Muslim groups in Austria slammed the government on the map and determined the locations of mosques and Islamic organizations throughout the country.
A leading Austrian Muslim group said it plans to file a lawsuit against the government of Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz (Sebastian Kurz) for issuing a controversial “Islamic Map”.
Austrian Muslim youth organizations criticized the government for publishing a “political Islam map”, which identifies the locations of mosques and Muslim communities in various parts of the country.
The organization quoted the organization on Saturday as saying: “The disclosure of all the names, functions and addresses of Muslim institutions and institutions that are considered Muslims represent unprecedented boundaries.”
Integration Minister Susanne Raab launched a website called “Islamic State Map” on Thursday, which contains more than 620 mosques, the names and locations of associations and officials and their possible contacts abroad.
The Austrian Islamic Religious Group (IGGOE) warned against stigmatizing all Muslims living in Austria, “this is a potential threat to the country’s society and democratic legal order”.
IGGOE added that the campaign is fueling racism and “exposing Muslim citizens to huge security risks.”
The Austrian Chancellor repeatedly criticized what he called “political Islam”.
According to the Minister of Integration, the purpose of the map is not to “put Muslims generally in a suspicious situation”.
She said the goal is “to fight against political ideology, not religion.”
Since the deadly attack in Vienna last November, reports of anti-Muslim attacks in Austria have increased.
The map created tensions between Kurz’s conservative Austrian People’s Party and its coalition partner, the Green Party.
Faika El-Nagashi, spokesperson for the integration and diversity of the Austrian Green Party, wrote on Twitter on Thursday that no members of the party were involved or notified in advance.
She added that the project “violated the integration policy and the face of dialogue.”
The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Twitter on Saturday that Austria’s “xenophobic, racist and anti-Islamic policies have weakened social cohesion and participation”.
It said: “It is very important for Austria to stop labeling immigrants and Muslims and adopt responsible policies.”
Michael Chalupuka, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germany, also expressed concern about this and called on Raab to take down his website.