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Islam in Europe: Fear and acceptance of Islam going hand in hand By Sohail Arshad, NewAgeIslam.

com Despite the anti-Islam campaign and intense propaganda by the Zionists, the inte rest in Islam growing by the day and the number of people converting to Islam is increasing rapidly. The conversion of Tony Blairs sister-in-law Lauren Booth to Islam in November last year sprinkled cold water on the anti-Islam propaganda ru n by the western media. Prior to that prominent personalities of the west proved the truth of Islam by converting. Md Ali Clay, Mike Tyson, Yusuf Islam and Indi an Poet Kamala Suraiyya are some bright examples. In 2002, Italys ambassador to S audi Arabia converted to Islam. In fact, millions of people like him in Europe h ave sought refuge in the shadow of the religion of truth impressed by its simpli city and spirituality. In the fifth decade of the last century, Baba Saheb Ambed kar had decided to convert to Islam along with thousands of his Dalit followers. But he made one mistake. He apprised Mahatma Gandhi of his decision and sought his advice. Gandhiji persuaded him not to embrace Islam by telling him that the curse of caste and race also plagued Islam. He asked Ambedkar which Islam he was going to embrace. Shia Islam or Sunni Islam, Deobandi Islam or Bareillvi Islam. It is said that Lenin too was impressed by the principles of equality and the ri ghts of the labourers in Islam and wanted to make Islam the official religion of Soviet Russia. When the Americans got to know about it, they swung into action and prevented Lenin from implementing his decision. The wheel of time moved on. Soviet Russia disintegrated and Islamic renaissance took place in the newly formed states. Islam also spread in many European countr ies as well but the governments and the media in those countries tried to promot e Islamophobia by blaming terrorism and extremism on Islam. The Islamic world incurred irreparable damages due to the 9/11. Afghanistans econ omy collapsed due to the US invasion of the country and the Afghans killed each other. But at the same time, a surprising phenomenon emerged: after the 9/11, th e curiosity about and interest in the study of Islam increased among the non-Mus lims of the European countries. They showed special interest in the study of the Quran and millions of copies of the Quran were sold within weeks after 9/11, cr eating huge demand in Islamic literature. But the Western media which is obvious ly dominated by the Jews has been trying to downplay the phenomenon. Not only th at, it has waged a propaganda war against Islam to keep its people away from it. In 2002, the popular English magazine Newsweek made Islam and Christianity its cover story and presented Islam in negative light. Moreover, it also published P rophet Muhammads (PBUH) sketches that hurt Muslim sentiments. In 2006, a newspape r in Holland published the Prophets (PBUH) cartoons sparking off waves of protest s by Muslims the world over. In 2010, a blasphemy campaign titled Draw Muhammad D ay was launched on Face-book. In other words, an anti-Islam and blasphemy campaig n is launched internationally every four years to hurt the religious sentiments of the Muslims and also to create an atmosphere against Islam but to their disma y, Islams juggernaut has been rolling unhindered. The wrongdoings of the Muslims themselves are responsible to a great extent for the hatred of Islam among the Christians and Jewish society, promoting Islamopho bia which resulted in legal and illegal steps against the Quran, the hijab, mina tets and mosques in Europe. Terrorist organizations like the Al Qaida, Lashkar-e -Taiba, Taliban and Al Shabab painted a horrible picture of Islam before the non -Muslims. Shia-Sunni confrontations have gripped the entire Muslim world. Suicid e attacks by one sect on the processions, schools, places of worship and hospita ls of the other have become the order of the day. Terrorist organizations in Nig eria, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen have been unleashing violence in the name of Islam. Slicing off of womens nose and ears by Taliban on the slightest pretext is very common in Afghanistan. Attacks on the places of worship of the Hindus, Christians, Shias and Ahmadis and the slaughter of minority sects are considered a part of holy jihad in Pakistan. The western society is very scared of Islam b ecause of these incidents and the Western media promotes Islamophobia by present ing such wrongdoings of these misguided groups of the Muslims to the non-Muslim society.

The question then arises: how come hundreds of thousands of Europeans have embra ced Islam? The answer is simple. The individuals born and brought up under the d ecadent western culture and civilization are devoid of spiritual peace. Unbridle d freedom, waywardness and unrestricted love of physical pleasures and material luxuries have robbed them of their mental peace and spiritual tranquillity. Ther efore, they are madly in quest of peace of mind and heart. In these circumstance s, it was the responsibility of the Muslims to provide them with the spiritual l eadership. But the Muslims did not build their character individually or collect ively so as to attract non-Muslims towards Islam as their predecessors did. On t he contrary, they scared them by showing them their violent face. The majority of those who have converted to Islam in Europe have discovered the truth of Islam thanks to their own study and research. They have embraced Islam not by studying the Muslim society but being influenced, impressed and overwhelm ed by the wonderful teachings of Islam. The Muslims did not make the efforts the y should have done on individual or collective level for spreading the message o f Islam. The people interested in Islam look for Islamic literature in English, German, French and other European languages but they are not available easily. I n the given circumstances, we the born Muslims cannot shrug off our religious re sponsibility. Today there are very few ulema who can write articles and books on the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the Islamic teachings in English and ot her European languages. Therefore, the work is being done by the neo-Muslim Eur opeans in much better way. Today enemies of Islam writing hate material against Islam are many but there is a scarcity of people who can write authentic books a nd articles in English in order to remove misconceptions about Islam. Take the e xample of English daily. A blasphemous article allegedly against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had appeared in the Deccan Herald in December 1987. Thousands of Muslims had gathered at the off ice of the daily to protest against the article. When the mob went out of contro l, the police resorted to firing killing eleven Muslims. This resulted in statewide communal tensions. But a few days before this incident, the Times of India had decided to publish a special supplement on the Prophet (PBUH); it did not ge t even four writers who could write excellent articles in English on the Prophet (PBUH). The supplement was compiled with old and published material. These two incidents show that Muslims suffer from a protest-and-complain-complex. The comm unity that can produce thousands of protesters but cannot produce four genuine w riters is bound to be a loser. Therefore, the real job of spreading the message of Islam among the non-Muslims is being done by the Christians who have converted to Islam. They are writing ar ticles and books in English and even making documentary films on the life of the Prophet (PBUH). Some of the writers are those who have converted to Islam but d o not have the courage to announce their conversion because of the fear of the g overnment and the society. Urdu writer Mohammad Hasan Askari writes about some s uch authors in a letter to Shamsur Rahman Farooqui. Rene Guenon (Islamic name Sh eikh Abdul Wahid Yahya), Frijoshuon (Islamic name Issa Nouruddin) and Martin Lin gs are some of them. People are now aware of their Islam but there are still ma ny who write under their Christian names because if they make their Islam public , firstly they will face opposition and secondly their writings will be rejected as propaganda material. Mohammad Hasan Askari writes: The Muslims in Europe generally do not write their Islamic names nor do they anno unce their Islam. I know about a few people who if make their Islam public, will perhaps be arrested. Or at least they will have to starve. But there are some p eople who do not hide their Islam. The most important thing is that the moment t hey come to know that someone has become a Muslim, they start opposing him. Askari further writes: Its a strange coincidence that Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi had said in his majlis i n 1928 that he could see that the saviours of Islam would now rise from Europe. Almost around the same time Rene Guenon had started writing (on Islam) profusely . We perceived English as a language associated with kufr and therefore prevented Muslims from reading and learning it. If we had considered it a medium for sprea

ding Islam among the non-Muslims, we would have done great service to Islam. If we had learnt English, German, French and other European languages with the purp ose of spreading the message of Islam, we would have fulfilled our religious obl igation. Islam is the religion of Allah. He has entrusted the task of its propag ation on us. If we did not honour our responsibilities, Allah is not dependent o n us. He will raise Islamic preachers from Europe and pave the way for its sprea d the world over. But then we wont deserve any rewards. URL: http://www.newageislam.com/NewAgeIslamIslamAndWest_1.aspx?ArticleID=3869