Surprise Conversions of British Working Women

Few days ago we learned how Lauren Booth, Tony Blair’s sister in law and famous journalist reverted back to Islam. We knew that since some time especially after 9/11, Islam spread rapidly in the America and Europe especially in white people. This phenomenon is especially observed in England. The Sunday times published a story on its edition dated Feb 22nd ’04, with the tag line “Islamic Britain lures top people” . It was written that;
“More than 14,000 white Britons have converted to Islam after becoming disillusioned with western values, according to the first authoritative study of the phenomenon. Some of Britain’s top landowners, celebrities and the offspring of senior Establishment figures have embraced the strict tenets of the Muslim faith.”

In England Yousuf Islam (a former music star Cat Stevens) was the only celebrity who reverted to Islam. After 9/11, while reporting inside Afghanistan, journalist Yvonne Ridley (now Mariam) was converted to Islam because of hospitality and respect of her captors Taliban. Amazingly Yvonne Ridley says that;
“Western feminism pales into insignificance” compared to the solidarity of Muslim women”

She also wrote that;
“I was asked to write about how Islam allows men to beat their wives. Sorry, not true. Yes, I’m sure critics of Islam will quote random Qur’anic verses or ahadith but all are usually taken out of context. If a man does raise a finger to his wife, he is not allowed to leave a mark on her body … this is another way of the Qur’an saying; “Don’t beat your wife, stupid”.

“Now let’s take a glance at some really interesting statistics, hmm. I can almost hear the words pot, kettle, black. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, four million American women experience a serious assault by a partner during an average 12-month period”.

“On the average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands and boyfriends every day . . . that is nearly 5,500 women battered to death since 9/11″.

“Now you tell me what is more liberating. Being judged on the length of your skirt and the size of your cosmetically enhanced breasts, or being judged on your character, mind and intelligence?”

“Glossy magazines tell us as women that unless we are tall, slim and beautiful we will be unloved and unwanted. The pressure on teenage magazine readers to have a boyfriend is almost obscene”.

(I am sure she haven’t met with Paki liberal :lol:)

Recently surprise conversion of Lauren Booth, Camilla Leyland, Kristiane Backer, Lynne Ali and others, made people to ask that;
” Why are so many modern British career women converting to Islam?”
The daily mail tried to get the answer of this question.

Camilla Leyland says that;
“In the West, we are stressed for super ficial reasons, like what clothes to wear. In Islam, everyone looks to a higher goal. Everything is done to please God. It was a completely different value system”.
Kristiane Backer wrote in out line of her book “From MTV to Mecca” ;

“I was lost but now I’m found”
“the glitter of showbiz promised nothing new for me. I didn’t want to pursue my professional career at any price. My orientation had changed. I wanted to integrate every aspect of my life into my new found value system”.

Lynne Ali says;
“I am so grateful I found my escape route. This is the real me — I am happy to pray five times a day and take classes at the mosque. I am no longer a slave to a broken society and its expectations”.

These revelations are strange for many ordinary Muslims of Pakistan like me. Because Muslims all over the world and especially in Pakistan have adopted an apologetic behavior. Bombardment of allegations, intense Islamo-phobic media campaign along with loss of innocent lives in war on terror brought us all in a defensive position The campaign against fundamental Islam is so intense that talking about Jihad can make you vulnerable to all sorts of problem from condemnation and criticism up to disappearance.

I can understand that the motives behind the war against terror, the reason to become ally is also comprehensible although extremely disgusting and shameful. I can also understand the anger and frustration of those who lost their loved one but understanding Islam-o-phobia with in known Muslims of the Pakistani society isn’t easy. There could be many reason and interpretations and ranges from upbringing to the local cultural aberrations in male dominant society or wrong doing in the guise of religion. One reason is described by Kristiane Backer when she gives her psycho analysis for unsavoriness of some Muslim women against Islam;

“I know women born Muslims who became disillusioned an d rebelled against it. When you dig deeper, it’s not the faith they turned against, but the culture”.

Whatever the reason may be, one thing is certain that many of us do not know our religion and message delivered by Islam.The message is so powerful that it can change you with in days. It brings blessings in the lives of followers. Those who have intact natural wisdom, are attracted by it. This message is so essential for all humanity that it should be delivered by any and all means. It can not be done without getting control of state.
We need a genuine Islamic leadership with a vision for Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The leadership which could eliminate all sorts of injustices, poverty and ignorance and could show the real picture of Islam by using state power in education sector and mass media.

Copied from: Fundamentalist
Courtesy: Dr Jawad Ahmad Khan

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