A number of recent apologies made to the Muslims by non-Muslim leaders clearly indicate that the world has grown increasingly fearful of Muslim rage. Political Islam, as is obvious by the reactions of the socio-cultural and political institutions in countries of Europe, as well as Great Britain and the U.S., has come of age. It has been allowed to establish itself into a position from where it can manipulate the host country’s social and political systems to its advantage. The significance of this achievement cannot be denied. Political Islam’s disabling fear has already deprived the West of its ability to stand up and defend its values.
The Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten apologized for publishing the Prophet Muhammad’s caricatures. Next, Pope Benedict XVI felt compelled to repeatedly explain his comments. Now Germany’s leading opera house, the Deutsche Opera of Berlin, has cancelled a production of Mozart’s Idomeneo, because it was determined that it would offend Muslim sensibilities.
A report on combating terrorism issued by Netherlands Interior Minister Johan Remkes and Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner states that radical Muslims are gaining influence in the Netherlands. According to the report, the ultra-orthodox Salafism that seeks to return to the “pure Islam” of the days of Prophet Mohammed is making its presence felt in an increasing number of mosques.
The adherents of Salafism shun western society and work against the moderate Muslims who want to integrate into Dutch society. The report pointed out that the followers of radical Islam have successfully used the internet and lectures to win over more followers in order to gain control of moderate mosques, Remkes said.
U.S. experts believe that radical Islam in France was responsible for last year’s rioting in France that began in a poor, mostly Muslim neighborhood near Paris and spread to other suburbs and cities across France and parts of Europe. They claimed that despite the characterization by several media outlets that those perpetuating the violence were primarily disaffected youth upset with French economic and social policies, the reason the unrest spread so quickly and was virtually limited to Muslim neighborhoods signifies a deeper and more ideologically driven motive.
Great Britain, America's closest ally in the war against terrorism, is also a major base of operation for some of the most radical Islamic organizations, including some direct supporters of Osama bin Laden. Radical Islam has exploited the cultural and moral vacuum which has been emerging in Britain over the past 30 years. The London terrorist bombings last July, perpetrated by homegrown Islamist terrorists, shocked British society who until then thought radical Islam was confined to distant places of which British people knew little and cared less.
In January 2002, British military intelligence working in eastern Afghanistan made a shocking discovery in the mountains of Tora Bora. During searches for Osama bin Laden's cave complex, they found the names of 1,200 British citizens, all Muslims, who trained with the al-Qaeda network in Afghanistan.
In the United States of America, Islamists with clear ties to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Hamas in Palestine, and Hezbollah in Lebanon are not only being awarded by the administration but are also influencing U.S. policy in the Middle East. Moreover, there are reports that Muslim cab drivers are imposing their restrictive values on the Americans by refusing to accept passengers who carry liquor in their luggage.
In an interview with an Australian magazine, Nida’ul Islam, ‘The Call of Islam’, bin Laden called for a global holy war against the West. “Our encouragement and call to Muslims to enter Jihad against the American and the Israeli occupiers are actions which we are engaging in as religious obligations. Allah Most High has commanded us in many verses of the Qur’an to fight in His path and to urge the believers to do so…We have given an oath to Allah to continue in the struggle as long as we have blood pumping in our veins or a seeing eye, and we beg of Allah to accept and to grant a good ending for us and for all the Muslims.”
Should I as a Muslim be happy about this situation? The many apologies by Western leaders combined with advances made by radical Islam confirm that the Muslims are winning the jihad against the “infidel” world. The Judeo-Christian world is on the defensive and has chosen to lay down its arms at the feet of the religious fascists instead of standing up for its ideals of openness, tolerance, liberty and freedom.
As an American Muslim who grew up loving his religion, I do not feel any happiness, nor do I see anything positive in realizing that the world now fears Muslims. IN FACT, I AM VERY SADDENED AND DEEPLY TROUBLED BY THESE DEVELOPMENTS. I AM VERY ANGRY AT THE RADICALS WITHIN MY FAITH WHO HAVE USED MY RELIGION AS A PLATFOR TO ESPOUSE HATE, PERPERTRATE ACTS OF VIOLENCE AND CREATE FEAR WITHIN THE JUDEO-CHRISTIAN WORLD.
I do not want to be feared; I want to be respected, accepted and loved. I am afraid that Muslim extremism is pushing this world to a point from where its rescue will be almost impossible. I do not see anything good in the situation.
The fact that the world fears Muslims speaks volumes about the image of my co-religionists. These developments are clearly not a positive sign. People do not fear good but evil.
Muslims will have to contemplate why the communities that welcomed the Muslim immigrants with open arms are now afraid to have them living amongst them. According to Carl Berglund, Muslims have polarized the Swedish society. “Their religion is so stifling and unaccommodating. They expect us to accommodate their religion when they don't respect our beliefs.” Carl Berglund doesn’t want to live with the Muslims any more and wants them to be expelled from Sweden. He states: “We should stop being afraid of Muslims. This is our country, our world, and those who can't accommodate us, should get out of Sweden.”
France has also threatened to deport any Muslim leaders preaching extremist views after fundamentalist Muslims won a strong voice in a new council to represent Islam there. Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said the council, which will represent the country's five million Muslims, will not be allowed to become a breeding ground for radical Islam. “Islamic law will not apply anywhere because it is not the law of the French republic. Any Imams whose views run contrary to the values of the republic will be deported,” Sarkozy told Europe 1 radio.
Previously, Great Britain revoked the citizenship of a radical Muslim cleric, Abu Hamza al-Masri, who praised the September 11 attacks, and subsequently banned him from preaching at his London mosque because of his extreme statements.
My fellow Muslims should realize most Americans agree with the words of Thomas Jefferson: “I have judged other’s religions by their lives, for it is from our lives and not our words that our religions must be read.”
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