Kausar, then, who argues for the right of women to wear Muslim veils and head coverings on the grounds of individual freedom and diversity, would appear to be involved with people who would very much like to prevent women who don’t wear Muslim veils and head coverings from dressing as they like. (And, apparently, preventing them from dancing, too.)
Meanwhile, on Kausar’s Twitter page, her name is followed by the words “I am exactly what I wish to be… a Muslim. Tell me what you are!” and by the URL of IslamNet. What is IslamNet? Hege Storhaug described it as follows early last year:
Over the course of only two years, the group has managed to acquire over 1,200 paying members and is now the largest Muslim student organization in the country. The only positive thing that can be said about Islam Net is that it doesn’t hide its objective: a society living under the Koran and sharia. One of these students’ ideological heroes is Zakir Naik, who preaches hate and terror and is considered so extreme that he is not permitted to enter either Britain or Canada.
This, then, is Aisha Shezadi Kausar, the “author” whose message the leading Norwegian organization for writers and translators is helping to spread in the schools.
To trace Kausar’s career online is to find oneself wondering about a thing or two. How did it happen, for example, that the teenage Kausar, supposedly even before she was a wearer of hijab, turned up in Nettavis as a defender of hijab? Where did the Nettavis reporter get her name? How did Kausar end up being a poster girl for Muslim female garb? Why did she tell VG in 2010 that she’d been wearing hijab for three years when a year before she had presented herself to Nettavis as a non-wearer of hijab?
If this were just about Kausar, I wouldn’t bother asking such questions. But Kausar is only one of a number of Muslim women in the West who in recent years have gone out into the media and claimed that they’re feminists with minds of their own, that they’ve freely chosen to dress as they do, and that as free citizens of a free country they should have the right to wear what they want in public.
But it’s the same with Kausar as it is with some of the other women who make these arguments: the more you look into their stories, the more strongly you suspect that there’s more there than meets the eye. That, in other words, these women are not operating independently but are, rather, part of a large-scale, long-term campaign being run by others – by people for whom they, along with the media, the schools, and groups like the the NFF and Foreningen !Les, are just puppets on a string.
Not that that’s the most important thing here. What matters more than anything else is this: people like Kausar and her associates, whoever they may be, know exactly what they’re doing when they target schools. And the people who run the schools either don’t realize they’re being taken for a ride, or are too intimidated to do anything other than nod and applaud. That needs to change – and now. Otherwise we’d better be prepared for a generation of Western politicians, journalists, military officers, and educators who are – if possible – even more benighted and pusillanimous on this issue than the current crop.
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