As Muslims we have to communicate better, and communicate more. We have to open our mosques, we have to open our houses, and explain to the people how we are.
Amanda Figueras is a new Spanish Convert to Islam.
She responded to a few questions about herself and about Muslims in Europe in a brief interview at the conclusion of a Conference on Islam in Europe.
This conference was sponsored by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS).
With the rising tide of Islamophobia in the West in general, and in Europe in particular, it is very important for European Muslims to make their voices heard.
Muslims in Europe and elsewhere must speak up to clear misconceptions about Islam.
This is the message Amanda wants to convey, as she says:
“I am Spanish.
I am a new Muslim.
And all this I wanted to show, because usually we are all the time thinking that Muslims are foreigners, Muslims are not from our society.
But there are many European Muslims, and we have to listen to them.
Many times we are invited to conferences to talk about Islam, but we are citizens.
We can talk about everything.
We have to be critical with ourselves, and as Muslims we have to communicate better, and communicate more.
We have to open our mosques, we have to open our houses, and explain to the people how we are.
What is the meaning for us, what is the meaning of Prophet Muhammad for us, why we pray five times a day, and what we say when we pray.
We have to communicate better.
But on the other hand, media and political leaders have to be prepared to listen to us.
In this conference, I’m very happy to be here.
It is a good opportunity for me, but I miss more practicing Muslims.”
Check this brief one minute interview with Spanish convert, sister Amanda Figueras, here.
You may also wish to check a summary of a debate between Dr. Tariq Ramadan and Massimo D’alema on the same topic of Islam in Europe.
DUA: Allah please accept this from us. You are All-Hearing and All-Knowing. You are The Most Forgiving.You are The Most Relenting and repeatedly Merciful. Allah grant us The Taufiq to read all the 5 prayers with sincerity.
(Taken from: To Be Earnest In Prayers By Amina Elahi)
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