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– It has affected the daily life of the mosque and Muslims in general.


– It is important that people are aware that there is racism and hatred that excludes some and includes others, says the general director of the Foundation August 10 Hawa Muuse.

– Knowledge and unity is the best response to hatred. But knowledge and unity do not come by themselves.

Two years have passed since Philip Manshaus shot and killed his stepsister Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen (17) and then entered the Al-Noor Mosque in Bærum with weapons.

The attack on the mosque was prevented by Mohammed Rafiq (65) and Mohammed Iqbal (75) who were there.

Manshaus was sentenced to 21 years in prison by Asker and the Bærum District Court. He did not appeal the verdict.

In court, Manshaus described the murder of his stepsister as an execution on racist grounds. He also described the attack on the mosque as a planned attack on peaceful people in a house of worship.

On Tuesday, the incident was marked at the Al-Noor Mosque in Bærum.

Many people showed up to attend and speak at the memorial service. From left to right: Ellen Ihle-Hansen (mother of Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen), Hadia Tajik, Guri Melby, Jan Tore Sanner and Abid Raja.

The mosque is filled with a meter between the chairs. Outside, the police were well represented.

– Knowledge and unity is the best response to hatred. But knowledge and unity do not come by themselves, says Imam Syed Muhammed Ashraf.

Furthermore, he says that the attack on the mosque stemmed directly from hatred of Muslims.

– Our leaders and societies have not done enough to prevent the growth of far-right views.

He concluded by thanking everyone for their support.

– We live in one of the safest countries in the world, but on days like this we are reminded that our security is fragile, Jan Tore Sanner said in his speech.

You want to gather as many as possible

The celebration was held in collaboration between the Al-Noor Mosque and the Foundation on August 10.

The general director of the Foundation on August 10, Hawa Muuse, assures that they have wanted to gather as many as possible to remember what happened two years ago. Among those who participated were Ministers Jan Tore Sanner, Guri Melby and Abid Raja. Also present were the director of the July 22 center, the family of Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen and members of the mosque community.

Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen was only 17 years old.

– This brand is above all important so that we do not forget August 10, 2019, says Muuse to Aftenposten.

He is concerned that awareness of the incident should be raised on par with July 22 and the murder of Benjamin Hermansen.

The attack has created fear

The foundation of August 10 is concerned that it must work preventively so that these types of incidents do not happen again. The members believe that we must talk about what happened, what were the causes and what were the consequences.

– Some will call August 10 a family tragedy, others will even call it a failed attack. But it was not. Because it has created fear. It has affected the daily life of the mosque and Muslims in general, says Muuse.

She says, among other things, that having larger collections has become scarier because you know there is danger.

– We must work for a warmer society and take into account that Muslim hatred is a real problem.

Mohammed Rafiq (65) was one of those who stopped the attack on the Al-Noor mosque in Bærum. Today he attends the memorial service.


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