11 December 2007

Is London's future Islamic?


I blogged a few weeks ago about a debate I attended, ‘Is Islam good for London?’ My conclusion was, no matter anyone thinks, Muslims or their Non-Muslim countrymen, Islam and Muslims are here to stay. Period.

What does matter however is how everyone choose to deal and interact with each other. That is crucial. This is an interesting article by Time Out - now for those who don’t know, Time Out is the Bible of social life in London, and many other major cities in the world. (Don’t know why, but I didn’t even consider using the Islamic version of this analogy:P)

Islam is London’s fastest growing religion, based on noble traditions and compassionate principles, yet Islam can still be tainted by mistrust and misunderstanding. Time Out argues that an Islamic London would be a better place!

Rather than buy in to a racist representation of all Muslims as terrorists, people need to recognise both what Islam has given London already, and the advantages it would bring across a wide range of areas in the future.

'Confusing the cultural and the religious is wrong because it's divisive - it leads to separation as devout young people think it's their religious duty to cut themselves off from wider society,' says Baroness Warsi.

I agree with her on this point, and a few others she makes in a BBC news report.
But I also must add that, while I don’t fully get around the irony of her being a Muslim, a Baroness and the Conservative shadow minister for community cohesion, she must be commended for her role in dealing with the silly Sudanese!

In my opinion, important lessons for the Sudanese government, Baroness Warsi and Muslims in London and all over the world is: we need to have a thorough and complete understanding of Islam and the Quran; we need to be sincere in our actions and not ever do or say something for political or other reasons!

Peace.

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