Tariq Ramadan is one of my favorite Muslim scholars.
He once said:
“I am Swiss by nationality, Egyptian by memory, Muslim by religion, European by culture, universalist by principle.”
On this video he's talking about being a Muslim in Europe: [link]
It's interesting for both Muslims and Non-muslims for it's about living together as Europeans (Western citizens respectively).
Recently there are many debates concerning Islam, "Islamism" and "the Muslims" in German policy. And it's alarming, how everything is lumped together.
People outside are getting afraid of Muslims more and more. Sometimes, when I'm outside in the bus or subway, I feel the desire to shout out: "Look, I'm Muslim! Don't panic! We're really normal!"
I'm happy to live here and it's not like people would attack me or so. It's just a subliminal suspiciousness, that I feel.
And I'm really disappointed how some of our leading German politicians talk about these things. They always emphasize the Judeo-Christian culture of Germany. But in fact - as Tariq Ramadan (and my professor of cultural history as well) explains - there is a Judeo-Christian-Islamic history and Europe has to view Muslims not as the “other,” but as integral elements of it!
(maybe I'll change the bg..)