JNN 28 Sept 2013 Oslo : Terrifying Muslims in Norway, an anonymous extremist group has threatened to burn all mosques across the Northwest European country, sparking angry reactions from the peaceful religious minority.
“This is a result of attitudes that we have seen building for a long time,” Mehtab Afsar, the Islamic Council’s secretary general, told The Local.
“There is a sense of fear among our members who believe that this is starting to get a little serious.”
The Muslim leader was concerned about the latest threats to burn all mosques across Norway.
The anti-mosque campaign was announced when an anonymous group sent an e-mail to World Islamic Mission Mosque threatening to burn all mosques across Norway.
“Before 2013 is over, all mosques in Norway be burned to the ground,” the anonymous group said.
“We are a group of men who have planned this for seven years.”
The campaign was followed by a series of attacks targeting Muslim mosques in Norway.
Last Thursday, Muslim worshippers found a severed pig’s head outside Norway’s largest mosque, Central Jamaat-e Ahl-e Sunnat, in Oslo.
A day earlier, before Muslims came to pray on Friday, a huge banner of a sausage was erected outside a mosque in Fredrikstad, with the inscription “Always a wiener for a Muslim” written on it.
“Many people were very angry and I am also angry,” Mohamed Hassan, a Somali-Norwegian, told The Local newspaper.
“I would never do something like that to others where they pray. They are insulting other peoples’ religion.”
Leading Muslim leaders have denounced the threats, dismissing them as from a group seeking attention.
Norwegian Muslims are estimated at 150,000 out of the country’s 4.5 million population, mostly of Pakistan, Somali, Iraqi and Moroccan backgrounds.
There are nearly 90 Muslim organizations and Islamic centers across the northern European country.