(Photo above: Iran before and after the Islamic revolution in 1979)
In connection with the rising opposition to Islamisation – most strongly expressed by the PEGIDA movement – it is useful to have a clear overview of how Islamization sneaks its way into our society, how it manifests itself, and what the consequences are:
What is Islamization?
By Nicolai Sennels, psychologist
Islamization is a phenomenon that has existed since the Muslim prophet Mohammed lived 1,400 years ago.A�The word a�?Islamizationa�� was originally coined by Muslims to describe the conversion of a kufr (infidel) society to an a�?enlighteneda�� (Islamic) society.
Islamization has been effective, sinceA�IslamA�is now the main religion in 57 countries. The association of Islamic countries a�� the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), isA�todayA�one ofA�the worlda��s largest supra-nationalA�organizations, surpassed only by theA�United Nations (UN).
Three roads to Islamization
One road to Islamization is to remove non-Islamic traditions and symbols. This isA�doneA�to avoid offending Muslims or expose Muslims to proselytizing by other faiths. It also aims to reduce competition from the countrya��s original religion and culture in order to improve the possibilities for further Islamization.
An example is the Red Crossa�� refusal to decorate for Christmas in their stores, or when banks no longer hands out piggy banks to their customersa�� kids (because pigs are unclean in Islam).A�In bothA�cases, this is doneA�in order not to offend Muslims andA�thusA�lose Muslim customers.
Another way Islamization is accomplished is by making Islamic traditions and rules part of non-Islamic societies.
ExamplesA�of this phenomenonA�are constructionA�or refurbishmentA�of public sports facilities to cater for Muslimsa�� inhibited views on nudity and contact between the sexes, or the imposition ofA�forcedA�leave on Islamic holidays.
A third way IslamizationA�occurs isA�when certain areas or neighbourhoods acquire such a high a proportion of Muslims that the countrya��s indigenous culture and people are pushed out.
One example is when non-Islamic authorities such as police and fire departments meet with disrespect,A�threats and/orA�violence, while imams, patrolling police-style Muslim fathersa�� groups, homemade Sharia Courts, and Islamic mediation meetings are free to exercise their power. Another example is when Jews cannot wear yarmulke or girls can not wear miniskirts in Muslim-dominated areas, because they risk being attacked.
Islamization thus occurs throughA�the systematicA�elimination of indigenous culture,A�theA�introduction of Islamic traditionsA�and cultural practicesA�through immigration and theA�gradualA�building of Muslim parallel societies.
Disadvantages of Islamization
There are many disadvantages of Islamization. The main issue is of course that it comes at the expense of our own culture, which is the foundation of our lifestyle, our sense of community and our well-functioning societies based on principles such as tolerance, universal human rights and free speech. Also,A�when compared with Muslim cultures,A�ourA�Western culture is freerA�andA�moreA�productive.
Moreover, Western cultureA�encouragesA�peopleA�to beA�more self-confident, happy and loving, because it does not cultivate aggression, fragile feelings of honour, and intolerance against other faiths,A�unlike Muslim culture. Furthermore, we allowA�and encourage the Enlightenment principles ofA�free speechA�and democracy, whileA�allowingA�women and feminine qualities to bloom freely for the benefit of themselves, men andA�a balancedA�society.
Every time we introduce more Islamization to our society, itA�takes usA�oneA�furtherA�step away from our own culture,A�bringingA�us onestep closer to the Muslim culture and aA�Sharia-based society.
Islamization occurs at the expense of indigenous culture and its norms. By harming the native culture, important life values are taken away from the people,A�undermining theA�values and norms that bind our community together. ThisA�sense of community is fundamental to quality of life for us a�?packa�? animals, and common core values are the foundation of the mutual trust, helpfulness, openness, understanding and respect among aA�community,A�even in individualistic Western culture.
Islamization dilutes national identity among indigenous populations, because it dilutes our common culture. At the same time,A�it strengthens the Muslimsa�� Islamic identity at the expense of national identity. National identity and sense of community are important for morale,A�in relation to the payingA�of taxation, reluctanceA�toA�fraudulentlyA�obt
ain social welfare benefitsA�and respect towards the nationa��s laws and authorities. People who feel part of the community feel that they hurt themselves if they harm theirA�community.
Islamization allows inhumane traditionsA�toA�take root in our society. The Korana��s prescriptions and the Muslim culturea��s views on womena��s rights, free speech, andA�toleranceA�other faiths are medievalA�at best. TheyA�subvertA�theA�principlesA�
ofA�democracy and human rights inA�ourA�countriesA�a��A�and whether itA�isA�inA�small or large increments, or restricted to certain geographical areas, no such thing should take root in our society.
Islamization pushes the indigenous people out of areas where Muslims and Muslim culture dominate. This is because Muslim culture is so different from WesternA�cultureA�that we find it hard to feel at home and comfortableA�in an inhospitable culture, and because Islam and Muslim culture is racist towards non-Muslims.
Islamization makes it possible to retainA�hard lineA�Muslim traditionalists or Islamic extremists in our countries, because they can keep theirA�conservativeA�Islamic traditionsA�often more easily in our a�?toleranta�� Western culture than they can back home. This is counter-productive to integration and aA�fertileA�source of home grown Islamic extremism.
For every new Islamization of society, the step isA�evenA�shorter to the next Islamization. It is easier for Muslims to make claims when they can refer to the fact that weA�haveA�already accepted a large number of other similar claims.
Islamization provides manoeuvring space for a political ideology that has oppression and extermination of all non-Muslims as both means and goal.
Examples of Islamization
The following examples of Islamization lead to one or more of the aforementioned disadvantages.
It is Islamization of our cities when entire neighbourhoods are dominated so strongly byA�inhospitableA�Muslim culture, Islamic values and Muslim racism that the countrya��sA�ownA�culture and the indigenous population no longer feel at home and safe in the area.A�As the indigenous population, we should feel at home and welcome everywhere in our own countryA�and it is unwise to accept anything short of this.
It isA�arguablyA�Islamization of our foodA�supplyA�when halal foods are not labelled as such.
By keeping consumers ignorant of what is Islamic food, we are forced to eat halal. By buying it, we contribute to Islamic a�?charitya�?, which helps fund terrorists, and support Muslim jobs at the expense of non-Muslims andA�lowA�food prices a�� for halal slaughter requires a Muslim to assist with the slaughter, and Muslim organizations are paid to approve the procedure.
Food products are alreadyA�transparentlyA�labelled in detail in relation to content, health, and production methods to increase consumersa�� ability to make conscious choices concerning their foodA�so we should notA�tolerate surreptitiousA�halalA�certificat
ion, which should also beA�labelledA�as such.
It is Islamization of childrena��s schooling when the state allows and supports Islamic schools and madrassas. Primary schools are our societya��s most important cultural carrier and are intended to inform schoolA�children of the countrya��s indigenous culture and values, not to drive impressionable mindsA�away from our values.
It is Islamization of our urban design and architectural culture when municipalities and the state permit the construction of large mosques and minaretsA�that symbolise anti-Western values. Arabic architecture does not belong in WesternA�cities, andA�certainly not at very central, historical orA�highlyA�visible locations.
It is Islamization of our country when mosques are permitted. The mosques enforce and increase Islamic values among the areaa��s Muslims and often function as a springboard forA�extremistA�political activity that worksA�to propagate theA�Islamization of the country.
It is Islamization of our way of being together andA�the undermining of the status ofA�women when we allow burqas and the niqab in public spaces. In a democratic society, we should see each othera��s faces. Women and men are equal andA�should beA�free to dress as they like,A�not to forcibly appear subservient to men.
It is Islamization of our public sports facilities when swimming pools and locker rooms are closedA�altogetherA�or reconstructed so that Muslims can use them. It shouldA�be up toA�personal choiceA�and notA�toA�religionA�as toA�what view of nudityA�a personA�isA�comfortable with.A�Moreover, personalA�preferences should not restrict the citizensa��A�globalA�access to public taxpayer-funded facilities.
It is Islamization of our schools, institutions, workplaces and the rhythm of the year when we createA�non-WesternA�Muslim holidays,and when municipalities and unions print Muslim holidays in our calendars. We have an adequate number of holidays in our country, and more holidays harm childrena��s academic development andA�lead to aA�loss of productivity in companies.
The yearly rhythm is closely associated with a countrya��s history, traditions, and culture,A�and plays an important roleA�in national identity. This very basic rhythm of life should be experienced asA�it relatesA�to our own history and culture, and not be Islamizedaway from Western values.
It is Islamization of our schools when Muslims areA�treated as a special case andA�schoolchildrenA�areA�excused from physical education and Christian education for religious reasons.
It is Islamization ofA�ourA�stores when they choose not to use Christian, cultural or national symbols in order not to offend Muslims or loseA�Muslim customers. Shop decorations are part of ourA�WesternA�culture and our citiesa�� streetscape, andA�they are definitely not offensive. TheyA�help mark the seasons with Christmas ornaments, Easter eggs, carnival decorations etc. Buyers should select stores that take a social responsibility forA�the continuation ofA�our society and culture.
It is Islamization of our public institutions and workplaces when halal foods are included on the menu. Special diets due solely to personal choices of religion should not be funded by the state.
It is Islamization of our way of caring for children when we ignore that they areA�simplyA�being starved for religious reasons. Ramadan damages childrena��s ability to concentrate in school.A�Moreover,A�it affects childrena��s social development, because hunger and fluctuating blood sugar make them emotionally unstable and aggressive. Starving of children should rightfully be categorized as neglect and punished as such.
It is Islamization when we ignore the fact that a specific ethnic group of women in our own country are deprived of basic human rights on religious grounds. Women from non-Western countries should haveA�regularA�visitsA�or meetingsA�with municipality employees. These employees must advise migrant women about family planning and contraception. Additionally, employees should make sure that theseA�women are free and safe. Finally, it is important that migrant women know their rightsA�include accessA�to womena��s shelters, divorce and repatriation.
It is Islamization of the Danish government when public sector workplaces have prayer rooms. Public workers are public servants, and thus taxpayersa�� money should not be used forA�the observance of non-secularA�religious practices.
It is the Islamization of our jurisprudence when we do not effectively stop homemade Sharia Courts and Islamic mediation meetings. Such things are organized vigilantism and anA�assault on the foundations of our social structure, directly undermining our legal systemA�and sense of justice, and should be removed with the necessary methods.
It is Islamization of the justice system when police ignore Muslimsa�� scorn, threats, and violence, and when the police invite Muslim fathersa�� groups to help stop Muslim riots and gangs. It is harmful to the sense of justice in the country and undermines police authority.
It is the Islamization of our legal system when we allow Sharia courts or give reduced sentences to perpetrators who have committed a crime for religious or cultural reasons (honour crimes).
It is Islamization of our population, electorates, and countries,when we allow immigration from Muslim countries and whenA�ourA�EuropeanA�leaders doA�not protect us effectively against illegal immigrationA�and the silent Islamization of our Western EuropeanA�societiesA�by surreptitious means.