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A great post by brother Yusha, most informative. I hope to read more on this subject here.

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I am thinking about studying abroad in Germany (or Poland). What is the situation for Muslimahs in Germany? How are they treated? Are there a lot or very few Masjids?

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The Islamization of Germany in 2012


Opinion polls consistently show

that growing numbers of ordinary German citizens are worried about the

consequences of decades of multicultural policies, as well the

emergence of a parallel legal system based on Islamic Sharia law.

Post-Christian Europe became noticeably more Islamized during 2012.

As the rapidly growing Muslim population makes its presence felt in
towns and cities across the continent, Islam is transforming the
European way of life in ways unimaginable only a few years ago.

Some of the more notable Islam-related controversies during 2012
occurred in Germany, where the Muslim population has jumped from around
50,000 in the early 1980s to more than 4.5 million today.

What follows is a brief chronological review of some of the main stories involving the rise of Islam in Germany during 2012.

In January, German authorities welcomed the start of the New Year by
officially confirming that they are monitoring German-language Internet
websites that are critical of Muslim immigration and the Islamization
of Europe.

In a January 4, 2012 interview with the Berliner Zeitung and the Frankfurter Rundschau,
Manfred Murck, the director of the Hamburg branch of the German
domestic intelligence agency (the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz
(BfV)), said his organization was studying whether German citizens who
criticize Muslims and Islam on the Internet are fomenting hate and are
thus criminally guilty of "breaching" the German constitution.

The BfV's move marked a significant setback for the exercise of free speech in Germany and came amid a months-long smear campaign
led by a triple alliance of left-wing German multicultural elites,
sundry Muslim groups and members of the mainstream media, who have been
relentless in their efforts to discredit the so-called counter-jihad
movement (also known as the "Islamophobes") in Germany.

In a country stifled by decades of political correctness, the
counter-jihad activists and bloggers have been giving a voice to
millions of frustrated Germans who see the harm being wrought by the
cult of multiculturalism.

Opinion polls consistently show
that growing numbers of ordinary German citizens are worried about the
consequences of decades of multicultural policies that have encouraged
mass immigration from Muslim countries. Germans are especially
concerned about the refusal of millions of Muslim immigrants to
integrate into German society, as well as the emergence of a parallel
legal system in Germany based on Islamic Sharia law.

Also in January, Muslims in Duisburg, one of the most Islamized cities in Germany, clamored for the right to turn empty churches into Masjids.
All of the churches are located in the gritty Hamborn and Marxloh
districts in northern Duisburg where Islam has already replaced
Christianity as the dominant religion, and where several Catholic
churches have been abandoned.

In Germany as a whole, more than 400 Roman Catholic churches and more than 100 Protestant churches have been closed since 2000, according to one estimate. Another 700 Roman Catholic churches are slated to be closed over the next several years.

By contrast, Germany is now home to more than 200 Masjids (including
more than 40 mega-Masjids), 2,600 Muslim prayer halls and a countless
number unofficial Masjids. Another 128 Masjids are currently under
construction, according to the Zentralinstitut Islam-Archiv, a Muslim organization based in Germany.

Meanwhile, on January 16 one of the oldest universities in Germany
inaugurated the country's first taxpayer-funded department of Islamic
theology. The Center for Islamic Theology at the University of Tübingen is the first of four planned Islamic university centers in Germany.

The German government claims that by controlling the curriculum, the
school, which is to train Muslim imams and Islamic religion teachers,
will function as an antidote to "hate preachers." (Most imams currently
in Germany are from Turkey and many of them do not speak German.)

But the idea has been fiercely criticized by those who worry the school will become a gateway for Islamists who will introduce a hardline brand of Islam into the German university system.

In February, the interior minister of the German state of
Rhineland-Palatinate, Jochen Hartloff, said he favored the introduction
of Islamic Sharia law in Germany. In an interview with the German
newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung,
Hartloff, a Socialist, said that using the Islamic moral code "is
certainly conceivable when it comes to questions pertaining to civil
law." Hartloff said using Sharia law to resolve family law issues such
as alimony, divorce or financial contracts "could have a pacifying
effect" in Germany.

Hartloff's comments were seconded by Michael Frieser, an expert on
integration issues for the Conservatives in the German parliament. He
told the Süddeutsche Zeitung
that he has nothing against Muslim immigrants seeking judgments
according to their own legal systems. "That can ultimately serve the
cause of integration," Frieser said.

In March, Muslim mobs in Berlin threatened to "burn down the neighborhood"
after a German fatally stabbed an 18-year-old Muslim, in what police
deemed was an act of self defence. The March 9 incident occurred in the
heavily Islamized Berlin neighborhood of Neukölln, when the German,
Sven N., tried to stop a fight between two groups of Turks over who
should get a football that had been kicked over a fence. The Turks
quickly turned their anger against the German. After a group of 20
Muslims armed with knives and daggers challenged Sven, he stabbed one
of the attackers, Yusef Al-Abed, in the heart. More than 3,000 Muslims
attended Yusuf's funeral, evoking scenes of the Gaza Strip (photos here).

In April, Islamic radicals launched an unprecedented nationwide campaign to distribute 25 million copies of the Koran, translated into the German language, with the goal of placing one Koran into every household in Germany, free of charge.

The mass proselytization campaign -- called

-- was organized by dozens of Islamic Salafist groups located in cities and towns throughout Germany.

Salafism is a branch of radical Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia that
seeks to establish a Sunni Islamic Caliphate (Islamic Empire) across
the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, and eventually the entire
world. The Caliphate would be governed exclusively by Islamic Sharia
law, which would apply both to Muslims and to non-Muslims. Salafists
believe, among other anti-Western doctrines, that democracy, because it
is a man-made form of government, must be destroyed.

Although Germany's domestic intelligence agency, the BfV, regards
the Salafist groups as a threat to German security, Salafists have free
reign in the country, and Salafist preachers are known regularly to
preach hatred against the West in the Masjids and prayer centers that
are proliferating across Germany.

In May, more than 500 Salafists attacked German police with bottles,
clubs, stones and other weapons in the city of Bonn, to protest
cartoons they said were "offensive." Rather than cracking down on the
Muslim extremists, however, German authorities sought to silence the
peaceful critics of multicultural policies that allow the Salafists
openly to preach violence and hate.

The clashes on May 5 erupted when around 30 supporters of a conservative political party, PRO NRW,
which is opposed to the further spread of Islam in Germany,
participated in a campaign rally ahead of regional elections in the
western state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).

Some of those participating in the rally, which was held near the Saudi-run King Fahd Academy
in the Mehlem district of Bonn, the former capital of West Germany, had
been waving banners depicting the Islamic Prophet Mohammad (see photo here), to protest the Islamization of Germany.

The rally swiftly disintegrated into violence (photos here and here)
when hundreds of angry Salafists, who are opposed to any depiction of
their prophet, began attacking the police, whose job it was to keep the
two groups apart.

In the final tally of the melee, 29 police officers were injured,
two with serious stab wounds, and more than 100 Salafists were
arrested, although most were later released. According to Bonn's police
chief, Ursula Brohl-Sowa, "This was an explosion of violence such as we
have not witnessed in a long time."

In June, German authorities launched a major crackdown on Salafists
suspected of plotting against the state. In nation-wide raids on June
14, over 1,000 German police searched about 70 Salafist homes,
apartments, Masjids and meeting places in seven of Germany's 16 states,
in search of evidence that would enable the German government to outlaw
some of the dozens of Islamist groups operating in the country.

In a June 8 interview with the newspaper Die Welt,
Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said: "Radical Salafism is like
a hard drug. All of those who succumb to her become violent."

Also in June, German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière announced his intention to "multiculturalize" the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) by recruiting more Muslims into its ranks.

Germany formally discontinued
compulsory military service on July 1, 2011 as part of a comprehensive
reform aimed at creating a smaller and more agile army of about 185,000
professional soldiers. But Germany's new all-volunteer army has been
unable to meet its recruiting goals, and military manpower prospects
look dim for the foreseeable future.

In a desperate search for soldiers, German military officials have
now identified Germany's Muslim Turkish population (3.5 million and
counting) as a new source for potential recruits.

In August, German Intelligence Chief Gerhard Schindler issued a
warning saying that Europe is at great risk of terrorist attacks by
Islamic extremists.

In a wide-ranging interview with the German newspaper Die Welt,
Schindler said the German foreign intelligence agency, the
Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), is particularly concerned about the
threat posed by homegrown terrorists, individuals who were either born
or raised in Europe and who travel to war zones like Afghanistan,
Pakistan, Somalia or Yemen to obtain training in terrorist methods.

Schindler's warning came amid the backdrop of a high-security court trial
of four suspected Al Qaeda members, which began in the German city of
Düsseldorf on July 25. German public prosecutors say the defendants --
three homegrown Islamists born in the German state of North
Rhine-Westphalia and one Moroccan national -- were planning to stage a
"sensational terror attack" in Germany.

Also known as the "Düsseldorfer Cell,"
the defendants were also accused of plotting to assassinate the former
commander of German Special Forces (KSK Kommando Spezialkräfte) as well
as to attack the US Army base in the Bavarian town of Grafenwöhr.

Also in August, a new survey of Turkish-German mores and attitudes
found that nearly half of all Turks living in Germany say they hope
there will be more Muslims than Christians in Germany in the future.

The 103-page study, "German-Turkish Life and Values" (abridged version in German here),
found that Islam is becoming an increasingly important component of the
value structure of Turks in Germany, especially among the younger
generation of Turkish-Germans, who hold religious views more radical
than those held by their elders.

In September, a German court in Kassel refused to allow a Muslim student to skip co-ed swimming lessons based on her religious beliefs.

The closely watched case highlighted the growing number of conflicts
between German school officials and Muslim parents who, for religious
reasons, want to keep their children from participating in sports
activities, biology classes and field trips.

The presiding judge, Hans Rothaug, declared: "The applicant should
have attended swimming lessons. In this particular case, there are no
grounds for exemptions."

In October, a court in Bonn sentenced an Islamist radical to six years in prison for stabbing two German police officers during the protest against "offensive" cartoons in Bonn.

Murat K, a 26-year-old German-born Salafist of Turkish heritage from
the western state of Hessen, openly admitted that he had attacked and
wounded the two police officers with a kitchen knife during the cartoon
riots in May. He showed no remorse during his trial, saying only that
he had been morally obligated to follow Islamic Sharia law.

Murat, whose last name has not been made known to the general public
due to German privacy laws, claimed that the attacks on the police
officers were justified because the German state had allowed offensive
images of the Prophet Mohammed to be shown in public.

Murat responded to the verdict by declaring German courts to be illegitimate.
He said: "I do not accept this court as legitimate. I am not sitting
here voluntarily. Only Allah alone has the right to decide what is
right and what is wrong, what is good and what is evil, what is moral
and what is immoral." Murat added: "I will answer only to Allah."

In an October 19 interview with the German newsmagazine FOCUS,
the Secretary General of the ruling Christian Democratic Party (CDU),
Hermann Gröhe, said the conviction of Murat makes it clear that Germany
will not allow radical Muslims to "lead a religious war on German

In November, Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, concluded a "historic treaty"
with its Muslim communities that grants Muslims broad new rights and
privileges but does little to encourage their integration into German

The November 13 agreement,
signed by Hamburg's Socialist Mayor Olaf Scholz and the leaders of four
Muslim umbrella groups, was praised by the proponents of
multiculturalism for putting the northern port city's estimated 200,000
Muslims on an equal footing with Christian residents.

The most controversial part of the accord involves a commitment by
the city government to promote the teaching of Islam in the Hamburg
public school system. The agreement grants the leaders of Hamburg's
Muslim communities a determinative say in what will be taught by
allowing them to develop the teaching curriculum for Islamic studies.

On November 30, the northern German city of Bremen followed Hamburg's lead
by concluding its own treaty [staatsvertrag] with the local Muslim
community. The Socialist mayor of Bremen, Jens Böhrnsen, said the
treaty reflects "mutual recognition and respect of mutual values."

Critics, however, say the agreements, the first of their kind in
Germany, will boost the growing influence of Islam in the country by
encouraging the perpetuation of a Muslim parallel society.

Also in November, a new research survey found that Germans are overwhelmingly mistrustful of Islam and Muslim immigration.

The 28-page study, "Fear of the East in the West"
(Die Furcht vor dem Morgenland im Abendland), was produced by the
Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion Research, and was published by
the center-right German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on
November 21.

The research showed that more than half of the German population
believes that Islam is prone to violence (64%); has a tendency toward
revenge and retaliation (60%); is obsessed with proselytizing others
(56%); and strives for political influence (56%).

More than 80% of Germans believe that Islam deprives women of their
rights, and 70% say Islam is associated with religious fanaticism and
radicalism. By contrast, only 13% of Germans associate Islam with love
for neighbors, 12% with charity and 7% with openness and tolerance.

The study concluded that the image of Islam in Germany is
"devastating." The findings -- which corroborate the conclusions of
other recent studies -- underscore a growing divide between ordinary
Germans, who are concerned about the consequences of mass immigration
from Muslim countries, and Germany's political elites, who are
determined to build a "multicultural" society at any cost.

In December, German authorities said Islamic extremists were behind a botched bomb attack
at the main train station in Bonn. In the December 10 incident, a man
allegedly linked to Al Qaeda left a bag containing a bomb on a platform
at the train station. Authorities say the detonator was activated, but
failed to cause an explosion.

Also in December, a militant Salafist group released several videos calling on its followers to take German hostages
in an effort to secure the release of Murat K, the Islamist who is
currently serving a six-year prison sentence for stabbing two policemen
in Bonn in May.

The videos promise that "we will not rest until we have freed you
from captivity." In one of the videos, a man speaking German with a
foreign accent says: "Everyone who offends the Prophet will be
slaughtered, whether near or far. And know this, brother, the Germans
are easy enough to reach. We will take them prisoners, until you are
free for your noble deed."

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I believe that there will be a time when Muslims outnumber the rest, because I am pretty sure that the Homosexual Movements will prevail. This would mean that they will not get many offspring, but Muslims can practice Polygyny and get Lots of offspring. It's like a demographic ghazwa/jihad.

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