Islam Net

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Islam Net is a Sunni Muslim organisation in Norway, founded by engineer student Fahad Qureshi in 2008. It has local chapters in Oslo, Akershus, Tromsø and Bodø, and is initiating a fifth in Trondheim. By 2011, the organisation had more than 1,400 paying members, centred on students.[1]


In 2010, Islam Net set out a "missionary expedition" to Nordkapp, Finnmarksvidda and Hammerfest, in order to "spread the message of the prophet and solve misunderstandings about Islam."[1] Several Norwegians have converted to Islam at their meetings,[2] and it runs a school in Oslo for new converts to Islam.[3]

Islam Net is known for basing its public meetings on separating the audience by gender.[1] It has received support for this position by the Muslim Student Society (Muslimsk Studentsamfunn) and Young Muslim (Ung Muslim). In 2010, the Oslo University College denied Islam Net free use of its rooms due to their position on hosting such meetings, but they have gotten the permission back as they have held events there afterwards.[4]


In an address (delivered in English) which was posted on the Internet on May 19, 2013, Qureshi expressed support for the execution of homosexuals, and argued that "normal Sunni Muslims" agree that this is an appropriate punishment that should be carried out everywhere for both homosexuality and adultery. On a show of hands, his large audience overwhelmingly agreed. [5]

On January 8, 2015, after the massacre of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in France, Qureshi, after condemning the attacks, tore apart a drawing from the magazine, stating that while that Muslims do condemn the attacks, the magazine had abused freedom of speech to engage in the "bullying, scorn, [and] harassment" of Muslims by mocking the Prophet Muhammad.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Tessem, Liv Berit (16 April 2011). "To kjønn, to køer". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  2. ^ Meland, Astrid (24 February 2010). "Her er Det Islamske Nettverket". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  3. ^ Johnsen, Nilas (10 June 2010). "- Rekrutterer etniske nordmenn til omstridt islam". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  4. ^ Stokke, Olga (19 November 2010). "IslamNet får støtte for kjønnsdeling". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  5. ^ Norwegian Islamic Leader Fahad Qureshi: All Muslims Believe in the Death Penalty for Homosexuals, MEMRITV, Clip 4027 (transcript), May 19, 2013. (video clip available here)
  6. ^ "Islam Net-leder rev i stykker Charlie Hebdo-tegning". Aftenposten (in Norwegian).

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