates (Inzago and Cassano) and had stressed the importance of investing resources on other priorities.
A question of legality
No step backwards on the part of the candidate for mayor Fina who, on the contrary, has ensured that the coalition he leads is compact by his side as the theme of the mosque must be seen in a broader reasoning on legality.
We are talking about legality, to restore the rules that until now were circumvented. The mosques present at the Satellite and Seggiano are not regular, even if they are called by the different names of cultural associations. They cannot be authorized, not only for a matter of respect for the rules, but also to give dignity to the many people who frequent them.
I believe that we should underline the courage we had in dealing with even delicate topics, it would have been easier as others do: to be silent like the “experienced” politicians.
No to exploitation
The response of the representatives of the Islamic community was not long in coming through the words of the president of the cultural association El Huda Mohamed Danova who sent the accusations of irregularities back to the sender, underlining that for over twenty years the only objective of the association has been to give a place to pray to the many Muslim faithful of Pioltello.
“Mosques belong to Allah, do not invoke anyone with him”, with these words taken from the Koran they reaffirmed the firm will not to be influenced or exploited, recalling how politics must remain outside the temples. Christians or Muslims makes no difference.