Hizb ut-Tahrir Norway

Verldens Gang reports that the Islamist network Hizb ut-Tahrir is trying to establish themselves in Norway. Norwegian secret police (PST) says they have got individuals involved with the network under surveillance. Anonymous sources say to Verldens Gang that Hizb ut-Tahrir have been recruiting among young Muslims in Norway since some time.

Norwegian Pakistani columnist Usman Rana says Hizb ut-Tahrir breaks off from traditional Islam in their radical interpretations of the religion. He asks from the great majority of Norwegian Muslims to take a stand against the network.

Asghar Ali, secretary of the Muslim Council Norway, says he is not worried about the Hizb ut-Tahrir. They have tried to establish themselves in Norway before, he says, but never succeeded.

Norwegian women in hijabs experience discrimination and social control

Ambreen Pervez, former leader of the Norwegian Pakistani Student Organization, responds to last week’s debate on moral control in the neighborhood of Grønland, Oslo.

She recognizes problems, but wants mostly to draw attention to the social control experienced daily by Norwegian Muslims, especially Muslim women wearing the hijab, as they are being marginalized in labor markets and have become targets of condescending remarks.

“Muslim Manifest” is published by Norwegian convert

Trond Ali Linstad – a Norwegian convert to shi’ite Islam – published a manifest in Aftenposten, Monday January 25. The goals of this manifest are unclear.

The fifteen items, abbreviated, reads as follows:

1. “Norwegian Muslims are to know how to relate to everyday life and to greater issues. This is a Muslim manifest for Norway”

2. Muslims should be as “good land” (Qur’an 7:58), and this ambition should manifest in action.

3. God is the highest and only authority. No Muslim submits to anyone exepts to Him.

4. Norwegian Public Authority holds power. This Muslims should respect. The authorities state laws for the citizens to respect. The authorities are secular. Muslims should not assimilate/incorporate ideas or norms non-compatible with Islam.

5. Norway is a welfare Nation and tris to help its people socially and economically – no one should misuse this.

6. Muslims can be in opposition to the state. The state is secular and exercise pressure on Muslims. It claims superiorety in values and thoughts, and want’s Muslims to be influenced by it.

7. Norway is direct and indirect participating in USA’s and Israel’s war in Gaza.

8. USA is a hegemonic power in the World – and should meet resistance.

9. “Cultivate your Islamic identity. And hoist the Islamic flag! Initiate Islamic institutions. Build Islamic schools, daycare centers and youth recreation centers. But be humble in doing this! Don’t shout Islam out loud. Remember that what efforts we do, we do for God.”

10. “Do not provoke the majority. They’re not Muslims. Why must Muslims build such high towers when creating their institutions?” This “showing off” could provoke non-Muslims and is un-Islamic.

11. Be positive to non-Muslims and talk to them in the best of ways, as the Qur’an implies.

12. “There are negative trends. Some Muslims want to be ‘important persons’ and co-operate with those in power.” Some surrender to secterism, and some promote “spectaculare actions and an uncritical use of weapons. Some want to fight political imperialism, viz. USA and its allies. And that’s not necessarily wrong.” But thir attacks are un-critical and seemingly meaningless. “And some [Muslims] want to be part of Western culture. They must make a choice.”

13. “Muslims do not believe in liberal democracy.” Democracy is secular and creates its own elite, which creates its own values and promote secularism. It does not promote a valid morale, but demands hegemony and dominantion in political and ethical issues.

14. Islam is an offencive faith. It is sanctioned by God. It applies to everyone. It’s revolutionary and aims at higher values. We must have strategies for that.

15. Islam is the ultimate belief, and it applys on the Last Days. It is a challenge to us, and we are responsible.

Shoaib Sultan, Secretary General in the Norwegian Islamic Council, says there is no need for such a manifest. Kristin Mile, Secretary General in the Norwegian Humanist and Ethical Union reacted against Linstad’s manifest, and is asking Norwegian Muslims to repudiate his views on democracy.

Islam overshadows integration in Norwegian debate

In a contribution to a debate in Norwegian Aftenposten, Editor and Media Researcher Knut Olav Åmås writes that ethnic and religious minorities in Norway are being categorized – and tend to categorize themselves – in terms of their religious or ethnic belonging.

Columnists of Muslim background feel forced to discuss religious issues and claim to be manouvered in to a defense position. Åmås also reports that many Muslims feel reluctant to parttake in debates in fear of threats.

Knut Olav Åmås notice two voices amongst Muslim-Pakistani immigrants. One that claims the debate in Norway is conflict-oriented and promotes strong views and posts. But there are also warnings of an victim mentality amongst Norwegian Muslims.

By Norwegian standards, the large Pakistani immigrant minority is generally successful and economically well integrated. But maybe, Åmås says, they play an unproportionally big role in media. This leads to a debate where the issue of integration is overshadowed by discussions about Islam. Åmås calls for voices of other religious and ethnic minorities in Norway.