The “stealth jihad” has had great success in the West thus far by playing on the hallowed principle of religious tolerance. Our traditions require us to turn a blind eye to the preaching of violent jihad in mosques. Decorum demands that we ignore the fomenting of sedition by radical clerics. These are religious sites and religious men, and enjoy immunity from interference.
Thus we are reluctant to confront what is happening in our midst, out of a misplaced fear of being exposed as “intolerant”.
However, mosques are much more than houses of prayer. They are churches, city halls, armories, and military recruiting centers, all rolled into one.
So whenever Muslims gather en masse to pray, it is not simply a religious occasion. It is also a political act, no matter how many of the worshippers have nothing more than prayerful supplication in their hearts.
Bear that in mind when you read the news story below from The Times of Malta about the salubrious “intolerance” of ordinary Maltese citizens concerning praying Muslims in their midst:
Muslims Gather in Prayer Along Sliema Front
About 50 Muslim men took their prayer rugs to the Sliema front yesterday after the planning authority sealed off their place of worship. The Muslims said the Malta Environment and Planning Authority had locked them out of their flat in Sliema where they used to pray, so they decided to take their cause outside.
“We are not here to protest or threaten violence but to express our fundamental human right to gather in prayer,” Bader Zina, one of the leaders, said. According to Mepa, a number of complaints had been received by neighbours and the flat did not have a licence to be used as a place of worship.
The Muslims, many of whom Maltese, were dressed in traditional clothing. They had a permit and police protection and said this might become a regular appointment until their flat was reopened.
This behaviour did not go down well with a group of Maltese onlookers who warned that if this happened again “there will be trouble”.
“Malta is a Catholic country. They have no right to come here and pray in front of us. I don’t care what they do in the privacy of their own home but not here,” one Maltese woman said.
More power to this “racist and Islamophobic” woman for identifying the ominous nature of what was happening!
Muslims who gather for prayer as a group in a public place in an infidel country are making a political statement: By our prayers we have sanctified this ground. Our actions have made it Waqf. One day a mosque will stand here, and it will be the nucleus for the imposition of Islamic law. To do this is our natural right and moral obligation as servants of Allah.
To many Westerners, conditioned as they are by decades of training in religious tolerance, interfering or objecting to such things seems impolite and repugnant. But not all Maltese have been completely indoctrinated:
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“We’ve had enough. If you were to do the same in their country they would stone you. I can’t understand how they could have been given a permit for this, including police presence and all!” her husband added, visibly disturbed by what he saw.
“They should go to a mosque. That is where they belong. Or in some hole somewhere. But not here where I get my children to eat and have a good time. I would have had no problem if they were Catholics praying… in Malta we are all Catholics so it’s not a problem, but not them. Even the tourists were disgusted,” he claimed, as his teenage son nodded in agreement.
However, some local residents found the praying Muslims to be harmless:
The owner of a nearby kiosk said she had no problem with them and some were her friends and clients. But she acknowledged that their presence lost her a lot of business yesterday. She said they should be allowed to remain in their flat where they would not be disturbing anyone.
And here’s a reminder of the cultural void that Islam stands poised to fill:
Another man said the praying did not disturb him and it was less noisy than he would have thought. “I don’t see what the problem is. These are Maltese people with a different religion. Why shouldn’t they be allowed to pray quietly outdoors if we can have noisy feasts and drunken brawls?”
In modern Europe (and most of the rest of the West), the only alternative to the ostensible piety of Muslims seems to be “noisy feasts and drunken brawls”.
What happened to a reverential hush in front of cross on the altar? Is that no longer available to hold up as a superior ideal?
Is hedonistic revelry the only remaining Western value?
As long as the playing field is leveled as a purely spiritual one, the hosts of Mohammed have the advantage:
Mr Zina said they did not want to anger anyone: “All we want to do is praise God”.
“Since when do you need a licence to pray? I don’t see anyone closing down other prayer groups. And, anyway, I would rather have a group of Catholics singing praise to God next to my house than a bar,” Mr Zina said.
Without any robust spiritual alternative, and lacking a community-based education program in what the practical application of sharia will involve, Mr. Zina and his congregation will prevail. Their mosque will eventually be built, and new migrants who make their way to Malta from North Africa will be drawn to it as a social center and political forum. When their numbers are sufficient, the political demands will begin.
The shape of Malta’s future can be seen all over Europe, for those whose eyes are willing to look.
Last but not least comes the inevitable veiled threat:
Although he condemned any type of violence or revenge, he said that if people were discriminated against and hurt, it would become impossible to control a backlash.
Nobody wants violence, but it will happen anyway. A “backlash” is bound to occur if Muslims are not accommodated.
Muslim violence is like a tornado or an earthquake. Nobody causes it; it just happens somehow.
It’s time for the people of Malta to get acquainted with Eurabia.
Hat tip: PEJ.