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.
During the Muhammed cartoon reprint demonstrations last Friday, Mohyeldeen Mohammad from Larvik, Norway, (currently studying shari’a in Media, Saudi Arabia) spoke. Mohammad allegedly supported the stoning of homosexuals in his speech, and threatened Aftenposten. “When are the Norwegian authorities to understand this? Maybe not until it is to late. Maybe we’ll see a 9/11 or a 7/7 on Norwegian soil. This is not a threat, but a warning,” he also said. He also allegedly threatened to shoot, or stated that some people were coming to shoot, journalists who waited outside of his home in hope of getting an interview.
After the incident Mohammad is to have gone to the police to report the journalists, but was himself taken in to questioning. In a press conference the Norwegian police said they had searched his home without finding anything out of the ordinary. Mohammad is to have said the threat were a mistake, and that he didn’t know the people outside his house was journalists, but a mob wanting to hurt him.
We have seen a lot of tension in the last couple of weeks, and there is much speculation about how great the threat against Norway is. Politicians and Muslim representatives both are worried about the current situation. Minister of Justice, Knut Storberget, says there are signs of a radicalization amongst Muslims in Norway. Usman Rana, columnist in Aftenposten, is one of many Muslims who repudiate Mohyeldeen Mohammad’s opinions and calls for a “Norwegian interpretation” of Islam.
Muslims in Norway feel they’re being watched by the authorities as suspected terrorists. “Many Muslims feel that the threshold for being watched have been lowered. Ordinary people watch what they say on the telephone or what they write in email,” says Mohammad Usman Rana of the Muslim student society to NRK.They fear that the telephones are being tapped and that email is being read by the police. The Norwegian Police Security Agency (PST) says they don’t watch Muslims especially, but they confirm that there are groups in Norway who support terror aboard.