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Are Muslims trying to take over the world?

Updated on July 15, 2016
Islamic Mosque
Islamic Mosque
The work of a Suicide Bomber
The work of a Suicide Bomber

Are Muslims trying to take over the world?

By Tony DeLorger © 2011

Of all the religions in the world there is one religion that at its extreme, believes the world should unite under their Islamic banner. To them they are the chosen ones and Allah is the one true God. The problem with this dogma is what zealots are prepared to do to achieve this end.

What we in the west see is a religion steeped in age-old traditions and beliefs that were applicable to life thousands of years ago. Today, the rest of the world sees these traditions as sexist and barbaric, especially concerning the lives of women and their place and rights within Islamic society. Not only that, but terrorism throughout the world is nearly always undertaken by Islamic factions and groups.

Whatever the original gripes between groups, whether it is Sunni or Shia Muslims or the historical war between Jews and Arabs, religious conflict in the east is a part of traditional culture. The problem now is that this war has expanded internationally. Because America supports Israel (Jews), Palestine (Muslims) has come to hate America, thus exacerbating the problems globally. Jewish Americans virtually own Hollywood and many of the world bankers who control the American Federal Reserve and influence many economies are Jewish. So America has little choice but to support Israel. Islam takes great exception to this circumstance and with America’s past foreign policy decisions, you can understand their mistrust.

So nothing has been resolved; the same old conflict continues unabated. Now, apart from those conflicts and some isolated terrorist activity, Muslim community has spread throughout the world, living in just about every country on earth. The problem arises because of the Muslim belief that everyone should become Muslim. Initially societies have put up with and allowed Islamic culture to coexist within western societies because they are a minority and no-one wants to appear prejudiced. The Burqa is a perfect example of a custom that does not fit into Western society. Why should the Muslim faith take priority and be allowed to practice this tradition when it in no way fits into an open society where sexual equality is a basic right.

If people want to believe in a religion, it is their right, so long as that practice does not impact negatively on the society in which they live. If Muslims wish to live outside their eastern homeland, then they should be prepared to adjust to the society’s traditions, dress codes and laws, otherwise why go there. If we decided to migrate to any Muslim country, we would be forced to follow their traditions. Why should they be any different?

Because of the association with terrorism, Muslims can be unfairly judged. But their beliefs and actions in no way give westerners any confidence or trust. I’m sure most Muslims do not want war, are against terrorism and don’t want to take over the world. But some do, and in not relenting about assimilating to our society when they migrate, they simply justify our concern, believing that Islam is above all else. Religion must be taken in context, it is not more important than life itself, and extremism is lunacy. When will we learn?


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      Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Ashir. I'm sure you're right; my knowledge is limited and like most religious beliefs, the core is no doubt sound and balanced. It seems always it is the fundamentalists and extremists that use religious teachings out of context for their own gain. Thanks for your comment.

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      Ashir Hafeez 5 years ago

      Mr tony, you've tried by expressing what you know and you heard people saying about islam and muslims, but you really misundertood the teachings of islam regarding women rights and terrorism. Therefore, i am advising you to see good islamic scholar to give you details on what islam said about women and killing of innocent people.

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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Great point. Thanks for your comment Gene.

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      Gene J. 6 years ago from Ireland

      Enjoyed this hub, but would like to inject a different experience into the mix. As an American living in Ireland, I have witnessed the end of the long war in Northern Ireland, and the resurgence of a more unified civil society.

      On the surface, the N. Ireland conflict appeared to be about religion, and some of the antagonists certainly made sure that religion was at the forefront of people's minds.

      The beginning of a resolution to the issue came when folks saw their problem in a wider context. The wider context was specifically a European one, but the lesson is that people can come together and get down to the business of actual government when they are able to see what unites them-- and a bigger context, whether that be political ("We're all Europeans now"), religious ("We're all worshippers of the same God."), sexual ("We're all capable of giving and receiving love") can be the catalyst for change.

      It will be a long road until Irish politics finally settles down, but very few sane people in Ireland want to return to the chaos of the 1970's.

      May sound happy clappy, but I believe it!

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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for your comments. Regardless of these facts, it is the fundammentalists who distort the intent of religion to act in negative and violent ways. Its also the rights of women that bother me in Muslim society. I believe the religion, like many religions needs to bring modern focus and meaning to our lives, today. Ritualistic and outmoded thinking should be relinquished to gain relevance in todays societies.

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      foster parent 6 years ago

      Nice article but I must say that only the deeds of a fraction of Muslims has tainted over one billion with the same misconcept. If you look to history , most of the Muslim countries if not all were invaded or occupied by a western country . The creation of the state of Israel

      and the 1967 war or the six day war have caused a lot in the rise of Fundamentalism . People go to the clergy and ask we are the good guys how come we get defeated ?? the clergy answers : because you abandoned the Fundamentals . From there on people become very meticulous about following the rules which created what we call today fundamentalism .

      It is very clearly mentioned in the Quran to invite to the path of God using wisdom and and good advise , nowhere it is mentioned to use violence to force people to convert . As of treatment of women It remained in Isolated spots like Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan . Most of the abuse is related to inherited rituals and has nothing to do with the religion like circumcision .

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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Appreciate your comment Sembj.

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      Sembj 6 years ago

      It's difficult to argue with anything you've said Tony, much as I'd like to. Christians in the middle ages had many of the same values and often their behavior was no better and probably even worse. Although Christianity doesn't do the harm it once did, there were still many Christians who didn't believe in universal suffrage in the US in the 1960s - and some who still don't.

      I think many recognize that the key to the Islamic problem is to encourage the education of women as much as possible. It was less than a hundred years ago that women were chaining themselves to fences in the Western World looking for equal treatment.

      However, it is increasingly difficult to remain an optimist when the Islamic question is just one of many that pose serious problems that need more time to deal with than we've probably got.

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      Tranquilheart 6 years ago from Canada

      So true, well said