The invaluable blog Gates of Vienna, has translated the Die Welt interview of a thoughtful, courageous 22 year-old Moroccan "apostate" from Islam, Kassim al-Ghasali. Requisitely threatened with death because of his openly professed rejection of the Muslim creed, al-Ghasali fled Morocco in February, 2011, and now lives in exile in Switzerland.
The secret to the success of early Islam in Arabia in the 7th century is an “open tribe” system. I detail the basics of this concept in this article. A second article will follow on the same topic concentrating on the role of economics in this system.
Muhammad in Mecca: Muhammad started his mission quietly and peacefully although he himself was a very vindictive person - as attested by many incidents in his life that we can read about. However the start of his mission in Mecca was peaceful. The reason for that is a very natural one. He hardly had any followers. Those who followed him were mostly from lower class, some of the slaves and the poor. As his years in Mecca progressed, so did his insults to the polytheists' beliefs and practices.
Arabs before the dark age of Islam were tolerant people. This is a fact that history supports. Arabs had a multiplicity of religious beliefs that spanned a wide spectrum of monotheism and polytheism. The Arab culture was used to a multiplicity of religious practices – all of which Muhammad came to abhor. At the beginning, polytheists just did not pay much attention to Muhammad and his followers, but as Muhammad persisted in insulting their religions, they started paying him back in the same currency he dealt to them.
When Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, was engaged in a war of liberation from Pakistan in 1971, the Pakistani army and their local religio-nationalist Bengali collaborator Muslims, called Rajakars, termed the war as one orchestrated by the Hindus and their Munafiq (hypocrite) Muslim allies. As a result, Hindus became the primary target of killing, torture and violation in one of the most gruesome wars in history.
According to the Quran and sunna, there is great sawab and reward for living in the footsteps of our great prophet. The most repeated ayas in Quran are about obeying what Prophet ordered and following what Prophet did in life and how taking him as role model will land us in paradise. Since our prophet spent most of his final ten years of his life in robbing, looting, raping torturing and killing, those acts are the most sacred and sawab yielding Islamic activities for us Muslims. That is the reason we have been doing those activities for the last 1400 years. However these acts have to be against infidels and bad Muslims (Mushriks), not good Muslims. [Warning: Extremely graphic pictures inside]
I was molded from my childhood as a practicing Muslim by my orthodox father. Starting from my childhood, I heard about Paradise and Hoor-e-een (Virgins) hundreds of times in their sermons of our Mullahs. As per the Islamic doctrine of Taqiya (deception), Mullahs conveniently forget to reveal the truth about the Hoor-e-een. From childhood to age 29, I was made to imagine the Hoor-e-een as the angels of God. I hope that most Muslims – especially the non-Arabs – consider the Hoor-e-een as I used to. It was my ‘Savior’ Ahmad Deedat, the well-known apologist of Islam, who opened my eyes.
At the International Socialist conference in Copenhagen in 1910, March 8 was declared the International Working Women’s Day (IWD), which is now observed as Women’s Day. The idea was proposed by Clara Zetkin, a Marxist, of the then Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).
Battle for equal rights of women to hold public offices, their right to vocational training, and end to inequity in other areas was the goal. Since then, March 8 has been commemorated as the Women’s Day and is a national holiday in many countries. It symbolizes an age-old struggle of women of all ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds against the long-existing gender discriminations, further expanded by the Abrahamic religions from which Islam blatantly emanates misogynistic heritage.
Waves of Islamic fundamentalism have engulfed Russia. And Kremlin continues to woo the Islamists with Hamas among them.
This article is about the Yamama battle and the preservation of the Qur’an. The early Muslims lost about 450 men who had memorized parts of the Qur’an. In fact, that battle pressed Omar to request a Qur’an collection orders from Abu Bakr, the first Muslim Khalifa. Abu Bakr took over the leadership of the Muslims after the death of Muhammad.
Present day Muslims have grand claims about preserving the Qur’an as it was revealed to Muhammad, letter by letter, and word by word. There are many scholars of Islam who showed that such a claim does not stand critical scrutiny. The current writer had a humble attempt in a three-part article that dealt with the collection of the Qur’an processes from the time of Muhammad until our present day Qur’an.
Testimony of TechiSafi, a Bangladeshi Muslim, aged 17 years. He left Islam when he was only 15 years old. (wiki islam)
I was born and raised in a Sunni-Muslim family. I did not leave Islam all of a sudden. I was a firm believer until I started reading scientific,philosophical books-articles etc. I began questioning about God and his nature.
In Obama's dream home, Indonesia -- the tolerant, democratic, ideal Muslim nation...
According to a report by the BBC, Mohammad Karrar, pedophile boyfriend of a 12-year-old girl, had used brutal assaults on her to prepare her for gang-rape by his friends and acquaintances.
The girl told the court that Mohammad Karrar, her boyfriend, used sex toys and numbing dental cream on her genitalia so that she can bear the pain of gang-rape by a group men, all Muslims, at an Oxford flat.
Cc: Azhar Grand Imam
From: Ibn Kammuna
Dear Allah, Greeting
I am writing to you because I have to say I am disappointed in your final religion (so you say, but I can’t swear on it).
Assassination, or secret killing, is the most dreaded weapon to demolish an opposition or to silence critics. Authoritarian, fascist and fanatic regimes have historical used assassination with great effectiveness. Today, from Tunisia to Bangladesh, assassinations by Islamist fanatics have been terrorizing their secular and progressive opponents.
In Islam, assassination was one of the violent tools that Prophet Muhammad used in its founding days. Here’s a brief list of the Prophet’s assassinations:
As an apostate his mission is to raise the clarion call about the imminent and present danger of expansionistic theocratic Islam. Having witnessed first-hand the horrors and indignity that Islamofascism visits on people it subjugates, he have taken it upon himself to do his part in defeating this ideology of oppression, hate and violence.
Since the September 2001 (9/11) Jihad attacks in the USA, there has been a steady rise in Islamic radicalism and violence in Islamic countries all over the globe. But one predominantly Muslim nation, Bangladesh, stands as the only exception to that trend.
It’s damn hard to die by carrying out Jihad for establishing Islam in the U.S. Yet, the Muslim brothers pledge to die for Islam. So, how’s that working out for them?
The Daily Mail reported that on January 25 that Adil Rashid, a Muslim child molester and rapist was spared of punishment by UK court, because of his Muslim upbringing. According to the newspaper:
My name is Amil Imani, and I am a former Muslim from Iran. I am often asked why I left Islam and how did it happen. Looking back, I see no particular time or event that suddenly severed my link with Islam. There was nothing nearly as dramatic as what reportedly happened to Paul on the road to Damascus, transforming him from a rabid Christian persecutor to a devoted follower of Jesus.
My alienation from Islam had its seed in the way I was raised. My parents encouraged me to ask questions and to question everything, rather than telling me to shut up, as children are often told.