Islamization Russia

Finnish Defense Ministry Publication: Russian Challenges Include Becoming a Muslim Majority State…….

The Finnish Ministry of Defense has published a report available in English concerning the problems/challenges facing Russia. On page 51 under the heading of “Islam in Russia”, the subject of Russia’s challenges becomes even that much more interesting. It’s the first time I’ve seen a Finnish Ministry report mentioning the possibility of Russia becoming a Muslim majority state. KGS

Islam in Russia: Islam and Muslims pose a serious challenge
Islam and Muslims in Russia pose a serious challenge to Russia’s internal stability and domestic policy. After the collapse of the Soviet Union the self-esteem and sense of identity of Russia’s 20 million Muslims have been bolstered. In 1991 there were approximately 300 mosques in Russia; the present number approaches 8 000. Half of the new mosques have been built with foreign financing, mainly from Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia. In 1991 there were no Islamic schools in the Russian Federation. Now there are approximately 60 madrassas, attended by some 50 000 students.
Percentagewise, the largest Muslim populations are in the Volga-Ural region, Bashkorstan, Tatarstan, the North Caucasus and the Karelian Republic. In the Karelian Republic there are some 20 000 Muslims (3 % of the population).32
Another striking statistic is related to the growth of Russia’s Muslim population. Russia is about to face big demographic challenges. Russia’s population is diminishing by approximately 400 000 persons per year; yet, the population in 15 Russian regions increased in 2005. Each of them, such as Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetya in the North Caucasus has sizeable Muslim populations. The life expectancy among Muslim males is far greater than that of ethnic Russians.33
Paul Goble, an expert of Islam and the Muslim populationin Russia, estimates that the majority of Russian military recruits will be Muslims in 2015. In 2020 twenty per cent of the citizens will be Muslims, provided that the current demographic trends continue. If no changes occur, within three decades the majority of the citizens of the Russian Federation will be Muslims. Russian Muslims are a very heterogeneous group, ranging from Volga Tatars and multiethnic groupings in the North Caucasus to the new immigrants from the former Soviet republics in Central Asia.
Yet, they share one common denominator: their birth rates exceed that of the Slavic population.34 Looking at the statistics it becomes perfectly clear that Russian Muslims are going to play an important role in the future. This will not affect domestic policy only, but will also have an effect on foreign policy. Although Russia is an observer at the Congress of Islamic Organisation, its Iran policy also reflects Russia’s internal differences of opinion. On the one hand Russia seeks cooperation and shared interests but, on the other hand, it is wary of the Islamic world and sees itself, first and foremost, as a European state.
The status of Islam and Muslims has greatly suffered because of the Chechen Wars. Most Russians equate Islam with terrorism, which is also an impression partially sustained by the government-controlled media. The growing xenophobia among ethnic Russians may result in local tensions with the Muslim population. The position of Muslims in predominantly ethnic Russian areas is not enviable.
Especially the Caucasians, regardless of their religious affiliation, face discrimination and persecution. Demographic changes and higher birth rates in Muslim areas instil fear in Russia, causing people to believe that Russia is gradually becoming an Islamic country.
This has resulted in problems with obtaining building permits for mosques as well as in racist aggression. The most worrisome feature is the increasing violence towards the Muslim population. Vandalism against mosques has increased throughout this decade. In 2006, an Imam was shot dead at his doorstep in the city of Kyslovodsk. Among other things, the increasing role of Islam in society was thought to be a motive for the murder. These types of ethnic tensions also caused the Kondopoga riots in the Karelian Republic in 2006.
In spite of all this, Russia’s Muslim community is convinced that Muslims and Islam are part of the Russian identity and that they have a place in Russia. After all, as early as 922 Russia had its first Muslim nation, the Volga Bulgars. Umar Idrisov, head of the Muslim Religious Directorate in the Nizhniy Novgorod region, was asked whether a future President of the Russian Federation could be Muslim. He replied, “I may not live long enough to witness the wonderful miracle but I hope that, sooner or later, it will happen.
Russia emerged from two civilizations – the Turkish and the Slavic, Islamic and Christian. The first state religion in the area of Russia was Islam, so why couldn’t Russia have a Muslim president?”

NOTE: What’s noteworthy is the report’s attempt to put a positive spin on the “serious challenge” a Muslim majority Russia would pose for the Russian state, and the West as well. Cognitive dissonance in full display, or a severe case of political correctness, or both? There are very dark clouds on the horizon for Europe every which way you look.

It’s encouraging that the Finnish Defense Ministry is actually looking at the rise in Muslim demographics as a possible “serious challenge”, but then it wastes the opportunity on wishfull thinking, insteading of shouting DANGER-WARNING-TURN BACK-DON’T DO IT.

10 Responses

  1. Knowing that there are people in the Ministry of Defence that are basing their analysis on facts while paying lip service to the ruling ideology, makes me sleep better. In the end, it’s nothing new. During the dark days of Finlandization, you could not name the enemy but you “knew” from which direction it would come.

    It shows that not all the parts of Finnish government are overtaken by the “body snatchers” but there are people interested in real threats in real world.

  2. Soon we finns live between two muslim states, Russia and Sweden. Sweden will have muslims over 50 % of youth under age of 25 yrs in year 2030. Trend is strong also in Holland.

  3. The demand for Muslim schools comes from parents who want their children a safe environment with an Islamic ethos.Parents see Muslim schools where children can develop their Islamic Identity where they won’t feel stigmatised for being Muslims and they can feel confident about their faith.
    Muslim schools are working to try to create a bridge between communities. There is a belief among ethnic minority parens that the British schooling does not adequatly address their cultural needs. Failing to meet this need could result in feeling resentment among a group who already feel excluded. Setting up Muslim school is a defensive response.

    State schools with monolingual teachers are not capable to teach English to bilingual Muslim children. Bilingual teachers are needed to teach English to such children along with their mother tongue. According to a number of of studies, a child will not learn a second language if his first language is ignored.

    Bilingual Muslim children need state funded Muslim schools with bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods. Muslims have the right to educate their children in an environment that suits their culture. This notion of “integration”, actually means “assimilation”, by which people generally really mean “be more like me”. That is not multiculturalism. In Sydney, Muslims were refused to build a Muslim school, because of a protest by the residents. Yet a year later, permission was given for the building of a Catholic school and no protests from the residents. This clrearly shows the blatant hypocrisy, double standards and racism. Christians oppose Muslim schools in western countries yet build their own religious schools.

    British schooling and the British society is the home of institutional racism. The result is that Muslim children are unable to develop
    self-confidence and self-esteem, therefore, majority of them leave schools with low grades. Racism is deeply rooted in British society. Every native child is born with a gene or virus of racism, therefore, no law could change the attitudes of racism towards those who are different. It is not only the common man, even member of the royal family is involved in racism. The father of a Pakistani office cadet who was called a “Paki” by Prince Harry
    has profoundly condemned his actions. He had felt proud when he met the Queen and the Prince of Wales at his son’s passing out parade at Sandhurst in 2006 but now felt upset after learning about the Prince’s comments. Queen Victoria invited an Imam from India to teach her Urdu language. He was highly respected by the Queen but other members of the royal family had no respect for him. He was forced to go back to India. His protrait is still in one of the royal places.

    There are hundreds of state schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion, all such schools may be designated as Muslim community schools with bilingual Muslim teachers. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school.
    Iftikhar Ahmad
    http://www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk

  4. Nice try IftikharA, but your comment reeks of double talk and obfuscation.

    Muslims have been shown time and again to be refusing to intergrate into Western society. So excuse me for not being sympathetic to your claims of feeling resentment at not being able to be even more Muslim than being British.

    It’s the height of arrogance to demand the host society to conform to the demands of those WHO SHOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR JUST BEING ALLOWED TO LIVE IN ITS SOCIETY.

    If you want to live in a Muslim setting….go elsewhere, like Pakistan or the Sudan, Saudi Arabia…even Somalia!

    My children are bi-lingual and did not need special rights to ensure they got a fair education. You and yours need to adjust to the host society not the other way around.

    Screw multi-culturalism, its another word for colonialism by a differetn name. I find no need in implementing such a system in reverse, this time the developed world being used by the developing world as a means to benefit economically. Screw the whole project.

    You talk of multi-culturalism yet promote a mono-cultural ideology…Islam. What hypocricy. Islam is the one of more racist ideologies out there, as well as being imperialistic. Go peddle your wares elsewhere, I’m not interested.

    KGS

  5. Yes screw multiculturalism.

    This person is exactly what the host country does not need.

    Just adapt to my needs; no acknowledgement of the fact that you were afforded sanctuary in a country with the core values of the rule of law and freedom of speech that you put behind your own narrow ideology.

    Have you ever seen a more transparent exposure of the mindset of these people as that offered by this Iftikhar?.

    Why do these people migrate in the first place?

    They seem unable to adapt – just learning to get along with others who are different from you.

    Any adaptation, rather, takes the form of blaming others for anything and everything.

    So my kid has self-esteem problems? Blame the racist community in which I live – its their fault.

    Australia has experienced successive waves of immigration from the early fifties on – even earlier.

    English, Irish, Scottish, Germans, Italians Greeks, Serbs, Croats, Turks, Finns, Swedes, White Russians, etc. etc.,

    Guess what Iftikhar? They adapted and became productive citizens; they didn’t whinge, whine, and act out the victim role that has become a fine art in recent years in Europe and Britain.

    Children of immigrants got called names, they were singled out and ‘picked on’. Its part of life and happens everywhere.

    It doesn’t mean you have to have a Muslim school and with bilingual school teachers to safeguard your childrens’ self-esteem!

    Maassa maan tavalla tai maasta pois. (When in Rome . . )

    But no – they know they’re on to a good thing – they’re not that stupid.

  6. That sums it up in a nutshell.

    “This person is exactly what the host country does not need.”

    And who knows how many of these types who cling to the cloak of “moderate” are actually what they claim to be? The West is playing cultural suicide.

  7. Iftikara is a well-known spammer. You would be well-served to just delete it. As for Russia, yeah, they’e screwed. Mark Steyn says in “Amrica Alone” that in 50 years Yemen will have a higher population. The average lifespan for a man is 58.9 years, but women live as long as Western European women. 7 out of 10 pegnancies are aborted, none of them by Muslims. That indicates to me that they don’t have much hope for the fture. They also have drug-resistant strains of TB and a sub-Saharan-sclae AIDS epidemic, not to mention a ridiculous heroin problem. Russia will probably be Islamic. They should start selling land to China before they just come and take it.

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