RENOWNED Swiss politician Daniel Streich, who previously campaigned against Swiss minarets, embraced Islam a few years ago.
A member of the Swiss Peopleâ€™s Party (SVP) and a well-known politician, Daniel Streich was the first man who had launched a drive for imposition of ban on mosques minarets, and to lock the mosques in Switzerland. The proclamation of Streichâ€™s conversion to Islam created a furor in Swiss politics, and caused a tremor for those who supported ban on construction of mosques minarets.
Streich had propagated his anti-Islamic movement far and wide in the country, sowed seeds of indignation and scorn for Islam among the people, and paved the way for public opinion against pulpits and minarets of mosques.
But now Streich has become a servant of Islam. His anti-Islam thoughts finally brought him so close to this religion that he embraced it.
He is ashamed of his past doings now, and desires to construct the most beautiful mosque of Europe in Switzerland.
The most interesting thing in this regard is that at present there are four mosques in Switzerland and Streich wants to lay the foundation for a fifth. He wishes to seek absolution of his sin of proliferating venom against Islam. He is thinking of a movement contrary to his previous one to promote religious tolerance and peaceful cooperative living, in spite of the fact that ban on mosques minarets has gained a legal status.
This is the greatest quality of Islam that it comes up with even greater vigour, when it is faced with confrontation.
Abdul Majeed Aldai, the president of OPI, an NGO, working for the welfare of Muslims, says that Europeans have a great desire to know about Islam. Some of them want to know about the relationship between Islam and terrorism; same was the case with Streich.
During his confrontation, Streich studied the Holy Quran and started understanding Islam.
He wished to be hard to Islam, but the outcome was otherwise. Aldai further says.
Later the question of the ban on minarets was put to a vote in Switzerland, wherein the Swiss nationals did ban minarets in the country.
On 11-11-11, the Ford Field in Detroit witnessed a highly publicized bigoted event. The venue, Ford Field is where the Detroit Lions play and the area is near Dearborn that has a large Muslim population.
The organizer of this event was â€œTheCallâ€ organization; a relatively unknown organization that has been in existence for about a decade. It claims to tackle issues such as economy, racial strife, same sex relationship, abortion and other such issues. But to many it appeared that the objective of this event was to gain cheap publicity by bashing Muslims and Islam. The organizers had said in their statements that they wanted to raise concerns against the growing Islamic popularity and Islamic renaissance in USA.
They heavily promoted their Detroit event on their website. According to â€œThe Christian Postâ€ they called it, â€œThe Rising Tide of the Islamic Movement.â€ But after receiving complaints, perhaps, about the factuality and the phrase giving legitimacy to the prevailing situation, TheCall dropped the phrase from its web site.
The Pentecostal Minister, Engle, had announced that the program would start on Friday night (11-11-11) and would end the next day, Saturday morning. Their announcement also touted that they expected a crowd of more than 50,000. But most reports suggest the program was a flop in attendance. The stadium mostly remained empty and according to some reports the attendance was about less than tenth of their predicted number.
The reason given for the night vigil and night prayer, according to â€œThe Christian Postâ€, quoting their minister Engler, â€œYou got to pray all night long because itâ€™s when the Muslims sleep.â€
Looking at the thin attendance, he found out that Christians and others sleep during those hours too.
Earlier this week and prior to the event, a group of Christian pastors gathered in Grand Circus Park, near the Ford Field venue, to denounce Lou Engleâ€™s â€œThe Call Detroitâ€ rally at Ford Field as â€œun-Christian, â€œun-American,â€ and â€œidolatrous.â€
This group counts Islam among the ills facing the nation. Some Muslims answered this by saying, â€œtheir heads needs to be examinedâ€ while others said, â€œI bet you they will say â€œOccupy Wall Streetâ€ movement is Muslim inspired;â€ others from the group said â€œI wish to bring to their attention the Muslim contribution to this great nation.â€ He went on to say: â€œMore than 50% of the Muslims income bracket was over $50,000 as compared to nationwide average income of $47,000 and nearly 60% Muslims are college graduates as compared to 27% as a whole.â€
The statement emphasized the great contributions Muslims have made in practically all fields, be it social, military, political, economic, medical, engineering, business, technology and you name it.
Most in the group agreed that we were here to strengthen the country. We want to see communities unified, and not divided. The action of â€œTheCallâ€ group is divisive and needs to be condemned in strongest terms.
A true American would surely know that pluralism is the Achilles Heel of our societyâ€™s foundation.
Today our biggest concern and the concern of all of us should be the challenges that our pluralistic society and our country face.
LOS ANGELES, CA–Najee Ali, civil rights activist and leader of Project Islamic H.O.P.E, is emerging as a possible successor to his father-in-law the late Imam W.D.Muhammad. The Electronic Urban Report says that Ali will take a leadership role by tackling several issues affecting the black community.
â€œWe still donâ€™t have an organization that speaks to our issues,â€ said Ali. â€œProject Islamic Hope has decided to step up to the plate and fill the void.â€
â€œEverything that I have experienced in my life has led me to this moment. I feel Iâ€™m well prepared to carry on the burden and obligation that is before me in attempting to keep the indigenous Islamic movement alive,â€ Ali added.