The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has ruled against the nation’s oldest mosque providing emergency aid in the country.
The 1974-vintage Islamic Cultural Centre, Oslo, had offered accommodation to some of the 700 mostly Syrian refugees accepted by Norway, remarking “We have enough volunteers and sanitation is in place. If we can help, we are ready”. The offer was made to the government UDI, which is responsible for dispersing government funding and coordinating the efforts of charitable organisations, and has already accepted assistance from the Norwegian Red Cross, reports TheLocal.no.
The mosque was told by the UDI that their application to help had been turned down because the Norwegian government expected all assistance to be “neutral”, so presumably they detected a vested interest at the mosque. Frode Forfang, UDI director said:
“Those behind an offer of reception may well have basic values, even if they are religious or political. We could have used the Salvation Army, or the Church City Mission for that matter. But the actual offer needs to be neutral.”
Mosque spokesman Arshad Jamil rejected the idea that Islamic Cultural centre was even an Islamic building at all, remarking “Those behind an offer of reception may well have basic values, even if they are religious or political. We could have used the Salvation Army, or the Church City Mission for that matter. But the actual offer needs to be neutral”.
In the actual event, most of the accommodation for the coming new Norwegians first night in the country will be provided immediately by the Norwegian army. The forces were ordered to provide 3,000 beds for incomers, which are being set up in converted barracks and military sites, as reported by Breitbart London yesterday.
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