Norwegian Muslim Leader Refuses to Shake Female Politician’s Hand, Refuses to Condemn Gay Stoning
Fahad Qureshi, a local Muslim leader in Norway, refused to shake hands with Sylvi Listhaug, the country’s immigration and integration minister in a debate on the VG TV channel. In the same interview, he refused to distance himself repeatedly from the stoning of gays in the Middle East.
In 2008, Fahad set up Islam Net, which aims to “solve misunderstandings” about Islam. However, the organisation segregates men and women in its meetings and has a long history of sexism and homophobia so has given Islam more bad press than good.
As you can see in the video (below), Fahad blatantly refuses to shake the politician’s hand, instead first offering her flowers before putting his hand on his heart, leaving her hanging.
Later in the same interview, the controversial Muslim leader was asked “In some countries, it is legal to stone homosexuals. Is there something you support?”
Dodging the question, he responded “Everyone must comply with the laws of the countries in which they live” and continued to ignore the question despite being clearly asked it several times.
During the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attack in 2015 in which the satirical magazine’s staff were gunned down by Islamists, Fahad ripped up a copy of the magazine claiming they had “violated” freedom of speech.
While it would be wrong to suggest that Fahad’s actions represent all Muslims, it is certainly revealing about the true aims of his organisation, Islam Net.