In the last novel of Michel Houellebecq, Soumission, Mohammed Ben Abbes, Muslim Fraternity’s leader, is elected the president of France and afterwards, he moves on quickly with his project of islamization of France. Then Houellebecq makes a surprisingly plot twist in the normal narrative of doom and implosion of France and subsequently, of Europe. Mohammed Ben Abbes reveals himself as an admirer of the Roman Empire and inspired by it, moves to integrate Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Turkey and Egypt into the European Union; moreover, he even proposes to relocate the European Parliament to Athens and the European Commission to Rome; he aspires to be the first elected president of the European Union. With the force of its demography, Islam would be the glue of the new Europe, an reenactment of Rome, and not its destruction: Eurabia. There are innumerable plot holes in this “happy ending”, but nevertheless, it is a reminder of history’s cycles, rolling unstoppable.

In one talk held in 2009, a trustee of the Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE) told the recruits: “Our goal is to create the True Believer, [and] to then mobilise these believers into an organised force for change who will carry out dawah [preaching], hisbah [enforcement of Islamic law] and jihad. This will lead to social change and Iqamatud-Deen [an Islamic social and political order].” Another IFE document said: “IFE’s primary work is in Europe because it is this continent, despite all the furore about its achievements, which has a moral and spiritual vacuum.”

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