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Fastest-growing religion in the world Islam winning converts in Western world

  Fastest-growing religion in the world Islam winning converts in Western world Feb 2, ’07 2:25 AM
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Fast-growing Islam winning converts

in Western world

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From Correspondent Gayle Young

CAIRO (CNN) — In the port city of Suez — and across the Islamic world — they are celebrating the Hajj, the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.

“This is a joyous day and the best day in the life of a man,” said pilgrim Hussein Suleiman Hussein. “It is as if I am being born anew.”

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Millions of Muslims across the world will trek to Mecca this week for the annual religious event. They circle the Kaaba, a shrine that contains a black stone sacred to the Prophet Mohammed.

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Mohammed decreed that every Muslim who can afford it make the Hajj at least once. It is one of five holy duties required in Islam.

A Muslim’s first duty is to proclaim that there is only one God and that Mohammed is his prophet. Muslims also must pray five times a day, give charity to the poor and fast during the daylight hours of the holy month of Ramadan.

When a cannon signals that the sun has set during Ramadan, Muslims in Cairo break their fast with friends and family, often inviting the poor to share their meals.

 

Fastest-growing religion

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The second-largest religion in the world after Christianity, Islam is also the fastest-growing religion. In the United States, for example, nearly 80 percent of the more than 1,200 mosques have been built in the past 12 years.

Some scholars see an emerging Muslim renaissance as Islam takes root in many traditionally Christian communities.

Islam has drawn converts from all walks of life, most notably African-Americans. Former NAACP President Benjamin Chavis, who joined the Nation of Islam recently, personifies the trend.

“In societies where you have minorities that are discriminated against, I think they may find an appeal in Islam,” said Waleed Kazziha of American University in Cairo.

Many moderate Islamic countries such as Turkey and Egypt are becoming more conservative.

Two decades ago, few middle-class Egyptian women wore scarves or veils on their heads. Now they crowd into special emporiums that advertise Islamic clothing.

The shift toward Islamic fundamentalism worries many in the secular world, a fear underscored when splinter groups target Westerners with violent attacks.

 

Islam vs. the West

But most scholars argue that the extremists are a very small minority and that most Muslims adhere to principles in the Koran that teach peace and tolerance.

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“The Islamic world is like any other society we have known in history,” said Kazziha. “You might say it has the good, the bad and the ugly.”

Founded in 622 A.D., Islam is among the newer major religions. But to the non-Muslim world, it sometimes appears inflexible. Clashes between Islamic tradition and Western influence are sweeping the globe.

In Islam, contrary to Western beliefs, the rights of the community are considered more important than the rights of the individual. Women are seen primarily as caretakers of the home, and religion strongly influences schools, government and courts.

Many Muslims today are trying to find a balance between being members of a global society and maintaining ties to a religion that calls for strict adherence to the Koran.

A case in point is 35-year-old Hisham Hussein, a wealthy playboy who turned to religion and swore off alcohol after an automobile accident.

He is going to Mecca this spring. “The most important thing is to maintain the purity of the Hajj, to lead a pure life,” he said.

 

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3 Comments

  1. BARRY
    Posted March 20, 2007 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    isnt it great that 1200 mosques have been built in the usa? doesnt this show that people of the usa are for freedom of religion ? how many churches. synogoges, temples,have been allowed to be built in islamic countries such as saudi arabia, iran , etc ? so when islamics talk about islam being a religion of freedom and tolerance and peace it is a lie . where is all this freedom and tolerance and peace ? there is none , all there is in an islamic nation is , islam , no other choice. if you do make another choice of religion in an islamic nation you are an outcast

  2. Posted April 4, 2007 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Barry you have a point there , but you should realize that Islam is not just SAUDI ARABIA AND IRAN it has 47 diffrent couties as well whre it is practiced and these are all Muslim Majority countries where you can find places of worship of different faiths and the Muslim majority there have lived peacefully with their non Muslim fellow countrymen for centuries .

    Another important point SAUDI ARABIA is far for being a Muslim country and is not a true example of an Islamic state , if you consider the fact that in SAUDI ARABIA even Muslims are banned to practice Islam the way they want if it does not agree with the SAUDI government Wahhabi Muslim Ideology , A Muslim may even be jailed if he does not agree with there Wahhabi Islamic Ideology , considering this fact it would be fair enough to say that you assumption that Islam is an Intolerant religion just based on what is happening in just 2 Muslim countries out of 47 is totally wrong .

    JUST READ THE BELOW FACTS AND JUDGE FOR YOURSELF WHETHER ISLAM IS A TOLERANT RELIGION OR INTOLERANT ONE

    Was Islam Spread by the Sword?
    Dr. Zakir Naik
    By Dr. Zakir Naik

    Question: How can Islam be called the religion of peace, when it was spread by the sword? (Al-Bukhari).
    It is a common complaint among some non-Muslims that Islam would not have millions of adherents all over the world, if it had not been spread by the use of force. The following points will make it clear, that far from being spread by the sword, it was Islam’s inherent force of truth, reason and logic that was responsible for its rapid spread.
    1. Islam means Peace

    Islam comes from the root word ‘salaam’, which means peace. It also means submitting one’s will to Almighty God. Thus Islam is a religion of peace, which is acquired by submitting one’s will to the will of the Supreme Creator, Allah (swt).
    2. Sometimes force has to be used to maintain peace

    Each and every human being in this world is not in favour of maintaining peace and harmony. There are many who would disrupt it for their own vested interests. Sometimes force has to be used to maintain peace. It is precisely for this reason that we have the police force, which uses force against criminals and anti-social elements to maintain peace in society. Islam promotes peace. At the same time, Islam exhorts it followers to struggle and fight against oppression. The fight against oppression may, at times, require the use of force. In Islam force may only be used to promote peace and justice.
    3. Opinion of historian De Lacy O’Leary

    The best reply to the misconception that Islam was spread by the sword is given by the noted historian De Lacy O’Leary in the book “Islam at the cross roads” (Page 8):

    “History makes it clear, however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated.”
    4. Muslims ruled Spain for 800 years

    Muslims ruled Spain for about 800 years. The Muslims in Spain never used the sword to force the people to convert. Later the Christian Crusaders came to Spain and wiped out the Muslims. There was not a single Muslim in Spain who could openly give the ‘adhaan’, that is the Muslims’ call for prayers.
    5. Fourteen million Arabs are Coptic Christians

    Muslims were the lords of Arabia for 1400 years. For a few years the British ruled, and for a few years the French ruled, but overall, the Muslims ruled Arabia for 1400 years. Yet today, there are 14 million Arabs who are Coptic Christians i.e. Christians since generations. If the Muslims had used the sword, there would not have been a single Arab who would have remained a Christian.
    6. More than 80% non-Muslims in India

    The Muslims ruled India for about a thousand years. These Muslim rulers did not use any force in order to convert people to Islam. Today more than 80% of the population of India consists of non-Muslims. All these non-Muslim Indians are testimony today that Islam was not spread by the sword, nor was any force used for conversion to Islam.
    7. Indonesia and Malaysia

    Indonesia is a country that has the maximum number of Muslims in the world. The majority of people in Malaysia are Muslims. May one ask, “Which Muslim army went to Indonesia and Malaysia?”
    8. East Coast of Africa

    Similarly, Islam has spread rapidly on the East Coast of Africa. One may again ask, if Islam was spread by the sword, “Which Muslim army went to the East Coast of Africa?”
    9. Thomas Carlyle

    The famous historian, Thomas Carlyle, in his book “Heroes and Hero worship”, refers to this misconception about the spread of Islam: “The sword indeed, but where will you get your sword? Every new opinion, at its starting is precisely in a minority of one. In one man’s head alone. There it dwells as yet. One man alone of the whole world believes it, there is one man against all men. That he takes a sword and tries to propagate with that, will do little for him. You must get your sword! On the whole, a thing will propagate itself as it can.”
    10. No compulsion in religion

    With which sword was Islam spread? Even if Muslims had it they could not use it to spread Islam because the Qur’an says in the following verse: “Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from error” [Al-Qur’an 2:256]
    11. Sword of the Intellect

    It is the sword of intellect. The sword that conquers the hearts and minds of people. The Qur’an says in Surah Nahl, chapter 16 verse 125: “Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious.” [Al-Qur’an 16:125]
    12. Increase in the world religions from 1934 to 1984

    An article in Reader’s Digest ‘Almanac’, year book 1986, gave the statistics of the increase of percentage of the major religions of the world in half a century from 1934 to 1984. This article also appeared in ‘The Plain Truth’ magazine. At the top was Islam, which increased by 235 percent, while Christianity had increased only by a mere 47 percent. May one ask, which war took place in this century which converted millions of people to Islam?
    13. Islam is the fastest growing religion

    Islam is the fastest growing religion in America and Europe. Today the fastest growing religion in America is Islam. The fastest growing religion in Europe is Islam. Which sword is forcing people in the West to accept Islam in such large numbers?

    ( The author is the president of Islamic Research Foundation, Mumbai. Email: islam@irf.net, http://www.irf.net) n

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  3. Posted March 29, 2008 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    Wow! Your article was very insteresting, insha Allah it will be very usable for us international muslim society. Brother & sister in Islam would you like to put a link in your ‘Blogroll’ to our Islamic Boarding School in Indonesia? This is the site: http://www.darunnajah-cipining.com/ Please visit us for silaturrahmi.. Syukran (Thanks!)


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