Germany has a way to go before a 'multi-culti' side-by-side living is taken as a given, but I don't believe it to be impossible. Which is why I sometimes can't help thinking: pull yourself together! Show the world what a big nation you are!
I have to say, contrary to everything we're being told, after spending the last three months popping in and out of Muslim countries, my experience is that Muslims quite like jokes at their expense.
In this critical time when some nihilistic criminals misuse the nobility of Islamic faith, it is high time to bring back the spirit of Islamic enlightenment enshrined in those early years of Islam's history.
I began negotiating a deal with my former employers (an international news channel) and the Nigerian Ministry of Tourism to produce a show that would show the outside world another side to my homeland. Then, that was all scuppered by Boko Haram ramping up their deadly campaign.
Islamophobia is a dirty word creeping into the likes of households across the UK. I am, like the majority, at university to study and develop life skills before entering "the real world". If this is my exposure to what the real world looks like, I think I'm staying at university forever.
Pushing Muslims into a corner will only result in growing feelings of 'Us' against 'Them', intensified Islamophobia after 9/11 saw increased recruitment for extremist groups as angst reached a tipping point.
The ability to express and the power to repress is a battle that is being fought not only here in the Western world but by thousands everywhere. It is hard to know if anyone will ever win. 'Live and let live' I say.
In light of the recent attacks on Charlie Hebdo, the debate on freedom of expression has once again come to the fore. It is claimed that Muslims are being overly sensitive and overreacting when it comes to the reprinting of the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)...
I hear you marched in your thousands against my religion. Last week, and last month. You marched against immigrants, foreigners, and anyone a shade darker. I will not draw comparisons to Nazi Germany. I will not call you bigots, I will not insult you, and I will not label you. But we do have a problem.
I know this isn't just me feeling this way, so please be careful with your words, you could be marginalising an entire population. Really we know you can't help but ask Muslim people their opinion on what are shown by media channels as a Muslim issue. But please discuss other things too.
Terrorists carry out their heinous acts to gain publicity for their cause but what is far more sinister is their motive to create division and conflict in the country and it is this that we need to be aware of and not let them succeed...
In light of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, the issue of freedom of speech has arisen; whether or not there should be guidelines, especially in regards to religion - the question is: Should our freedom of speech ever be restricted?
Out of such ugly, tragic scenes coming from France this week, we need to look for opportunities and glimmers of hope. That is what Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, did in his lifetime.
The presumption of liability here implies that should a Muslim commit a crime, 1.6 billion other Muslims think it is okay unless they explicitly say otherwise. That is a bigoted and repulsive double standard to hold a whole host of peaceful people up to.
There have been countless acts of terrorisms around the world but we do not hear the mainstream media or anyone else ask normal Jews, Christians, Hindus or any other religion to take accountability for these acts and quite rightly so.
We urgently need to understand why this violence is happening and keeps recurring and to do so is neither a justification for any crime nor an apology of violence.