There are a lot of debates that recently appeared in the local mass media, about building an Islamic center in Helsinki in Finland. Some people talked about which the advantages the community will obtain from such a project, while others were afraid of this structure to be a source of terrorists.
However, there is no doubt of the general consensus that muslims have the right to practice their religion freely like other religions. Building the Islamic center in Finland is essential and useful for several reasons. Muslims in Finland need a center that assists them to determine many Islamic issues that are various from their place according to the new environment, for instance organizing prominent Muslims rituals like: prayers timetable, fast times, charity … etc.
An important role of the Islamic center is establishing the coexistence of the muslims in this country. Actually, it will focus on facing the challenges that confront Muslims in Finland, as well as try to establish bridges between muslims and their society. It also will contribute in integration of the new comers with the community since most of them come from islamic background, and support them in learning Finnish as it would be the common language for communication of people from different countries and languages.
Moreover, building such a center that clarify what real, correct islam is helps steering away from misconceptions that may lead to extremism ideology and terrorism. Several sources indicated that the terrorists’ have little knowledge of islam. Above all else, keeping minorities rights to perform their rituals freely, and supporting them as an integral entity of the society is a pillar of European societies that they deserve to be proud of.
I congratulate muslims in Finland and whole world for the fasting month Ramadan.
One of Immigrants,