I recently discovered the meaning of the German word - ZEITGEIST. It means the spirit of the age…a wonderful gem!
The current Zeitgeist across Europe is fear. Fear of sustained economic turbulence coupled with an almost schizophrenic fear of Political Islam.
Personally I feel Muslims should operate from a standpoint of faith rather than belief as this would dampen negative perceptions of Islam and suffocate Political Islam which is a problem. Faith is something universal and facilitates authentic dialogue and trust which is so lacking between the 3 great monotheistic Religions. It is such a shame that Muslims, Christians and Jews do not get on better as our common patriarch is the great Abraham (pbuh) whose hallmark was his intense faith & devotion to God.
There are too many 'gate keepers' in Islam, Christianity and Judaism who have a disproportionate amount of power. And it is high time that we believers take the initiative and kick down these doors and start sharing our HEARTS.
Just like Jesus (pbuh) who preferred to be with and heal lepers or Moses (pbuh) who left the comfort of Pharaohs palace to be with his mother or Muhammed (pbuh) who empowered a Black Slave to rebel against and forgive his cruel slave master…Inshallah / God Willing!
Peace be to you, fear not. ~Genesis 43:23Faisal