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Submitted by Zac (United Kingdom), Jul 26, 2010 at 07:43

Matey,

i am muslim living in the west(which apparently is a bit of a concern to you). But i love my neighbours, i love my english, american, german, finish, french, nigerian friends and i am sure they love me too. :D

anyway, I thought, for once, i would try answering someone's concern properly as i am deeply disappointed by the lack of understanding and communication between the two worlds which causes the whole confusion in the air.

So firstly, cutting to the chase and answering you question.

why are they moving here, if they think the teachings are different to that of the Quran.

Ans. First, lets get this straight. they never moved to the west because they thought the west would be following the Quran. But to try answering your question, i believe its because they find,

1. a better standard of living.

2. Better opportunities for themselves and their families in the west as their own countries have been brought to an appalling state by the very west which worries about their migration to it.

3. Religious tolerance.

4. the economy - e.g. 1 pound sent from england to a family member in iraq can buy them 10 pepsi bottles in Iraq while it gets you just one in england.

As simple as that. but i am sure what you ask is, why move here despite of the above if they are not happy with the ways of the west. well, the thing is, that i agree with you. If they move to the west, they should move with the thought that they will have to be nice and compromising and abiding by the laws of the their respective regions rather than what they think is right.

Secondly, these people do not represent true religion if they are not nice in your community. and they surely havent studied the scriptures properly, because if they had, they would not be crying about it, rather be cherishing the differences and learn to live together like one big happy family.

Also, you have to realise, that when a muslim makes a mistake the whole world says a MUSLIM did this a MUSLIM did that. but when i read news in the morning and someone's always killed someone else and they are referred to as per their names rather than saying A CHRISTIAN killed his girlfriend or A JEW killed his neighbour etc. why ? you have become paranoid as well, whether you admitt it or not, but you have, and its not your fault. you dont know muslims. all you know about them is what the tele tells you. and its not your fault. but anyway...

my concern here is, that you are reaping what the politicians sowed. not you, but your governments. most of the people moving to your neighbourhoods are not moving their out of the riches they had and being able to afford it, but out of the poverty they faced and the misery they endured- which leads to the thought, they probably were not previlaged to get first class education, have a narrow vision and idea of the world around them, not socially very open or aware, have sense of insecurity. Had the west (governments are what i am talking about) not messed theirregion up - for instance - bagdad called the city of widows after american invasion. afghansistan - the war is still on. paksitan - the northwest occupied in turbulence of terror acts since 2001. Iran - destabilised due to foreign sanctions and pressures, it is most likely you wouldnt have been facing this situation today. and what we have to realise is, that when you enter a country, you not only destabilise one area, but the entire region as it has repurcussions.

sorry for getting into the political side of it, but in short before the 1950's-60's as their was no western agenda in the muslim region, there were not many problems there, therefore not causing many muslims to be forced to flee their countries and move to the west. now that the west does have an agenda, causing the muslims to flee, and you not liking it so much.

moral of the story - as the politicians sow, so shall they reep.

to be honest, this is not a perfect account of all the reasons. just what i thought at this precise moment. if you find something that i said inappropriate please raise your flags and il look into it. anymore questions and a more in depth debate, please email me.

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