Archive for the ‘Islam in the UK’ Category

Why Islam appeals to prisoners

April 7, 2013

As for Muslim proselytism in the prison—and Muslim literature has been insinuated into nooks and crannies there far more thoroughly than any Christian literature—it is directed mainly at the Jamaican prisoners. It answers their need for an excuse to go straight, while not at the same time surrendering to the morality of a society they believe has wronged them deeply. Indeed, conversion to Islam is their revenge upon that society, for they sense that their newfound religion is fundamentally opposed to it. By conversion, therefore, they kill two birds with one stone.

Theodore Dalrymple

There are more reasons than this why Islam appeals to young men in trouble with the law. Amongst others it gives a sense of belonging and perhaps of a wider family or community, a sense of something to belong to bigger than the rootless self. But the resentments with wider Western/Christian society are not hard to find if one scratches the surface of many a convert to Islam.

What is Taqqiyah?

November 3, 2009

Hamid Ali, spiritual leader of a mosque in Beeston, W.Yorks, called Al-Madinah Masjid, publicly condemned the London bombings of 7th July 2005. But in a secretly taped conversation with a Bangladeshi-origin undercover reporter from the Sunday Times he said the 7/7 bombings were a ‘good’ act and praised the bombers as ‘children’ of firebrand cleric Abdullah al-Faisal who has made statements such as: ‘The only way forward is for you, the Muslims, to kill the Kufrs (non-Muslims)’

Sunday Times, 12/2/6 in Islam: The Challenge to the Church, Patrick Sookhdeo, Isaac Publishers, 2006

The growth of Islam in the UK

September 1, 2009

Today, we have a situation in London where the number

of mosque-going Muslims is fast catching up with the

number of church-going Christians. Nor is there any

obvious drop-off in the faith of second-generation

British Muslims. There are now nearly a thousand

mosques serving Britain’s 1.8 million Muslims, the

great bulk of them having opened within the past 15

years. Islam is the fastest-growing religion not only

in Britain but also in France and the US, and this is

as much to do with conversion as immigration.

William Dalrymple, New Statesman, 19.1.4, p.19

1. It is as much to do with birth rates as conversions

2. It is an opportunity for Christian mission here in the UK and a matter for prayer to the true God.

3. It is another example of Britain as a post-Christian country

4. It suggests that the vacuum of secularism/postmodernism/consumerism will not remain a vacuum.