The notorious discoveries, embodied in the TV-film "Mosques Behind the Veil," set the Danish society at odds with the country's Muslim community, stirring a major debate on the appropriateness of building more mosques. Thus, the construction of a 'super mosque' in the Danish city of Aarhus was put on hold amid public fears that it would become a reprise of the infamous Grimhøj Mosque, which made international headlines last year by openly declaring support for Daesh and whose name in Denmark became synonymous with a hotbed of radical Islam.
Nevertheless, a new albeit much smaller mosque was recently opened in the very same city of Aarhus to meet local demands. The new 1,200 square meter mosque has a 14-meter-high dome, and will soon be also furnished with a minaret. The total construction bill landed at around 16 million DKK (roughly 2.5 million USD). The mosque imams come from Turkey and have a higher education, which was paid for by the Turkish state.
"If politicians help people fulfill their wishes, people will feel respected and will do their best in return. One would never do it, if constantly pushed aside," Vahip Pelit told Danish Radio.
According to him, the industrial zone, in which the mosque was ultimately built, is no right place.
"I would have liked a real mosque in the city center, which would really show diversity and stress the fact that there are other cultures than Christianity in this multicultural city," Pelit explained.
Earlier this year, Danish authorities tried such peculiar ways to promote integration as launching a female-led mosque with women-only admission for Friday prayers. Despite priding itself on becoming Scandinavia's first mosque with a feminist stance, Copenhagen-based Miriam Mosque came under severe criticism from enraged orthodox Muslims.
At the same time, Denmark is struggling with the problem of visiting hate preachers, obviously hesitating between tightening the screws on extremism and sticking to its traditional support for freedom of speech, no matter how far it is stretches. Curiously enough, it was the very same Denmark that in 2005 unleashed one of the modern era's largest media scandals through publishing cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, which set the Muslim world ablaze.
According to a poll conducted in October 2015 by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, 40 percent of all Danish Muslims believe that the law in Denmark should be based solely on the words of the Quran, whereas 77 percent believe that the Quran should be followed word for word.