How Islam Has Been Used To Induce
Suicide/Murder for God
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The following is an education regarding the veritable
nature of the religion of Islam and how that religion
has been used to induce terror / mass suicide / mass
murder for God.

To understand the nature of Islam from former Mus-
lims who are intimately familiar with it, having rejected
it for numerous reasons, read the complete article
referenced in this post.

Excerpts from ...

A Call to the Muslims of the World
from a Group of Freethinkers and
Humanists of Muslim Origins
http://www.secularislam.org/articles/call.htm

Dear friends,

The tragic incidents of September 11 have shocked
the world.

It is unthinkable that anyone could be so full of hate
as to commit such heinous acts and kill so many
innocent people.

We people of Muslim origin are as much shaken as
the rest of the world and yet we find ourselves looked
upon with suspicion and distrust by our neighbours
and fellow citizens.

We want to cry out and tell the world that we are not
terrorists, and that those who perpetrate such despic-
able acts are murderers and not part of us.

But, in reality, because of our Muslim origins we just
cannot erase the "stigma of Islamic Terrorism" from
our identity!

What most Muslims will say:

"Islam would never support the killing of innocent peo-
ple. Allah of the Holy Qur'an never advocated killings.
This is all the work of a few misguided individuals at
the fringes of society. The real Islam is sanctified from
violence. We denounce all violence. Islam means peace.
Islam means tolerance."

What knowledgeable Muslims should say:

That is what most Muslims think, but is it true? Does
Islam really preach peace, tolerance and non-violence?

The Muslims who perpetrate these crimes think differ-
ently.

They believe that what they do is Jihad (holy war).
They say that killing unbelievers is mandatory for every
Muslim. They do not kill because they wish to break
the laws of Islam but because they think this is what
true Muslims should do.

Those who blow-up their own bodies to kill more inno-
cent people do so because they think they will be re-
warded in Paradise. They hope to be blessed by Allah,
eat celestial food, drink pure wine and enjoy the com-
pany of divine consorts.

Are they completely misguided? Where did they get this
distorted idea? How did they come to believe that killing
innocent people pleases God? Or is it that we are mis-
guided? Does really Islam preach violence? Does it call
upon its believers to kill non-believers?

We denounce those who commit acts of violence and
call them extremists. But are they really extremists or are
they following what the holy book, the Qur'an tells them
to do?

... [skip voluminous details on the encouragement of vio-
lence and rape and immortal rewards and other aspects
of Islam most are either ignorant of or willing to ignore
as if they are not the root cause of the invocation for
terror / mass suicide / mass murder - see the article for
complete documentation] ...

With the known and documented violent legacy of Islam,
how can we suddenly rediscover it as a religion of peace
in the free world in the 21st century?

Isn't this the perpetuation of a lie by a few ambitious
leaders in order to gain political control of the huge and
ignorant Muslim population?

They are creating a polished version of Islam by com-
pletely ignoring history. They are propagating the same
old dogma for simple believing people in a crisp new
modern package. Their aim: to gain political power in
today's high-tension world. They want to use the con-
frontational power of the original Islam to catalyse new
conflicts and control new circles of power.

Dear conscientious Muslims, please question your-
selves.

Isn't this compulsive following of a man who lived
1400 years ago leading us to doom in a changing world?
Do the followers of any other religion follow one man
in such an all-encompassing way? Who are we deceiv-
ing, them or ourselves?

Dear brothers and sisters, see how our Umma (people)
has sunk into poverty and how it lags behind the rest of
the world. Isn't it because we are following a religion
that is outdated and impractical? In this crucial moment
of history, when a great catastrophe has befallen us and
a much bigger one is lying ahead, should not we wake
up from our 1400 years of slumber and see where
things have gone wrong?

Hatred has filled the air and the world is bracing itself
for its doomsday. Should we not ask ourselves whether
we have contributed, wittingly or unwittingly, to this
tragedy and whether we can stop the great disaster
from happening?

Unfortunately the answer to the first question is yes.
Yes we have contributed to the rise of fundamentalism
by merely claiming Islam is a religion of peace, by
simply being a Muslim and by saying our shahada
(testimony that Allah is the only God and Muhammad
is his messenger).

By our shahada we have recognized Muhammad as a
true messenger of God and his book as the words of
God. But as you saw above those words are anything
but from God. They call for killing, they are prescrip-
tions for hate and they foment intolerance.

And when the ignorant among us read those hate-laden
verses, they act on them and the result is the infamous
September 11, human bombs in Israel, massacres in
East Timor and Bangladesh, kidnappings and killings
in the Philippines, slavery in the Sudan, honour killings
in Pakistan and Jordan, torture in Iran, stoning and
maiming in Afghanistan and Iran, violence in Algeria,
terrorism in Palestine and misery and death in every
Islamic country.

We are responsible because we endorse Islam and hail
it as a religion of God. And we are as guilty as those
who put into practice what the Qur'an preaches - and
ironically we are the main victims too.

If we are not terrorists, if we love peace, if we cried
with the rest of the word for what happened in New
York, then why are we supporting the Qur'an that
preaches killing, that advocates holy war, that calls
for the murder of non-Muslims?

It is not the extremists who have misunderstood Islam.
They do literally what the Qur'an asks them to do. It
is we who misunderstand Islam. We are the ones who
are confused. We are the ones who wrongly assume
that Islam is the religion of peace.

Islam is not a religion of peace. In its so-called "pure"
form it can very well be interpreted as a doctrine of
hate. Terrorists are doing just that and we the intellec-
tual apologists of Islam are justifying it.

We can stop this madness. Yes, we can avert the
disaster that is hovering over our heads. Yes, we can
denounce the doctrines that promote hate. Yes, we
can embrace the rest of humanity with love. Yes, we
can become part of a united world, members of one
human family, flowers of one garden. We can dump
the claim of infallibility of our Book, and the question-
able legacy of our Prophet.

Dear friends, there is no time to waste. Let us put an
end to this lie. Let us not fool ourselves. Islam is not
a religion of peace, of tolerance, of equality or of unity
of humankind. Let us read the Qur'an. Let us face the
truth even if it is painful. As long as we keep this lie
alive, as long as we hide our head in the sands of
Arabia we are feeding terrorism.

As long as you and I keep calling Qur'an the unchange-
able book of God, we cannot blame those who follow
the teachings therein.

As long as we pay our Khums and Zakat our money
goes to promote Islamic expansionism and that means
terrorism, Jihad and war. Islam divides the world in
two. Darul Harb (land of war) and Darul Islam (land
of Islam).

Darul Harb is the land of the infidels, Muslims are re-
quired to infiltrate those lands, proselytise and pro-
create until their numbers increase and then start the
war and fight and kill the people and impose the reli-
gion of Islam on them and convert that land into
Darul Islam.

In all fairness we denounce this betrayal. This is abuse
of the trust. How can we make war in the countries
that have sheltered us? How can we kill those who
have befriended us? Yet willingly or unwillingly we
have become pawns in this Islamic Imperialism.

...

We propose a solution.

We know too well that it is not easy to denounce our
faith because it means denouncing a part of ourselves.

We are a group of freethinkers and humanists with
Islamic roots.

Discovering the truth and leaving the religion of our
fathers and forefathers was a painful experience.

But after learning what Islam stands for we had no
choice but to leave it.

After becoming familiar with the Qur'an the choice
became clear: It is either Islam or humanity.

If Islam thrives, then humanity will die.

We decided to side with humanity.

Culturally we are still Muslims but we no longer believe
in Islam as the true religion of God.

We are humanists. We love humanity. We work for
the unity of humankind. We work for equality between
men and women. We strive for the secularisation of
Islamic countries, for democracy and freedom of
thought, belief and expression.

We decided to live no longer in self-deception but to
embrace humanity, and to enter into the new millennium
hand in hand with people of other cultures and beliefs
in amity and in peace.

We denounce the violence that is eulogized in the
Qur'an as holy war (Jihad).

We condemn killing in the name of God.

We believe in the sanctity of human life, not in the
inviolability of beliefs and religions.

We invite you to join us and the rest of humanity and
become part of the family of humankind - in love,
camaraderie and peace.

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