Swedish Imams Crave for Govt. SupportScandinavian imams are "helping the process of integration" in various ways. Notice they need imams in prison because there are many Muslims in jail, just like in France:
Swedish Imams Crave for Govt. Support
Swedish imams have went public with calls for the government to teat them on equal footing with priests in terms of financial assistance and salaries. The demand highlights the miserable living conditions Muslim preachers suffer, forcing them to take up jobs unsuitable for their religious status, to say the least. "The government should allocate salaries to imams, as it does with priests," Ammar Abdous, chairman of the imams' committee in northern Sweden, told IslamOnline.net. "The government should realize that imams play a major role in helping the process of integration, solving family problems for the Muslim minority and guiding the youth to steer clear of drugs and crime," he stressed. Abdous added that imams are also assigned to visit jails and detention camps to attend to the spiritual needs of Muslim prisoners. "Thus, the imams should not be forced to seek other jobs to financially support themselves because is a waste of their time and effort." Sweden has a 350,000-strong Muslim minority, many of them are Iraqi and Iranian Kurds asylum-seekers.