After beholding a few of the photos of the London Muslim protests, my dearest and oldest friend asked WHY Islam is so angry. In this piece I will attempt to explain.
Why Is Islam Rising?
Perhaps I can explain this.
From their perspective the West, especially the UK and the US, is waging a war of cultural imperialism against Islam. Remember that Islam is both a religion (deen) and a political body (ummah).
Devout Muslims see the way Christianity has been watered down by western culture and is "dying on the vine" and they don't want the same to happen to the deen (religion) of Islam. To some degree it is happening throughout the world. Western cultural imperialism is sweeping through the eastern world as never before. Many places in the east, both in the Islamic lands and elsewhere, are now rejecting God and spiritual reality is in exchange for western Secular Humanism, greed, and Corporatism. India is a very tragic case in point. Globalization is fast destroying what was for thousands of years has been the most spiritual land on earth. What Islam (and most other ethical systems) see as morality is becoming almost non-existent in the West.
The London riots were calls to morality (from their perspective) and an end to attacks on Muslims and the deen. Believing the entire world belongs to God, Islam does not recognize national boundaries. Now that Muslims live in London and other western areas the Ummah demands Sharia (God's Law) be enforced in those areas. From their perspective of course. Islam is not so much trying to take over the west as it bring it into rightful submission to God. This is their view.
The United States and the UK has invaded the Muslim world (Afghanistan, Iraq, etc), killing millions of Muslim men women and children and torturing thousands without any just cause whatsoever. The US is threatening the very existence of the Muslim way of life and they are merely, understandably, fighting back.
Also, they believe -- I obviously do not --- that Eretz Israel (the Land of Israel) is theirs and that it was stolen from them in part as an insult to Islam. Having a Jewish homeland in the middle of the Muslim World is a great offense to the Islamic Ummah from their point of view, all the more so in the third holiest region (according to the deen: Mecca, Medina, Zion/Jerusalem).
The UK "gave" the Jews the Land in Lord Balfour's treaty (1913) and in 1948 (when Israel was formally established). The US and the UK are Israel's strongest/only real allies. The Ummah is trying to get the US and the UK to abandon Israel and they believe that such protests are effective to this end. They believe they can frighten the West enough to drop Israel as too much trouble. It seems to be working. Bush still says he plans on giving half of Holy Zion to the Ummah before leaving office in January. With the ouster of Olmert HOPEFULLY this wont happen but Candi Rice recently told the "Palestinian president" that this is still planed. Chuck Baldwin, Bob Barr, Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinitch all want to abandon Israel to the Ummah if elected. The Political Left want to abandon Israel for the most part and the large part of the so-called peace movement, groups like the International Answer, Moveon.Org, the Green party, etc. are devoted to Israel's complete destruction. This is ONE reason there are not that many serious protests happening now by the away. People like me refuse to march with anti-Semites! The last big "peace rally" I went to (in San Fran) looked more like a Nazi street party than a peace rally!
Also... Muslims also believe we are living in the End of Days. According to their prophecies the united armies of the Ummah will destroy Hinduism from the Indian Subcontinent and capture East Jerusalem (which not "coincidentally" is the section Bush wants to give them). Jesus ("Second Coming") and Master Madhi (the 12th imam, a physical descendant of Prophet Muhammad) are expected to meet in East Jerusalem and based there to destroy all Jews on earth along with all who support them, beginning in Israel. From there, Jesus and the Madhi are to establish a global Sharia (Law) based caliphate (government) and bring in a time of global peace and submission -- ie the Kingdom.
How they are seeking to do this is spelled out clearly in the Muslim Brotherhood Project documents. MANY people who believe Barrack Husein Obama is a covert Muslim are referring to the clear statements of this document, that the Ummah will infiltrate the West by having secret Muslims elected to high and low offices. I am NOT saying this is the case with Obama... nor am I am saying its not.
But as Sheik Osama bin Laden explained:
This battle is not between al Qaeda and the U.S. This is a battle of Muslims against the global crusaders. In the past when al Qaeda fought with the mujahedeen, we were told, "Wow, can you defeat the Soviet Union?" The Soviet Union scared the whole world then. NATO used to tremble of fear of the Soviet Union. Where is that power now? We barely remember it. It broke down into many small states and Russia remained.
God, who provided us with his support and kept us steadfast until the Soviet Union was defeated, is able to provide us once more with his support to defeat America on the same land and with the same people. We believe that the defeat of America is possible, with the help of God, and is even easier for us, God permitting, than the defeat of the Soviet Union was before…
… Just as they're killing us, we have to kill them so that there will be a balance of terror. This is the first time the balance of terror has been close between the two parties, between Muslims and Americans, in the modern age. American politicians used to do whatever they wanted with us. The victim was forbidden to scream or to moan...."
Maranatha my brother, the Day is Drawing Near
Israel is the KEY!