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Shaadaab S. Bakht: West must respect Muslims
October 06, 2017
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Just criticising Muslims and Islam can be a highly rewarding career. It’s like a nail of steel. The harder one hits the firmer gets one’s progress. Sometimes it lasts a lifetime.

Let’s check out. Where would our Geert Wilders be if he hadn’t opined—much to the vicarious pleasure of hard-right writers, politicians and voters—that Islam isn’t a religion? His admirers overlooked his poor knowledge of Islamic history— when the green banner of the faith thundered across continents medieval Europe did bend and remained in that position for centuries— because he said what they couldn’t because they neither had his platform nor his diction. They all had one thing in common with the guy, who has been feeding on the demon inside human beings, studied hatred.                                                                                                 

It is agonising to note that on the one hand, Wilders has certainly antagonised the Muslim world by calling for a ban on their Holy Book, which he likened to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. This was reported in the Western media.

On the other, he was voted politician of the year in 2007 by the Dutch political press, partly because of his “well-timed one-liners”.

His Party for Freedom went from winning nine seats in the 2006 election to 24 in the following election, taking a bigger share of the vote than the Christian Democrats.

…when the green banner of the faith thundered across continents medieval Europe did bend and remained in that position for centuries
He argues that he is only “intolerant of the intolerant”.

Wilders is deeply concerned about Muslim integration. He talks of their culture “perishing” under the pressure of Muslims.

Not only Wilders, what would have happened to Hungary’s right-wing leader Viktor Orban who described helpless Muslim refugee men, women and children as “a poison?” He said his country did not want or need “a single migrant.”

As killings shook up Europe, Orban fuelled fears of Middle Eastern and African immigrants as well as praising Donald Trump’s plans for US foreign policy.

“Hungary does not need a single migrant for the economy to work, or the population to sustain itself, or for the country to have a future,” he told the media in Budapest.

The leader said that “every single migrant poses a public security and terror risk.”

“For us migration is not a solution but a problem ... not medicine but a poison, we don’t need it and won’t swallow it,” he stressed, giving his political standing almost an invincible dimension.

Orban is doing all this just to boost his career because out of the 10 million people that reside in Hungary, only 5,000 are Muslims. What harm can 5,000 do to 10 million? Only one drunk on jingoism can answer that query.

Budapest, a city of more than two million, has only one mosque and merely a handful of prayer rooms. The last minaret was built almost 500 years ago.

Even our embarrassing Trump not only grabbed headlines with his anti-Islam gobbledegook but also became the president of America. He regularly speaks of radical Islam and it pays off. If he does nothing and just keeps hitting out at Muslims he will be safe in his seat.

But those exploiting anti-Islamic sentiments to win acceptability got to appreciate the fact that a sixth of the planet wouldn’t have bowed to the same God if the faith had nothing to offer. And they can’t deny the fact that it is growing by the day.
 
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