A person named “Samir” posted the following comments on my article “Dawkins: Islam is ‘one of the great evils in the world’.” I appreciate his courage and insights, and I have edited his remarks for clarity, spelling and grammar.
I grew up in the most conservative Muslim family in the Middle East. My father wanted me to be a sheikh, meaning “priest.” I was repeating and learning Islam from an early age, like an idiot parrot. Like all Muslims, just read, but don’t you dare question! If you question the Quran, you go to hell.
“If you question the Quran, you go to hell”
There are questions you cannot ask in Islam, [such as:] Who created god? Is the Quran really from God? What about if I want to choose different religion? Those questions are out of the question.
After learning Islam and the Quran in and out for over 20 years, I started teaching Islam and preaching in local mosques and gatherings. As I grew older, I started to realise Islam is really not the religion I grew to love and admire; Mohamed is not the prophet I thought he is.
“Islam is really not the religion I grew to love and admire.”
When I started discussing few verses from the Quran with other Muslims – like the verses that encourage killing and hatred – I said, this cannot comes from the merciful God! How come God does not like the Jewish and Christian [people], but still gives them the air we breathe, the beautiful nature we enjoy – as a matter of fact, he is giving them more than giving us, and that does not make sense!
Why does God want us to die as shahid [martyrs] and go to heaven with 72 virgin waiting for us and rivers of yoghurt and rivers of honey? Can’t he do the job on our behalf and kill all the Jews and Christians, or simply starve them or send some disaster their way?
Islam never fit with my brain. Muslims since then threaten me. They say: “We will kill you if you question the Quran again, you are kaffir [infidel].” Here is the best proof of the “peaceful” Islam.
“Muslims since then threaten me. They say: ‘We will kill you if you question the Quran again, you are kaffir [infidel].'”
I threw the Quran in the rubbish bin, and there is where it belongs. It’s only made-up stories of old times from various religions. Add to it the hatred of Ali ibin talib, who wrote the Quran – everyone in the Muslim world knows Ali, who hated women, loved killing and never married. This is the guy who wrote Quran and added what ever he wanted to it.
“I say to Muslims, get away from this evil religion before it take away your life!”
I say to Muslims, get away from this evil religion before it take away your life! You already spent a long time of your life being a slave to the religion and your system and your god – don’t wast any more of your time. Go and live your life, and see it through different eyes. See your life as your heaven. Love everyone, enjoy life to the full, and don’t worry about any sin from joy. Earth is made to be enjoyed – enjoy the beach show off your body; enjoy showing your beautiful hair and lips and legs. Don’t hide from the world. Love everyone, and see how the world will be a different place.
“Love everyone, and see how the world will be a different place.”
We hope many will take this courageous and insightful individual’s words to heart and enjoy life beyond bigoted and hateful belief systems!
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