One hundred thousand people in the United Kingdom has embraced Islam in the last decade, according to a broadcast journalist, Lauren Booth. However, British media reaction to the disclosure of this and other matters related to Islam has always been dramatic and negative.
Even 'The Independent', a famous British newspaper with a well known neutral approach claimed that the spread of Islam in Britain can be labelled as "The Islamization of Britain."
These certainly cause a lot of the anger to a community that has always considered Islam as an extreme religion. "Remember," Booth said, "this is not a racist leaflet distributed by the community paper in the suburb, is a highly respected major newspaper. "It makes you think that converting to Islam is not a popular action," she chuckled, referring to the slander that is thrown by the British media against Islam since last year.
An excerpt from The Independent revealed that negative views of the British people for the actions of her conversion to Islam by asking questions to Booth: "What kind of women are willing to embrace a religion that organized religious persecution, repression and murder of thousands of Christians, homosexuals and women who are independent-minded around the world? "
"This is absolutely no sense," said Booth to nearly 300 attendees at a public lecture at the International Islamic University Malaysia, recently. "There is no direct use of critical thinking when talking about Islam. No one ever asked spiritual questions like" What is the nature of God? "" What do you know about the Prophet (Muhammad)? "" What does it mean when we pray five times a day? "" Are Muslims spiritual? I have been waiting to be asked such questions. " .."Instead, after I finished an interview in Britain, a common question asked is" Is the head scarf that you wear tight? "Or" Don’t you miss going to the pub? " [read: lame questions]
Religion is Not Popular In UK
Booth said the phrase "Living in the Age of Ignorance" is commonly used in describing the Islamic way of life.
In contrast, British and American way of life is regarded as a modern and coveted. Islam is considered as incompatible with British values, which were previously of Christian in character, but is no longer practiced in any meaningful way. Booth herself was a Jew before, but said she grew up with no emphasis on religion. She claimed that most of the people in Britain do not have a religion. Parents will 'mark' their children as Christians on the census card because it is just a habit.
"Of course, when my generation grew up, no one ensure anyone to church every Sunday. But when I was little I liked to pray. At the age of seven years, I will close both hands to interact with God. "
Freedom Means Nudity
"We tend to think that we are far richer in terms of emotions and psychology compared to Muslim women," said Booth, "but the truth is in our society, freedom means nudity. She said a woman in Britain has a right to expose her body at any day and at any time she wants. "We have grown up feeling the need to look beautiful in front of men at every level, until we are old. If you do not try to enchant each man you meet and attract them sexually, you are deemed 'not looking after yourself'. [read: this is a personal opinion, i think, let’s not generalize it to all women..but she is a journalist, she studies her subjects before she speaks about them]
"The worst call was when you are said to be looking like someone’s mom.” Becoming a mother is considered as an" off road ". Can you imagine?" It is really sad when a woman is considered to have no aspirations other than just to look pretty for men.
"This seems to say that if it your are not beautiful, there is nothing to look forward to other than death. There is no other role in the community for women other than to look sexy and gorgeous. And this is said to be our freedom."
Exploitation of Women and Children
She also said that the West has created a society that exploits women and children sexually. In the past two years, a leading supermarket even sold "thongs" for 7 year old girls. Printed on the front of the thong the phrase "so many boys, yet so little time." and there was also a picture of cherries (the symbol of virginity) on it! Imagine, made for girls aged 7 years!
However, she was very pleased with the fast rise of mothers in Britain to condemn the vile product. In one protest, they were out in a mass in front of the supermarket burning the under wears. But the very fact that a leading supermarket could even think about making and distributing such clothing simply shows where the real position of women/female is in their society. The famous Playboy brand, which features young girls as 'toys' to man, can now be seen on pencil boxes for children as early as six years old. And they call this freedom.
Typical Response To Muslim Women
Booth admits that she always looked down on Muslim women before embracing the religion. However, visits to countries in the Middle East due to her capacity as a human rights activist, exposes her to the real personality of a Muslim woman. She recalled her visit to Lebanon in 2007 to interview a government militia Hezbollah, Booth said she met with several students, all in a full hijab, but were also very vocal and smart. "They are nothing like a woman who lives in fear, who will be forced to marry someone against her will as reflected by those in the West.
"They accompanied me to interview a sheikh, and I was amazed at how free they were to interrupt when he spoke, with an occasional show of hands to ask him to stop briefly to allow them to translate for me." In the UK, Booth is impressed with the difference in strength Muslim women shows compared to the non-Muslim women. Her friend, a young mother with two children could manage the family during the day while studying for medical degrees at night. At the end of the week, she was still able to carry out voluntary work.
"Compared to my non-Muslim friends with only one child, She was unable to juggle study and working without complaining, definitely do not cook for the family, what more doing a voluntary work!" Booth believes, all of the extra energy to take care of family and also do volunteer work come from prayers."I also think that it is the result of wisdom for never drinking alcohol!" she laughed.
The aftermath of a Godless system
She is now aware that Britain is poorer emotionally and psychologically, from the third world countries.
Booth said that the UK is accused of thwarting the welfare of children and was ranked lowest amongst 21 developed countries in this regard. Although it is a rich country, Children's Commissioner for England said the UK is witnessing a generation of young people who are not happy, is not healthy and engaged in risky behaviors, lacking in friendly relations with family members and friends, and are hopeless and insecure.
'UK Report' also shows that child poverty has doubled since 1979 and 31 percent of children had admitted to at least been drunk two or three times. "So, Hooray for freedom. Hooray to the world without God and without ethical guidelines. "
Now, no one is to blamed but themselves because of their choice to live in a world, in a society with a lack in moral guidance..
Booth was in Malaysia as a guest speaker for the Viva Palestina Malaysia, one of the UK branch of the Palestinian Viva, an international non-governmental organization that seeks to establish independent Palestinian state. translated and modified from iluvislam.com