UK More Interested in Islam, 100,000 Have Converted

by Maayana Miskin, INN

A study conducted by Swansea University for the British group Faith Matters has found that UK citizens are increasingly interested in Islam, with the number of converts to Islam nearly doubling in 10 years. An estimated total of 100,000 have converted to Islam, 5,200 of them in 2010.

In 2001, it was estimated that 60,000 British citizens had converted to Islam.

Of the most recent converts, two-thirds are women. Most are white and native to Britain. The average age of new converts is 27.

One in four believe there is a “natural conflict” between being devoutly Muslim and being a British citizen. More than half said they had met with a negative response from family regarding their conversion.

When asked what they believe to be the negative aspects of British society, the converts cited alcohol consumption, “sexual permissiveness,” and “unrestrained consumerism.”

Similar studies in France and Germany found that approximately 4,000 people convert to Islam each year in both countries.

Faith Matters director Fiyaz Mughal said the precise number of converts to Islam is unknown, but that it is clear that the number has “risen dramatically” over the past decade. Converts could play an important role in both British and Muslim society by helping to reconcile the two worlds, and by “disentangling cultural norms… which blur the true essence of Islam,” Mughal opined.

Britain has faced challenges integrating its Muslim population. A 2008 report showed that one-third of Muslim students justified killing in the name of religion, and a recent BBC report found that thousands of Muslim children in Britain are being taught to hate Jews, Israelis, and homosexuals.

In some cases British Muslims have actively fought Israel, by sending aid to Hamas in Gaza or by joining Hamas in Gaza.

In 2009 the government decided to combat homegrown Muslim terrorism with a program to screen Muslim schoolchildren for potential terrorists.

January 6, 2011 | 22 Comments »

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  1. Steve,put your crystal ball away. What do you figure Brits must do to save themselves from the fate you predict for them.

  2. …I can never forgive…

    That’s your problem, Yam… and you will never be forgiven


    Not Forgiven for what?

  3. When asked what they believe to be the negative aspects of British society, the converts cited alcohol consumption, “sexual permissiveness,” and “unrestrained consumerism.”

    Liberal/left alliances with this savagely reacctionary force simply cannot hold. The internal contradiction is simply too heavy to bear. A change is gonna come.

  4. During my first and thus far, only (I intend for there to be more) visit to Israel, one of my tour guides was an elderly woman whose son married a British girl. Their parents came over for a visit. Her observation about them, to the extent that they seemed to reflect the British mindset, was that they “…just didn’t seem to care about anything anymore”.

    They’ve completely had the guts ripped out of them. The back-to-back bloodlettings of WW1/WW2, combined with post-colonialism and ultra-liberalism, these are the probable culprits. Explains to a greater or lesser extent much of postwar European behavior.

    [As I type this, I’ve got FOX News on the TV; they’re reporting that Britain’s terror alert level has just been raised to their second highest level, due to some big Al Queda threat. Yep, being about the most anti-Israel country in Western Europe sure has gotten them all sorts of help and sympathy from “moderate Moslems” who are positively lining up to help them fight the “extremists”, just like Obama hopes to accomplish here!]

    I’ve often read that the churches in Europe resemble museums; they have among the lowest religious attendance and professed belief in G-d of any polity in the world (actually, on this latter score, the Brits do better than most continental Europeans).

    When you don’t believe in anything at all, one is easily impressed by someone who believes in SOMETHING, no matter how horrific.

    These people, who couldn’t even be bothered to resist the complete denial of the basic right of personal self defense (it is pretty much impossible to own any sort of firearm in Britain anymore), look at these barbaric homicide bombers and they ask themselves, “Where would I have to be before I would do something like that? These people REALLY believe in something, and anyone who believes in something THAT much, well, there must be something to that!”

    Hence, conversion. AND, “safety” (if you can’t lick ’em, join ’em). Misplaced admiration of “bravery” combined with extreme cowardice, all in one.

    Yeah, we can pretty much write them off.

    There are still some Europeans with guts, though. The Poles are not cowards, and BTW – and not coincidentally – are among Israel’s best friends in Europe today. They are still a very Catholic country, too. The Moslems sure aren’t going to make any headway there. Funny, considering the way Poland sticks up for Israel, how we dont’ hear about Islamist terrorist plots being hatched there…..Suppose they might be on to something?

    Obama reflects precisely the trends we see in the UK, though. The sooner we get rid of him, the better. If he gets re-elected, we are going to wind up like Britian.

  5. Shy Guy. Shabbot Shalom. My point is but how are the Egaltarian any better? One of my Orthodox rabbis (i have had 3 because they keep moving away on me) told me to stay away from the egaltarian which is no problem because I got some bad advice from a couple of egaltarian rabbis. Maybe this is another reason why people are converting to Islam. They want to be part of a religion that helps to keep them on a straight path and they arent given alternatives? But how can anyone convert to a religion especially women that sanctions rape and torture and killing? Or are these moderates that dont fully practise sharia law? Just like the catholic. I know hundreds of those but NONE of them practise catholicism as outlined by the vatican. Pardon me. Actually I know only one couple who does.

  6. Mer says:
    January 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Shy Guy. Yes. Thats exactly right.

    You mean the “sorting out.” In this case, I don’t blame the Chevra Kadisha. The reform community got themselves into this mess. This is true in many places.

    Wishing everyone a Shabbat Shalom.

  7. Andrew says:

    Andrew I can never forgive the Brits for their actions here in Palestine from the 1930’s till 48. First siding with the Arabs and reneging on the Balfour promises when they chopped 3/4 of the mandate for a few hundred thousand Bedouin from Iraq, then the white paper, all the time supporting the Arabs of Palestine and arming them against the Jews. The blocking of Palestine to the Jews places them just below the Germans as our enemies. Then from 45 to 48 they blocked Jewish refugees from the Camps from coming here. The excuse they gave was it would upset the Arabs. What? The second most powerful empire in the world afraid of few primitive Arabs? No it was always hatred of Jews and as a consequence I feel what has happened to Britain can only be explained from a Jewish point of view as Measure for Measure. Yes the British did some good as they built the national infrastructure but then so did Hitler and Mussolini.

    The British in their arrogance sent the best of the native colonials to be educated in England and these same colonials returned to their home countries and they threw the British out. Britain has been on a downward spiral since WWI. They will never recover as will most of Europe today. Their time has come and passed. Empires rise and fall and historically they always fall.

  8. Mer says:
    January 7, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Where I live the Reform Jews or those who converted to Reform Judaism are not allowed to be burried in a Jewish cemetery because they are not considered Jews but Egletarians are considered real Jews with a right of return and proper burial in a Jewish cemetery.

    There is no question that non-Jews remain just that when they convert to anything that is not Judaism, such as “reform”. Could it be that in your community the Jewish Chevra Kadish (burial society) is not willing to sort them out, because the problem of so many generations of intermarriage is rampant?

    Could it also be that the “reform” have their own separate burial arrangements? That is common.

  9. Where I live the Reform Jews or those who converted to Reform Judaism are not allowed to be burried in a Jewish cemetery because they are not considered Jews but Egletarians are considered real Jews with a right of return and proper burial in a Jewish cemetery.

  10. Mer says:
    January 7, 2011 at 7:18 am

    If Reform arent considered real Jews and denied burial in a Jewish cemetery

    Who told you such a thing?

    Did you mean to say that “reform” is not Judaism? That’s completely different than saying a Jew who affiliates with “reform Judaism” is not Jewish!!!

    And who said that such a Jew would be denied burial with other Jews?

  11. It would be better to go Agnostic than go this route. I have a question tho. If Reform arent considered real Jews and denied burial in a Jewish cemetery how is it that Egaltarian are?

  12. As a child of the British empire (Australia), I want to cry. How has it come to this?

    When I was a child growing up, a quarter of the world was covered in pink (the british empire). We brought civilisation to the world. Democracy, rule of law, shakespeare. Now we are imploding. Converting to a barabaric satanic death pagan moon cult.

    Yes, Yamit. There is the darkside. Holocaust is an English word. When the Jews of London came out to give gifts of gold to Richard the Lionheart during his coronation march, they were massacred. Richard’s men thought that they were going to cause a riot. I leaned this through Simon Schama’s brilliant “A history of Britain”.

    But does the bad outweigh the good?

  13. yamit82 says:
    January 6, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    History of the Jews in England See Here

    Let the UK christians revert to being christians and let the UK Jews come here while they still can. 🙂

    But frankly, the Brits deserve it.

    Charels, Melanie owns an apartment here in Israel.

  14. Britons in and around London are antisemitic, passive-aggressive, and anal-retentive. Islam is the perfect release for these wankers.

    I thank God every day I made it out of the country in time; I pray Melanie Phillips has her US Green card or aliyah documents in-hand.

  15. How about simply returning to the nation’s own Christian roots?

    Are you serious?

    History of the Jews in England See Here

    In March 1190, a band of men broke into the house of the late Benedict of York, killing his widow and children, setting the house on fire, and carrying away Benedict’s treasure (English Heritage, p. 3):

    . . . Crusaders preparing to follow their king against the Saracens, burgesses envious of Jewish wealth, barons indebted to the Jews, the fanatical clergy, all conspired to exterminate the Jews. Several dwellings were set on fire [in addition to Benedict’s house] . . . . The alarmed Jews, with their leader Joseph [Josce of York], sought shelter in the royal castle. One day the warden happened to be gone; the Jews were apprehensive lest he might hand them over to the besieging mob, and so they denied him admission. The warden called in the aid of the sheriff of the country; Richard Malebys, a noble deeply in debt to the Jews, commanded the siege. The rage of the mob was kept alive by the exhortations of a monk, who celebrated mass every morning in his white robes in front of the tower. A stone falling from the battlements killed the monk; his death infuriated the mob to a still higher degree.

    The hapless Jews were short of rations; surrender spelled baptism or death by torture. In obedience to the exhortations of their religious leader, Yom Tob of Joigny, they chose to lay hands on themselves. . . . When, at daybreak, the [burning] citadel was captured, those who were still alive were put to death. . . . The mob then returned to the cathedral where the records of debts due to Jews were in safe-keeping. They compelled the guardians to turn these over to them to be burned then and there in the sanctuary. This done, the fury of the mob was spent, and the city was restored to its usual order and quiet. Similarly the mobs raged elsewhere. . . .

    It was not to the interest of the Crown that barons and burgesses should rid themselves of payments of moneys owing to the Jews by such forcible measures. On his return to England, Richard, toward whose ransom the Jews of England were made to contribute three times as much as the whole city of London, introduced a system of registering in duplicate all debts held by Jews. Thus, the taxes due to the king were safeguarded, the profit accruing to the Crown as a silent partner in all usurious transactions. Under Richard’s successors, the Jews continued to be subjected to all kinds of taxes, in the form of “tallages” on goods, chattels, and debts, of gifts, offerings, ransoms, compositions, licenses, and fines. Payment was exacted through imprisonment, confiscation of property, the seizing of women and children, and even gouging out the eyes and other cruel methods. John Lackland extorted from the Jews sixty-six thousand marks (1210). Abraham of Bristol, who refused to pay his quota of ten thousand marks, had, by the order of the king, seven of this teeth extracted, one a day, till he paid the levied amount. . . . (Margolis and Marx, pp. 387-388)

  16. When asked what they believe to be the negative aspects of British society, the converts cited alcohol consumption, “sexual permissiveness,” and “unrestrained consumerism.”

    How about simply returning to the nation’s own Christian roots?