An experimental liberal mosque in the Netherlands that held prayers in Dutch rather than Arabic, has closed because of financial woes.

The Polder Mosque in Amsterdam was an effort to provide a model for young Dutch-born Muslims and converts to learn about Islam and practice it in a secular European nation.

The mosque’s total debts are $270,000, but it declined offers of funding from foreign sponsors, saying that violated its founding principles.

No doubt that foreign funding would have come with strings attached…it always does…


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