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European Style ‘Tolerance’: Ban the Hijab, ban the ban new mosques!

Wednesday, 02 April 2008


Alison Ruoff, a prominent member of the Church of England's General Synod, called for a ban on the building of any more mosques in Britain. In an interview with London's Premier Christian Radio, Mrs Ruoff, a former magistrate, said: "No more mosques in the UK. There are enough mosques for Muslims in this country. They don't need any more."

"You build a mosque and then what happens? You have Muslim people moving into that area, all the shops will then become Islamic, all the housing will then become Islamic and as the Bishop of Rochester has so wisely pointed out, that will be a no-go area for anyone else. They will bring in Islamic law. We cannot allow that to happen."

People in Europe are always accusing Muslims of intolerance, but they openly voice intolerance of Muslims, our Mosques, beliefs and way of life! Alison Ruoff's call to ban new Mosques follows last weeks release of Dutch politician, Geert Wilders film calling for the banning of the Qur'an, the vitriolic attack on the Islamic shariah following Dr Rowan Williams comments and the French ban on the hijab. Secular societies are proving their inability to live with Islam. Not content with banning Islam as a way of life in the Muslim world, some like Ms Ruoff seems hell bent on eradicating any public expression of Islam in Britain.

This vilification of Muslims and Islam, by these preachers of hate, highlights a profound insecurity felt by some in Europe in the face of an increasingly confident and vocal Muslim community. Growing Mosque attendances - leading to the need for new Mosques - vocal opposition to western occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, and a shunning of the mindless culture of ‘freedom' that is causing so much misery in western societies are but some of the issues that have led some to feel so insecure, and lash out at Islam and Muslims by calling for bans. This is at a time when pressure is being brought to bear against religion in the west and there is a noticeable decline in Church attendance, yet a prominent member of the Church uses this as an opportunity to attack Islam just as politicians have.

In the face of such attacks, Muslims will not be silent. These attacks only serve to strengthen Muslim resolve and motivates us to vocally defend our dearly held beliefs, and values. We are proud that Islam is growing, by the permission of Allah, so fast that we need more Mosques. We are pleased that so many more Muslims care about their deen that they want to attend the Mosque. It is all a sign of the return to Islam, and away from the secular way of thinking. We praise and thank Allah for that.

"When comes the Help of Allah, and Victory. And thou seest people entering Allah's Religion in crowds. Celebrate the praises of thy Lord, and seek His Forgiveness: For He is ever ready to show mercy." [TMQ Surah Nasr 110 : 1-3]

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