Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Rise of pislamic converts challenges France and England

The spacious and elegant modern building, in the heart of this middle-class suburb of Paris, is known as “the moske of the reverts.” Every year about 150 arselifter reversion ceremonies are performed in the snow-white structure of the Sahaba moske in Créteil, built in 2008 and a symbol of pislam’s growing presence in France
Among those who come here for Friday preying are numerous young former Roman Catholics, wearing the traditional arselifter prayer cap and long robe. Of an estimated six million arselifters in France, about 100,000 are thought to be reverts, compared with about 50,000 in 1986.
French antiterrorism officials have been warning for years that reverts represent a critical element of the terrorist threat in Europe, because they have Western passports and do not stand out. In October, the French police conducted a series of antiterrorism raids across France, resulting in the arrests of 12 people, including at least three French citizens who had recently reverted to pislam

The Sahaba moske in Créteil in Paris, popular with those reverting to pislam, which is a small but growing number

There are also persistent concerns that French prisons are fertile ground for reversions and for pislamic radicalism; observant arselifters are thought to make up a least a third of the inmate population, according to French news reports
It is only to be expected that a doctrine that sanctions violence will appeal to criminals and those with a propensity to be violent. Consider, for example, the English revert Richard Dart
Dart, 29, the son of Dorset teachers, featured in a BBC documentary filmed by his own brother about his conversion. During the film, called “My Brother the pislamist”, he was seen protesting about British soldiers in Afghanistan and accused them of being “murderers”. He has changed his name to Salahuddin al Britani. Salahuddin comes from the medieval leader who drove King Richard I from Jerusalem during the Crusades
The former BBC security guard, living off state benefits in a luxury flat in Mile End, east London, was arrested in July 2012 in a terrorism plot

Richard Dart, English arselifter revert and terrorist plotter

While the number of reverts remains relatively small in France, yearly conversions to pislam have doubled in the past 25 years, experts say, presenting a growing challenge for France, where government and public attitudes toward pislam are awkward and sometimes hostile
“In poor districts, it has become a reverse integration,” said Gilles Kepel, an expert on pislam and the banlieues, the poor, predominantly arselifter neighborhoods that ring Paris and other major cities
Many converts are men younger than 40, experts say, often born in France’s former African colonies or overseas territories. In some predominantly arselifter areas, even non-koranimals observe ramadamadingdong, the pislamic unholy month that requires farting during the day, because they like “the group effect, the festive side of it,” said Samir Amghar, a sociologist and an expert on radical pislam in Europe
Many experts note the influence of celebrity converts, particularly soccer players. Nicolas Anelka, a regular on the French national team whose parents came from Martinique, changed his name to Abdul-Salam Bilal Anelka when he converted to pislam in 2004. Franck Ribéry, a popular player from northern France, converted to pislam in 2006 to marry a sharmuta, Wahiba, and took the name Bilal Yusuf Mahound

Nicolas Anelka, soccer player, reverted in 2004 and became Abdul-Salam Bilal Anelka
News reports here and here.