Well, Islam is probably the strongest ideological force humankind has ever seen. Islam is not like any other religion. Islam is a VERY , VERY strong and complete ideological framework that has religious , political , social , economic , spiritual , military ,and legalistic aspects to it. History of mankind has never seen such a solid and consistent ideology. Almost all the time, whereever Islam went , it ingrained itself in the soil of that land (the only exception is Spain where Muslims ruled 800 years but then driven back. Balkans were just under Turkish rule but never had any significant Muslim presence or cultural influence). Graham E. Fuller in his book , "A world without Islam" , writes that Islam has got great vitality and it is culturally, economically and socially very strong. People used to "mentally-m*sterbate" that Islam thrives in poorer countries etc but in the last century , this myth has been practically debunked now. Countries like Turkey , Malaysia , Indonesia , Saudi Arabia , Qatar , Kuwait etc etc are very rich and prosperous (and Western in case of Turkey) but yet , Islam not only survive but it THRIVES in these lands. Unlike Christianity , which is a dead religion now in the West, Islam is a very influential religion. Wherever it exists , its followers practice it. Even the Muslim communities in the Western world take Islam seriously and practice and live by their faith.
Islam "self-grow" itself by Islamic finance. Islamic banking is now over a trillion dollar industry and growing. Islamic halal industry is worth $2.5 trillion and growing. Islam practically holds a HUGE chunk of geographic area (~ 30,000,000 sq. kilometers) and has significant presence in Western China , India , Russia , Europe etc .Islam is literally present in EVERY SINGLE NATION ON EARTH!.
Now Islam is moving to the "New World" for the first time. Islam also has one of the largest, most comprehensive law-code in the history of mankind. ~ 1.8-2.2 billion people all around the world get influenced by Islamic Shari'ah (directly or indirectly) in one way or the other.
Islam presents itself as a "total" ideology covering all aspects of life, it gives it's followers a sense of a shared culture and brotherhood, and a sense of emptiness to those who begin to doubt it.Islam legislates almost EVERYTHING of a human being. It controls them completely. From food to sex ...from marriage to divorce..from personal cleanness to manners of using toilet etc. Islam plays role in everything and this make its followers to start recognizing with Islam. Islam just ingrains itself in the mind of follower and even if a follower leave Islam , he/she won't come out of it for ever! (I know many such people who still wear Hijabs , don't eat pork or drink etc just because they WERE Muslims. Now it has become a part of them).
Also , Islam has a VERY strong culture. Muslim girls would not date a "non-Muslim" guy and their first preference will always be to look for a "Muslim" boy (experience from high school/college lol). Even if Muslim girls have sex , kissing , dating etc with "non-Muslim" guys , they will very rarely marry them. They always marry within their community and produce their offsprings under the strong Islamic umbrella.
Islam will gain 2.2 billion followers in less than 1450 years, a feat unmatched by any other religion in human history (and in all likeness, will remain unmatched for ever)- Christianity did the same in 2001 years...
Islam is a ideological force having socio-economic, cultural, religious, legal, social, spiritual, and military components to it..Probably the most strongest ideological force to have ever existed...This also makes it way more successful, considering its global spread (It exists in literally every single nation on Earth)....
Remember, spreading just a religion (by changing it and adapting to local culture, like Christianity) is easy...Spread of an comprehensive ideological force such as Islam is hard...very hard..but Islam did it-successfully. Islam is only such ideological, cultural force in human history that is "global" and spread to every single corner to Earth...
Girls in Hijabs are a common sight in Western Universities now a days. It is visual evidence of presence of Islam...you can "feel" it...Can't say that for christianity though...
All these facts make Islam , I think , the strongest ideological fore on the planet. It just doesn't fcuking go down. French ripped their a$$es off to convert Algerians but after hundred years of colonialism , 99.3% of Algerians were still Muslims. . All this show that , as Karen Armstrong put it , Islam just went stronger , stronger , stronger and stronger from the day Muhammad started it. It is spreading like a bubonic plague, even in U.S now...
Current trends (just continuation of background)
Also , about 60% -70% of Muslims worldwide are people who are "young" and hence they'll be getting into their "productive age" and will be reproducing in coming years. Which means ...surprise...Islam will grow even larger! Above that , Islam is a self-perpetuating ideology that starts growing when it goes to a new place. Islam conquered many nations , and instead of despising it , those nations started spreading Islam even further!!!!
Today, Islam is only expanding ...politically (Arab Spring) , culturally , economically , religiously , legally, militarily etc etc and it looks unstoppable ...just like it has been over the centuries!!!!
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The biggest strength of Islam, in my opinion, is its girls. Muslim Girls! There are approximately 700-800 million Muslim girls all over the world. This is the game changer, the core of Islamic Civilization and its global spread. Muslim girls are generally way more practicing than Muslim guys..Even in my university, Muslim girls will be way ahead of Muslim guys in setting up Islamic events, spreading Islamic information and knowledge on campus, and so on. They wear Hijab and uphold their Islamic identity above everything else. And these Muslim girls are also future mothers of Muslims..so when a new baby in born, it stays under the watch of mothers most of the time. And since Muslim girls are 'Islamic', they pass down Islam to their new generation..and this cycle goes on. That is why, with time, Christianity died in West and became irrelevant..That didn't happen to Islam. Islam exerts significant influence wherever it exists..
Muslim girls generally live by strong morals and conviction, unlike, sadly, our Western girls who have been made piece of trash by media and ***** industry..and our birth rates have fallen!
In my opinion, this biggest threat to human race in our entire history (Islamic plague) is very hard to contain. I think that we, the non-Muslim guys, must focus on Muslim girls for education, and awareness. We can use friendship, or even romantic relationships for this purpose. I know, its hard. They aren't promiscuous (another great strength of Islam) but we can try.
If we can start a trend of speaking to Muslim girls, or going out with them, and helping them to break away from Islam..then I see some hope. We might be able to slow down the march of Islam atleast in the parts of Western World and where non-Muslims are still majority.
What do you guys think?
I saw it posted on an Israeli forum, what are your thoughts on it? (Title is copy-pasted as it was).
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