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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Make up your mind, Isam

People here just don't respect religion, and want to treat Muslims the same way they treat Christians but believe me they have learnt a lot in this case and the good thing about this is that people will go out and buy the Seerah (Biography) of the Prophet (PBUH) and will learn some things about the Prophet. Just like after 9/11, you had a lot of people converting to Islam because people were disrespecting the Quran so they went and read it themselves. Here in Denmark, a lot of people are converting to Islam that's the positive effect.

Being a Muslim in Denmark in the last decade has not been fun. There's been a lot of disrespectful arguments and attitudes towards Islam so really when I saw the drawings I thought, "Oh, it's just another day in Denmark!"

Isam from Outlandish interviewed by Asharq Al-Awsat. One cannot help wondering if Isam has found his right spot on this planet. But then on the other hand, - just a few lines down the interview, Denmark is suddenly okay:
Asharq Al-Awsat: What was it like growing up in Denmark?
Isam: It was okay. There aren't many Moroccans in Denmark, I think we (total) about 15,000. It was very easy, lifestyle over here is okay, you've got everything you need, and the people are nice.

Well, that was a decade ago, - Isam a teenager. So what changed?

A huge and in the very sense of the word popular debate on Islam and disintegration started in Denmark - as it did in Holland, France, Germany and all other European countries. Minus Sweeden where they close the internet sites instead.

But Europeans generally are fed up with - no, not muslims, actually we like you a lot, - but with a hardcore religious and radical Islam that suddenly turned up out of the blue nowhere in the middle of our streets.

I guess, people simply and sometimes in a simple manner said: enough is enough. Democracy and human rights rule, - not religion.

Anyone is free to practise whatever religion in this country - within the framework guarantied to all of us by our democratic and non-religious rule.

I don't know what victimises Muslims. To the best of my knowledge: We don't.


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