Islam Under Scrutiny by Ex-Muslims

Muslims: A Shackled People Enslaved by the Koran

In the first week of January 2006, the American Federation of Muslims of Indian-origin (AFMI) and the Talent Promotion Trust, a Bangalore based NGO, jointly held a panel discussion on “Emerging India and Development of Muslims” in Bangalore. Farooque Shaikh, a renowned film star, while addressing the gathering of Muslim intellectuals, said, “Muslims need to introspect as to why their situation has hit the present nadir and should give up blaming others for their dismal educational standard”. He also said that after analyzing the Muslim community he has come to the conclusion that … …religious discrimination, gender bias and other issues are plaguing them”. While commenting on the economic backwardness of the community, he said, “People in the South are lucky that their social and economic conditions are somewhat better than Muslims in the North. Take a trip to the remote regions in the North and the living conditions of the Muslims there are appalling”. “The ritualistic zakat doled out by the rich towards the poor is not enough to elevate the pathetic living standards of the Muslims”, Mr. Shaikh added (Islamic Voice: February, 2006).

On the new role Muslims have to play in the new emerging India, Sadaqath Peeran, chairman of the Al-Ameen Education Society, said, “If Muslims had to be equal partners in emerging India, they had to break the shackle of poverty and illiteracy. English should be introduced in all Urdu schools, if we want to be equipped to face the challenges of this competitive world”. Maqbool Ahmed Siraj, Secretary of the Talent Promotion Trust, said, “The Muslim situation is very bleak all over the world. There is no encouragement and incentive for innovation and creativity in the Muslim world”. Lamenting the low level of economic activity in the Muslim world, Siraj added, “The entire gross domestic product of the Muslim world is just half of what France produces every year”. (Islamic Voice, Feb 2006).

In January 1998, Wasim Sajjad, President of the Islamabad based Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (CONSTECH), told a press conference that the countries belonging to the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), considering their share of world population, should have 4 million scientists and engineers, but in reality they had only 200,000, merely 5 percent of the expected figure. He also pointed out that Muslims account for 1.3 billion or nearly 32 per cent of the world population, but scientific research papers they publish is negligible, below one percent of global total. And at the same time, they have little contribution in the high tech-areas like computer software and information technology. Mr. Sajjad, while lamenting over the dearth of creativity and poor performance of Muslims in modern science and technology, complained that, considering the share of world population, Islamic countries should spend $ 4.7 million a year for higher education and research, but in reality they were spending as low as $ 130,000 per Year.

The severe dearth of creativity in the Muslim world has been revealed in another study by Hisamul Islam Siddiqi, the president of the Delhi-based NGO, Indian Islamic Council. In India and elsewhere in the world, Muslims, as a community, are most back-ward and top the list in adult illiteracy, infant mortality and poverty. In addressing a seminar on ‘Islamic Heritage: Indian Dimension’ in Delhi in February, 2000, Siddiqi informed that nearly 36 percent of Indian Muslims were urban and almost all of them were slum-dwellers, living below the poverty line. In pointing out the widespread darkness of ignorance and illiteracy amongst Muslims, the Rahat Welfare Trust, a Mumbai based NGO, said, “This darkness makes a mockery of our freedom. … It is only the light of education that can banish this darkness created by ignorance”. Sadatulla Khan, the  editor of the Bangalore-based monthly Islamic Voice, lamenting intellectual stagnation and the  lack of creativity in the Muslim community, wrote in an editorial entitled ‘Intellectual Stagnation and Its Remedy’ that “Both individually and collectively, Muslims are victims of intellectual stagnation for the past several centuries and are painfully lagging behind in the race of civilization.”

The picture is not different either in the Arab world, the 22 Islamic countries of the Arab League. Though not so poor, people are generally backward in every walk of life. Most of these countries richly endowed with natural resources like natural oil and gas, people do not faced endemic poverty or ethnic conflicts. Moreover, they shook off their foreign bondage, colonial or neo-colonial legacy, quite a long ago. So the question naturally arises: What went wrong? What made them so stuck behind time?

The answer to these questions comes from a 2001 study by a committee of Arab intellectuals and scholars under the auspices of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The committee, led by Egyptian scholar Nader Fergani, carried out a year-long investigation and thoroughly analyzed the Arab world’s strength and failings. The findings of the study, entitled “Arab Human Development Report 2002”, was published  in the first week of July, 2002.

To estimate the performance of a country, the UN, for the past 10 or so years, is using the ‘Human Development Index’ (HDI) that includes life expectancy at birth, adult literacy rate, school enrolment as well as per capita income. Another index called ‘Alternative Human Development Index’ (AHDI) is also used that drops the per capita income from HDI, but includes additional factors like freedom of speech and similar fundamental rights enjoyed by the people, use of Internet, emissions of carbon dioxide and so on. In both indices, the Arab countries scored lower than almost all other countries in the world.

On the dark side, investigators have identified three major shortcomings. First, one in five Arabs lives on less than $2 a day. Second, their per capita income increased at a rate of 0.5 percent over the past 20 years, lower than anywhere in the world except the sub-Saharan Islamic countries. Third, laments the report that it would take 140 years for an average Arab  to double his income at this rate, while many countries set such a target to be achieved within less than a decade.

Lack of freedom, says the report, is the root cause of many evils in the Arab world, such as extremely autocratic governments, holding of bogus elections, confusion between executive and judiciary and constraints on the media and civil society. “This lack of personal freedom leads to patriarchal, intolerant, and in many cases, suffocating social environments”, the report asserts. The great wave of democratization that has opened up so much of the world over past two decades seems to have left the Arab world untouched. “Sometimes democracy is offered as a concession, not as a right. Transfer of power through ballot box is not a common phenomenon in the Arab world”, says the report. Freedom of expression and freedom of association are extremely limited and no Arab country has a genuinely free media. “Civil societies in the Arab world are shackled and the NGOs are hobbled by legal and administrative obstacles”, the report continues.

Although Arabs spend a greater share of their GDP for education than in most other developing regions, the money does not seem to be well spent. Quality of education is pitiably low and there is a severe mismatch between the labour market and the education system. Nearly 10 million children have no schooling at all and “for this poor education system, Arabs are falling further behind in scientific as well as in technological studies and research”, the report says. “Investment in research and development is less than one-seventh of the world average. Only 0.6 percent Arabs uses the Internet and 1.2 per cent have personal computers. All these add to the severe dearth of creativity”, says the report.

One thing that every outsider knows about the Arab world is that it does not treat its womenfolk as full citizens and this suppression of women is another vital reason that makes the Arab world backward. The report rightly considers it as a awful wastage. “How can a community prosper if it stifles half of its production potential”, the report asks. Though women’s literacy has trebled in past 30 years, more than 50 percent of Arab women still cannot read and write. Their participation in social, economic and political fields is negligible in comparison to women of other parts of the world.

In this context, it would be pertinent to say a few words about the Muslim women's affair in India. In a message to the special edition Naree Sakti of the ‘Seva Surabhi 2002’, published from Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam wrote, “As we all know, birds have two wings. Unless both the wings grow equally, the bird cannot fly. Similarly, the society has two wings: man and woman. Both have to be developed equally. Then the society will fly”. It is important to note here that when in mid-2003, a verdict of the Supreme Court upheld the necessity of enforcing ‘common civil code’, which could liberate Muslim women of this country from shameful gender discrimination like polygamy and oral divorce, President Kalam indirectly supported the fanatic mullahs by keeping silence.

Mr. Clovis Maksoud, an Egyptian scholar involved in preparing the report, blamed no historical event like Western imperialism, devastation caused by the Second World War or any other outside intervention for the present backwardness of the Arab world, and the Islamic world at large. He indirectly raised his finger to the creed of Islam itself for the said backwardness of the Arab world.

“The most delicate issue of all, again carefully skirted by the authors of the report, is the part Islam plays in delaying and impeding the Arab world’s advance towards every receding renaissance that its intellectuals crave”, says a British commentator. Though an article of the report praises Islam and says that the faith supports justice, peace, tolerance, equilibrium and all good things, most of the experts on the Middle East and the Arab world are convinced that pervasive Islamisation of the society has played havoc and is entirely responsible for stifling constructive Arab thought and progress.

“From the schooldays onwards, Arabs are instructed that they should not defy tradition (laid down by Allah through Koran and Hadith), that they should respect the authority (of Allah) and truth should be sought in the text (i.e. Koran and Hadith) and not in experience”, says the British commentator. “The role of thought (among Muslims) is to explain and transmit (what has been ordained by Allah in Koran and Hadith) and not to search or question (those religious dogmas)”, says a Syrian intellectual.

There is no doubt that such tenets are holding sway and impeding creative thought, innovation and progress in the Muslim world. Even an educated Muslim has to believe in Prophet Muhammad’s journey to heaven (meraj) and his splitting of the moon into two halves. Each and every Muslim, whether educated or not, has to believe in the Koranic version of creation that says that Allah has created this world from nothingness within six days, the human race began its journey from a single pair of man and woman, namely Adam (derived from Sanskrit adim) and Hawa and Prophet Muhammad was the 90th descendant of Adam, which leads to the conclusion that Allah created this world only 4,135 years ago (considering 30 years to be the gap between two successive generations).

At the same time, they are not permitted to make a rational estimate of Prophet Muhammad, and his life and deeds. They are permitted to praise him for everything he did, without passing any critical remark. He should always be projected as an apostle of peace by concealing his terribly cruel deeds like massacring the Jews of Kuraiza and Nazir clan and indiscriminate killings of Arab infidels organizing 82 raids and military campaigns during his ten-year stay at Medina. Every Muslims has to discover divinity in his marrying 12 (or more) wives in his declining years, including his marrying 6-year-old Ayesha at the age of 52, and his marrying Zainab, the wife of his adopted son Zeid. What an insult to one’s intellect! What a colossal intellectual slavery!

All the above mentioned comments and opinions of the scholars who prepared the ‘Arab Human Report 2002’ leads one to conclude that, as a community, Muslims around the world are deprived of their right to freethinking and are intellectually enslaved by the creed of Islam. Or, more pointedly, they are a community of shackled people enslaved by the Koran. Can a community of slaves ever prosper? Only time can tell who liberates them from this slavery and how?

It would be relevant to conclude quoting an eminent scholar of Islam, Sir William Muir. In his celebrated work, The Life of Mahomet, he writes, “The sword of Mohammad, and the Koran, are the most stubborn enemies of Civilization, Liberty and Truth which the world has yet known”.

 

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Name: pathfinder
Date: Monday December 08, 2008
Time: 12:21:23 -0500

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Very good article. It is so true that Islam is the course of all the problems muslims face today. There is no way Islam can change according to the time. Allah lived in the 6th century and Allah wants muslims to live in that century. By the way for good muslims this world is just an illusion. The real good life for muslims begin only after they are dead. The Koran says so.


Name: Are they blind
Date: Monday December 08, 2008
Time: 21:36:43 -0500

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This is mere rhetoric, the real issue is that of Islam. Can any of these personalities actually see the origin of the problem. By asking Muslims to study English and stuff they are merely whitewashing the situation. We have plenty of Engineers and doctors who support and Fight in the name of Allah. This gobbledygook is going to lead no where till these so called self professed intellectuals of Islam don't see the real issues that concern the Muslims.


Name: From an ex muslim;now humanist-cum-evoloutionary karma believer
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2008
Time: 01:12:03 -0500

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I agree with you that in muslim faith there could be few in a million who could critically analyse quran and hadith litrature with the detachment of mind, which is why lucifer having descended in the person of muhammad has mislead such a vast portion of humanity. but being an ex-muslim and having born and bred in a most conservative mainstream muslim family and millieue, i can tell you that there is such a vast and virulent dark cloud that overlays the true genesis and history of quran and islam that it is almost impossible for truth to surface unless one himself survey the history to the exclusion of islamic indoctrination which is why i lost my faith in islam and muhammad and i wil never regret it till my death For second , quran is not a devinely revealed book on the touchstone of its supposed heavenly eloquence,oratory,scholarship and dialect because every language undergoes quite a transformation of its different configurations in terms of eloquence,oratory, scholarship, and dialects etc even in a century or two.Almost all classic litrature of 6th and seventh century arabic is distroyed by the die-hard barbaric followers of the muhammad which intelectualy could pose any chalenge to the devine origin of muhammad,s poetic prose.Thus the claim of quran and muhammad that if you doubt it , just procreat a verse like it is a most deceptive. even if one concede that muhammad,s quran is above the normal rules of grammer and language, many verses nevertheless come across as the cogitation of a sick and sleightfull mind and if you read the biography of muhammad by ibne ishaq, and tabri it only confirms it even more and mind you ibne ashaq and tabri could at best dare tell the tip of the ice berg as no muhammadan miileue old or contemporay, ever tolerate anything not factualy born out about muhammad. Even Muhammad,s eveil is Muhammad,s elegance in a typical muhammadan,s mind. A typical muslim mind confuse the interlaced verces of quran and hadith which exhorts highest-good with other which exhorts highest-eveil. But on the totality of the quintessence of quran it is never other than a death cult to userp the freedom of all other relegions and civil rights, human rights and human emancipation either by the sword, or if islam miltarily becomes weak , by sweetners as is presently being done through islamic suger-coated spin doctory on the support of billions of petro dollars


Name: THE PROBLEM IS ISLAM,NOT MUSLIMS ALONE
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2008
Time: 02:40:23 -0500

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THE PROBLEM IS ISLAM,NOT MUSLIMS ALONE.THE FALSE BELIEF IN BIBLE KEPT THE CHRISTIAN IN DARK AGES AND AFTER THEY LEFT BIBLE THEY PROGRESSED.SAME WAY WHEN MUSLIMS WILL LEAVE KORAN THEY WILL PROGRESS.THEY MUST BELIEV IN TRUT,NOT KORAN,KORAN IS FALSE BOOK.BELIEVE IN TRUTH,HONESTY,KARMA AND EVOLUTION AND THERE WILL BE PROGRESS.


Name: Very good article
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2008
Time: 02:40:36 -0500

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This is one of the best articles on islam i'v read. It explains how islam in practice has been proven to be an utter failure. It helps explain why this false religion can never and will never succeed. This writer should have a very large platform.


Name: MUSLIMS R SLAVES OF THEIR OWN GREED OF WINE/VIRGINS IN IMAGINARY JANNAT AND CANT BE FREED
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2008
Time: 02:51:42 -0500

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MUSLIMS R SLAVES OF THEIR OWN GREED OF WINE/VIRGINS IN IMAGINARY JANNAT AND CANT BE FREED.THE JIHADIS OPENLY SAY THEY DO JIHAD FOR WINE AND VIRGINS AND SO THEY R SLAVES OF KOTRA/HADITH.FEW INDIAN MUSLIMS IN INDIA R NOT REAL MUSLIMS : SHARUK KAHN IS NOT MUSLIM,HE ACTS IN MOVIES.UNLESS MUSLIMS LEAVE KORAN THEY WILL NEVER BE HUMANS,THEY WILL BE EVIL ROBOTS OF DEATH.


Name: RELIGION ENSLAVES TRUTH LIBERATES !!!
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2008
Time: 02:56:15 -0500

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BIBLE SAYS : TRUTH SHALL SET U FREE,KORAN SAYS : TRUTH SHALL STAND OUT FROM ERROR,VED SAYS : TRUTH ALONE SHALL TRIUMPH.THIS MEANS THAT FREEDOM FROM FALSE DOGAMTIC BELIEF IS ITSELF ENCOURAGED IN THE RELIGIOUS BOOKS.ITS IRONIC THAT KNOWING THESE FACTS PEOPLE STILL BELIEVE IN FALSE DOGMA OF RELIGION.BEING SPIRITUAL,HUAMNIST,AND TRUTHFUL,AND BELIEVER IN KARMA HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RELIGION.


Name: Hello,I am Farzana Amin,I read your article and decided to leave true islam
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2008
Time: 03:01:23 -0500

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Hello,I am Farzana Amin age 28 years lady from Gujarat India.A friend gave me your website,and after reading this article,I have decided to leave Islam.I am a moderate muslim,but i always thought,that something is wrong,finally after reading your article,I realised THE TRUTH.Thanks for opening my eyes,I will show to others also,hope I dont get killed by some guys.


Name: vbv
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2008
Time: 05:03:48 -0500

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Very good article. The problems faced by muslims is only because of their barbaric cult 'islam'. Ask the 'Peace TV' speakers ,they will tell you most insincerely with a deceitful look in their eyes "Islam is the solution for all humanity: it is the symbol of Peace".....Hahahahahahahahaha!


Name: to Farzana
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2008
Time: 05:47:09 -0500

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Welcome to humanity.Thanks for seeing the truth and leaving this murderous cult.Tell as many people you know about this site.


Name: DH
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2008
Time: 07:27:16 -0500

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"English should be introduced in all Urdu schools, if we want to be equipped to face the challenges of this competitive world”....Plenty of Muslim terrorists have spoken very good English. Educating Muslims, particularly in such subjects as nuclear physics, just makes them more dangerous.


Name: MA Khan --- >> Farzana
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2008
Time: 07:43:01 -0500

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Dear Farzana, We are truly delighted that our work is opening eyes of Muslims. However, we urge you to exercise best of caution not to endanger your life. Be tactical in talking to people, be honest with those who you are confident of. Try to keep your real identity a secret while interacting on the Internet.


Name: balam to Farzana
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2008
Time: 11:29:07 -0500

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My prayers are for your safety.May the Living and loving God look after you and save you from Wolves of Allah for ever.God bless you young lady.


Name: Ok, but how can we achieve change ...
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2008
Time: 17:25:31 -0500

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if only a few percentage of all muslim can read and understand what we are talking about? It is mentioned in the article that most muslims don´t have access to the internet or any uncensored mass media. That´s why I believe in a scenario that Islam will crush in the future under it´s own overpopulation. It is not only education. Most Muslim countries depend so heavily on oil and imports of almost anything else. The necessary changes don´t come because of ignorance, obscurantism and corruption.


Name: Crystal Ball
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2008
Time: 17:27:46 -0500

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I see in my crystal balls that there will be many Darfurs, many Somalias and many Afghanistans. Or there will be one big Islamistan running out of everything from oil to water, food and cash.


Name: Dr Radhasyam Brahmachari
Date: Wednesday December 10, 2008
Time: 11:24:49 -0500

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Dear Farzana, I congratulate you as you could have decided to leave the dirty creed of Islam. I am looking for the day when millions of Farzana will come forward in this country,liberate themselves from the slavery of Arab religious imperialism and the despicable cult called Islam. At the same time I am delighted to know that the articles in Islam-watch and my article, in particular, have motivated you to leave Islam and earn freedom. I feel satisfied to know that my writings are not going wasted and it has inspired at least one Farzana. I shall be really happy if you get touch with me at [email protected] Thank you again and bless you from my heart.


Name: lw1
Date: Wednesday December 10, 2008
Time: 16:34:05 -0500

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Ignorance and illiteracy of the Muslims suits Saudi Arabia,Iran etc. and the Imams who would not have such influence.The Muslims of Britain are better educated than those in India, but as a group Muslims lag far behind and that is why they are still capable of being brainwashed.If all of them read Greek philosophy at the same time as the Quran,they will realise that about 1000 years before Mohammad,Greeks had disproved many claims in the Quran.


Name: human being
Date: Thursday December 11, 2008
Time: 10:32:10 -0500

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why 99% terorists worldwide worldwide always muslims ?


Name: lw1
Date: Thursday December 11, 2008
Time: 13:15:20 -0500

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Quran is the only religious book that is about 50% hatred of non-believers.


Name: sudhakaran
Date: Thursday December 11, 2008
Time: 20:43:26 -0500

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Right.Muslims are really enslaved by the satanic verses.It is the root cause of todays death cult.


Name: Nabeel
Date: Friday December 12, 2008
Time: 18:54:18 -0500

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I left Islam after years of struggle and trying to hold on till the overwhelming evidence was just too much to ignore. I am now looking at buddhism. There is no hope within Islam.


Name: To Nabeel
Date: Saturday December 13, 2008
Time: 09:10:14 -0500

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Congratulation for forsaking the mind poison Islam. Follow the path of love and you will never regret it.


Name: re Nabeel
Date: Sunday December 14, 2008
Time: 22:09:16 -0500

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Thank you Nabeel.A religion which spews hatred againts humanity is not worth it.I wish millions of Nabeels will come out some day.I am sure that day is not far away.This is the law of nature.


Name:
Date: Thursday December 18, 2008
Time: 10:17:31 -0500

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Kafir = Good People , Muslims = Bad People , Radical Muslims are the Terrorists Suicide Bombers, Moderate Muslims are the Supporters of Extremist Terrorists by Money and who encourage Radical Muslims, Islam is the Religion created by Satan Himself, We all have to fight against Evil Islam, The Root of Terrorism is Islam, All we need to do is to Wide out Islam Religion.


Name: TAP
Date: Friday December 19, 2008
Time: 23:02:43 -0500

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An eye-opener really. But how many muslims will actually get to see freedom and co-habit with others as ordinary human beings? they are continuously harassed and bullied into following the dogmatic teachings word for word and which in turn are jealously guarded and enforced by evil mullahs and imams with the support of dictators worldwide for the sole purpose of their own survival at the expense of the ordinary gullible muslim who is purposely denied good education and exposure, lest they should stand up and seek the truth.


Name: Yes, but unfortuntely...
Date: Saturday December 20, 2008
Time: 00:26:02 -0500

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we the free, rational people of the world are allowing these tyrants, idiots, murderers, etc to shackle OUR freedoms by letting them force us to keep quiet about their horrible injustices around the world!


Name: qwer to Nabeel
Date: Saturday January 03, 2009
Time: 08:42:08 -0500

Comment

Hi ... I'm glad to hear you've left from devil religion and insane Prophet.


Name: Flex
Date: Sunday January 04, 2009
Time: 11:20:39 -0500

Comment

How can someone be both an intellectual and a Muslim ? Impossible.


Name: GIFT OF ISLAM
Date: Sunday January 11, 2009
Time: 14:46:44 -0500

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Illitracy, Poverty ,Backwardness, Terrorism are the basic features of Islam and the gift of Islam to its followers


Name: brahmachar ki gand mein danda
Date: Thursday March 19, 2009
Time: 05:51:39 -0500

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but why is islam worlkds fastest spreading religion ,everyyear .1 million ppl convert to islam just watch youtube .80%converts are women. u nutcases shud we saythere r 33 crore dogs i mean gods like hindu do-or shudwe say that life eveled from amoeba like modern pagans do.today the worldis in a crisis.u are americas slave thats why u invade and destroy .nothing is expected from pagans.jus one more thing hell loves u .u just hv to wait till u die. or do something stupid and we will show you hell here itself your Creator willing.


Name: Azad Khan
Date: Tuesday March 31, 2009
Time: 06:15:46 -0500

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When u follow Islam, u leave .. reality!. The incessant bombardment of the unproven glory of Allah, the proven-otherwise character of Muhammad, dulls the rational thinking and critical analytical ability of any ordinary Islam follower. He/She breaths, thinks, day dreams about the glory that .. the'd like Islam 2 be. Unfortunately it is NOT SO!. I, a born Muslim, could extricate myself out of this shackles, not due to the strength of my superior intellect and rational introspection. The fact is many of my good friends, highly educated, continue to believe in this nonsense, even after being shown proof's that Islam is a game of Lies and Deceit. The absolute fear of Hell if simply too huge for them to turn away from a cult they were born into!. I did, and when I did .. I felt human .. the world 4 me then became a .. Paradise.!. I appeal 2 my Muslim brothers, enjoy the paradise that's this life itself, do not fuel the lie .. that is the .. Qu'ran. Read it, with understanding, then only will truth stand different from falsehood.


 
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