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News number: 8101300633

13:55 | 2012-04-22

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Iranian VP: European Leaders Fear Spread of Islam

TEHRAN (FNA)- The eye-catching growth in the number of mosques being built in Europe has made leaders of the European states deeply fearful of the rapid spread of Islam and increasing conversion of their nations from Christianity, Iranian Vice-President Seyed Mohammad Reza Mir-Tajeddini said.



"Leaders of the European countries feel deeply endangered by the growing desire and conversion of their people from Christianity to the religion of Islam and the increasing number of mosques in their countries," Mir-Tajeddini said on Sunday.

There was once one single Shiite mosque in Germany, but now the figure has increased to 60, he mentioned.

The Iranian vice-president described Islamic Awakening and uprisings in the regional and Muslim countries as one of the important contributors to the European people's tendency towards spirituality, justice-seeking and Islamic values.

"The materialistic culture of the West has done much to reverse this trend, but to no avail because the nature of human being is fond of spirituality," he added.

Since the start of 2011, the region and certain world countries, like the US and European states, have witnessed a growing wave of popular protests resulted from the people's growing awareness and vigilance.