Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, who has often taken a strong stand against Islamic fundamentalism in his country, came out in support of former BJP spokesman Nupur Sharma. Wilders, in a series of tweets, said Nupur Sharma’s statement about the Prophet Muhammad is fact and not false claims.
“It is ridiculous that Arab and Islamic countries are angered by an Indian politician Nupur Sharma’s statement for telling the truth about Prophet Muhammad who indeed married Aisha at the age of six and consummated the marriage at the age of nine. Why is India apologizing?
In another tweet, Wilders said, “Appeasement never works. It will only make things worse. So my dear friends from India, don’t be intimidated by Islamic countries. Stand up for freedom and be proud and steady in defense of your politician Nupur Sharma who spoke the truth about Prophet Muhammad.
Appeasement never works. It will only make things worse.
So my dear friends from India, don’t be intimidated by Islamic countries. Defend freedom and be proud and constant in defense of your politician #NupurSharma @NupurSharmaBJP who told the truth about Muhammad.
— Geert Wilders (@geertwilderspvv) June 6, 2022
Wilders also shared a screenshot of a threatening message from a Pakistani Muslim who threatened to assassinate him and “destroy America and the EU”. Wilders said he receives such death threats every day from Pakistani and Turkish Muslims who want to kill in the name of the “so-called Prophet Muhammad” and that he will never stop speaking the truth.
It should be noted here that Nupur Sharma’s statement on the life of the Prophet Muhammad was considered “blasphemy” and an insult to the Prophet by several Islamic leaders after Alt News’ dog Mohammad Zubair hissed at him. Online campaigns and social media targeting led to controversy and eventually Islamic Gulf nations began to condemn the statement. The Indian government has since clarified that the statement was its own and that the government had nothing to do with it. Sharma was suspended from the BJP after the controversy.
Geert Wilders and his position against Islamic fundamentalism
Geert Wilders has long spoken out against Islamic fundamentalism and radicalism in his country. As an MP, he had opposed mass migration and told parliament that through mass migration the government was bringing “a monster called Islam into the country”.
In an interview, Wilders had earlier said, “I don’t hate Muslims, I hate Islam. He said in the same interview: “Islam is not a religion, it is an ideology, the ideology of a backward culture. In June 2018, Wilders had announcement a “prophet Muhammad cartoon contest” to be held at his party’s parliamentary offices. Later in August, he was forced to cancel the event after threats of terrorist violence grew too great. A number of Islamic leaders had issued a fatwa for his murder.
In 2019, a Pakistani Muslim named Junaid was sentenced to 10 years in prison for an assassination plot against Wilders. Junaid had posted a video on Facebook saying he wanted to send Wilders to hell.
Wilders, a 58-year-old Dutch MP, is the chairman of the Freedom Party in the Dutch parliament. He is a right-wing leader who has strongly opposed the Dutch government’s immigration policies, especially from Muslim countries, and has even said he wants his country to leave the EU. He worked with other conservative European leaders like France’s Marine Le Pen to form a parliamentary group in the European Parliament which now includes parties from 9 EU countries.