The following PEW report on the world Muslim population statistics gives a full breakdown of the current worldwide Muslim populations by country:
The following link contains some predictions on future predicted patterns for the growth of the worldwide Muslim population:
A militant feminist group from Ukraine called FEMEN have launched a campaign to get muslim women to expose their breasts publicly in protest against Islam:
The response has been nothing short of amazing, with muslim sisters from around the world taking pictures of themselves in hijabs or modest clothing, with messages directed at those who attack islam and islamic values. These pictures are all uploaded to the following facebook group:
Messages likes the following are being spread:
And Muslim sisters have intellectually engaged in the media with articles articulating how people need to stop speaking on their behalf, how they believe in modesty, and how hijab is their choice:
All in all a fantastic effort and counter campaign from our sisters and a great example of the correct way for the muslim community to respond to campaigns against our community. Lets move past the cave man death threats and screaming and shouting and follow the examples of our sisters who have run a fantastic, well organised and effective campaign that has sent a clear message to the world.
Here is a great article from a proud American Muslimah (Female Muslim) who spoke on how she doesnt want other people representing her:
Further reading on the topic of FEMEN and Muslim Womens responses:
Below is a list of all of my blogs on various topics that are important to me:
A blog that looks at how to live as a British Muslim: http://britishfiqh.wordpress.com/
A blog that compiles many conversion stories for new British Muslims: http://britishrevertstories.wordpress.com/
A blog that looks at the growth of Islam in non muslim countries around the world: http://dawaharoundtheworld.wordpress.com/
A blog that analyses the sects and movements from within the Muslim community in the UK and try to educate new or confused British Muslims on these issues: http://islamicsectsandmovementsinbritain.wordpress.com/
A blog that looks at the development of Somaliland. We all would love to save the world, but I have realised that it is better to focus on a few places and have a larger impact with your resources. As my wife is from Somaliland, I intend inshAllah to invest some of my time and money and effort in helping Somaliland grow and develop inshAllah: http://rebuildingsomaliland.wordpress.com/
A blog that invites people to join the British Muslim community if they are interested and also provides some intellectual responses to niggling questions that may prevent them from joining our community: http://jointhebritishmuslimcommunity.wordpress.com/
A blog that looks at celebrities who converted to Islam: http://celebritymuslimconverts.wordpress.com/
A blog on unity and cooperation between British Christians and Muslims: http://britishmuslimsandchristiansunite.wordpress.com/
Ok so as a lot of people ask, I thought it would be prudent to type it up once on my blog and just share the link each time a person asks, in order to save my fingers from arthritis inshAllah 🙂
So my background is not particularly religious growing up. My society was atheist mainly with a christian heritage.
I had a sort of belief in some sort of creator when i was young, just through personal innate disposition, and opted to get myself christened and confirmed with the catholic church aged 12.
Growing up around atheists I fell away from this and away from religion.
A christian friend once told me to make a sincere prayer to god to show himself to me if he is real. I did that and didnt think more on it for years.
I even used to debate against christians online in forums. Then one day, during my A level physics class, we were learning the big bang, and the penny dropped. I thought, “how on earth could a universe just appear, and not only that, form in such a way that life could exist”. I became convinced there was a creator and started arguing with everyone a lot on this issue, due to me being the only creationist. I even suddenly changed positions in the forums and started supporting the people I used to argue against.
As our heritage is christian, i started going to church and playing a game of chess and having a chat with the local priest.
I had also dabbled in a few other faiths, learning some Wicca , visiting Buddhist temples and Hindu temples, but they all didn’t make sense, so I stuck to Christianity, even though certain things didnt make sense.
I used to pray only to God, never to jesus. i likes to read his teachings but when i went to church i prayed only to god. Also the theology of christianity made no sense to me. Us being too sinful so god sending his son to die for us to remove our sins sounded a very odd concept to me. I just didnt know of a religion closer to my views.
The only religion I never considered was Islam. There were no muslims where I lived (in somerset) and all i knew was they were always blowing things up. I hated muslims and used to vote BNP.
One day my dad asked where I wanted to go on holiday with him. I said morcco, as I had remembered the name from the world cup in France a few years earlier. I dont even know why I said it.
We went, and upon arrival I realised it was a muslim country, I had assumed, being part of africa, that it would be black african culture. I thought we were going to be killed.
After a week there, seeing how nice people were, I started to ask what Islam was all about, to hear it from their side. When they introduced me to the basic ideas, it all made sense and fitted in exactly with how I viewed things.
So I came back and did research for the next 3 months. My local muslims were sufis, linked with shaikh nazim in cyprus so I went with them and took shahada in cyprus.
This was only the start of my journey but as this is about how I came to Islam, I will leave it there. InshAllah future posts will explain why journey THROUGH Islam and how I see things now inshAllah.
I Abu Fatimah, hereby renounce any view previously expressed at any point before 13:35 on 27/03/2013. I have been doing a lot of soul searching in the last 5 years since accepting islam and went through many phases, some of them extreme. I have learned a lot in that time and feel I have finally reached a level of understanding that makes perfect sense to me. I will be blogging about my views here inshallah and the answers I have come up with to my questions, that have made sense to me. I feel very content with my current outlook and so am unlikely to change my views again in future unless a very important new piece of information becomes available. So any views expressed before this date I dont consider my views and dont accept responsibility for them. I will be posting soon with full details of my ideas and views inshallah