Successful Muslim in Europe

Successful Muslim in Europe

The world media is not interested in the news of Osama Bin Laden and Ayman Ath-Thawahri only, also; the Muslims who carry out the terrorist bombings in Europe and America are not the symbol of Muslims living in the west or even the spokespersons of Islam there, but there are other Muslims of another type; there are many Muslims who realized that integration with the western society is not against adhering to the moderate teachings of one”s religion. They realized that Islam is not intended only for the east or the Arabs, but for the west and east as well. Islam is a mission targeting at creating a kind of harmony, development and tolerance among the whole humans.

Those Muslims loved and belonged to the European societies where they live though the racial discrimination and difficulties they suffered from. They proved that the path of success and progress is not necessarily furnished by roses, and that they can be successful without giving up their principles and thoughts


In its recent issue, the American Time Magazine shed the light on some of the stories indicating this type of those European Muslims. It concentrated on the majority of Muslims living in Europe and America as a different kind of success stories

The European Muslims spend their times in business like the other fellow Europeans. Though the war against terror created a kind of tension for Muslims living in Europe, indeed it created a competition for skills granting Muslims new opportunities in globalised cities and sectors. The shoes shelves in a mosque near La Defense suburb in Paris are always crammed with shoes on Fridays; these shoes are not only for immigrants, but for rich managers as well. The prayer rooms in London“s multinational companies are not used only by immigrant building guards and subsidy employees, but the accountants and lawyers as well.

1.            Rasheeda Daty: she is the first minister of Arabic origin in France. The magazine considered the French Minister of Justice, French Rasheeda, a live model of integration policy even before reaching her current post; the Muslim minister was known in the French mass media as the Secretary of Sarkozy.

Rasheeda was born in France for a moderate family with a Moroccan father and an Algerian mother. She could acquire the master degree in the General Law and Economics after a long life suffering from work ing in hospitals during the nights for financing her study. The minister of Justice, Rasheeda, served as a judge in 1997 for one of the most important courts of Paris. In 2002, she joined the cabinet of Sarkozy as private consultant. As a Muslim and of Arabic origin, Rasheeda worked as a link between Sarkozy and the youth of the French suburbs that experienced wide- range violence in the late 2005. She joined the Union Party for a popular movement headed by Sarkozy. She was appointed a Minister of Justice afterwards since May 2007.

2- Famil Arsalan: She is the first lawyer to wear a Hijab (headscarf) in Netherlands. Despite being praised by the American Time magazine for her success as a lawyer with an office rich of customers in Lahai, Netherlands; Time narrated that in her first day of work, she was thought to be a cleaner by the receptionist because she wore Hijab. Famil worked as a professional lawyer after working at The Ministry of Labor in Netherlands for five years and acquiring the master degree in the International Law. Though being born in Turkey, she managed to be one of the prominent figures in Lahai in a shorter time. Famil says “this is the best time to be a European Muslim since the whole society focuses on us. Muslims living Europe are the focal point of the society, so it”s a big opportunity for who seizes it”. In spite of being told that she is a prominent successful lawyer, the first lady to wear Hijab thinks that if it were not for her being an immigrant lady of Muslim origins and wearing Hijab, she could make greater success. Arsalan has the solutions for both Muslims and non-Muslims suffering from minority problems as well as the racial and dogmatic diversity; she said “we are all equal and should be unified; Europe will never prosper without our cooperation”.

3- Fatima Zeebo: She is a researcher at the Belgian League University. Fatima is preparing herself to acquire the Doctorate degree in the Political Sciences at League University in Belgium. She distributes her activity between her study, the research centers, and the researches of the right of the foreign electors in voting in Belgium. She is used to appear with her Hijab and Muslim name in all activities asserting “my Hijab is not a symbol or a banner, but an expression of my spiritual life”.


4-      Zobeir bin Tredet: He is a consultant for an international accounting company in Paris. Time described him of being one of the most self-confident Muslims in Europe; he never hesitates or get worried when speaking in Arabic in the phone at the office. He never claims to be ill while fasting during Ramadan, nor refuses wine claiming that he has got a headache, but he refuses for being Muslim. The magazine quoted him saying “whenever you are a professional at your business, they will consider you a secular one. But when you go for minutes to pray, this is quite shock for them”. Bin Tredet works as a financial manager for the French Arial Bank for a group of great economic companies and a founding consultant for at Ezella for Investment. He tried to prove that one may be a Muslim and successful in France, so he founded an internet- based club name “Les Du Loriee”.

5-      `Assem Seddeqi: He is a member of the International Institute for the Strategic Studies and the founder of the British City Circle Society. `Assem was practical in dealing with the British society as a Muslim. He considers the bar an important place for communication and cultural gatherings, so never drink wines. It would be difficult for one to be promoted in his job, therefore, Seddeqi decided to found the Circle Society aiming at organizing weekly seminars and forums for the British Muslims as an alternative to going to bars for wines. In the same time, the Society facilitates to the youth to upgrade their professional standards and gives them the opportunity to discuss their problems or even making Sufi poetry. Seddieqi is not more that 32 years old, however he could manage his business as an accountant in London to join the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He managed to integrate himself in the British society for not finding it contradicting to introduce himself as “British Muslim”.