My letters to Mr. Idris
Mr. Idris Tawfiq was at one time a Catholic priest.
He left the profession and worked as a teacher. It was then that he became
impressed by the devotion and zealotry of his Muslim students, which he
interpreted as the truth of Islam. He then visited
and saw Muslims are ordinary people and not everyone is a blood crazed
terrorist. These are the reasons he gave for his conversion to Islam in an
interview with an overjoyed Muslim journalist, in an Arab television
station. I watched that interview and read the site that Mr. Tawfiq has
created and it was clear to me that the decision of Mr. Tawfiq to convert
to Islam has been based on emotionalism and not on reason. I have read the
testimony of countless people converting to Islam and have not yet seen
anyone of them giving a logical argument for their conversion. Their
decisions have been invariably subjective, based on emotions, which is
highly misleading when it comes to finding the truth.
I wrote the following invitation to Mr. Tawfiq on June
26, 2007. Since more than a week later I received no reply, I am publishing it here. My objective
is to show that those who convert to Islam make their decisions based on
emotions and if probed they will fail to give any logical proof for their
rash decisions. If Islam is from God, it must be logical and if it is not
then how can one distinguish it from thousands of other false faiths and
cults that exist and existed? Muslims cannot defend their belief
and when asked to explain they will invariably fail to do so.
You can also write to Mr. Tawfiq and urge him to respond. We want the truth
be known and the only way to do that is through dialogue. Mr. Tawfiq
to be sincere. Either he knows something that we don’t know or he does
not know what we know. A dialogue will help us unravel the truth. Please
write to him and urge him to accept my humble invitation and write to us
telling us why he thinks Islam is true.
Please explain why you converted to Islam.
Dear Mr. Tawfiq ,
My name is Ali Sina. I am
the founder of Faith Freedom International (faithfreedom.org). FFI is a
movement of ex-Muslims that is trying to show a) that Islam is not a
religion but a dangerous cult of hate and terror and b) warn the
non-Muslims of the threat of Islam.
Our movement is growing fast and many people after reading our site are
finding out that Islam is nothing but a huge lie invented by a very evil
man. Many Muslims are leaving Islam thanks to this movement. Our site has
attracted more than six million visitors in less than two years and many
more since its inception.
Today, I came to learn about you and your conversion to Islam. Obviously
you and I have diametrically different views about Islam. The truth is
that either you are right or I am but we both can't be right. I am
inviting you to tell us why you converted to Islam. Is your conversion
based on facts or is it based on emotionalism? Has it been an objective
decision or a subjective one?
After you write your reasons, I will post your letter in the front page of
our site. If your arguments are convincing, I will acknowledge the truth
of Islam and revert to it. I will also announce my decision world
wide. I must bring to your attention that this is no little victory for
Islam as Faith Freedom International is today the fastest growing movement
and the greatest threat that Islam faces. Our main goal is to eradicate
Islam and wean Muslims from its web of lies. We have been extremely
successful in our efforts. If you can prove that Islam is a true religion
and Muhammad was not a liar, you have nipped in the bud this movement and
have rendered a huge service to Islam. I am also offering $50,000 dollars
to anyone who can prove me wrong. I will honor my word and joining your
ministry, we can use this money to promote Islam.
If however, I find errors in your arguments, I will politely point them
out. You are most welcome to rebut them and prove that I am mistaken.
Dear Mr. Tawfiq . This is an honest and sincere invitation. My objective is to unravel
the truth. Today I am convinced that Islam is a lie and extremely evil,
that it is brining mankind to the brink of destruction. This is based on
what I know about Islam. Am I wrong? Then someone must point to my errors.
However, no Muslim has been able to prove me wrong yet. Maybe you know
something I and other Muslim scholars who have debated with me don’t. If
your faith in sincere and if you are confident that Islam is true, please
explain to us why you think so. I hope you will accept this humble
invitation and show us what you saw in Islam that made you embrace it.
I remain cordially yours
Muslims use the conversions of non-Muslims,
particularly priests, to validate their faith and get the confirmation
that their religion is true. It is important to show them that this is not
the case and it is a fallacy to rely on someone else's understanding. This
person could very well be misguided and misinforemed. This is called argumentum ad
verecundiam. Mr. Tawfiq did not respond to my invitation. Is it
possible that he honestly can't defend his decision in a logical way? If
Islam is true why no one can prove it?
Here is the interview with Mr. Tawfiq in an
Upon reading the above Politicallyincorrectlib
wrote an email to Mr. Tawfiq .
Dear Mr Tawfiq,
You probably received a message from the Iranian ex-Muslim scholar
Ali Sina, the founder of the website faithfreedom.org. Many
Muslims already left Islam thanks to his website, and many more
shall, unless people like you manage to refute him. Aren't people
like you supposed to intellectually defend Islam from critics? So
far, no Muslim has managed to refute him. Do you think you can
answer his challenge? If you think you can, and will present a
convincing argument, I promise I will convert to Islam.
Idris Tawfiq wrote:
It is always a cause of great sadness when people feel that they
can no longer practice as Muslims. Allah knows best and He knows
the secrets of our hearts. It is He who will bring us to account
and judge us all one day.
Last February I took part in an Inter-Faith Dialogue in a church
. The Christian minister and I talked openly together for over an
hour in front of a packed audience of Christians and Muslims. The
purpose of our meeting was not to debate whose was the best
religion, but to speak frankly about what we believed,
acknowledging differences, but respecting the goodness of all
people of Faith. People of Faith should never feel threatened by
goodness, wherever they find it. The experience was deeply moving
and I feel it was far more constructive than finding fault in the
beliefs of others. As a former Roman Catholic priest, I still have
the greatest respect for what Christians believe and I still hold
in honour all of those good people with whom I lived and worked
for so many years.
In all my work, I never try to persuade or cajole, to debate or to
As Muslims we are called simply to present the sweet and gentle
message of Islam and leave all else in the hands of Allah. My own
experience of Islam has been deeply touching and enriching. Like
all Muslims, I see that Islam is perfect, although we are not.
If ever we have given bad example to others, which has given them
false impression about Islam, it is deeply to be regretted. My
reply to you is not intended to refute anything or anyone, nor to
accept the challenge for a debate. I simply offer these words in
sincerity and hope they will be received in the same spirit.
As for you promising to convert to Islam, that is a matter between
May Allah Almighty guide us all to the right path.
Dear Mr. Tawfiq ,
friend Politicallyincorrectlib forwarded your
response to me. I read it and here is my response.
say that you had a meeting with a Christian minister, but the purpose of
your meeting was not to debate about the truth and falsehood but “to
respect the goodness of all people of Faith.” That is good and dandy,
but how can you find the truth if you avoid the problem altogether? Today
more than anytime in history we need to find the truth. Innocent people
are dying. There are Muslims who believe that their god has ordered them
to kill the infidels. Are they misguided or is it their religion that
makes them violent and terrorists? This question needs to be answered. We
have to find the truth. The Qur'an teaches:
the unbelievers wherever you catch them. (2:191)
them, until there is no more dissent and religion is that of Allâh
vilest of animals in Allâh's sight are those who disbelieve. (8:55)
unbelievers are unclean. (9:28)
who disbelieve, among the People of the Scripture and the idolaters,
will abide in fire of hell. They are the worst of created beings.
you explain these verses? Aren’t
these, and many other similar Qur’anic teachings, responsible for the
violence in the Muslim world? Most
religions, including Christianity, have had violent histories. Islam
is the only religion that teaches hate and violence in its holy book. Why?
This is a legitimate question
that begs an answer.
you think that it is time that someone explained the meaning of these
verses to us? They sound awfully evil, not sweet and gentle as you claim.
Getting together for hugs and handshakes is not dialogue. Shoving 1400
years of dirt under the carpet is not going to bring us closer to each
other. There are fundamental, troubling questions about Islam and Muhammad
that must be answered.
are killed left and right and your solution is to meet and talk about the
goodness in all people? We are not talking about people. We are talking
about a doctrine that converts good people into killing zombies.
We have a problem with Islam and the hate that it promotes. We can no
longer hide our heads in the sand and pretend that everything is fine. No,
gathering together and singing kum ba yah will not make the problem go
away any more than denying the cancer will send it into remission. We need
to face the problem, discover its source and find a real solution.
source of this problem affecting mankind today is Islam. It is foolish to
trust Muslims whose religion tells them hate and kill the non believers
and instructs them not to take the unbelievers as friends (3:28)
and "strike off
their heads" (47:4).
Muslims and trying to make peace with them is more dangerous than trusting
the Nazis. The foolish Chamberlain thought the solution is in peace with
Devil. Peace is not always the solution. Peace with Devil will give him
the chance to grow stronger. We must stand against evil and never accept
it or make peace with it.
to the ex-terrorist Hassan
Butt “most Muslims" believe that terrorist activity
attracts divine pleasure and admission to paradise and that "anything
that is not an Islamic way of life" is a legitimate target for
adds, “I disagree with those who say the pressing problem is simply how
do we deal with an aberrant, extreme minority who have unleashed a reign
of terror on Britain, rather, I believe the heart of the matter is Islam
itself and how its teachings are interpreted. If we isolate the problem to
that of the extreme fringe, then we are merely skimming the surface.”
person who has studied Islam thoroughly and has debated with thousands of
Muslims, including some top scholars, I fully agree with Butt. If Islam
turns them violent then Islam is the problem.
never shy from violence to defend their faith. Millions riot, burn
churches, kill nuns, priests and other completely innocent people.
However, when asked to prove Islam logically they are bashful and timid.
Will you explain why? If Islam is from God why there is no proof? How can
God expect us to believe in a faith with no logical evidence?
believe that it is Muslims who are giving bad examples and a false
impression of Islam. Many people have come to believe that it is Islam
that makes Muslims violent. Anwar Sheikh committed murder when he was
young. One day, during the partition of Pakistan from India, he was
so filled with zealotry and faith that he killed three innocent people, a Hindu
and a Sikh father and son, people whom he did not know. Later, when he came to his senses, he realized that he had
committed these heinous crimes under the influence of Islam. He left Islam
and dedicated his life writing against it.
“As Muslims we are called simply to present the sweet and gentle message
of Islam and leave all else in the hands of Allah.” Is this true? Then
will you please explain to us what does qazwa
mean? Qazwa means raid. Muhammad waged 78 raids during the last ten years
of his life. I am talking raids Mr. Tawfiq not wars. These were acts of
terrorism. He bragged that he owed his success to terrorism. He said: “I
have been made victorious with terror” [Bukhari 4.52.220].
How can you explain the concept of Jihad and the sword if the message of
Islam is sweet and gentle? Did the Banu Quraiza and thousands other
victims of Muhammad also think Islam is sweet and gentle? How can you
explain the invasion of Persia, Yemen, Syria, Egypt, if the duty of
Muslims is to simply present the sweet and gentle message of Islam and
leave all else in the hands of Allah"? If what you say is true then
what is the meaning of the verse 9:14
that says "Fight
them, and Allah will punish them by your hands, cover them with
shame, help you (to victory) over them, heal the breasts of
Believers?" Aren't verses such as these the
justification of the terrorists and beheaders? The Qur'an is a
manual of terror. Show me which part of this book is sweet and gentle?
that your experience of Islam has been deeply touching. Please tell us
about it. Has this experience been objective and rational or has it been
subjective and irrational? Remember that the followers of all cults tell
you exactly the same thing that their experience has been deeply touching.
They are ready to kill and commit suicide to prove their faith. You
can’t deny the sincerity of the faith of those who cheerfully sacrifice
their own lives for their faiths. However, can the intensity of their
faith prove its truth too? Tell us about your experience Mr. Tawfiq. What
convinced you that Islam is true? Do not keep the truth to yourself.
Let the world know what you have found. We have questions that no one has
been able to answer yet. Will you answer them please?
the testimony of Celine Leduc, a Canadian woman who when converted to
Islam joyously announced “God guided me back to my
spiritual roots.” A few years later she discovered her blunder
and upon leaving Islam she wrote. "I left the Muslim world full
of paradox and conundrums". And "The Muslim world
was harsh, full of rules and I had to cover my spirituality and was left
with little room for freedom of thought". Could
possibly your first impression of Islam be just as wrong as hers? Only an
honest dialogue will reveal that. Are you prepared for that Mr. Tawfiq?
Yes Mr. Tawfiq, I am sincere. I am more sincere than all the Muslims combined. I am
betting my life and have accepted the invitation of Muslims who plan to
kill me, should they prove one of my charges against Muhammad wrong. All I
am asking from you to show your sincerity is to tell us the truth that you
have found in Islam.
I have some questions that have not been answered. Are you willing to
answer them? How can you claim sincerity if you shy away from these
questions? Do these questions have answers? If yes, where are they? Why no
Muslim is willing to answer them? Why? Sincerity must be proven with
was a pedophile. At the age of 54 he had sex with an eight year old child.
How can such a man be a prophet? If this is a test of faith, what kind of test is
it? Does God want us to be stupid or perverts? Why He gave us decency and
then sent an indecent prophet as an example? Muhammad
raided civilians in the middle of the night, cowardly killed unarmed men and
enslaved their women and children. He even raped women after torturing and
killing their husbands. Did you know all these things? Since you claim to
be sincere, please explain to me why would God send a fiend as a prophet?
The crimes committed by Muhammad are innumerable. I have recounted
many of them in my book. I am not going to torment you with too many
questions. All I am asking is to please answer why God sent a man as
despicable as Muhammad to guide mankind? Or perhaps this is a leading
question and you do not agree that Muhammad was evil. Then will you please
explain why his actions look so despicable and evil?
I do not
believe in religions, but at least Jesus was a good man. But Muhammad?
Muhammad was evil Mr. Tawfiq. Explain please, why God chose a wicked person
like him to be our guide? What
kind of prank is this that the maker of the universe is playing on us?
Come Mr. Tawfiq. Let us talk about it. Let us find the truth
together. One of us is committing a grave mistake. How can we find the
truth if we do not talk?
There are only two alternatives. You are either right or wrong.
Assuming you are right, how are you going to face your maker when he asks you why
you withheld the truth from my servant Ali when he sincerely begged you to
answer his questions? By withholding the truth you failed your duty. He
was misled and through him millions were misled. If God is just, he will
forgive me because I am sincere and will punish you for failing your duty.
The other alternative is that you are wrong. If you are wrong, how
are you going to face your maker when he asks you why you shunned my
servant Ali whom I sent to open your eyes and lead you out of that satanic
faith that you had embraced.
In either case you will have to answer your maker Mr. Tawfiq. I am
afraid hiding your head in the sand will not be of much help when the time
We have a cancer to remove. Getting together for hugs and smiles and
discussing how wonderful is everybody is not going to help the dying
patient. Sometimes you need tough medication and sometimes only an scalpel
can do the trick.
is true, someone must be able to answer my questions. Where is the answer?
Why a billion valiant Muslims are suddenly so tongue-tied when I ask them
to give one logical proof that Muhammad was a prophet of God? Forget about
proving him to be a prophet of God, they can’t even disprove my charges
prefer to keep your head in the sand, that is your prerogative. Muslims
will read this and will see that the claims of Islam are empty. I already
know that no one will be able to answer my questions or refute my charges.
I already know that you will not respond. You are not after the truth Mr. Tawfiq. You are after a fantasy. Alas this fantasy has separated you from
the truth. Jesus warned his disciples of false prophets. He said that they
would seduce many. He also gave clues how to recognize them. He said
you will know them by their fruits. What are the fruits of
Islam? The pervert deeds of Muhammad? The violent and hate
mongering teachings of the Qur'an? The depravity and terrorism of
the Muslims? Or the misery and the intellectual poverty that has engulfed the
Muslim world? Where is that
“sweet and gentle” fruit of Islam that you are talking about?
hope that you will answer. But if you don't, I hope Muslims take note and
perhaps write to you begging you to answer. The bankruptcy
of Islam is manifest as sun. How disgraceful that there is not a single
person among the billion strong Muslims who can refute my charges against
Muhammad and Islam or show us, in an objective way that Islam is
will die Mr. Tawfiq. Its days are numbered. It is up to you to remain in
this sinking ship or come to the shore of truth. Remember
Mr. Tawfiq that if Islam is evil, you are now part of it.