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Dark times ahead for Muslims in the West

Not going to lie… I’m worried about our future.

I’m worried that whilst we keep having the same discussions and making the same points, the inevitable is becoming more apparent. For more than a decade Muslims have raised concerns over ‘the war on terror’ – and in that same decade terrorism has increased around the world by almost five times, and Muslims have been the biggest victims. Muslim countries have been ravaged with violent conflicts triggered by invasions and insurgencies which have destroyed millions of lives.

number of people killed from terrorism since war on terror

 

Statistics on number of civilians killed in Muslim countries



  • Afghanistan: Over 26,000 – 360,000 civilians deaths since US invasion
  • Iraq: Over 166,000 – 461,000 civilian deaths since the US invasion
  • Syria: Over 50,000 civilians killed since foreign sponsored insurgency
  • Pakistan: 21,000 civilians killed in terrorist attacks, over 1000 in US drone strikes
  • Palestine – Over 9000 killed since 2000
  • Nigeria – Over 10,000 civilians killed

Note: The above does not include many other countries such as Yemen, Somalia, Kenya, Egypt and others which have also been victims of terrorist attacks. Neither does it include the millions of people injured, displaced and imprisoned. [/toggle]

Islam has been ridiculed and Muslims have been vilified on a near daily basis in the media throughout the globe. Muslims are treated with suspicion at airports and public transport, to the stage it’s like a dark inside joke amongst Muslims who’ve surrendered to a dismal reality.

The real humiliation comes from the fact that Western powers still maintain an alliance with regimes like Saudi Arabia, which manufacture and export the ideology of terrorism (Salafism/Wahhabism). Most recently the US approved the sale of $1.29 billion worth of arms to the Saudi regime.

Yet Western media and governments have the nerve to claim that Muslims should condemn extremism and the somehow we should ‘do more’ to prevent extremism.

How has it got to his stage that we have accepted this humiliation? How can any of us still deny that there is a war against Islam itself? But more importantly how is it that some of us still choose to do nothing, and carry on with our lives like nothing is coming?

I say this with a heavy heart, but we are sliding towards very troublesome times.

Rise of Islamophobia in the WestThe trend appears to be that with every terrorist attack the level of Islamophobia increases in number and severity. I would argue that there’s 3-5 more terrorist attacks pending before there’s an all out assault against Muslims.

And based on the trend of Western ‘counter-terrorism policies’ I foresee that many Muslim / civil rights activists in the West will be imprisoned in a bid to silence any dissent. With every increased threat of terror, Western governments usher in new laws and policies to supposedly counter such threats. Most recently, the UK government announced it will grant Police and spy agencies access to our internet browsing history.

Perhaps humanity needs to be submerged in complete darkness before we can appreciate the light once more. Perhaps we Western Muslims were fooled when we saw our brothers and sister suffer in the Middle East and thought it would never hit home. Perhaps we too must be prepared to sacrifice our comforts to make a stand. If so, bismillah – and may God make us amongst those who strive for right cause and die in His way.

We must prepare ourselves for what lies ahead.

'There will come a time when holding on to your faith will be like holding on to hot coals' - Prophet Muhammad Click to Tweet

 

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4 Comments

  1. Messenger Muhammad pbuh had said that there will come a time when being a Muslim is going to be extremely difficult. He advised that one sticks to the largest Muslim community. If that is not possible, then their local community. If even that is impossible, then to stay home. When asked what would happen if an enemy comes into the home, Messenger pbuh was quiet. Basically he was saying: accept death for there will be so many enemies that Muslims will be great in numbers, but weak to defend themselves. And here we are. These are the times, unfortunately. In another hadith, too, Messenger pbuh said that Muslims will be great in numbers and weak, but that the enemies of Islam will gather to destroy them like starved people grab stuff from a full table with food. Ring a bell? Only blind people cannot see what is happening. Arab Muslims are central part of the Islamic prophetic hadiths. If they got destroyed completely, the Muslim world would get its head cut off. Why? Who would really care for Islam anymore besides Arab Muslims? As much as, like any society in the world, Muslim Arabs have issues to fix in their own backyard, they are the leaders when it comes to religious questions for the Muslims in the world. Muslims all over tend to look toward Muslim Arabs for leadership because Arab culture is the cradle of Islam.

  2. I think your are right on the spot when you say that the darker times are coming for Muslims in the West. Except, the gloves are not officially off for the anti-Muslim movement. For now, they like to use code words such as “terrorists” for Muslims and “(Islamic)terrorism” for Islam. Every now and then they will promote “converts to Islam” to show how “Islam” turns people into “terrorists.” They already got people like Ali Hirsi and Pamela Geller who are paid a lot to promote their own hatred of Muslims and who say that any peaceful Muslim is “not truly following his/her religion Islam.” The goal is to make everyone, including Muslims, believe that Islam is equal to violence. For whatever reason they are not officially calling all Muslims terrorists and Islam terrorism. However, they have managed to make people think that way since 2001, conditioning them that once the full blown onslaught begins against Muslims world wide it is well accepted and actually welcomed. All they need to do is stage something worse than the attacks of 9/11 as an excuse for all out war. For some reason I got the feeling that the extreme Right in the West plays a major role in the anti-Islam propaganda and that the Left just goes along because wars in the Middle East is good for their overall interests too (money, oil, power). So, you got two sides: one a fanatical, Zionist, religious right bent on exterminating one whole religious community from the Earth and the other who is materialistic, liberalistic in nature that does not really care who dies as long as there is money flow. Will we stand a chance?

  3. We are being tested, as it is stated in the Quran. America goes through this ethnicity cleansing when Zionism shows them a target. First, the natives were wiped off to make a second home for Zionists….yes second home, because Soviet Union was the first settlement for these monsters before ….Palestine was actually 3rd, with two other options in between. We are the next ethnicity to be dealing with same as Natives, Vietnam, Japanese, then USA helped Europe with masses of massacres of Algerians, Areminians, Jews, etc…bogey man came to USA as Russia and now Muslims, look at Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, and Palestine…notice Egypt and Saudi never touched as well as Iran in the past 40 years. …..we are the next genocides of largest proportion of an ethnicity. Those left standing will be the slaves of Zionism…. We have to have faith and believe Allah will guide us to happiness of an Ummah or take us when its our time to go from this earth. No fear but confidence a Muslim should always have….be Part of an ummah or meet your creator.

  4. Bismillah, we have nothing to do with ISIS and their evil acts, we didn’t arm them, fund them or train them, we are peaceful and we love the land we are in but these so called “patriots” would have us pay for the mistakes of the government that they’ve come to trust. I am preparing to defend my right to be not only a U.S. citizen but to live in peace as a Muslim, hat we have here is Nazi Germany all over again, I’m not sleeping.

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