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community in Norway is integrated They are working regularly on leaders of the Muslim community.
into the society far better than the representing Islam in the right way By the time of the third generation of
integration of Muslim communities in that it deserves. Norwegian Muslims, it would not be
many other countries. This is due to Basically, representing Islam unreasonable to assume that Norway
the Norwegian government’s support depends on learning Islamic studies, may have a Muslim prime minister.
for those who have some diffi culties in which is available to all Norwegian The Norwegian governments have
coping with the Norwegian society. Muslims, free of charge, even in been successful in the efforts exerted
Norwegian Muslim Politicians universities. Muslims here encounter to integrate Muslims in the society as
There are active Muslims in all and solves some of the urgent issues active members
political parties, except the far right. that needs to be solved. One of these
As a result, Muslims can be seen problems is bank loans for private By Abed Nakhleh
in the General Parliament and the housing.
communal parliaments, too. Such an Norwegian Muslims also lack the Muslims in the world section refl ects
integration should not be regarded Islamic education based mainly on personal views and do not refl ect
as friction-free. Just like in other Islamic instructions. They do need a views of Passion Islam.
Western countries, the anti-Islamic system of education that works as a
propaganda has reached Norway complement to state-driven schools.
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through some media that played the They need a more in-depth Islamic
your articles and get them
game of Islamophobia. education, and this of course requires
Although the anti-Islamic qualifi ed persons who have the
published in Passion
propaganda in Norway is never as capacity of bridging the gap between
Islam or get involved with
terrible as those in some European the two worlds.
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countries, Norwegian Muslims still There have been a lot of extended
have a great task of integration. consultations among the religious
Muslim religious leaders say violence
no answer to anti-Islam attacks
Several Muslim religious leaders and to nothing, but to clashes between Church in the Netherlands.
scholars believe that neither violence the protesters and the local police,” “I am pleased with the muted
nor a boycott of Western goods is the warned Chahin. “This would just reactions that we have received so
right answer to a perceived surge in reinforce the negative stereotyping of far from the Muslim world,” Foreign
an anti-Islam campaign. “The West the Muslims in the West.” Agreeing, Minister Maxime Verhagen said
knows very little about Islam and its Suad Saleh, a prominent Muslim TV in a statement. “But the rhetoric
principles. So the best way to reverse preacher, called for ignoring the Dutch in some countries shows that we
the so-called Islamophobia is to enter fi lm altogether. “The Muslims should need to remain alert.” Verhagen
into a dynamic dialogue with the react in a way becoming of their said he had told the ambassadors
West,” said Abdul Sabour Chahin, a religion as a faith of peace,” Saleh from 26 countries, including Iran
noted Muslim scholar. “We have to let told the independent newspaper Al and Indonesia, that the fi lm in no
the non-Muslims get exposed to the Masri Al Youm. “Violence will give way refl ected the views of the Dutch
genuine tenets of Islam so as to learn foes of Islam the chance to assault it government and called on the
about its tolerance and moderation,” time and again.” Egypt’s top Muslim diplomats to make sure that Dutch
Gulf News quoted him as saying. cleric, however, roundly criticized interests abroad were protected.
Chahin, a professor of Islamic Wilders’ fi lm and demanded that “We are aware of the concerns and
studies at Cairo University, was the Dutch government ban it. “We feelings in the international Muslim
speaking last month after Dutch cannot remain silent,” , the Sheikh of community about this fi lm. But injured
Member of Parliament Geert Wilders Al Azhar Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi feelings should never be an excuse
angered Muslims around the world was quoted as saying in the local for aggression and threats,” he said.
by releasing his anti-Islam fi lm Fitna. press. “Stop it or the results would “Let us keep a cool head and warm
The 15-minute documentary, posted be disastrous.” relations.”
on the Internet. accuses Quran of A delegation from a Dutch non-
inciting violence. “Offi cially, Egypt, government association visiting Egypt
a predominantly Muslim country last month said Dutch law guaranteed
of 76 million, greeted the Dutch freedom of speech. “Legally, it is
fi lm with condemnation. “Fitna diffi cult to prevent the release of a
hurts the feelings of more than one fi lm in the Netherlands,” Bas Plaisier,
billion Muslims around the world,” head of the delegation, told reporters
henna artist for all occasions,
the Egyptian Foreign Minister in Cairo. “What we can do is to ask
parties, weddings and community
Ahmad Aboul Geit said. “The fi lm Wilders to use freedom of speech
events, discount for block bookings
refl ects deep ignorance of Islam’s in a way that does not hurt or insult
principles,” he added. In 2006, people,” added Plaisier, who is the
call: 07990 528 840
“Violent demonstrations will lead Secretary-General of the Protestant 29
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