Pierre Vogel

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Pierre Vogel
Pierre Vogel Koblenz 2011 (cropped).jpg
Real name Pierre Vogel
Height 6 ft. 0 in. (183 cm)
Nationality Germany German[1]
Born (1978-07-20) July 20, 1978 (age 37)
Frechen, West Germany
Stance ?
Boxing record
Total fights 7[clarification needed]
Wins 6
Wins by KO 2
Losses 0
Draws 1

Pierre Vogel (born July 20, 1978 in Frechen), also known as Abu Hamza[2] (Arabic: أبو حمزة‎) is a German Islamic preacher and a former professional boxer.


Pierre Vogel (on the right) and Bilal Philips speaking at a rally in Frankfurt, April 2011

Vogel converted to Islam in 2001 and shortly thereafter began courses in Islamic studies in Germany, and then studied in Medina.[3][4]

Boxing career[edit]

He turned professional at the age of 22, fighting briefly (for two years) as a cruiserweight for the Sauerland club and was undefeated in seven bouts.[5]

Private life[edit]

Vogel is married to a Muslim Moroccan woman and is father of three children.[6]

Media perception[edit]

He has been described in one German report as a "radical Muslim",[7] while Matthias Matussek, author and commentator for Spiegel Online, described him as representative of the "dark Nazi variant" of Islam in Germany.[8]

When he appeared at a Muslim meeting in Ferihegy[when?], he said that polygamy is legitimate due to the fact that there are more women than men in Germany.[9]


  1. ^ However, Vogel said he does not view himself as a German. He also said the membership of the Ummah stands over the nationality. YouTube 16000 Deutsche Konvertieren zum Islam - Pierre Vogel Abu Hamza (German)
  2. ^ The Christian Science Monitor. "German universities move to train next generation of imams". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Ja Mensch wer kann was gegen Allah ausrichten!
  4. ^ Konvertiten: „Ick bin ein Muslim jeworden“, FAZ am 6. September 2007 (German)
  5. ^ "BoxRec - Pierre Vogel". Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  6. ^ rté one: West of Mecca
  7. ^ http://www.focus.de/politik/deutschland/kundgebung-umstrittene-islam-prediger-sprechen-in-frankfurt_aid_620324.html (German)
  8. ^ Matussek, Matthias (27 October 2010). "Wir werden die Religion nicht los" (in German). SPIEGEL Online. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Humanistischer Pressdienst (German)

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