LONDON (AFP) - More than 100,000 white British women, average age 27 years have chosen to become Muslim, that number doubled in 10 years with an average age of 27 years because they were fed up with consumerism and immorality.
Britain's leading newspaper the Daily in a report this week, written Jack Doyle said there waves on a young white woman adopted the religion of Islam, last year recorded about 5200 people in the UK to choose Islam among sister-in-law of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Last year Lauren Booth, sister-in-law of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, attracted wide attention when he announced that he had converted to Islam.
Observer Islam in Britain, Hakimul Brett, S. Sos., MA to the correspondent Between London, on Monday said the phenomenon of increasing number of Muslims in Britain, mainly White British to Islam can not be separated from the high intensity and the massive publicity about Islam.
According to a lecturer at Gadjah Mada University who are taking PhD at Essex University, said the Muslim community since the last few decades and has increased significantly in the last decade.
Brett said Hakimul interesting to see why some women who convert because Islam is "liberate" them from consumerism and immorality with the use burqah, scarf, shawl and dress like Muslim women.
Again based on the spirit of democracy and individuality, dressed Muslim women mostly found in various cities in the UK. The immigrant Muslim women can freely dress.
This condition presents the "mirror" for British women address problems of consumerism and habits among the young England party, said sociologist UGM Yogyakarta.
Hakimul reveal the question arises, why is Islam that tends to appear with a negative face (radical destructive) actually desirable or attractive "White British to Convert to Islam" This phenomenon could be caused by several things.
According Hakimul Brett, who was doing his research S3 Islamifikasi in England and the West, first, Western principles that emphasize individual creativity and freedom of thought enables individuals in the UK to learn (study) more about Islam.
The information is very knowledgeable about Islam can be obtained via the Internet, said the lecturer sosialogi UGM, adding moreover, discourse on Islam and Muslim communities became a topic of study and research is increasingly interested in college.
When Islam reviewed by individuals within the framework of academic / intellectual, then in accordance with the principles of science (scientific Western) have access to diverse sources of thought (school of thoughts) and the schools are diverse (pros and cons).
This interpretation allows the appearance of wealth, wisdom (wisdom), and humanity in Islam. Nonradikal Islam, peace (peaceful), moderate and pluralist increasingly attract the attention of Western society, said one of the founders of ICMI MASIKA Yogyakarta, and chairman of the Indonesian Moslem Association in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, UK.
The tendency of interest in nonviolence and moderate Islam that can be seen for example in the discourse of dialogue multi (multi-faiths dialogue) as well as efforts to "mainstream" (mainstreaming) of non-Islamic Middle East.
He said in this context, Indonesia to be excellent.
"Face of Indonesian Islam is moderate, tolerant and conscious of gender, for example, be a" topic "principal appointed by former Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. President Barack Obama in their visit to Indonesia," said Hakimul Brett, who won the Masters in Politics and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham, England.
As part of the Indonesian Muslim community, has a great opportunity to make extraordinary expression of Indonesian Islam as a "mainstream" or alternative to the expression of the Middle East Islam that Islam is the one in connection with Al-Qur `an, but its expression varies in the Middle East , India, Pakistan and Indonesia.
In addition to the publicity and the Islamic discourse is strengthened at the global level, other factors also determine the increase in conversion to Islam among White British is the increasing number of Muslim immigrants in the UK as from Pakistan, Turkey, Bangladesh, Middle East, and Asia such as Indonesia and Malaysia.
The number of Muslim immigrants are making symbols of Islam is widespread and can be found in various parts of the city. For example, Butcher Halal or kosher meat, kosher pizza, and others such as the number of women on the street wearing a hijab.
The term "kosher" has become "iconic" a very effective publicity about Islam. Sales of kosher meat in supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda, and Sainsburry, for example, make the British Agriculture Minister should explain to the public on the definition of meat halal or kosher meat.
In its development, halal meat is not simply a matter of Islam, but also about a healthy diet Healthy meat / food, according to Judge.