I Am Muslim, Hear Me Roar!

Muslims claim that the reason non-Muslims around the world are growing wary of Islam is because they’ve misunderstood its religious teachings. In fact, the standard Muslim position is that anyone criticizing Islam has either not read the Quran, or is an unscrupulous Jew. They’re quick to dismiss all the bigotry and violence taking place in the name of Allah as fault of people, not religion.

Islam is the religion of peace…in theory.

Everywhere I see Islam, I see anger – raw, searing, red-hot anger directed at anyone brave enough to criticize Islam in even the mildest of tones. I see fatwas raining from the sky, and mullahs offering prize money to anyone who kills a certain “blasphemer”. In the wake of one of the worst disasters this country has ever seen – no, this world has ever seen – Maulana Yusuf Qureshi would rather spend Rs.5,00,000 to have a mother of five kids murdered than donate it to the flood victims.

In another part of this formerly great country, a Hyderabadi doctor gets dragged off to the police station for tossing sales rep Muhammad Faizan’s card into a dust bin. The sheer idiocy of this incident should’ve been enough to convince any homo sapien with a sufficient amount of frontal cortex that blasphemy laws need to be amended, if not immediately revoked. But no. Protect the Prophet’s name and defend Allah’s religion, we must.

Which makes one wonder, what do you say about a God who depends on His followers to protect Him from abuse? Do we defend God, or does God defend us? Clearly, the former is the case here.

Islam defends itself by cowering behind a strong emotional barricade. Any effort to approach Islam with a microscope of logical thinking is met with a tempest of irate words, if not physical attacks or law suits.

Often I find myself banging my head against the wall, trying to convince a certain group of Muslims that punishments like stoning and lashing are barbaric. More frequently than one would hope to see, I find Muslims condoning killing of apostates and blasphemers. Any attempt by me or my fellow rationalists to help them see how Hitleristic that is, is answered by a volley of angry statements so utterly devoid of sense that they can only be described as Naik-ian.

Muslims claim that Islam allows freedom of speech, but the truth is far from it. It allows the freedom of praise and nothing more. Blasphemy is arbitrary. If you say out loud, “Quran contains errors”, that alone is enough to land you into court facing a blasphemy charge…that is, if you’re lucky enough to avoid getting lynched by the Muslim mob itself.

Moderate Muslims need to stop being mafia wives and quit chanting the nonsensical mantra of “Islam means peace”. Even if your hearts are brimming with love for fellow man and his freedom, you must realize that you’re part of an organization that hails bigotry and homophobia as virtuous traits. It’s a religion that considers violence and bloodshed as a ticket to the heavenly branch of Hooters. In my personal opinion, any religion that attempts to attract followers by promising them sex, does not deserve the slightest hint of respect, let alone the undue reverence Muslims demand us to show.

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  1. Religions in general and Islam in particular has turned theists into egomaniacs, the moment you contradict them you are virtually insulting their belief system but its also a hit on their inflated ego’s which hurts them more. For some promise of 72 virgins or infinite time in Heaven seems so precious that they don’t value human life on earth. I wonder how religious people can follow religions without thinking about them.

    • SAMI
    • October 17th, 2011

    do you obey the rules of the government i mean the law that has been created for your good? well i suppose you surely do just like that Islam has rules for us to live and it is a complete key to life i’d say , well i do agree with you that there are many people who are extremist about many things and that is because nearly 65% of the people of Pakistan are illiterate and do not have correct knowledge of Islam and another cause to that is because they have been living in a society which has been viciously exposed to terrorism since they were little kids and having
    guns and bodyguards is a sign of superiority and one with the money can do it all or gets all done by using his power as a tool to get pass through which every other normal man has to pass through on his own. Well now with the 72 virgins theory of MR.QUEST AVIATOR, do you think having Coitus with a young girl aged nearly about 16 is legal in
    any religion, call me old fashioned but i think taking away any girls virginity away from her forever is a really extremist act or violence until
    or unless the guy engaged with her is married to her and it ruins a girls life when she loses her virginity and any guy who gets married has a dream that her wife should be a virgin (in my culture here in PAKISTAN). This 72 virgin reward is a diversion for Muslims so that they should not engage in sex before marriage. AND the punishments in Islam have been the most effective in finishing crime from any country and i can challenge that if any government implements shariah law into their countries successfully will never face downfalls.AND i can also challenge that Quran contains ‘NO’ errors and it is the first book to explain science and the facts about the universe. So kindly please don’t try to criticize ISLAM when you don’t have full knowledge of it.*peace*

      • loneliberalpk
      • October 18th, 2011

      I have no idea what “having coitus with 16 year old girls” has to do with this particular discussion. You should know that the Prophet Muhammad himself, according to Bukhari, had consummated his marriage with Hazrat Aisha when she was just 9 years old. I think that takes the cake on this matter.

      And you’re sadly misinformed if you believe that the Quran is free from errors. Before “challenging” anyone, search for the keywords “Quran, contradictions” on Google. You’ll find more than you can deal with in one sitting.

    • SAMI
    • October 21st, 2011

    Mr. i think you are misinformed because it is nowhere mentioned what her exact age was at that time some books say 16 some say 9 and many of the Islam critics have mentioned 9 years old so the most appropriate answer to this is that she was a virgin at that time and as the British scholar Colin Turner says that such marriages were not ‘seen as improper in historical context, and that individuals in such societies matured at an earlier age than in the modern West’ i’d rather not rely on Google for this i have a Quran with detailed context at home i’d rather consult it and i think you should also consult Quran for as in you are matching Quran with this modern era’s laws and liberalness.

    • loneliberalpk
    • October 21st, 2011

    “Narrated Hisham’s father:
    Khadija died three years before the Prophet departed to Medina. He stayed there for two years or so and then he married ‘Aisha when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consumed that marriage when she was nine years old. (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 58, Number 236)”

    If you’re a sunni, no other book matters more than Sahih Al-Bukhari, as far as the ahadith are concerned.

      • loneliberalpk
      • October 21st, 2011

      Google is simply a search engine that allows you do some research on any given subject. You may choose another one if you like.

      I know you won’t bother doing this research because you’re afraid that you’ll discover some uncomfortable facts about your holy book (I assure you, you will. I used to be a Muslim before I was made aware of these glaring flaws).

      No, it’s much more convenient for you to jam your fingers in your ears and keep singing, “Quran is perfect Quran is perfect Quran is perfect…” than to conduct an actual, unbiased research before making this decision.

      • SAMI
      • October 22nd, 2011

      You are right you have the right to practice any religion . I just want to ask a single question do your parents know that you are an atheist ? and are they muslim? and you have to answer it straight forwardly.

        • loneliberalpk
        • October 23rd, 2011

        Yes, both my parents are Muslims and they’re aware of me being an Atheist. I respect their freedom of belief and they respect mine.

        • SAMI
        • October 23rd, 2011

        well that’s a relief to know.

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