Mosques gather for an extraordinary meeting


Norway’s biggest mosque is working to gather more mosques for an extraordinary meeting of the Islamic Council to elect a new board, after the entire old board resigned in early June.

The Statute of the Islamic Council Norway (IRN) requires that half of the member organizations must request an extraordinary meeting for that to take place. That means mosques representing 35,000 of 80,000 Muslims in Norway, However a telephone survey conducted by Aftenposten shows that they want an extraordinary meeting sooner rather then later.

A working group took over management of the board, as all members were in a personal conflict. The plan is that the interim management will sit until the next annual meeting of IRN in March 2017. Several major mosques oppose this solution and have asked for an extraordinary meeting as soon as possible to elect a new board.

– We are in a limbo state now, which causes much uncertainty among member organizations, says board member Iftikhar Mahmood in Southern Nordstrand Muslim Centre.

The working Committee told the newspaper that they are in favor of an extraordinary meeting but that this can not take place until October.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today