The first ever Muslim minister in the Norwegian Cabinet: Hadia Tajik

29-year-old Muslim woman named culture minister of Norway  –  The first ever Muslim minister in the Norwegian Cabinet is Hadia Tajik of Pakistani origin, who was handed the culture portfolio

On Sunday, with no precedent in Norwegian history, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg appointed Hadia Tajik, a 29-year-old Muslim woman, as minister of culture, making Tajik the youngest minister in the Norwegian Cabinet and the first ever Muslim in the Norwegian government.

Tajik, of Pakistani origin, anounced that her programme will focus on cultural diversity as part of the Norwegian people’s daily lives and how this reflects on Norweigan society as a whole. The programme will delve into the protection of minority rights, whether cultural or racial, including the right of Muslims to wear the veil in public places, among other issues.

The new focus, however, will not be unopposed. Most right wing groups are against these policy changes, considering the increase in diversity in society a challenge to European culture.

Last year Anders Breivik randomly shot 69 people at a summer camp organised by the Workers’ Youth League (AUF) of the Labour Party after blowing up a Norweigan state building. During his trial, Breivik reasoned that multi-cultural policies are harming Norway, adding that he considers Islam his enemy.

Born in Strand, Norway, on 18 July 1983, Tajik studied human rights at the University of Kingston in the UK and holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and Master’s in law, the latter awarded by the University of Oslo this year.

An activist from a young age, Tajik led the Young Workers Movement between 1999 and 2002. She also worked as a political advisor to Norway’s minister of justice, 2008-2009. During this time Norweigan women members of the police were afforded the right to wear the veil at work. The decision was, however, rescinded due to harsh criticism from conservative parties.

In 2009, Tajik was elected to parliament as a member of the Labour Party in the Oslo constitutency. She was placed on a list of six seats generally considered safe for the party.–Culture/Stage–Street/yearold-Muslim-woman-named-culture-minister-of-Nor.aspx


6 replies

  1. Alhamdolillah, the Prime Minister of Norway, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg has created history when he appointed Ms Hadia Tajik of Pakistani parental roots as the first Muslim minister in the Norwegian cabinet/government. She is appointed as Culture Minister and has become the youngest Cabinet Minister just at the age of 29 years.As a Pakistani, I really feel great at her such a history making appointment on which, I, not only congratulate her but also pray and wish her most successful ministerial assignments full of glorified achievements. Here I would like to suggest that all ladies from pakistan, presently living/residing in Norway, and especially Ahmadi Muslim ladies, organized world wide under, Lajna Imaeillah, should extend their positive help and close cooperation to guide Ms Hadia Sahiba in the performance of her ministerial assignments in the most dignified and lofty style,InshaAllah.

  2. Great news ! @Samreen, I agree with you, Lajna Imaillah is the only organized women’s association
    and therefore should come forward for all good deeds that the minister needs help in, because that is what we Ahmadies do, Mashaallah

  3. Masha’Allah. They say keep up the good works, good results are sure to follow. Proud to see this happen with our Pakistani origin sister.
    I am glad that her efforts are rewarded. Wish her all the best. For the best.Amen

  4. Congratulation to Ms.Hadia on her appointment as Cultural Minister. I hope and pray that she will promote Peace and able to remove Hatred in her country.
    God bless to all of us

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