From: The Nation
RENOWNED Swiss politician Daniel Streich, who rose to fame for his campaign against minarets of mosques, has embraced Islam.A member of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) and a well-known politician, Daniel Streich was the first man who had launched a drive for imposition of ban on mosques minarets, and to lock the mosques in Switzerland.
The proclamation of Streich’s conversion to Islam has created furore in Swiss politics, besides causing a tremor for those who supported ban on construction of mosques minarets. Streich propagated his anti-Islamic movement far and wide in the country, sowed seeds of indignation and scorn for Islam among the people, and paved way for public opinion against pulpits and minarets of mosques. But now Streich has become a soldier of Islam.
His anti-Islam thoughts finally brought him so close to this religion that he embraced Islam. He is ashamed of his doings now and desires to construct the most beautiful mosque of Europe in Switzerland.The most interesting thing in this regard is that at present there are four mosques in Switzerland and Streich wants to lay the foundation for the fifth one. He wishes to seek absolution of his sin of proliferating venom against Islam.
He is thinking of a movement contrary to his previous one to promote religious tolerance and peaceful cooperative living, in spite of the fact that ban on mosques minarets has gained a legal status. This is the greatest quality of Islam that it comes up with even greater vigour, when it is faced with confrontation.
Abdul Majeed Aldai, the president of OPI, an NGO, working for the welfare of Muslims, says that Europeans have a great desire to know about Islam. Some of them want to know about the relationship between Islam and terrorism; same was the case with Streich. During his confrontation, Streich studied the Holy Quran and started understanding Islam.
He wished to be hard to Islam, but the outcome was otherwise. Aldai further says. Recently the question of ban on minarets was put to voting in Switzerland, wherein the Swiss nationals gave the issue a legal status.
One of the miracle of Islam how many of the enemies of Islam became the best Muslims. This paradox reflects few things:
1- Islam was never about prophet Muhammad or Muslims but about God. Once people submit to God Muslims feel very happy and forget all the animosities or wickedness they did against Islam.
2- It shows you how God guide people whenever he wants, they just have to be sincere.
3- Muslims do not wane in calling people to Islam even their enemies, but they observe their tactics. One of them The evil Jews and disbelievers would do at time of the prophet they plan to become Muslims and then quit in few days so they can confuse Muslims and the reality is they were confusing themselves and will get great punishment from God.
4- This life we have now is short and pleasures or sufferings are very minimal compared by eternity. Thus most of wise people will buy their eternity and not to loose it for few material things.
5- There is no really big difference between Islam and Judaism or Christianity if we follow sincerely God they are about the same. The evil power are united to keep the status quo of the rich and corrupt and the rich families.
6- It is amazing how people who were strong against Islam become the most strong to stand for Islam. Omar Ben Al Khateib was about to kill the prophet and became the strongest Muslim to defend and protect him. The army leaders Khalid ben Al Walid and Amer Ben Al as were used to be the best military leaders against Muslims and became the best to defend Islam.
Thus to all who care about finding God and their eternity examine the Quran and consider much your eternity. There are no coincidences there but a great creator who communicated with humans over ages. To whom we will return again.
كَيْفَ تَكْفُرُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَكُنتُمْ أَمْوَاتاً فَأَحْيَاكُمْ ثُمَّ يُمِيتُكُمْ ثُمَّ يُحْيِيكُمْ ثُمَّ إِلَيْهِ تُرْجَعُونَ (2:28)
2:28 (Picktall) How disbelieve ye in Allah when ye were dead and He gave life to you! Then he will give you death, then life again, and then unto Him ye will return. -
الَّذِينَ يَظُنُّونَ أَنَّهُم مُّلاَقُو رَبِّهِمْ وَأَنَّهُمْ إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ (2:46)
2:46 (Picktall) Who know that they will have to meet their Lord, and that unto Him they are returning. -
الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُم مُّصِيبَةٌ قَالُواْ إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ (2:156)
2:156 (Picktall) Who say, when a misfortune striketh them: Lo! we are Allah's and Lo! unto Him we are returning.