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If Spain welcomes back its Jews, will its Muslims be next?

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The Guardian:

A proposed law will fast-track naturalisation of Jews whose ancestors were expelled 500 years ago. Now the descendants of Muslims who were ousted are also seeking the right to return

Perched dramatically on a rocky mountain, the small city of Toledo overlooks a bend in the Tagus river. Within its maze of cobblestone streets are buildings that once housed mosques, churches and synagogues, hinting at the varied cultures that once called this medieval city home.

Earlier this month, about 50 miles away from Toledo, the Spanish government sought to strengthen its ties with one of these cultures, announcing plans to fast-track the naturalisation of Sephardic Jews, whose ancestors were expelled five centuries ago from Spain.

Alhambra in Granada -- Muslims in Europe made major contributions to the fields of science, philosophy, and architecture [Reuters]

Alhambra in Granada — Muslims in Europe made major contributions to the fields of science, philosophy, and architecture [Reuters]

The bill, said the Spanish government, would “correct a historical wrong”. The legislation has yet to be approved by parliament, but already consulates in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem said they have been flooded with requests for information. Up to 3.5 million people around the world are thought to have Sephardic – Hebrew for “Spanish” – Jewish ancestry.

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4 Responses to If Spain welcomes back its Jews, will its Muslims be next?

  1. Iftikhar Ahmad

    February 26, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Muslims ruled Spain for about 800 years. The Muslims in Spain never used the sword to force the people to convert. Later the Christian Crusaders came to Spain and wiped out the Muslims. There was not a single Muslim in Spain who could openly give the adhan that is the call for prayers.

    One day, Muslims are going to rule Spain again. An increasing number of young Spanish men and women are now crossing over and converting to Islam. where is the Sword!!! Amazing human beings are now finding the truth and why not if Allah the creator sent the prophet and the book.

    The beauty of Islam is that it is a religion which appeals to common sense. There is no blind belief or dogmatism in Islam. The fundamentals of Islam are simple, straightforward and easy to understand.

    If Islam is so bad, then why is it the WORLD’S FASTEST GROWING RELIGION! It is also one of the youngest religions. However no matter how hard everyone tries to give Islam a bad name, it will be twice as more populated. So let’s get straight to the point yeah?, Basically Islam is the most hated religion I don’t know why hmm maybe because it is also the most fastest growing religion and 2nd largest but no one will be able to stop this religion from growing.

    Islam is the fastest growing faith in Britain. Hundreds and thousands of Brits are reverting to Islam. By the middle of this century, over half of Brits would be Muslims.

    The famous historian, Thomas Carlyle, in his book “Heroes and Hero worship”, refers to this misconception about the spread of Islam: “The sword indeed, but where will you get your sword? Every new opinion, at its starting is precisely in a minority of one. In one man’s head alone. There it dwells as yet. One man alone of the whole world believes it, there is one man against all men. That he takes a sword and try to propagate with that, will do little for him. You must get your sword! On the whole, a thing will propagate itself as it can.”

    With which sword was Islam spread? Even if Muslims had it they could not use it to spread Islam because the Quran says in the following verse:

    “Let there be NO compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from error”
    [Al-Quran_002:256]

    It is the sword of intellect. The sword that conquers the hearts and minds of people. The Quran says in Surah Nahl, chapter 16 verse 125:

    “Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious.”
    [Al-Quran 16:125]
    IA
    http://www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk

  2. Rafiq A. Tschannen

    February 26, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Regarding the fastest growing religion in Britain: “hundreds of thousands of British reverting to Islam” is overstating it a bit. A few thousand at the moment. The main reason why Islam is the fastest growing religion in Britain is that adherence to Christianity is dwindling, atheism being the bigger winner.

  3. javaid

    March 5, 2014 at 5:17 am

    muslims have contributed much to spain’s history and have helped build its culture. there are monuments still standing which will testify to this. muslims introduced the concept of religious tolerance and secularism. Maimonides, the jew, was not only the prime minister of the caliph of the time, but also held an additional portfolio of foreign minister. it would be only fair that muslims are also accorded similar treatment as the jews.

  4. K Grey

    March 5, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Jews , apparently, lived in Spain since 100 CE under Roman times and Christian rule. Muslims came in as conquerers.

    K.G.