Oslo’s Citizen of the Year: “Death to Israel,” “Long live the Sharia”

 

The Muslim Mohsan Raja was elected Citizen of the Year in the Norwegian capital of Oslo. The election was mainly based on his volunteer work in Nattevaktene (helping people who have gotten lost, etc.) and with Refugees Welcome to Norway. Raja was chosen by the readers of Oslo’s largest newspaper – but only after the election, the newspaper disclosed certain details about Raja…

Mohsan Raja and one of his Facebook comments above: “What is going on with all those people who have gay colors on their profile photo?? Same sex relationships are illegal according to Islam. NO MORE DISCUSSION! WE Muslims cannot show our support to somebody whom Allah strongly dislikes. I think it is wrong. It would almost be the same as saying that I support people who drink alchohol, kill, sell drugs etc.!! Yes, we should respect all people, but we should not respect their actions.. HAVE A GOOD DAY :-)”

Translated from Norwegian:

 

“Bullying and harassment are not freedom of expression, those who do these things should be prepared for reactions, and people react differently,” he wrote two days after the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in which twelve people were killed.

In another post written on Facebook this summer, Raja wrote that it is a criminal offense to be gay or lesbian, according to Islam.

In addition, according to Aftenposten, Raja has been convicted several times during the period 2002-2010 for drug crime and violence.

On social media, a photo of Raja posing with a pistol is being shared.

“This is a photo from Pakistan, where everyone has a gun in his home. It was taken in 2010 and I posed to look cool.” According to Raja, he grew up in a tough environment in Groruddalen, with gangsters as role models.

Abusive tone towards female volunteers

Volunteers in the the group Nattevaktene describe Raja, who has also worked in the group Refugees Welcome to Norway, as controversial.

Several pointed out that Raja especially has had an inappropriate tone towards female volunteers. Aftenposten has seen a dialogue between Raja and a female colleague which must be described as very inappropriate.

Volunteer coordinator Maren-Anne Haslie of Refugees Welcome to Norway (RWTN) did not want to be interviewed about Raja’s behavior. But on RWTN’s internal forum, she described how Raja tackled the conflicts that arose between the two groups:

“The way Mohsan Raja handled the conflict has resulted in many of our female volunteers not wanting to work with Mohsan.”

[She asked Raja:] “On Twitter, different users have posted two new Facebook messages that you wrote in 2014:

“‘Death to Israel’ and ‘Long live the sharia.’

“Do you still stand by these statements?”

[Raja replied:] “The Sharia comment I cannot remember having written. I’m not practicing and do not know the details of Sharia. In questions regarding Sharia, I back what the Islamic Council says.”

[Haslie:] “And the Israel comment?”

[Raja:] “This is a conflict that has lasted for many years. I support Palestine in this conflict.”