You may have seen on this blog, or elsewhere, Abu Usamah’s recent visit to Norway where he was called a ‘fascist’ by the Norwegian press. Fahad Qureshi of Islam Net (the event organisers) claimed that such speakers were not extremists as all Muslims shared the same beliefs (sounded a bit ‘Islamophobic’ to me). This argument hardly demonstrated that Usamah or similar speakers are not extreme, more that all Muslims are extremists.
To back up his claim, he used an example from an Islam Net conference, ‘Peace Conference Scandinavia’ which took place earlier this year (according to Islam Net it was the “largest Islamic Scandinavian International event that has taken place in Norway with about 4000 people attending”). Qureshi put it to the audience that they all believe that stoning people to death is a winner – the audience agreed. I’d been looking for the relevant footage, and here it is (cheers to Matthew) with Haddad, Rageah and Chambers:
Once Qureshi has the audience’s agreement that they are just normal Muslims, he asks:
“So what’s the politicians gonna say now? What’s the media gonna say now? That we’re all extremists?”
If the question above was about an audience of non-Muslims with the same beliefs, the answer to that question would be ‘yes.’