- 28 Apr 2001
First of all I would like to tell you how much I have appreciated
reading your material, understanding merely fragments of how hard and
difficult your work on this field is.
My first knowledge of islam came from a muslim man I fell deeply in
love with. I have previously been married with a muslim without the
topic of islam ever coming up, from mine or his side. But we divorced,
and years later I met another muslim. By his request I started reading,
pages up and down with islamic material, worships and praises, but my
eyes caught the interest of the www.islam-qa.com.
Gasping with both laughter, surprise and a lot of disgust, an islam in
contradictions with my initial view started to form itself in my head.
This is the beginning of my journey in both islam and the internet, and
I had no sites like yours to support my beliefs and views in, taking my
information from islamic sites. Being a radical lefty with a long
history in antiracist work and a long time member of Amnesty
International, I received negative statements from my friends for my
views, they felt it as harassment of muslims. But never have I
discriminated against any muslim, as I have known more muslims then the
lot of them together, married one, and had good friends and
colleagues. But my humanistic view took a blow, but then I read the
book of Walid al-Kubaisi, a humanist and a refugee from Irak, currently
settled in my home country Norway. He writes a book of letters to his
dad, explaining his disattatchment from islam asking for his father's
understanding. And from this book I get support in my view of islam as
an unhumanistic and highly misunderstood religion as you so brilliantly
show. Starting to understand islam leads me to debate it on net in
Norway, where the hardships of debating with secularized and not so
secularized muslims and apologetic norwegianers, makes me realize,
but a fragment, of how hard it must be for you. Constantly having to
explain that I am not out to hurt muslims or put them down, pulling in
my personal life in a theoretic debate, and defending myself from
accusations of racism and bias. I also loose this man that initially
directed me to Islam. Still loving him, I have asked him to read your
material and Ibn Warraqs book, but the only comment I have had so far,
is that he does not see it my way. Realizing that he does not think this
way, and wants to instill this religion into his children, we drifted
apart. What an irony, a muslims good intent to show up his religion to
his love created a full blown kafir.......
Well, I suppose you have better things to do then
go over my life story, I will get on to business. In debates the growth
of Islam is put up frequently as a proof of its truth. Never is this
growth supported with much other than the conversion-stories of the ever
reappearing Cat S. and the American wife of Imran Khan. I
would like to know more of this subject, and this brings me to the main
purpose of this letter, to ask you if you know of any good articles on
the subject of western conversion to Islam in particular and of the
growth of islam in general. I have searched the internet, but can't find
much on it, and would be very grateful if you could help me.
I visited freethoughtmecca this morning, as I
wanted some amusement to start my day with, and saw in the guest book
that pressure is put on yahoo to close your site. If there is anything
or anyone I can write to appose this I would like to know. I would also
like to post a cry for help on the Norwegian sites I debate, as I do
have some allies in the fight for free speech, opposed so hard by
Thank you Mr. Sina for your efforts and your firm,
humanistic and respectful stand. You make the world a better place.....
Dear Viking Kafira:
You are not the only one who has been turned away from Islam after
learning about it. If you read the testimonial of all those who have
left Islam you will see that they left it after their knowledge of Islam
Yes I am aware that Muslims use the story of the conversion of the
Westerners as the proof of the truth of their religion. However, most of
those who become Muslims leave it after they learn the inhumane
teachings of Islam. Read the Steep and Deadly Climb and The Sleepless
Night. The problem is that those who leave Islam often are reluctant to
advertise their apostasy. Some of them may be concerned for their safety
and some still have Muslim friends that they do not wish to offend.
Therefore a silent withdrawal seems more appropriate.
To this equation you must add the phenomenon of thousands of Muslims
who after coming to the West decide to become Christians and hundreds of
thousands of them who simply turn secular humanists and do not want to
do anything with religion. Visit any Iranian club on the net and you
will see that the majority of them have not only left Islam but a great
number of them are hostile towards that religion.
Muslims also like to say that Islam is the fastest growing religion.
This statement is misleading and is badly phrased. The right way of
saying it is “Muslims are the fastest growing population”. The
number of Muslims is growing faster because of the disproportionate
demographic growth of Islamic countries, and in the West because of the
immigration of the Muslims. In reality there are far more Muslims who
leave Islam than those who embrace it. And those who convert and become
Muslims also leave it soon after they discover its cultish nature.
Islam is completely incompatible with reason and human rights.
Muhammad’s own personal life is far from qualifying him as a good
human being let alone a messenger of God and his book, the Quran is a
book full of errors. Could possibly the maker of this universe be as
ignorant as it appears to be in Quran?
The aim of this website is to encourage people to read the Quran and
familiarize them with the history of and life of its founder. We will
not publish anything if it is not backed be authentic Islamic sources. I
am absolutely confident of the decency of the majority of Muslims and
know that no matter how strong is their faith once they see the truth
they will side with reason and not blind faith.
Thank you for writing.