DID I DISRESPECT HER?
In 2017 I debated the former Norwegian minister of integration, Sylvi Listhaug. From a 45-minute-long debate about Islam and integration, a few seconds clip of me “refusing to shake hands” with the minister was picked up by international media. That small clip went viral around the world, but it showed no context or any information about what was said in the actual debate, nor any information about the critique this minister receives for her anti-Muslim attitude.
In the debate she argued that the state should penalize Muslims who travel with their children to another country – even if it is to the UK or USA – for the kids to go to Quran-schools. But she had no problems with Christians taking their children to Bible-schools.
She wanted to ban so called “hate preachers”, but only among the Muslims. She herself, are working closely with Ayan Hirsi Ali, whom at the very least is a hate preacher. She has preached that “Violence is inherent in Islam – it's a destructive, nihilistic cult of death.” And Listhaug defended Ali with all means in this debate.
Listhaug argued that Norway should ban Muslim children to wear hijab at school, because it is not “part of Norwegian culture”.
Listhaug wanted to ban niqab, because she can’t see the individuals face, but at the same time she did not want to ban people from tattooing their face and filling it up with piercings, even though one could not see the actual face of that individual.
And recently, Listhaug was put on so much pressure for using similar kind of rhetoric as the mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik while criticizing the labor party of Norway, that she had to withdraw from her minister post.
Now back to the hand shake, watch this video and you decide! Did I show her respect or did I disrespect her? Is avoiding physical contact while greeting the opposite gender, the same as not showing respect? Can there be other reasons than not respecting the other individual that can legitimize to not physically touch in a greeting? You decide!
– Fahad Qureshi #IslamNet #IslamQAV #Islam