Monday, August 2, 2010

Three-quarters of non-Muslims believe Islam negative for Britain: Poll

I think for Muslims in the UK there is a greed. Here you have a terrorist situation ~ rather use the opportunity to firmly come out against it ~ they take advantage of the newly formed contacts in government and other organizations to promote Shari'a law. So here you have the terrorists/extremists who want Shari'a and the moderates who want Shari'a.

The organisation has made a number of recommendations on how to spread knowledge of Islam and the Muslim community through education and audiovisual materials. It also advocates "promoting Muslim women as ambassadors of change" to counter the impression that they are oppressed.

One of the key factors when discussing Islam is the absence of truth. Shari'a law gives women 1/3 - 1/2 the rights of men. Yet we are being told that this somehow doesn't effect the status of Muslim women. Look at the stark difference between the way Muslimwomen dress in comparison to the men who stand next to them. The woman is draped sometimes up to the eyeballs in heavy garments, whatever the weather, while the men is often in western attire. Look at the status of women in the Muslim world, and imagine Saudi Arabia, the home of Islam ~ as not reflecting the 'real' Islam. The biggest discussion there is whether women should 'breastfeed' unfamiliar men so they can be within the law, that forbids unrelated men and women to be unaccompanied. When Muslims want to go to Mecca this is where they go. It is a bit hypocritical to say that their Islam is not the 'true' Islam. More honest to say, for modernity's sake, we prefer to forgo some of these practises ~ many originating from the Hadiths.

"We need to show that it [Islam] encompasses all the things in your life whether social or practical," he said.

There is some Islamic toilets being installed in one UK shoppingcenter. The regular toilet is being removed and hole in the floor Middle East style toilet is being put there instead. It is on the understanding that if you don't wipe you bottom like Muhammad did then you may go to hell!! Difficult to force people to take that seriously.


Three-quarters of non-Muslims believe Islam has provided a negative contribution to British society, according to a new poll, which has prompted calls for Muslims to help improve the perception of their faith.

The study for the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) also found that 63% of people surveyed did not disagree with the statement "Muslims are terrorists" and 94% agreed that "Islam oppresses women". It included qualitative as well as quantitative data. One respondent said: ""If I had my way I'd kick them all [Muslims] out of here."

The results follow an online YouGov poll, published in June, that found 58% linked Islam with extremism and 69% believed it encouraged the repression of women.

Despite the widespread negative perceptions of Islam, iERA believes the fact that most opinions were formed in ignorance of the faith indicates that Muslims can positively influence them.

Four-fifths of those polled said they have less than very little knowledge about Islam, while 40% did not know who "Allah" referred to and 36% did not know who the Prophet Muhammad was.

iERA's senior researcher Hamza Tzortzis said: "We wanted to do something positive with the survey results rather than just say, 'It's so sad'. So, the organisation's strategy is to give a new realm of possibility for people to comprehend Islam, have a proper respect for Islam and see the human relevance of the faith."

The organisation has made a number of recommendations on how to spread knowledge of Islam and the Muslim community through education and audiovisual materials. It also advocates "promoting Muslim women as ambassadors of change" to counter the impression that they are oppressed.

Although the survey indicated people may not be willing to listen – 60% said they preferred not to receive any information about religion, while 77% did not agree in any way that Muslims should do more to teach people about their faith – Tzortzis believes they will if they are shown that religion is relevant.

"We need to show that it [Islam] encompasses all the things in your life whether social or practical," he said.

"We had one of the biggest economic crises and we had no Islamic scholar saying the Islamic [financial] model wasn't as affected and might be relevant."

The study, carried out for iERA out by DJS Research, used face-to face questionnaires to ascertain the views of a "statistically robust" sample of 500 randomly selected non-Muslims.

Guardian

1 comment:

gsw said...

You will also often hear the argument that these "moderate muslims" were born here &/or have citizenship.
While this may apply to children, as a adult living in the west in the 21st. century, they must decide whether they wish to be citizens of a European Nation or the islamic Nation. Mohammed did not consider his movement a religion, why should we?

If you are being loyal to a foreign country - at the cost of the one you are living in - this is treason.

So, without being racist I can say "go live in an islamic country" - nationalistic, yes, possibly even patriotic (shudder) but since I am not a socialist, I am not a NAZI either. Civil war is not something I am looking forward to - but with the number of 5th. columnists around, what alternative do we have?