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Muslim faction in evangelisation row. Politicians and religious leaders shun controversial organisation. An Islamic missionary association is actively converting Norwegians in Oslo and flying controversial Imams in to help, VG alleges. Islam Net, who mission from Oslo University College’s (Høgskolen i Oslo) premises, claims its aim is to “clear up misunderstandings about Islam”.

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Muslim faction in evangelisation row

Published on Thursday, 10th June, 2010 at 17:40 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 10th June 2010 at 20:25.

Politicians and religious leaders shun controversial organisation.

Abid Q. Raja
"Opinions that some Muslim individuals have defended privately are now becoming part of the rhetoric Islam Net's speakers' use."Abid Q. Raja
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“Dangerous”

An Islamic missionary association is actively converting Norwegians in Oslo and flying controversial Imams in to help, VG alleges.

Islam Net, who mission from Oslo University College’s (Høgskolen i Oslo) premises, claims its aim is to “clear up misunderstandings about Islam”.

At Easter, the organisation held one of its courses. British convert Abdurraheem Green Amongst was among the participants. Green has been accused of having Jihadist tendencies

Fahad Qureshi, Islam Net’s general manager, has no comment to make about the course, but alleges seven non-Muslim Norwegians were evangelised.

The association’s rapid growth worries members of the established Muslim community in Norway and politicians.

“Islam Net is steering Norway in a dangerous extremist direction, as well as radicalising young minds,” says the Liberal Party’s (V) Abid Q. Raja.

PST (Police Security Service) top Janne Kristiansen expressed worries about the foothold radical Islam is gaining in Norway, which she claims poses an increased risk of terrorism to the country.

Raja takes issue with how Islam Net presents things.

“Opinions that some Muslim individuals have defended privately – such as the death penalty for lapsed Muslim, hailing Jihad, defending violence against women, and support for the stoning of homosexuals – are now becoming part of the rhetoric Islam Net’s speakers use,” says Raja.

SV’s (Socialist Left) Akhtar Chaudhry advises young Muslims to practise their religion in keeping with the democratic and human values that are part of Norwegian society.

A problem

Sissel Østberg, Oslo University College’s principal, says religious conversion from within the institution won’t be tolerated, and dislikes the effect it has on its reputation.

“It’s a problem area. I think about how several of the previous and forthcoming meetings, and their associations to the college. We can’t allow calls for violence. Our leadership and Islam Net’s board agree on that.

The faction has been barred from mosques belonging to the established Islamic community and been given the cold shoulder.

“We have nothing to do with the missionary school. Their type of evangelism is contentious, so neither we nor the other established mosques cooperate with them,” says Arslan Mohammed, the ICC’s (Islamic Cultural Centre) spokesperson.

PST’s public relations manager, Martin Berntsen says they are updated on the situation.

“Our goal is to obtain information so we can prevent violence and radicalisation.”




Published on Thursday, 10th June, 2010 at 17:40 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 10th June 2010 at 20:25.

This post has the following tags: islam, net, evangelism, conversion, religious, abid, raja, akhtar, chaudhry, fahad, qureshi.





  
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