The Rise of the New European Islamic Caliphate? — Written 03/26/2012

“Contact with industrialized nations brought Muslim populations to new areas through economic migration. Many Muslims migrated as indentured servants, from mostly India and Indonesia, to the Caribbean, forming the largest Muslim populations by percentage in the Americas.The resulting urbanization and increase in trade in sub-Saharan Africa brought Muslims to settle in new areas and spread their faith, likely doubling the Muslims population between 1869 and 1914.[142] Muslim immigrants, many as guest workers, began arriving, largely from former colonies, into several European nations in the 1960s and 1970s, particularly France and the UK.”

“However, Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood advocate Islam as a comprehensive political solution, often in spite of being banned.[155] Jamal-al-Din al-Afghani, along with his acolyte Muhammad Abduh, have been credited as forerunners of the Islamic revival.”

“The revival is a reversal of the Westernisation approach common in many Arab and Asian governments earlier in the 20th century. It is often associated with the political Islamic movement, Islamism, and other forms of re-Islamisation. While the revival has also been accompanied by some religious extremism and attacks on civilians and military targets by the extremists, this represents only a small part of the revival.”

“Islamism  “Political Islam” is set of ideologies holding that Islam is “as much a political ideology as a religion”. Islamism is a controversial term, and definitions of it sometimes vary (see below). Leading Islamist thinkers emphasized the enforcement of Sharia (Islamic law); of pan-Islamic political unity; and of the elimination of non-Muslim, particularly Western military, economic, political, social, or cultural influences in the Muslim world, which they believe to be incompatible with Islam..”

“Islamization  or Islamification (pejorative Muhammadization) has been used to describe the process of a society’s conversion to the religion of Islam. In contemporary usage, it may refer to the perceived imposition of an Islamist social and political discourse on a society with a tradition of a more varied interpretation of Islam.”

“The English synonyms, muslimization and arabization, in use since before 1940 (e.g., Waverly Illustrated Dictionary) convey a similar meaning. Due to the trend towards identifying all Muslims with Arab people, common in the Western world, the latter tends to be applied to non-Arab (e.g. Berber, Turkish or Iranian) influence as well. Muslimization has recently been used as a term coined to describe the overtly Muslim practices of new converts to the religion who wish to reinforce their newly acquired religious identity.”

“The Islamic conquest of the Christian Visigothic Kingdom in the 8th century (begun 711) extended over almost the entire peninsula. After more than 700 years, in the 15th century, the last remaining Moorish government was the Nasrid dynasty in the Kingdom of Granada in southern Iberia. With its defeat in 1492, the entire Iberian Peninsula was brought back under Christian rule, thus completing the Reconquista.”

This time it is a “pincer movement”, from the Northwest (UK) and the South (Spain, France, Italy, etc) of Europe……

Gentlemen, prepare your beards, Kufis (caps), Galabiyyas (men’s dresses), Ladies your Hijabs (women’s scarves) and Jibabs (women’s dresses)!……Without forgetting to locate Mecca to pray five (5) times a day toward the Kaaba in Saudi Arabia’s Mecca…;+) Inch Allah! Allah U Akbar! Maktub!;+)

“The Kaaba (or Qaaba; Arabic: الكعبة‎ al-Kaʿbah IPA: [ʔælˈkæʕbɐ]; English: The Cube)[1] is a cuboid-shaped building in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and is the most sacred site in Islam. The Qur’an states that the Kaaba was constructed by Abraham (Ibrahim in Arabic), and his son Ishmael (Ismaeel in Arabic), after the latter had settled in Arabia. The building has a mosque built around it, the Masjid al-Haram. All Muslims around the world face the Kaaba during prayers, no matter where they are. This is called facing the Qiblah.”

“On the Islam positive side, unfortunately, often forgotten, because showing too much “self determination” in face of the “predominant” “submit” to “Allah””Inch Allah!”:

Maktub:The Arab culture has an ancient belief, or rather, an archaic saying. It simply says “It is written” – It is written. Meaning no matter how horribly things go wrong, or how badly life deviates from the script you had planned, believe that if you want something with all your heart and you believe it is your destiny, then the whole universe conspires in helping you achieve it, because it is written. And if it is written, it happens. Maybe you wouldn’t be too sure about it now, but you’ll see. Believe in yourself, and no matter how messed up things may seem at that moment, things will fall into place, because you believed in yourself and your destiny. And when the pieces of your life fall into place, you’ll find yourself muttering ‘Maktub’, because you will realize that miracles do happen, but not to those who call themselves ‘lucky’, but to those who believe in themselves.”

Resources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16575349
http://www.shukronline.com/

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/sharia-law

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