Source/Credit: /29 September 2011/ Translation by Google
After a long time patiently waiting for the operating permit is ready for the official opening of Baitun Nasr Mosque in Furuset in Oslo. It should have happened a year ago, but Friday is the last. The mosque is not only just the latest addition to religious diversity in Norway, it is Scandinavia’s largest mosque, on a plot at the top of Differences close to a major main roads in and out of Oslo. Beautiful building will be the seat of the Norwegian 1,500 ahmadiyyaer, but can fit no less than 4,500 people.
The Islamic reform-minded sect Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Norway is disputed. As commentator Inger Anne Olsen, Aftenposten writes the day before the opening:
“They call themselves Muslims, and is probably the most oppressed Muslim community, and one of the smallest. Ahmadiyya is no more widely known among Muslims as Jehovah’s Witnesses are among Christians. Mainstream Muslims look at the Ahmadiyya as heretics, as non-Muslims. ”
From before, the city has three buildings listed as mosques. The mosque at Furuset there will be four. Baitun Nasr Mosque was already controversial when the plans became known. A large mosque would become dominant in a “small” neighborhood communities, and make a pre-immigrant urban neighborhood even less “Norwegian”. The building was locally referred to as “the offense mosque.” But the objection has largely silenced. More serious is the fact that the congregation was subjected to threats and building vulnerable to vandalism, among other things, in the form of graffiti, without anyone being held accountable.
The entire project was opposed by the “orthodox” Muslims.
When Baitun Nasr Mosque opens its doors Friday, the vast majority of Oslo’s about 45,000 registered Muslims – plus an unknown number of unregistered – fretted over most of the “heretics” being discussed as if they were Muslims.
But the leadership of Rock gave last summer to the NTB said that the mosque would be available to all, including non-Muslims.
And it is confirmed the day before the opening:
– We will promote greater understanding across religions, and we will help to reduce prejudice in society. All are welcome here to ask, even Christians. We have no right to prevent anyone from praying. We will work for a peaceful society, peace and love to all. Do not hate on anyone, says the mosque and Ahmaddiyya spokesman Mahmod Ayaz said.
He confirmed that the mosque has been subjected to threats during the construction process, but fortunately without any serious follow-up received. He is also very pleased that after a somewhat rough start, a good relationship between the church and the community.
The first thoughts about their own mosque buildings ahmaddiyya congregation was launched as early as 1994. After much back and forth started construction in 1999. After one year, the process stopped because of poor soil conditions at the former landfill. It took almost ten years before the building process was started again. It was resumed in August 2008, and the distinctive building was completed last year. But the church’s patience was put to new tests – the use permit was not issued until this year.
– We now look forward. Our members are very excited. We are very grateful to neighbors and local communities. Finally, we are open, said Mahmod Ayaz. At the opening would Ahmadiyya congregation national leader Zartasht Munir Ahmad Khan welcome Baitun Nasr Mosque. He will also lead the tour of the magnificent building, which is registered for 4,500 people. (© AP)