Stockholm Mosque
Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's Mosque ( Swedish: Zaid Ben Sultan Al Nahayans moské, Arabic: جامع زايد بن سلطان آل نهيان‎), commonly known as the Stockholm Mosque ( Stockholms moské) or the Stockholm Grand Mosque ( Stockholms stora moské), is the largest mosque in Stockholm, Sweden. It is located at Kapellgränd 10, adjacent to the small park Björns trädgård, in the Södermalm district of Stockholm. Inaugurated in 2000, the mosque is administered by the Islamic Association in Stockholm.

History
Discussions for a new mosque in the Stockholm area had been going on for over twenty years before the plans were realized in 2000. The first proposal was to use the building Borgerskapets änkhus at Norrtull. Other places that were discussed were Observatorielunden, Kristineberg, Skärholmen, Tensta and Jarlaplan. In March 1995 the city council in Stockholm decided, after first consulting Muslim leaders, to convert the old electric power station Katarinastationen ("the Katarina Station") into a mosque. The listed building, designed by the Art Nouveau architect Ferdinand Boberg and completed in 1903, was already influenced by " Moorish" Islamic architecture in its original version. Boberg had been inspired after a visit to Morocco and made the building turned to Mecca and with tall window vaults. In 1996 the building was sold by the city of Stockholm to the Islamic Association in Stockholm for SEK 8 million. However, the building of the mosque was delayed due to protests and appeals, and construction began first in 1999. On 8 June 2000 the mosque was inaugurated. The mosque was built with financial support from the individual Muslims in Sweden and abroad. One of the largest financiers was Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, principal founder and former head of state of the United Arab Emirates, whom the mosque was named after. The mosque can accommodate 2,000 people and the building includes a library, bookshop, gym, offices, lecture halls and a large kitchen. The building also has a restaurant.

Controversies

Alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood
According to an article in Svenska Dagbladet , the mosque's leadership has ties to the Sunni pan-Islamist movement Muslim Brotherhood.

Yusuf al-Qaradawi
In July 2003 the Egyptian Islamist scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi was invited to speak at the mosque in a conference arranged by the European Council for Fatwa and Research (founded by al-Qaradawi). Also present at the conference was Rashid Ghannouchi, leader of the banned Tunisian Islamist party al-Nahda. During the conference al-Qaradawi expressed his support of suicide attacks against Israeli civilians which he called a "necessary holy war". He further stated:

The sermon was reported to the police by Liberal Party politician Fredrik Malm.

Sermon translations
In May 2004 the journalist Salam Karam wrote an article in Svenska Dagbladet where he alleged that the mosque had deliberately mistranslated and/or left out controversial parts of the Arabic– Swedish translations of the sermons held in the mosque by Imam Hassan Moussa. For example, Karam alleged that the phrase "the United States rapes Islam" was translated by the interpreter: "We condemn the U.S. torture of Iraqi prisoners". Another controversial part which, according to Karam, was left out in the translation was the following:

The mosque dismissed the criticisms, saying that they had only left out certain parts due to "time issues".

Yassin tapes
In November 2005 Sveriges Radio reported that a bookshop located in the mosque had sold audio tapes with harsh antisemitic content. On one of the tapes, with the assassinated Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin on its cover, Jews were described as a "disease", the "brothers of apes and pigs" and that the "only solution" to the Jews was Jihad. A hadith was also read with the following message:

The Swedish Chancellor of Justice, Göran Lambertz, decided to convey a preliminary investigation regarding hate speech ( Swedish: hets mot folkgrupp). During the police raid a number of cassettes, CD-discs and a video tape were confiscated. On 2 January 2006, Chancellor of Justice Lambertz decided to close the investigation. According to Lambertz the statements made on the tapes were, although "highly critical of the Jews", not a violation of Swedish law and because they have to be viewed "in the light of the historical and present conflict in the Middle East." Lambertz' decision was strongly criticised by, among others, the major Jewish associations in Sweden, the Swedish Committee Against Antisemitism and several prominent Swedish journalists and authors. An appeal, to make Lambertz review the decision, was also started and was signed by over 3,000 people. Despite this, Lambertz decided not to review the decision.

“ Even if an innocent child is killed as a result of this holy war then it is not deliberate but rather because of the neccessities of the war. Neither in the future will these so called civilians stopped be intruders, evil, tyrants and oppressors." ” “ "The U.S. will pay the price for all the martyrs who have died in Palestine. There are those who spread lies in the media and say that we in the mosque don't consider the former Hamas leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, to be a martyr. He is indeed a martyr – the martyr of the martyrs. I want to send that word to everyone in Sweden." ” “ "Oh Allah, exterminate the Jews, Oh Allah, exterminate the Jews, Oh Allah, exterminate the Jews! Oh, Allah, curse them and expel them and let them be whipped with suffering. Oh Allah, over heaven and earth!" ”