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by Tashbih Sayyed
31 October, 2006
Recent events in Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States underline the
fact that Muslim immigrants who subscribe to the Islamist ideology and insist on maintaining
an “Islamic” identity that is different and distinct from the mainstream culture of their host
communities are a serious threat to the domestic peace and social cohesion of the
communities in which they live.
In England, a 24-year old Muslim teaching assistant of the Church of England school in West
Yorkshire refused to remove her veil when teaching the children. She also refused to work
At an Islamic school in Leicester, non-Muslim girls have now been ordered to wear
headscarves. And a Muslim police officer asked to be relieved from his diplomatic protection
duty outside the Israeli embassy in London on "moral grounds" during the recent Middle East
conflict because he objected to Israeli action against Hezbollah in Lebanon.
In Australia, that country’s most senior Muslim cleric, Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilali condoned
rape in a sermon last month when he suggested that the women are attracting sexual assault
by the way they dress. Referring to a recent rape victim, he said, "If you take out uncovered
meat and place it outside … without cover, and the cats come to eat it … whose fault is it, the
cats' or the uncovered meat' s?" Hilali was quoted as saying in the sermon. "The uncovered
meat is the problem. If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab, no problem would
have occurred," he was quoted as saying, referring to the headdress worn by some Muslim
women. Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Pru Goward, said Hilali' s comment
was an incitement to rape.
In 2001, a Muslim woman, Sultaana Freeman, in Florida obtained a driving license that
showed her veiled face with only her eyes visible through a slit and when in the aftermath of
the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, the authorities demanded that she return to
have her photo taken with her face uncovered, she refused.
In June, 2003, a Florida judge, Janet C. Thorpe,agreed with the state authorities that the
practice of allowing veiled faces on driving licenses could help terrorists conceal their
identities and ruled that Sultaana Freeman’s right to free exercise of religion would not be
infringed by having to show her face on her license.
This year on October 11, Judge Paul Paruk in Detroit said he needed to see the face of a
Muslim woman, Ginnah Muhammad, to judge her truthfulness. He gave her a choice: take off
the veil when testifying or the case will be dismissed. She kept the veil on.
Paruk said that as a fact finder, he needs to see the face of a person testifying. "My job in the
courtroom is to make a determination as to the veracity of somebody's claim," he said. "Part
of that, you need to identify the witness and you need to look at the witness and watch how
they testify." [Ref]
The veil issue came under focus in Britain when former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, now
leader of the House of Commons, said Muslim women visiting his office should remove their
veils. According to British Prime Minister Tony Blair Islamic head scarves are a sign of
separation and Britain’s Muslims should be encouraged to integrate with mainstream society
in order to improve the quality of their lives and most of the moderate Muslims agree with
"People want to know that the Muslim community in particular but actually all minority
communities have got the balance right between integration and multiculturalism," Blair said.
He said that the veil "is a mark of separation, and that' s why it makes other people from
outside the community feel uncomfortable."
The veil has become an issue in other European countries too. On October 17, Italian Prime
Minister Romano Prodi said Muslim women should not "hide behind" full veils and the
Netherlands has been mulling a ban on burqa-type garments that cover the whole body and
face, after parliament last year supported such a proposal. According to a Radio free Europe
commentary, Britain is just the latest European country to grapple with the issue—and there
have even been moves in some places to ban the most conservative forms of Islamic
women’s dress. Harriet Harman, Labor Party leader, said: "If you want equality you have to
be in society not hidden away from it. The veil is an obstacle to women' s participation on
The reactions of the western governments to these events suggest that they have finally
decided to fight back and reclaim the open societies from the grip of those who refuse to
acknowledge the centrality of the western values of tolerance, fair play and liberal
democracy. It is also indicative of a growing understanding of the Islamist agenda which
wants to impose a cultural apartheid by constantly claiming to have been offended by this or
that in the western culture.
Resistance to integration and assimilation into the mainstream culture is the cornerstone of
the Islamist agenda as it helps in the development of closed societies within the host societies.
There is no doubt that a community that allows a number of closed communities to develop
in its midst loses its social cohesiveness and becomes dysfunctional. It becomes a source of
discontent and dissatisfaction, breeds conflicts and lives in a perpetual state of tension.
Knowing that a marginalized and disenfranchised youth serves as a never-exhausting source
for terrorism and a divided society breeds such young men, the Islamist establishment has
worked diligently and scientifically to sabotage social harmony in Europe. As a fir st step
toward achieving this objective, Muslims are convinced that they will have to insist on
maintaining their “Islamic” identity, as their culture is better than the host culture. To further
divide the host societies along the religious lines, Muslims are encouraged to refuse to evolve
in the culture in which they live. They are being forced to recede into closed societies by
refusing to integrate into the mainstream culture. According to an Austrian government study,
45% of Muslims in Austria don’t want to integrate.
Observers have noted that closed societies serve the causes of Islamist extremists. They use
such an environment to stay away from the spotlight. Experts believe that most of the
sleeping cells use these isolated environments to hibernate and incubate. That’s why analysts
insist that the immigrants who refuse to integrate should be watched closely. In their view, to
insist on maintaining an identity different and distinct from the mainstream identy is the first
step toward the creation of closed communities.
In order to understand why radical Islamists are working so hard to keep the Muslims from
integrating, we will have to study what kind of an individual is created by an environment
that rejects or looks down upon the mainstream culture.
Muslims who insist on keeping an alien and strange looking garb stand out and invite
suspicion. Since they appear different, they find it difficult to be accepted by the mainstream.
Consequently, they remain on the fringe of the society, feeling alienated and rejected. They
blame the host culture for a situation that is entirely of their own creation and in many cases,
they succeed in misguiding outsiders who often blame the host society for not doing enough
to integrate its immigrant population. This situation suits Gloabal jihad perfectly as the
alienated and isolated youth can easily be recruited for the terrorist causes.
Germany recently has been wringing its hands over excessive violence in a high school in the
Berlin neighborhood of Neukölln. The teachers at the school, 83 percent of whose student
body is comprised of immigrants, recently went public with the increasing violence and
aggressiveness in the classrooms. A number of German states have also recently considered
adopting tests to determine the attitudes of potential citizens to the German constitution. The
Netherlands, France and Denmark have likewise been confronting major difficulties with
integrating their foreigner populations—many of whom are part of the 15 to 20 million
Muslims who live in Western Europe. French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy last month
proposed an EU-wide contract that immigrants would be forced to sign requiring them to
learn the language of their new home country.
What German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has said is true not only about the
immigrants in Germany but about every immigrant group in the world. He said that while all
levels of government must do what they can, immigrants themselves must also realize that
they have to integrate. “Those who continue shirking their obligation to integrate and who
don’t want their children to live as Germans made a mistake when they came to Germany,”
Schäuble, of the governing conservative Christian Democrats, told Berliner Zeitung. “We
will not achieve integration if the parents of children born here don’t realize that they bear a
responsibility for raising and integrating their children into German society.”
What Europe is facing today is the direct result of their decades-old policies of
multiculturalism that have helped the radical Islamists tremendously. And the U.S. will save
itself from running into a lot of problems if it can learn from the Europe’s experience with
The U.S. must declare that any immigrant group that insists on maintaining an identity of its
own that is different and distinct from our American identity is a threat to our national
security. And no one can deny that any group that does not believe in our American values,
does not respect our liberal democracy and plans to replace our constitution by its totalitarian
and fascist manifesto is nothing but an enemy of our freedoms.
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