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Islam. . . .the Future Of Planet Earth

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Fastest-Growing Religion Often Misunderstood
By: Barr Seitz (ABC News)

Broadcasted on BICNews 13 December 1997
Islam Rising Tide in America

Aaron Cambel was an American kid who used to hang out with friends cruising the local mall,picking up girls, checking out the latest fashions and getting in trouble. “I was realized if I took the same path, I would have ended up the way they did, wasting my life away,” says Cambel, who lives in Washington. So he converted to Islam. “It was the most simple and direct to understand of the religions I looked into,” says Cambel, who converted four years ago. “It taught about moral character, and ethics and the way people should be treated.”

Islam Liberates Black Americans Cambel, 23, has joined one of the fastest growing religions in the United States. Experts agree Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in America. As many as five million Muslims live in the United States and in the last five years, the number of mosques in this country has increased from 843 to about 1,300. Most of the growth has come from immigration, but muchof it is home-grown. For many black Americans,Islam has become the religion of choice and some one million—mostly men—have converted. “It is an American phenomenon, which started in the ghettoes of the north,” says Yvonne Haedad, a professor of history of Islam and ofChristian-Muslim Relations at Georgetown University. “It is a response to racism…it is seen as the religion of liberation.” Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam has become the most prominent black Islamic group in the United States. Black men in bow ties and dark suits emphasize the strict discipline of the order, which emphasizes empowerment, a key theme of the Million Man March on Washington in 1995. But Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic remarks—calling Jews “bloodsuckers” who took from the community to build their own—have brought controversy and publicity to the group. “It’s very visible, because Farrakhan is very visible,” says Fahhim Abdulhadi, spokesman for the American Muslim Council. “Muslims in mainstream have lots of problems with Farrakhan.”

Muslims Battle Prejudices
Many mainstream Muslims also have a problem with the tide of misunderstanding in the United States. “We always need to explain so many issues, “ says Hassan Qacwini, Imam of the Islamic Center of America in Detroit. The most common misunderstanding, according to Qacwini, is that Islam fosters violence, a perception reconfirmed whenever extremist groups set off suicide bombs or massacre tourists in the Middle East. “Islam is a peaceful religion,” says Qacwini. “Some would try to connect terrorism to Islam, which is wrong.”

Many Americans looked for a Muslim scapegoat when the Alfred P. Murrah building blew up in 1995. “After the Oklahoma City bombing, people said it was Middle East terrorists,” says Abdulhadi. Several Middle Eastern men were briefly detained, and there were reports of harassment against Muslims, including beatings and a mosque burning.

Some Muslims point out that when Timothy McVeigh was arrested, no one accused him of bombing the federal building for religious reasons. “Nobody talks about McVeigh as a Christian terrorist,” says Haedad.

Hostility Breeds Assertion
The role of women is another area of misunderstanding. For example, while some non-Muslims see the veil as a tool of oppression, many Muslim women see it as a reinforcement of their identity in a culture that is hostile to Islam.

“It’s empowerment,” says Haedad. “Women say ‘I’m going to wear it and you’d better to put up with it.’”

While many Muslims assert their identity in a society they perceive as hostile, most have followed the pattern of practically every other ethnic and religious group in America: blending and assimilating. “Most Muslims, you wouldn’t pick them out,” says Abdulhadi. “They’re just going to work and getting along.”

“Islam is a peaceful religion. Some would try to connect terrorism to Islam, which is wrong.” —Hassan Qacwini, Imam in Detroit,MI. USA.

The American Muslim birthrate is about 4.5 children per couple, versus the 1.9
child per couple national average.
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A matter of faith: Islam is fastest-growing religion in U.S.
By Stephen Magagnini
Bee Staff Writer
(Published July 1, 2001)

Todd Wilson, a third-generation Italian American, swore off his beloved prosciutto. Thy Loun, a refugee from Cambodia now attending UC Davis, had to give up her twice-weekly staple of double-pepperoni pizza.
Wilson, 31, and Loun, 21, say they've sacrificed their favorite foods (both made from pork) for something more fulfilling: their belief in Islam. They are among an increasing number of converts who have made Islam the fastest-growing religion in America.

There are now as many as 7 million Muslims in the United States -- half of them American-born. In recent years, Americans of African, European, Southeast Asian, Latin American and American Indian descent have left their parents' spiritual paths to follow Islam, a religion that includes more than 1 billion believers from nearly every country.

At 10 p.m. on a recent Thursday, Wilson joined several dozen worshippers of different races and ethnic backgrounds at SALAM Mosque in North Sacramento for the last of the day's five prayers. Wilson, who teaches sixth grade in Elk Grove, observes his midday prayer between classes.

A one-time Marxist who still has posters of the late revolutionary Che Guevara, Wilson says Islam gives him a sense of peace and connectedness he never found in Catholicism, the religion of his parents. He and other made-in-America Muslims often combine the American values of democracy and gender equality with Islamic ideals, such as devotion to family, charity, modesty (women often cover their heads, arms and legs) and bans on alcohol, pork, smoking and premarital sex.

The growth of Islam in America has led to a growing acceptance of the hijab (the head cover worn by many Muslim women) and daily Muslim prayers during breaks at schools and workplaces.

Sacramento, home to the oldest mosque west of the Mississippi, at 411 V St., now has nine mosques, several Islamic schools and a Muslim cemetery. Community leaders estimate 35,000 Muslims live in the Sacramento area.

Wilson, Loun and dozens of others interviewed say they were drawn to Islam because it places emphasis on prayer rather than on place of worship -- no idols or icons are found in mosques, which tend to be relatively spare -- and because it attracts a diverse group of followers across the economic and ethnic spectrum.

While many people associate Muslims with Arabs, most Muslims aren't Arabs, and millions of Arabs aren't Muslim. At a Muslim picnic in Sacramento's Haggin Oaks Park last summer, believers from 20 nations prayed and ate barbecue together.

Islam, like other religions, is interpreted differently in different cultures. In Afghanistan, for example, the ruling Taliban Muslims recently destroyed ancient Buddhist statues, citing Allah's ban on idol worship. They forbid television, listening to music or playing cards, and women often are prohibited from working outside the home or traveling.

But many American Muslims, including immigrants from Afghanistan, denounce the Taliban's hard-line approach. They say they honor their wives as equals and insist that Islam was the first major belief system to advocate women's rights.

From the time of the prophet Muhammad, who Muslims believe received the word of God (the Koran) in the seventh century, Muslim women were allowed to choose their husbands, divorce, own property and do battle -- rights afforded few Western women at the time, said Kathleen O'Connor, who teaches Islam and the Koran at the University of California, Davis.

"This Western notion that Muslim women are all tied up in a closet somewhere, bound and gagged, is utterly ridiculous," O'Connor said.

Islamic militants have targeted Israel and its allies -- including the U.S. -- for acts of terrorism. But only a small minority of Muslims advocate violence in the name of religion, O'Connor said. "They're just like (U.S.) paramilitary groups -- you wouldn't judge Americans by Oklahoma City."

African Americans account for 30 percent of America's Muslims, according to O'Connor. She said the figure isn't surprising given that as many as 20 percent of the Africans brought to the United States as slaves were Muslim.

"African Americans who have converted to Islam believe it represents a return to cultural roots pre-slavery, a culture of self-respect and independence," she said. "And Islam is a religion of social justice. This speaks to blacks, whose experience has (often) been marked by injustice. They don't want to turn the other cheek -- they've been turning it for 200 years."

Like many African American Muslims, Askia Muhammad Abdulmajeed came to Islam after experimenting with the Nation of Islam, an African American group led by Louis Farrakhan that is not part of orthodox Islam.

Abdulmajeed, 56, joined the Nation of Islam under the late Elijah Muhammad in the early 1970s. He said he admired the Nation's self-help approach to inner-city problems but said he was repulsed by its anti-Semitic, anti-white doctrine.

He says Allah saved him from himself: "I was into drugs, I ran with a fast crowd, didn't hold down a job very long. My perception of women was decidedly chauvinistic."

He ultimately became an imam, or prayer leader, and now serves as a sort of Muslim circuit preacher who travels from mosque to mosque, explaining the Koran in modern American terms.

FOR FULL ARTICLE : http://www.islamawareness.net/Fastest/sacbeelocal01_20010701.html
 
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Islam 'will be dominant UK religion'

Islam 'will be dominant UK religion'



By ROBERT SMITH

http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/Articles.asp?Article=76212&Sn=BNEW

ISLAM will be the most widely practised religion in
the UK by 2020, according to British and Muslim
magazine editor Sarah Joseph.

She says mosque attendance is expected to outstrip
church attendance over the next 16 years.

Estimates suggest that anywhere between 10,000 and
50,000 people a year convert to Islam in the UK, which
is currently home to approximately 1.8 million
Muslims.

"We are the second largest faith in Britain and will
be the largest practising faith in Britain by 2020 if
you use church and mosque attendance as a measure,"
she told the GDN.

Mrs Joseph is editor of British magazine Emel, which
was launched in September and specifically targets
Muslim readers.

The English-speaking publication is described as a
lifestyle magazine, which focuses on all aspects of
Muslim life.

It is published every two months with a print-run of
20,000 copies per issue, but there has already been
interest shown in going international.

"We have been asked to do an Emel America, Emel Middle
East and an Emel Europe - we have lots of European
subscribers," said Mrs Joseph. "We have also been
asked to make an Emel TV show for Europe, but we still
need to establish Emel in Britain."

Mrs Joseph is in Bahrain at the invitation of Discover
Islam and has delivered a series of lectures on issues
such as Islam in the Western media, challenges to
Muslim women and how the war on terror affects
European Muslims.

The mother-of three says people in the UK turn to
Islam for different reasons.

However, despite the increasing Muslim community in
Britain, Mrs Joseph warned that Europe is in danger of
falling victim to what she called "secular
fundamentalism."

One example of this is the French ban on Muslim girls
wearing hijabs in school.

"It is the other extreme of what they are saying they
are trying to fight," she said. "This secular
fundamentalism is creeping through Europe - there is
no room for God in political discourse.

"This for me is a particularly worrying trend. People
with faith have to stand up and fight secular
fundamentalism."

Mrs Joseph described the French ban on hijabs as a
knee-jerk reaction - inferring it is a move designed
to win support for President Jacques Chirac away from
right-wing opponents such as national Front Party
leader Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Sentiment

But although Mrs Joseph described the UK as a more
tolerant place for Muslims than other parts of Europe
- she did report a growing anti-Muslim sentiment.

Such abuse has got worse since the terrorist attacks
of September 11, 2001, but Mrs Joseph says problems
have existed for over a decade.

Anti-terrorism legislation has also raised eye-brows
among the Muslim community in Europe.

However, despite such difficulties - and the
challenges that go with bridging Western culture with
Muslim life - she says there is strong support in
countries like Britain where religious freedom is
possible.

She pointed to the two million people who took to the
streets of London to demonstrate against the war in
Iraq.

"People have to be aware that ordinary non-Muslim
people did not support the war," she said.

"Just as all Muslims do not all think in the same way.

"The actions of the British government are not a
reflection of the people of that nation.

"The vast majority of anti-war protesters were
non-Muslim. They do care about the Israel and
Palestine conflict, about issues that we care about.

"We need to build bridges with these people."

Mrs Joseph will return to the UK today after spending
four days in the country. She concluded her series of
talks in Bahrain with a lecture yesterday on women as
the stakeholders of the future.
 

bk.ru

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Can you just post links to these scribblings? Or can I get a refund on my bandwidth used to download this propaganda?
 
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Amazing Quran

AND THESE ARE THE FACTS . . .

The Qur'aan which was revealed 14 centuries ago mentioned facts only recently discovered by proven
scientists. This proves without doubt that the Qur'aan must be the literal word of Allah, revealed by Him to the
Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) and it also proves that Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wa
sallam) is truly a Messenger and Prophet sent by Allah. It is beyond reason that anyone fourteen hundred years
ago would have known these facts discovered or proven only recently with advanced equipment and
sophisticated methods. Moreover, the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) reviewed the Qur'aan
with the Angel Jibreel once each year and twice in the last year of his life. Since the Qur'aan was revealed up
until this day, there has always been a huge number of Muslims who have memorized all of the Qur'aan, letter by
letter. Some of them have been able to memorize all of the Qur'aan by the age of ten. Not one letter of the
Qur'aan has been changed for centuries.
After reading this, I ask the reader the question…. Is it possible that anyone could have wrote
this book over 1400 years ago?
 
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Look Mate. . . . Wheather You Want To Admit It Or Not. It Is Not Dependent On You. Islam Is The Final Message And The Quran Is The Last Testament. And Islam Is Not Apologetic For Claiming To Be The Sole Repository For Salvation In The Hereafter.

Islam Is Definately The True Religion Of God!!!
 

rsachoc

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OK, while I don't mind religious discussions on this board, all that has been posted here is a copy and paste. Spam in my opinion
 

Highflyer_GP

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Fivel sits back and waits for bk.ru, highflyer, w1z4rd et al to bury shaheed ;)
LOL now why would you assume that I would jump onto him :D

But yeah I see it as any other religion, and being monotheistic doesn't help it's cause either. Makes no sense to say which religion is better when (IMO) they're all equally flawed. Sort of like an lion trying to eat a tiger, or vice versa. Why can't we all just get along instead of trying to convert everyone to their belief system?
 
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Non-muslim Intellectuals Comment

Professor Keith Moore, one of the world’s prominent scientists of anatomy and embryology. University of
Toronto, Canada It has been a great pleasure for me to help clarify statements in the Qur’aan about human
development. It is clear to me that these statements must have come to Muhammad from Allah, or Allah,
because almost all of this knowledge was not discovered
until many centuries later. This proves to me that Muhammad must have been a messenger of Allah.


"But Islam has a still further service to render to the cause of humanity. It stands after all nearer to the real East
than Europe does, and it possesses a magnificent tradition of inter-racial understanding and cooperation. No
other society has such a record of success uniting in an equality of status, of opportunity, and of endeavours so
many and so various races of mankind . . . Islam has still the power to reconcile apparently irreconcilable
elements of race and tradition. If ever the opposition of the great societies of East and West is to be replaced
by cooperation, the mediation of Islam is an indispensable condition. In its hands lies very largely the solution of
the problem with which Europe is faced in its relation with East. If they unite, the hope of a peaceful issue is
immeasurably enhanced. But if Europe, by rejecting the cooperation of Islam, throws it into the arms of its
rivals, the issue can only be disastrous for both." --H.A.R. Gibb, WHITHER ISLAM, London, 1932, p.
379.
 

pope24

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Shaheed: If you will insist on posting stuff that is five years old or not properly formatted could you at least back up your statements with real facts.

"The Qur'aan which was revealed 14 centuries ago mentioned facts only recently discovered by proven scientists."

What facts recently revealed? What scientists? Don't post propoganda (and I mean this in the nicest possible way) without backing up you position or you are just going to get flamed.
 

pope24

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H.A.R. Gibb, WHITHER ISLAM, London, 1932, p. 379.

And in 1932 this was probably true, I doubt that he would have written the same words today.
 
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