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The Foreigner Islamic spokesman turns up the tone. Categorical statements prompt distancing and police involvement. The Iraqi Muslim Mohyeldeen Mohammad, who warned of possible terror-like repercussions under last Friday’s demonstration in Oslo, has been stirring the waters of public debate in the last few days. In yesterday’s phone interview with Klassekampen, Mohammad defended the Somali Islamic insurgency group al-Shabaab’s recent stoning of a homosexual to death. Al-Shabaab is regarded by several western governments and security services to be a terrorist faction.

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Islamic spokesman turns up the tone

Published on Wednesday, 17th February, 2010 at 19:56 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 18th February 2010 at 09:56.

Categorical statements prompt distancing and police involvement.



“Punishment”

The Iraqi Muslim Mohyeldeen Mohammad, who warned of possible terror-like repercussions under last Friday’s demonstration in Oslo, has been stirring the waters of public debate in the last few days.

In yesterday’s phone interview with Klassekampen, Mohammad defended the Somali Islamic insurgency group al-Shabaab’s recent stoning of a homosexual to death. Al-Shabaab is regarded by several western governments and security services to be a terrorist faction.

“From what I’ve heard, the person was gay, and that’s the punishment he deserves. Every Muslim is obligated to take this view by their religion,” said Mohammad, spokesman for a group of young Muslims called “The Volunteers”.

However, Abid Raja, a Norwegian-Pakistani Muslim lawyer and Liberal (V) politician, believes Muslims have a duty to confront Mohammad about his attitudes.

“Radical Islamists such as Muhammad are not just anti-gay; they also oppose liberal Muslim forces that recognise gays’ dignity.”

Extremism

Mohyeldeen Mohammad also told the paper he believes democracy has no place in Islam, prompting several Norwegian Muslims – amongst others Islamisk Råd’s (IRN) religious leader Basim Ghozlan – to distance themselves from Mohammed’s views.

Ghozlan tells Aftenposten he was extremely provoked by what he read, and fears it could spark a wave of radical Islamism amongst Norway’s Muslim youth. Raja shares Ghozlan’s concerns

 “We wouldn’t have heard the kind of statements Mohyeldeen has made just one or two years ago here. That’s all the reason to warn against them. This message doesn’t just concern society, the PST and the politicians, but also young and impressionable Muslims who are looking for something to get involved in,” he says.

Charges

Mohammad’s statements have also caused the Socialist Left (SV) politician Amir Paya to complain in writing to the Equality and Anti-discrimination Ombudsman, Audun Lysbakken: “Mohyeldeen Mohammad’s assertions are both inhumane, and an unpleasant reminder of the past.”

Paya says he’s reported Mohammad to the police too.

And Youseef Assidiq, one of Friday’s demonstration’s organisers, made it clear what he thought.

“His statements shoot both himself and the 3000 other Muslim demonstrators who took part in the foot. We live in Norway, and follow Norwegian law. If he can’t accept that, he can always get on a plane and leave,” he tells Klassekampen.

Mohammad is studying Sharia in Saudi Arabia, and has also been reported to police by Dagbladet for making death threats against two of its journalists, after they tried to interview him.

NRK reports he’s now undergoing questioning after turning himself in to Norwegian police.



Published on Wednesday, 17th February, 2010 at 19:56 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 18th February 2010 at 09:56.

This post has the following tags: mohyeldeen, mohammad, dagbladet, muslim, islam, demonstration, norway, statements, gay, homosexuals.





  
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