That’s Interesting, But Why?

// September 4th, 2007 // Blog

BBC News: Religion not race segregates city

“The Jews, Hindus and Sikhs seem to be better off in areas that are dominated by their own religion, except for the Muslim-dominated areas which get progressively worse off as they become more segregated.

“Any government plan that talks about 'parallel lives' and a lack of integration being a bad thing is missing the point – it's not bad for everybody.

“But for one group, the Muslims, they seem to be trapped in a spiral where they can't seem to move out of high deprivation areas.”

I repeat the title: that's interesting, but why? Why is it the case, that segregration is beneficial for other religious minority communities, but not ours?

Before anyone starts with the non-Muslim bashing, i can't see it being to do with Islamaphobia. Only because Jews, Sikhs and Hindus have had to struggle against just as much racism and prejeudice as we have.

And before anyone starts with the Muslim-bashing, i can't see it being to do with sectarianism, or masjid politics, cos do you honestly believe that the other religious minorities don't suffer from the same problems?

And before anyone starts with the Islam-bashing, Islam clearly encourages both the individual, and the community, towards self-improvement, and progression: to seek education, and yes, even material wealth, as it makes the worship of God easier. Is it easier to be a good Muslim, when one is literate, or illiterate? Is it easier to stay away from crime, when one is rich (or at least, “comfortable”) or poor? Simple, really.

All the minority communities have had to deal with the same culture clash, and the challenge of developing their own 'identity' – we can't assume that Jews, Hindus and Sikhs are more likely to sacrifice their own values and principles, just to “fit in”.

So, what is the problem here?

I really don't know. But it is something that requires deep thought, and contemplation, by those who may have a better idea about how the community operates at present, so they can come up with some long-term solutions; no short-term, band-aid fixes. And that may involve learning some lessons from our non-Muslim neighbours.

And before anyone starts iMuslim-bashing, and accusing me of “imitating the kuffar”, i have ten syllables for you: Salman al-Farsi, Battle of the Trench.

Abu Huraira said, The Messenger of Allāh (peace be upon him) said: “The word of wisdom is the lost property of the believer, so wherever he finds it he has a better right to it.” [Tirmidhi]

And that's all i have to say about that.

May Allāh help us to progress in matters of both deen [Islam] and dunya [the world]. Āmīn.

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