Sweden is closing its prisons. What about a prisonless world?

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Swedish prison uddevalla.

Swedish Prisons are for rehabilitation, not for punishment. Sweden is now closing its prisons, due to lack of prisoners.

The Swedish prison population has dropped by nearly a sixth since it peaked at 5,722 in 2004. In 2012, there were 4,852 people in prison in Sweden, out of a population of 9.5 million. The US has a prison population of 2,239,751, equivalent to 716 people per 100,000. China ranks second with 1,640,000 people behind bars, or 121 people per 100,000, while Russia’s inmates are 681,600, amounting to 475 individuals per 100,000. Brazilian prisons hold 548,003 citizens, 274 people per 100,000; finally, India’s prison population amounts to 385,135, with a per capita rate of just 30 inmates per 100,000 citizens.

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Swedish prison Sollentuna.

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Swedish prison cell.

Kumla prison in Sweden

Swedish prison cell.

Sweden doesn’t have the Death Penalty, neither it has any real punishment or real prison for criminals. But Sweden has less crimes than other countries. It is because Swedish society is an equal society, there is no big gap between rich and poor, obviously Sweden is a good welfare state and needless to say that there is more equality between men and women in Sweden than most countries in the world. Sweden has been experiencing less violent crimes than before. Theft and drugs offenses still exist though.

We have learned from Sweden that if we can create equality in society, the crime rates will go down. If we can create equality in the world, there will be no crime, and there will be no prison. I am dreaming of that crimeless prisonless beautiful world.

The noise of Islam!

Are you a Swede?
The first thing you should do is to listen to azan , the Islamic call to prayer.
You may want to get the translation of azan. Here it is:
Allahu Akbar.Allahu Akbar.Allahu Akbar.Allahu Akbar(Allah is Great).
Ashhadu an la ilaha illa Allah.Ashhadu an la ilaha illa Allah (I bear witness that there is no god except Allah.)
Ashadu anna Muhammadan Rasool Allah.Ashadu anna Muhammadan Rasool Allah (I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah).
Hayya ‘ala-s-Salah.Hayya ‘ala-s-Salah (Hurry to the prayer).
Hayya ‘ala-l-Falah. Hayya ‘ala-l-Falah (Hurry to success).
Allahu Akbar.Allahu Akbar (Alllah is great).
La ilaha illa Allah (There is no god except Allah).
As-salatu Khayrun Minan-nawm.As-salatu Khayrun Minan-nawm (Prayer is better than sleep).

Then you should read the news.

A mosque in suburban Stockholm could become the first in Sweden to sound prayer calls from its minaret after getting permission from police.
A Turkish Islamic association in the suburb of Fittja wants to use loudspeakers to sound the Islamic call to prayer at midday on Fridays.
Stockholm police on Thursday approved the group’s application, but said it must inform residents living within a 1-kilometer (0.6-mile) radius of the mosque before it starts to use the loudspeakers. The decision can be appealed by local residents.
Though there are mosques in all major cities in Sweden, the one in Fittja, where many residents are immigrants from Muslim countries, was the first to request permission for prayer calls.

Then you should think how you would feel to listen to azan at every midday on Fridays! You should know that if you allow to do it on Fridays, they will continue asking you to allow it on other days. And you have to allow it on other days because you have allowed it on Fridays. Then they will continue asking you to allow it for 5 times a day. And you have to allow it 5 times a day because you have allowed it once a day. Then you should sit down and think how you would feel to wake up early in the morning everyday when you badly need some sleep. Then you should think about listening this prayer call 5 times a day. Then you should learn that more mosques will be built in your town. More azan you will hear every day. You should know that other towns in your country will get more and more mosques too. And Your neighbor countries are also having the same noise of Islam. And one day you will find that you have no voice. No one can hear your voice, not even you, because the noise of Islam is louder than your voice.

It is alarming!

Why do Muslims need to listen to azan to get ready for prayers? The world is not a desert, it is not a barbaric, illiterate, uncivilized world. It is a modern world. It is 21st century, not 500 or 600 something AD. It is not like nobody knows what time it is. Muslims have watches, mobile phones, alarm clocks; they go to their meetings and demonstrations in time. They go to work in time. They do not need any loud call to work that says, ‘It is time for your work. Hurry to work. Work is better than sleep’.

Muslims! You will not spare Europe! But keep in mind your neighbors do not need to hear about your personal belief 5 times a day. Do they? It costs nothing to be a bit rational. Why don’t you try?