First Swedish Shia Muslim Party hopes to make way into parliament

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - With the percentage of Muslims in Sweden having grown exponentially over the past several decades, it's been only a matter of time for the first Muslim party, Jasin, to emerge in the Nordic country's political spectrum.

Jasin, Sweden's first Muslim party, has recently applied for registration and is making no secret of its ambition to enter parliament as soon as the next general election in 2018.

Jasin says it is open to "all people with a foreign background" and seeks to spread Islam. It says it respects Swedish law and aims to improve the country, eliminate poverty and crime, and combat racism and discrimination.

According to Nya Tider, in its application Jasin said it intend to keep within the Quran, follow Shia imams and Sharia laws and will be welcoming of Sunnis as well.

In addition to practicing Islam as a "divine, logical and knowledgeable" religion, Jasin seeks to disseminate "the true side of Islam," which it says has been forgotten and is portrayed as a belligerent religion.

On its website, Jasin condemned all forms of extremism and racism.

The Jasin Group Association, which is behind the eponymous party, has its headquarters in Malmö and Lund.

Jasin is currently in the process of gathering signatures and has over 450 of the 1,500 needed for a party to be formally registered.

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