Alison Ruoff, a prominent member of the Church of England’s General Synod, called for a ban on the building of any more mosques in Britain. In an interview with London’s Premier Christian Radio, Mrs Ruoff, a former magistrate, said: "No more mosques in the UK. There are enough mosques for Muslims in this country. They don’t need any more."
"You build a mosque and then what happens? You have Muslim people moving into that area, all the shops will then become Islamic, all the housing will then become Islamic and as the Bishop of Rochester has so wisely pointed out, that will be a no-go area for anyone else. They will bring in Islamic law. We cannot allow that to happen."
People in Europe are always accusing Muslims of intolerance, but are happy to tolerate the expression of open hatred towards Muslims, our beliefs, our way of life and now even the Mosque! This follows last week’s release of Dutch politicians, Geert Wilders film calling for the banning of the Qur’an, the fanatical attack on the Islamic shariah following Dr Rowan Williams comments and the French ban on the hijab. Secular societies are proving they are almost unmatched in their extremism and ability to preach hate against Islam. Far from having any idea how people of different faiths and races can live together, they seem set on trying to eradicate any public expression of Islam in Britain, not content with simply banning Islam as a way of life in the Muslim world.
All of this vilification of Muslims and Islam illustrates several things:
1. It highlights a profound insecurity felt by some in Europe in the face of an increasingly confident and vocal Muslim community. Growing Mosque attendances – leading to the need for new Mosques – vocal opposition to western occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, and a shunning of the mindless culture of ‘freedom’ that is causing so much misery in western societies are but some of the issues that has lead some to feel so insecure, and lash out at Islam and Muslims.
2. It highlights an ability to deal with Islam in an intellectual manner. Wilders prefers to ban the Quran rather than dare to take up its challenge to match it in its magnificence, even if only by 3 verses. Ruoff prefers to ban new mosques because she is certain Islam will win more people’s hearts and minds than the Church of England.
3. It further shows that in the face of such attacks, Muslims must not and will not be silenced. These attacks only serve to strengthen Muslim resolve and motivate us to vocally defend our dearly held beliefs, and values. We are proud that Islam is growing, by the Permission of Allah, so fast that we need more Mosques. Indeed, by the Permission of Allah we will have more Mosques because so many more Muslims care about their deen that they want to attend the Mosque. It is all a sign of the return to Islam, and away from the secular way of thinking.
إِذَا جَاء نَصْرُ اللَّهِ وَالْفَتْحُ
وَرَأَيْتَ النَّاسَ يَدْخُلُونَ فِي دِينِ اللَّهِ أَفْوَاجًا
فَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ وَاسْتَغْفِرْهُ إِنَّهُ كَانَ تَوَّابًا
And thou dost see the people enter Allah’s deen in crowds,
Celebrate the praises of thy Lord, and seek His Forgiveness:
[TMQ Surah Nasr 110 : 1-3]