I hate paradise

July 31, 2008

By: Amar Khan

I often used to think that if God wants us to bow down to him, worship him, and pray to him then why did he give us logic. Why?

Living in a Muslim country with my Muslim family, I sometimes shake my head at the blind faith of my dear ones and friends asking simple questions like: Why did God give us wisdom? He wants us to worship him with the 1400 years old ridiculous method five times a day?

Why we are to remain hungry? Why do we spend lots of money for visiting the kaba?
Instead of this, isn’t it better that this amount of money be better used for the victims of earthquakes etc?

And when I come across any fundamental uncle, I always ask childishly that
Uncle! What is fault of my class mate David who mistakably was born in a Christian family?

Will he be roasted in the hell fire for ever?
For ever……………………………….no time limit …………….no mercy ……..for ever?

And I know he is far better then me. He is a good human. If he isn’t going there then who will play football with me?

Prophet Mohammed?

No he can’t because he can only play blood but I hate that.

I often ask that will we have children in paradise.

No! Why?

What about a lot of pleasure and happiness that I got from small cousins and other kids?
To whom will I kiss and take on my back? To whom will I teach walking?
What about my Tommy (dog)?

I can’t live without him in the paradise. Who will catch my ball in paradise? Without Tommy paradise will be boring. I think angels would be frightened there in the presence of Tommy?

In paradise there will be a lot of canals of milk?

But I don’t like milk. My mother always forced me to drink it since my childhood.
How will I bear the whole canal of milk?

Would there be any university or college?
Any teacher?

Then to whom I will tease while teaching?

What about the hooting of newly teaching professor?

Will there be any kind of cricket match?


Then what about the excitement and joy we have watching a cricket match .Especially between India and Pakistan.

What about the net chatting and forums of orkut? What about the teasing of girls studying in the library?

And finally
What about every thing except sex, lust, milk and honey which will not be available in paradise?

Will we have mangoes there?

No, I don’t think so because Mohammed would not have ever seen mangoes.

Will my wife bear me having sex with any hoor?

I don’t think so because my fiancée even cannot see me talking to any girl except her.
If Zakir Naik is right and “hoor” means both men and women then would God accept gays there?

And most important I, living in an Asiatic background, could not bear seeing my wife having joy with someone else even in paradise.

According to Tariq Jamil (a scholar of tablegi jamat Pakistan), a hoor will be having one mile long clothes of noor. Will I have to work hard to reach her after traveling a distance of one mile?

All the singers and actors will be in hell. Then how can I listen to the music of Atif Aslam?

Will I be able to ask Mohammed, in paradise, why did he slaughtered the innocent people of banu Quraiza?

Will I be able to ask Ali bin Talib why did he burn the atheist of his time?

Some people will be rich there and others would be jealous and envious even in paradise?

Would my uncles not quarrel for the castles in paradise?
Wine is prohibited here because it causes deviation from Allah. But will this wine not cause deviation from Allah in Paradise? Will Allah not want us to worship again? Why?
And why not?

And finally will I be able to ask Allah why did he not make me a prophet?
Why? Why?
I deserved it.

I am far better than Mohammed. I did not cheat. I did not hurt my mother. I worshiped you without seeing you for 18 years.
Why did not you make me a prophet?

Payment is a sign of legality, while non-payment is a sign of illegality

July 24, 2008

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 316:
Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas:
Once the Prophet got his blood out (medically) and paid that person who had done it. If it had been illegal, the Prophet would not have paid him.

1) Who would have done something illegal if Mohammad did not pay the person: Mohammad. that person, or both?
2) Are there instances where Mohammad enjoyed the fruits of someone else’s labour, and then did not pay because he said it is illegal?
3) If something was illegal, why would Mohammad even go to that merchant/seller, and expolit them knowing full well he would not pay them?

Muslims: Where Are the Proofs?

July 16, 2008

By: Cherson
Islam is the only true religion, you say.

And where are the proofs?

If you are the followers of the only true religion, then your God must help you.

Look at the Jews; in spite of all the misfortunes, they managed to build the state you can only be envious of. It does not matter, if they got help form someone or not – YOU the Muslims get a lot more help than Israel, but still live many times worse. What matters is that they COULD build the prosperous state in just 60 years-and you, in 600, COULD NOT. Besides, they, with around 5 million people living in the country the size of New Jersey and without any oil or any natural resources whatsoever, beat you in all the wars you started. It does not matter, if America helped them or not; America helped Israel, and the USSR gave much more help to you. What matters is that they beat you.

When a tiny country without any natural resources beat the block of countries which exceeds it 40 times in population, 100 times in territory and I do not even know how many times in natural resources – I call this a Miracle.

If this happens 2 times in a row, it means that the God Almighty pays special attention to this tiny country.

And if it happens 5 times in a row, I have no explanation except that this tiny people are, indeed, elected by God.

So, the God Of Israel Helps His People.

Look at the Christians. They ALSO live better than you, and they are stronger than you, in spite of the two bloodiest wars in just the last 70 years. So, their God helps them, too.

And what about YOUR God? Your Allah? Judging by how you the Muslims live today (in Egypt, one of the most advanced and “prosperous” among the Islamic countries, 43% of the population live on, or better to say, starve on 1.5 dollars a day), it looks like your God has not helped you too much.

You live on the verge of hunger, importing from 35% to 55% of the food you consume – with that the climatic conditions in the Arab countries are much better than, let’s say, in Israel, which is, nonetheless, one of the world EXPORTERS of food.

On the site of The Arab League you can find the list of the Muslims (mainly Arabs) whose contribution influenced the development of world civilization. The list is very impressive, but there is one feature the Arabs prefer not to talk about: it ends by the XIII century.

Muslims, you spend on R&D (researches and development) only 0.4% of your rachitic GDP while Cuba, not a technological giant, spends 1.26% and Japan spends 2.9% of its enormous GDP on the scientific researches.

I repeat: ON SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, and not on the investigations on the nature of Jiins and Hoors!

According to UNESCO, 27% of Arab males and 49% of females (58 million of people, in total) are illiterate. Have you decided to copy your illiterate prophet in this, too, Muslims? If so, you should not have to weep that scientifically and technologically, you are at the level of Tropical Africa; you are where you have to be!

But looks like you want to go further than your prophet! An average Arab studies 3.4 years (less-only in Tropical Africa). In Saudi Arabia, the richest of all the Arab countries, more than 25% of University graduates are the specialists in theology, and quite seriously investigate such a “serious” problem as the nature of hermaphrodites and what part of heritage the hermaphrodites have to get: the one of a woman-or the one of a man.

Militarily, you are nothing. And without the American and European arms, you are even less than nothing. If it were not for the American and European arms, you would now have the weapons your forefathers used at Hittin and Poitier: sables and arches.

I shall not humiliate you, Muslims, by comparing you to the USA or Japan (Japanese religiously are Pagans, by the way); near them you would look like an ant in the shadow of the elephant. It would be enough to say that the total GDP of the entire Arab world is somewhere close to $504-552 billion, which is roughly 1.8 to 2 times the gross state product of the State of Massachusetts.

Let’s compare your achievements with the achievements of some small country.

Israel, for example:

Jews, 5 million people living on a piece of land a bit more than a football camp, managed to develop the tank which is considered among the best tanks in the world.

Where are YOUR tanks, Muslims? Your most modern variant of the battle field tank was that famous camel that Aisha was sitting on during The Battle of the Camel. After that-nothing you have done nothing.

Israelis military plane, the “Levi”, was initially built more than 30 years ago and is still serving in the armies of some Latin American countries.

Where are YOUR planes, Muslims? The last Islamic flying apparatus I heard of was AlBuraq.

Israel is one of the world’s pharmaceutical leaders. Millions of people in the world are saved annually thanks to Israelis pharmaceutical achievements.

What are YOUR pharmaceutical achievements, Muslims? The famous advice by your “prophet” to drink camel urine as the All Cure medicine? Narrated Abu Qilaba: “Anas said, “Some people of ‘Ukl or ‘Uraina tribe came to Medina and its climate did not suit them. So the Prophet ordered them to go to the herd of (Milch) camels and to drink their milk and urine (as a medicine)… (Sahih Bukhari, Ablutions (Wudu’), Volume 1, Book 4, Number 234)

In high-tech, to compare you – and Israel …It’s not even amusing.

But maybe your Allah provided you with the level of life so high that and these “long-nosed sons of apes and monkeys” will tomorrow die of envy?

No, they will not die. An average Israeli earns 1200-1400 dollars a month. And an average Arab? 150 – 200 dollars. http://www.ccc.nps.navy.mil/si/may03/middleEast5.asp

Of course, you can go on calling them “apes”, ”monkeys”, ”long-nosed thieves” …Maybe it will make you feel better. But for sure, it will not make you LIVE better.

What are the proofs that your religion is the only true, then?

Moreover, Muslims, there is a very strict dependence: the more you pray-the worse you live, and less is the role you play in the world. For the last 600 years, you could not have even approached the Glory of Umayyads or Abbasids dynasties.

But, hey, wait a moment! There WAS a moment of Glory of Islam, and Muslims have demonstrated to the world that they CAN create things to be remembered and admired by the future generations!

The Islamic Golden Age, 8-12 centuries. You just look at the names!

Omar Khayam (1048-1122),

Al-Zahrawi (936-1013),

Al-Khowarizmi (780-850);

Al-Biruni (973-1050),

Al-Kindi (801-873),

Al-Battani (850-929 CE),

Ibn-Sina (973-1037),

Abdallah al-Ma’arri (973-1057),

Omar Khayam (1048-1122),

Ibn-Rushd (1128-1198) and

Jalaluddin Rumi (Birth 1207)
However, there is something very interesting about that period of the Islamic Golden Age – from the time preceding and following that period. The Golden Age of Islam strangely coincides in time with the birth and development of the Islamic doctrine called Mutazili, originated during the period of ‘Abbasid Caliphate’ (749-847 AD).
I call it “Islamic doctrine”, but, as a matter of fact, Mutazili means “the deserter of Islam”! This theological doctrine originated in the 8th century in al-Basrah, Iraq, when Wasil Ibn´Atta after a theological discussion left to the people the teaching lessons of al-Hassan al-Basri. Thus, Ibn´Atta and his followers were labelled by these opponents “Mutazili” which means “deserter of Islam”. The Mutazili theology expanded on the logic and rationalism of Greek philosophy, seeking to combine them with Islam, and show that they were inherently compatible.
And do you know what questions were raised and openly debated by Muslims theologians and scholars at THAT time? For example, they calmly discussed, whether the Quran was created or if it was eternal. And do you know the conclusion of the discussion? The Mu’tazila scholars decided that the Quran had been created by Muhammad that it was not the Word of God.
And nobody cut their heads, hands, feet and other important and not so important parts off their bodies.
Among other questions openly, and without fear, discussed by the Islamic scholars at that time was whether or not evil was created by God, the issue of Predestination vs. Free Will, whether God’s attributes in the Qur’an were to be interpreted allegorically or literally, and whether sinning believers would have eternal punishment in Hell.
You may have thought that the Islamic leaders of that time ran around with swords in hand to cut off the heads of the “heretics”?
Nothing of the kind. The doctrine that the Quran was not the Word of God but was created by Muhammad, which amounts to absolute heresy as per Classical Islam, was promoted by the, then Abbasid Caliph Haroon al-Rasheed (763-809), and was made the official court belief by his son, the great Caliph al-Mamun. Caliph al-Mamun even instituted inquisition-style persecution, called Mihna in Arabic meaning Ordeal (833-848), for those who would not accept the Mutazili ideology instead of Quranic Islam.
You just imagine: until the 12th century the Muslims quite tolerantly accepted the idea that the Quran had been created by Muhammad, and did not run like a horde of amoc-driven hashish-smokers, to kill anyone who would dare to say this.
And the Caliphate of Haroon AlRasheed and his son The Great Caliph al-Mamun are still remembered by the people for its freedom of thought and for that unbelievable push it gave to the sciences, literature, arts, technologies.
But then… Mu’tazila belief system had a weak point; it was actively promoted by the Islamic Caliphs and was popular amongst the educated and intellectual elites – but did not reach the common mass. The dogmatic pro-Quran Muslims (today we should call them fundamentalists or Islamofascists) used this weak point in Mu’tazila. The dogmatic Quranic or Sunni Islam slowly started to dominate the Muslim thoughts and later Imam al-Ghazalli (d. 1111), the famous Ahadith-collector, provoked riots by challenging the rational thinking of Mu’tazila belief since it could not prove the reality of Allah. Famous intellectuals, such as Ibn-Sina, Ibn-Rusd, al-Ma’arri and Omar Khayam were called heretics or apostates by the Islamic zealots, such as Imam Ghazali. Subsequently, Mutazili started losing ground to the assaults of the Fundamentalist Muslims and finally lost patronage of the rulers and high officials. By the 13th Century, Mutazili was dead – and with that ended the so-called Golden Age of Islam.
And since then – a lot of “AllahHuAkbar”, a lot of prostrating, exaggerated attention to the formal side of Islam, suicide belts, burkhas ,veils – on one side, and poverty, misery, hunger, backwardness – on the other.
Fundamentalist Sunni Islam put an end to the development of Islamic World – and led it to stagnation, poverty and backwardness.
Now, at least, I hope Muslims know who they have to hate.

Islam Caused Islamic World's Decline

July 16, 2008

By: Andrew Stunich

Islam So Dominates Islamic Culture That It Had To Play A Role In Its Decline

The cause of the Islamic world’s decline is, like most issues related to Islam, controversial, but worthy of consideration given Islam’s increasing impact on Western culture. Bernard Lewis, a highly respected Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University who has written extensively about the history of Islam, wrote a well-received January 2002 Atlantic Monthly article and subsequent book entitled “What Went Wrong” wherein he set forth many sound reasons that help to explain why the Islamic world declined from its once dominant cultural, economic, and military status to its current state of abject inferiority.

However, Prof. Lewis’ analysis implausibly exonerated Islam as a factor in the Islamic world’s decline. He opined that “to blame Islam as such is usually hazardous and not often attempted.” He further argued that it was not plausible to blame Islam because during most of the Middle Ages it was the world of Islam that contained the major centers of civilization and progress.

While Prof. Lewis’ is correct that Islam once contained the major centers of civilization and progress during the Middle Ages, there is nonetheless a plethora of evidence that overwhelmingly establishes that Islam was a substantial factor in the decline of Islamic civilization.

We refer to the Islamic world using its majority religion to identify the culture for a compelling reason: Islam is more than just a religion. In its original form, Islam is a complete social, political, and religious way of life that absolutely dominates the lives and thoughts of fundamentalist Muslims. As a matter of simple logic and common sense, one is left to wonder how it could possibly be that the religion that so overwhelmingly drives and dominates Islamic culture could somehow have managed to not play a role in its decline? Quite the opposite is true: It would be hard to overestimate Islam’s role in the decline of Islamic civilization.

Islamic Diversity Often Masks Recognition of Islam’s Full Impact On Islamic Civilization

When I discuss Islam, except where otherwise noted, I am referring to the Islam Muhammad preached and practiced which I often refer to as “fundamentalist Islam” or “Muhammadanism.” On the other end of the spectrum of Islamic faith, I refer to Muslims that are largely influenced by non-Islamic factors, but who maintain some connection with Islam because they were born into an Islamic culture, as “cultural Muslims.” The Islamic world also contains Muslims that fall within many points between the two poles of cultural Islam and fundamentalist Islam and many Muslims that fall outside of the two poles (i.e., Twelver Shiite Islam) such that any analysis of Islam’s impact on the Islamic world can be quite challenging. But we should not be overly distracted by the diversity of Islamic belief nor should that diversity be allowed to preclude recognition of the impact of fundamentalist Islam on Islamic culture.

Real Islam is the religion founded in the seventh century by Muhammad Ibn Abdullah and which is based on the Quran, hadiths, and Sira (biography of Muhammad). A fundamentalist Muslim attempts to practice Islam just as the first three generations of Muslims did as set forth in the Quran, hadiths, and Sira.

Islam is a revealed religion with a distinct set of unchanging rules and guidelines to follow. It is not a religion that is supposed to “come from within” like some new age religion. It seems quite incongruous to claim that one believes that Muhammad was Allah’s prophet and therefore profess to be a Muslim and then reject clear Islamic doctrine as established by Muhammad when the Qur’an demands that Muslims obey Muhammad and follow his “perfect” example. The religion is named Islam, meaning submission, because its founder, Muhammad, claimed that is the word Allah said to him in several alleged revelations. (Fn 1) Otherwise, the religion would surely have been known as Muhammadanism or something similar thereto.

I applaud on moral grounds any Muslim that rejects the violent and hateful aspects of Islamic doctrine, but it seems that at a certain level of modification from the Islam Muhammad preached and practiced, one ceases to be a Muslim. We would all be better served if adherents to evolved or reformed versions of Islam would more accurately self-identify under some other designation.

Instead, we see Ahmadiyya Muslims, many Sufi Muslims, and Bahai Muslims all believing they are “Muslims” when they have deviated so far from the religion Muhammad preached and practiced that Muhammad would hardly consider them Muslims. Muhammad once ordered a mosque, whose members were practicing a heretical form of Islam, burned and his followers burned it to the ground with the heretical Muslims inside thereby establishing in Islamic doctrine that schisms were not only not to be tolerated, but should be violently suppressed. (Fn 2)

Sikhs should be praised for admitting that they are adherents of a new religion that combines aspects of Islam and Hinduism. Many Muslim sects should follow the Sikh’s example as it would help alleviate much of the confusion that arises whenever Islam is analyzed and it would limit fundamentalist Islam’s ability to hide its true nature.

Because so many Muslims do not practice fundamentalist Islam, the religion often masks its true nature very effectively. Any religion, no mater how clear its doctrines, varies in practice depending upon the nature of the culture where it is practiced. This principle is especially true for Islam. Islam is a syncretic religion that incorporates beliefs from other religions, particularly Arabian Paganism, Judaism, Christianity, and Zoroastrianism. Because it is already a syncretic religion, Islam has historically readily absorbed increased influence from the other religions previously practiced by new Muslim converts in specific regions. The most well known being the Islam practiced by many Shiite Muslims. Over time, Islam often shed the increased influence in some regions as the old religions in various locales faded from memory, but in some regions, such as Iran, the influence of the prior culture and religion leaves a permanent mark that can greatly alter Islam—not always for the better as exemplified by Iran’s Islamic government.

Sometimes, however, the foregoing process does improve Islam with the unfortunate result that fundamentalist Islam, with the help of religiously sanctioned deception known as taquiya, often evades full blame for its extremely violent and hateful doctrines. As will be shown below, real or fundamentalist Islam started as an extremely aggressive, warrior religion and its beginnings set the stage for the Islamic world’s eventual decline.

What Went Right Set The Stage For Decline

Understanding what went wrong in the Islamic world is, perhaps, best addressed by first recognizing what went right because the initial success of Islam and its early rise to economic, political, and military power is also a primary cause of what ultimately went wrong.

When Muhammad and his early followers arrived in Medina, it is clear that they were in a less than secure economic state. They had cut themselves off from the protection and support of their tribe – an act that was considered tantamount to a death sentence at the time. Moreover, this severance from their tribe’s support and protection occurred in a hostile environment. The Arabian Peninsula consists mainly of desert that, under normal circumstances, can only support a low-density population. Whether Muhammad felt that he had no other alternatives or whether he felt he had other options is something we will probably never know with certainty, but there is no question that Muhammad chose to create a society that sustained itself and advanced its interests by preying upon non-Muslims.

Mohammed said: “I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, None has the right to be worshiped but Allah, and whoever says, None has the right to be worshiped but Allah, his life and property will be saved by me.” (Fn 3) “Allah made the Jews leave their homes by terrorizing them so that you killed some and made many captives. And He made you inherit their lands, their homes, and their wealth. . . .” (Fn 4) Clearly, Muhammad viewed non-Muslim’s land and property as fair game and his conduct established that he practiced what he preached.

Given the foregoing Islamic doctrine, it should not come as a surprise that Islamic history reveals that about eighteen months after arriving in Medina, Muhammad and his followers started raiding caravans owned by their former tribe in Mecca. These raids resulted in the murder of some of the caravan merchants and brought booty to the early Muslims such as raisins, tanned hides, and other various goods that allowed the early Muslims to flourish. (Fn. 5) . Not only were valuable goods obtained directly from these raids, but captives from subsequent raids were either ransomed back to their families in Mecca or sold as slaves resulting in additional revenue. Financial success attracted more believers to the developing Islamic faith.

These caravan raids resulted in the early Islamic community developing the resources needed to later attack entire Jewish tribes. The subsequent attacks on Jewish tribes resulted in the destruction of the Jewish tribes on the Arabian Peninsula by some combination of slaughter, slavery, and expulsion. The attacks also transferred land and great wealth to the Muslim community that allowed it to then dominate the entire Arabian Peninsula.

Muhammad’s goal of gaining wealth via robbery and warfare is undeniable. It is also undeniable that extremely reprehensible means were utilized. The earliest history of Muhammad originating from a devout Muslim, Ibn Ishaq, reveals the brutal means by which Muhammad conquered non-Muslims and stole their wealth:

“Kinana, the husband of Safiya, had been guardian of the tribe’s treasures, and he was brought before the apostle [Muhammad], who asked where they were hidden. But Kinana refused to disclose the place. Then a Jew came who said, ‘I have seen Kinana walk around a certain ruin every morning.’ The apostle asked Kinana, ‘Art thou prepared to die if we find thou knewest where the treasure was?’ And he replied, ‘Yes.’ So the apostle ordered the ruin to be dug up, and some of the treasure was found. After that Kinana was asked again about the remainder, but he still refused to tell. The apostle of Allah handed him over to al-Zubayr, saying, ‘Torture him until he tells what he knows’, and al-Zubayr kindled a fire on his chest so that he almost expired; then the apostle gave him to Muhammad b. Maslama, who struck off his head.” (Fn 6)

The hadith also reveal Muhammad’s methods. Muhammad said “I have been made victorious with terror. The treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my hand.” (Fn 7)

The early behavioral example of Muhammad is of paramount importance to Muslims and set the stage for much of what is wrong in the Islamic world. The Qur’an expressly advises Muslims that in Muhammad they have “a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for any one. . . .” (Fn 8) In addition, the Qur’an repeatedly commands Muslims to not only obey Allah, but to obey Muhammad. (Fn 9)

It cannot be emphasized enough that the beginning of wisdom with respect to an understanding of Islam and its impact on Islamic civilization is the realization that Muhammad did not just bring a type of monotheism to the Arabian Peninsula by eliminating worship of all of the other pagan gods. Of far more significance is the fact that Muhammad also brought the belief that Muhammad was the Prophet, Apostle and Messenger of Allah, that Muhammad had to be obeyed as commanded by Allah, and that Muhammad’s life was the perfect example for living. This aspect of Islamic belief that Allah allegedly commanded that Muhammad must be obeyed and, further, that his life is a perfect example for Muslims to follow, has overwhelming ramifications when trying to gain an understanding of Islam and any Islamic civilization.

It follows that Muhammad’s early example has had a tremendous impact on Islamic culture. The example, as can be seen above, was indisputably not a favorable one. It is little wonder that Dante’s Divine Comedy depicts Muhammad in Hell being tortured for eternity by devils. Even if one ignores the immoral aspects of Muhammad’s example, once the opportunity for booty and ill-gotten gain played itself out, what was left for the Islamic world? It seems to me that not much was left other than to wait for the rest of the world to develop an economy that made the oil under the sand extremely valuable and that appears to be exactly what happened.

Unfortunately, Muhammad did not set forth a good example illustrating that his followers should work hard and develop industry, trade and agriculture. Muhammad had clearly set up a system predicated upon military expansion and an economy that thrived based on the fruits of conquest. Such an economy is doomed to failure when the source of booty not only runs out, but military losses drain the economy. Consider the example of the Ottoman Empire – the last great Islamic Empire.

In 1683, the Ottoman Turks tried to advance farther into Europe by besieging Vienna. The Turks had planned and prepared elaborately for the battle but nonetheless lost. It was a major turning point in history. The Turks not only lost the battle and failed to gain any war booty, but the fleeing Turks left behind a great bounty for the European victors. Polish King Jan Sobieski purportedly described the windfall in a letter to his wife as follows:

“Ours are treasures unheard of … tents, sheep, cattle and no small number of camels … it is victory as nobody ever knew of, the enemy now completely ruined, everything lost for them. They must run for their sheer lives . . .” (Fn 10)

Of course, it can be argued that decline from other causes led to military defeat, but my main point remains valid regardless – a civilization built upon conquest is doomed to failure. The historical record conclusively establishes that no empire has ever succeeded in maintaining its hegemony forever.

Islam once made Islamic cultures stronger as it produced fearless soldiers that believed they would receive an earthly award (booty and women) if they lived and a heavenly award if they died. Qur’an chapter 4, verse 74 promises: “Let those fight in the cause of God Who sell the life of this world for the hereafter. To him who fighteth in the cause of God, – whether he is slain or gets victory – Soon shall We give him a reward of great (value).” Mohammed said: “The person who participates in (Holy battles) in Allah’s cause and nothing compels him to do so except belief in Allah and His Apostle, will be recompensed by Allah either with a reward, or booty (if he survives) or will be admitted to paradise (if he is killed). ” (Fn 11) The Qur’an guarantees instant Paradise to those who fight for Allah. (Fn 12) Dying for Allah is presented as preferable to living: “And if ye are slain, or die, in the way of God, forgiveness and mercy from God are far better than all they could amass.” (Fn 13) Martyrs are promised a secure, sensual (sensual is expanded to erotic in the hadiths) and luxurious life in paradise with beautiful women. (Fn 14)

When wars were fought hand to hand with swords and other such weapons, Islam had an advantage in that many Islamic warriors were absolutely fearless and not only unafraid to die, but sometimes eager to obtain their virgins in Paradise. As technology advanced, while it still takes courage to fight in any war, it is a little easier to fire a weapon from some distance as opposed to slashing and hacking in close combat amidst severed limbs, rivers of blood and the smell of sweat, blood, and human waste. In the modern age, the advantage is to the better educated and better familiarized with advanced technology and religious zeal with its associated fearlessness is no longer a significant advantage.

Not having left an example other than military conquest as a means to sustain Muslim society, Muhammad sowed the seeds of its eventual decline. While some might argue that Muhammad was once a caravan merchant himself thereby setting an example of entrepreneurship, that profession preceded the early Muslim community’s Hijra or migration to Medina. The Islamic world gives overwhelming emphasis to Muhammad’s example after the Hijra to such an extent that even the Islamic calendar is not based on Muhammad’s birth, the date of his first alleged revelation, or the date of his first convert. Instead, the Islamic calendar starts with the Hijra which speaks volumes. It emphasizes that what is important is not when Islam was in its infancy without military or economic power, but that what is important is political and military power. Such a view is well warranted by the statements attributed to Muhammad. Mohammed once was asked: what was the best deed for the Muslim next to believing in Allah and His Apostle? His answer was: “To participate in Jihad in Allah’s cause.” (Fn 15)

Based on the foregoing, it is undeniable that Islam’s origins are inextricably entwined with conquest and a drive for booty. As such, the origin of Islam has been a hindrance to an Islamic culture that holds Muhammad up as a perfect example for all time that Muslims are commanded to emulate. Winston Churchill reached the same conclusion:

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! [Votaries means a devout adherent of a cult or religion] Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.

A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities – but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.” (Fn 16)

The Focus On The Study of Islam Undermined Islamic Culture

Another result of the religious dominance of Islamic culture is that even when education is undertaken in Islamic culture, the emphasis is too often centered on Islamic studies. The Islamic world devotes such a disproportionate amount of its education resources on the teaching of Islam that it acts like an anchor that impedes forward progress. Not only does the emphasis on religious study take away from the study of knowledge that might help advance the culture, but it has the additional pernicious effect of cementing Islam’s grip on the culture. Muslim youth are inculcated into a relatively unshakable Islamic belief system that perpetuates itself into perpetuity. Many Muslims spend much of their time memorizing the Qur’an. Memorizing such Qur’anic verses as “slay the pagans wherever you find them” hardly prepares Muslims for an increasingly technical world.

The Islamic world was actually undermined when the technology advanced that made the spread of the Qur’an and hadith to larger numbers of the faithful possible. Increased knowledge of and access to the actual tenets of the religion actually caused more Islamic orthodoxy. The Internet is exacerbating the problem. Islamic civilization was actually better off when Muslims were dependent on religious leaders and hearsay for an understanding of their faith during the periods when a more moderate form of Islam developed.

Discrimination Against Women Harms Islamic Culture

Islamic doctrine regarding women also impedes progress. Imagine what would happen to the world’s premiere economy, the United State’s economy, if women were forced to comply with Sharia law? The United States would lose a significant percentage of its work force and its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would suffer. Islamic doctrine directly leads to the restrictions on and prejudices against women in Islamic culture that impedes advancement. It is beyond credible dispute that Islam is an inherently misogynist religion that has resulted in untold discrimination against women.

Muhammad taught that captured women were lawfully subject to slavery and rape by their male captors. (Fn 17) Note that in the Quran the references to “those whom your right hands possess” is a euphemism for captives and slaves. Modernly, it is applied to non-Muslim women working for Muslims in Islamic countries. It is common to hear reports of workers in Islamic countries, especially Saudi Arabia, being raped by their male employers. (Fn 18)

Islamic doctrine is no more enlightened with respect to Muslim women. Muhammad declared that women are intellectually inferior to men and that they comprise the majority of Hell’s occupants. (Fn 19) One hadith records Muhammad as stating: “Women are naturally, morally and religiously defective.” (Fn 20) The Qur’an describes men as being above their wives, demands women’s obedience to their husbands, demands that women cover themselves, and states that their husbands may beat them. (Fn 21) Muslim women are given less of an inheritance than men. (Fn 22)

Modernly, probably the most terrible aspect of Islamic discrimination against women is that their testimony in court is considered to be worth only half that of a man’s testimony. (Fn 23) This law, in addition to other aspects of Sharia Law, yields the terrible result that if a woman wants to prove that she was raped, then she must have solid evidence beyond her own testimony as the male rapist’s testimony is deemed to outweigh her testimony as a matter of law. Muslim women that are rape victims sometimes find themselves jailed or stoned to death for reporting rape given that since it cannot be proven, they have effectively admitted to adultery. (Fn 24)

Based on the foregoing, it seems obvious that Islam has directly resulted in women being unable to make a full contribution to Islamic society. Any religion that prevents approximately half its population from full participation in the economy patently acts as a hindrance to advancement and economic growth. Bernard Lewis seems in accord on this point. He accurately summed up the plight of women in the Islamic world as follows:

“According to Islamic law and tradition, there were three groups of people who did not benefit from the general Muslim principle of legal and religious equality – unbelievers, slaves, and women. The women was obviously in one significant respect the worst-placed of the three. The slave could be freed by his master; the unbeliever could at any time become a believer by his own choice, and thus end his inferiority. Only the women was doomed forever to remain what she was – or so it seemed at the time.” (Fn 25)

Given the Islamic world’s treatment of women and focus on religious studies, is it any wonder that the Islamic world declined? To understand just how poorly the Islamic world performs on the World stage, consider the following. Muslims comprise approximately twenty percent of the world’s population and they have collectively won less than ten Nobel Prizes. Jews comprise .02 percent of the world’s population but have collectively won more than 180 Nobel Prizes. (Fn 26)

Islam is Not Conducive to Democracy

Many, including Bernard Lewis, have opined that Islam is not incompatible with democracy. That is an arguable point, but what is not subject to legitimate argument is that Islam is hardly conducive to democracy. Muhammad set a clear example of combining religious and political authority. Islam also naturally fosters the belief that man cannot by popular vote set aside “Allah’s laws.” A religion that does not even give protection to someone for being unable to believe that Muhammad was God’s prophet (Quran chapter 9, verses 5, 29), can hardly be expected to produce the type of enlightened belief in pluralism that is necessary in any healthy democracy.

Can a culture that focuses its educational resources teaching that the Qur’an is literally God’s word really expect its citizens to accept anything other than a society controlled by the Qur’an given the express commands to the contrary? Of course not. Consider what the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini had to say on the subject:

“Divine governments . . . set themselves the task of making man into what he should be. To juxtapose “democratic” and “Islamic” is an insult to Islam. Because . . . Islam is, in fact, superior to all forms of democracy.” (Fn 27)

Democracy has been repeatedly proven by example to result in the most dynamic economies in the world. Islam, by making Islamic culture naturally resistant to democracy, has, therefore, impeded the Islamic world’s advancement. Statistics tell the story quite well. Turkey’s Islamic culture has been held in check by a strong secular government and military that imposes as a matter of law sever restrictions on Islamic practice. According to the CIA World Factbook, Turkey has a $12,999 per capita GDP. Conversely, Iran, an Islamic Republic, has a per capita GDP of $10,600 despite vast oil revenue and a very educated population. But the foregoing figures do not tell the whole story. On the matter of per capita GDP and income, Hassan Hakimian and Massoud Karshenas, in their article “Dilemmas and Prospects of Economic Reform and Reconstruction in Iran,” observed:

“During the two decades before 1975 per capita income in Iran grew faster than in Turkey and kept pace with Korea. By 1975 the level of per capita GDP in Iran was more than double those attended in Korea and Turkey. However, since the late 1970s income per head in Iran has witnessed a rapid decline. . . By 1990, GDP per capita in Iran had declined by half, almost down to the levels prevalent in the early 1960s and falling behind Turkey and Korea.” (Fn 28)

A can be seen, the reintroduction of Islamic rule in Iran caused Iran to go from having a per capita income of more than double Turkey’s per capita income to a per capita GDP less than Turkey’s per capita GDP. Over time, Iran will continue to lose ground in comparison to non-Islamic countries and more secularized Islamic countries unless and until it can escape the grip of Islamic fundamentalists. The Islamic regime has driven away the country’s best and brightest and will continue to do so until its grip on Iranian society can be broken.

Nature of the Qur’an Assures That It Dramatically Impacts Muslims’ Behavior

Because most people in the West are secular, it is often difficult for Westerners to appreciate how deeply religious belief can impact individuals and society. The impact of devout religious belief is magnified in the Islamic world because of the duel nature of Islam as a religious and political system that permeates nearly all aspects of life in most Islamic countries and the belief that the Qur’an is literally the word of God revealed to Muhammad via an angel. Try to understand how the Qur’anic verses set forth in this essay would affect you if you truly believed they were literally the word of God and you lived in a society wherein Islam dominated your religious, political, business and social pursuits. When the Qur’an says slay the pagans if they will not convert to Islam and that non-Muslim’s property and even their women and children are fair bounty for Muslims to take, sell into slavery or even to utilize as sex partners whether the women consent or not, it is not hard to fathom that many adherents will do just that and that such conduct still exists, for example, in Sudan in the twenty-first century should hardly come as a surprise.

It Is Difficult For Many Muslims To Challenge Islamic Orthodoxy

Despite Islam’s obvious drain upon and hindrance to Islamic culture, Islam has inherent properties that make change extremely difficult. For example, Islamic doctrine demands that apostates, those that leave the faith or try to modify it, be killed. That command is vaguely set forth in the Qur’an, chapter 9, verse 12, but clearly set forth in the hadith. (Fn 29) It is, therefore, difficult for cultural Muslims in some Islamic states to make headway against Islamic orthodoxy as any attempt to do so might result in being declared an apostate with severe consequences. Similarly, any criticism of Islam that targets Muhammad and his example is likewise dangerous. Many Muslims can and do act quite violently to any criticism of Muhammad. Such violence is sanctioned by Islam given that Muhammad himself ordered critics and rivals assassinated.

Allah a sadist?

July 14, 2008

Volume 7, Book 70, Number 548:
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Apostle said, “If Allah wants to do good to somebody, He afflicts him with trials.”

1) Which divine being would consider doing good to somebody by affliciting them with trials?
2) Wouldn’t the devil be the one who wants to cause human beings misery and hardship?
3) Wouldn’t a passionate and loving God not go out of its way to PERSONALLY afflict them with trials?
4) What good comes out of personally overseeing harm to others?
5) Will Allah be doing a good thing to those who are in the hell fire when he performs one of his many sadistic acts to the “unbelievers”?

004.056 YUSUFALI: Those who reject our Signs, We shall soon cast into the Fire: as often as their skins are roasted through, We shall change them for fresh skins, that they may taste the penalty: for Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.

6) If Allah is doing a good thing to a person by afflicting them with trials, wouldnt it be better to be an unbeliever so that Allah may afflict you his sadistic acts (trials) which are in fact good for you?

7) Once again, does Bukhari try to glint who Allah truly is?

Wives = Sex toys for husbands

July 14, 2008

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 460:
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Apostle said, “If a husband calls his wife to his bed (i.e. to have sexual relation) and she refuses and causes him to sleep in anger, the angels will curse her till morning.”

Well… this hadith was probably not included to make Mohammad look like a fool, but more of a bullying tactic for husbands to have sex with their wives any time they wanted…

In Islam, women do NOT have the choice.

The question that needs to be answered is; did any of Mohammad’s wives ever turn him down?

A mother prays that her son gets a prostitute?

July 14, 2008

Volume 2, Book 22, Number 297m:
Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle said, “A woman called her son while he was in his hermitage and said, ‘O Juraij’ He said, ‘O Allah, my mother (is calling me) and (I am offering) my prayer (what shall I do)?’ She again said, ‘O Juraij!’ He said again, ‘O Allah ! My mother (is calling me) and (I am offering) my prayer (what shall I do)?’ She again said, ‘O Juraij’ He again said, ‘O Allah! My mother (is calling me) and (I am offering) my prayer. (What shall I do?)’ She said, ‘O Allah! Do not let Juraij die till he sees the faces of prostitutes.’ A shepherdess used to come by his hermitage for grazing her sheep and she gave birth to a child. She was asked whose child that was, and she replied that it was from Juraij and that he had come out from his hermitage. Juraij said, ‘Where is that woman who claims that her child is from me?’ (When she was brought to him along with the child), Juraij asked the child, ‘O Babus, who is your father?’ The child replied, ‘The shepherd.’ “ (See Hadith No 662. Vol 3; No 645. Vol 4)

1) Why would any mother want her son to have sexual relations with prostitutes?
a) Wouldn’t a mother rather her son meet a woman he could raise a family with?
b) Did this hadith implicitly state that a woman you can bring to your mom is a prostitute?

2) Did Juraij refuse the company of people in order to justify Mohammad’s own desires of being alone?

Ishaq:105 “Aisha said that when Allah desired to honor Muhammad, the first sign of prophethood was a vision in brightness of day shown to him in his sleep. He liked nothing better than to be alone. When he left Mecca and there was no house in sight, every stone and tree that passed by said, ‘Peace be unto you, Allah’s Apostle.’ Muhammad would turn around and see naught but trees and stones. He stayed seeing and hearing things as long as it pleased Allah. Then Gabriel came to him with the gift of Allah’s grace while he was on Hira in the month of Ramadhan. The Apostle would pray in seclusion on Hira every year for a month to practice Tahannuth as was the custom of the Quraysh in the heathen days. [In other words, Muhammad was a heathen and the Islamic Pillar requiring Ramadhan fasting was pagan.] Tahannuth is religious devotion [to pagan idols]. After praying in seclusion, he would walk around the Ka’aba seven times.

3) Juraij came out of his hermitage because he was falsely accused.
a) Couldn’t the sheppardess have chosen a better person to claim fatherhood?

4) How did O’Babus purposely go against the word of his mother?
a) Were Juraij’s questions so powerful that he could convince this child to contradict his mom?

5) Who was Juraij?
a) Where did Mohammad learn of him?
b) Where was he mentioned in the Torah?