A government-appointed committee is set to make recommendations that will allow police and judges in Norway to wear clothing and personal effects with religious overtones, including the Muslim hijab, The Local said.
Tasked with setting out a new religious affairs policy, the committee believes that religious symbols like the hijab and the Christian cross should be granted a place in Norwegian public life, Christian newspaper Vårt Land reports.
“We need to be able to tolerate being exposed to other people’s religion, whether we meet an imam in a hospital corridor or a police officer with a hijab,” one committee member told the newspaper.
Another member confirmed the committee’s stance.
“Based on discussions with the committee, I am convinced that it will be possible to combine religious headgear with judges’ robes and police uniforms.”
Sturla Stålsett, who heads the committee, clarified that Norway would not choose to go down the same road as France, which banned the wearing of the hijab in schools in 2004.
“Our conclusions will reflect the fact that we in no way want to hide away or reduce the presence of religious symbols. We want to ensure that diversity can be robust,” he said.
The issue of hijab-wearing police officers sparked a furious debate three years ago, leading then Justice Minister Knut Storberget (Labour Party) to retract a proposal that would have allowed Muslim women in the police force to wear the headscarves.
The religious policy committee, formed by Culture Minister Anniken Huitfeldt (Labour Party), held its first meeting in August 2010.
It has been mandated with examining Norway’s current policies on faith and religion with a view to developing new proposals that will give the country a more coherent approach. It is expected to present its findings by the end of this year.
Footage of a drone that has recorded the amazing sights and sounds of the ezan, the Muslims call to prayer at the Prophets Mosque in Medina, note how it also captures the sounds of the birds.
New campaign, "Share a Quran" launched to help dispel Islamophobia as well as a guide provided to dispel misconceptions about Muslims.
The attack on Charlie Hebdo has reawakened the controversial issue of depicting Prophet Muhammad which has often angered Muslims across the world.
First phase of annual Biswa Ijtema event closes in Bangladesh.
A number of Muslim scholars have responded to the Paris attacks and have slammed the incident as un-Islamic and have said that their actions will hurt Islam and Muslims.
Muslims participating in the event came from different parts of the city to join in the procession. There was also a convoy of over 100 vehicles following those participating in the march.
President Mutharika asserted that throughout his life, Prophet Muhammad preached love and unity
The songs were all in praise of Islam's prophet whose birth was widely celebrated on Saturday across the world by hundreds of millions of Muslims.
In Uganda, the occasion was marked with Muslim songs accompanied by drums locally known as "Mataali."
The prophet's birthday special for Ethiopia's Muslims who always take pride in being the descendants of people who hundreds of years ago gave refuge to some of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad when they escaped persecution
The Mawlid is a celebrated event in the Muslim world, honouring the Prophet Muhammad which this year marks the 1444 year of his birth.
In Sarajevo the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a Quran recital was held as part of the traditional “Ode to the Prophet” event.
The Tulip mosque in Russia’s Siberia is attracting attention and adding vitality to the city that is near the North Pole.
Organised after the Sept 11 attacks, Muslims unite in Chicago with Turkish Americans attending for the first time.
Thousands of Muslims from across the world are attending the Islamic conference in Toronto
French journalist Eric Zemmour, whose remarks are often dubbed as racist, xenophobic and sexist, talked about a potential deportation of Muslims from France, sparking controversy once again.