Professor John Esposito challenged once again
Dear Ali Sina
Since I've discovered your website I can hardly stop
reading it! I salute your courage and integrity. Far from being a
hate mongering anti-Islamic site, you have excercised great restraint,
patience, and civility. I especially enjoyed reading your debates with
various challengers including the Ayatullah Montazeri. I was
disappointed to see that Dr. Esposito never responded and so I decided to send
him an email inviting him to reconsider. I've included the text of that
FYI, the name is a pseudonym, for now I'd rather remain
Sat, 11 Sep 2004
formerly enchanted with Islam, especially the mystical stream of Sufism, I
decided to delve deeper into the origins and essence of Islam, namely the
Quran, Hadith and biographies of the prophet Muhammad. Thinking I would
find a spiritual fountain, the source of guidance, I was instead shocked at
the dry, empty and brutish worldliness of this so called religion. I
came to a realization that Islam is nothing more than an ideology of
suppression, terror, and backwardness. Islam is essentially a political
movement similar to communism.
your scholarship and commitment to a working dialogue between Islam and the
West but surely you must see that this ideology is possibly the biggest danger
facing western civilization today. Is there any value in pretending that
a moderate form of this "religion" is acceptable? Is there
such a thing as a moderate version of Bolshevism or Nazism? Should we
really promote this ideology in any form in our country?
I hope you
don't think I'm just another mindless American Islamphobe who is bashing Islam
post 9/11. I graduated with a degree in Near Eastern languages and have
had an intense interest in Near Eastern History. For years I lived in
denial of the reality of Islam but eventually one can no longer defend the
actions of Muslims. I realize now
that the perpetrators of these horrible, daily atrocities are not deviating
from the “True faith” but are actually, faithfully executing it’s
commandments, as instructed by the Quran and Hadith.
ago you were sent an invitation to debate the reality of Islam with Ali Sina
of Faith Freedom International. Since
I never saw a response I assume you decided not to accept.
I’m sure I speak for many who would look forward to a stimulating
intellectual exchange of ideas and hope that you would reconsider this offer.
If you need the web link I’ve provided it here:
forward to a worthwhile debate.
Dr. John Esposito
The following invitation was sent to Prof. John
Esposito He is the chief editor of the
Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World and The Oxford
History of Islam.
Nov. 21, 2002
Dear Dr. John Esposito.
Please accept our warm greetings. I am writing this
on behalf of a few hundred friends mostly ex-Muslims and dissidents of
Islam. Many of us are familiar with your writings. We understand that you
advocate a peaceful Islam. We are pleased and commend you for that.
However you claim that Islam's growth has been also a peaceful one. On this point we
beg to disagree. We believe there is plenty of historic evidence that prove the contrary. As far as we understand and based on our
knowledge of the Quran, the Hadith and the history of Islam, Islam's
growth has been marred by violence since the early days of Muhammad's emigration to Medina. You have maintained that Islam mostly grew through
spontaneous conversion and logical convincing. In our view this claim is
revisionism, with no historic backing and can easily be debunked. We can
prove that the holocaust caused by Islam was the most horrendous
catastrophe ever happening in this planet, unmatched by any holocaust in the annals of history.
We would like to invite you Sir, to start a dialogue
with us. We will try to disprove your claims that Islam is a peaceful
religion and we ask you to show us that we are wrong. Both of us will
refrain from giving personal opinions and we shall base our claims on
facts. This debate can take place in our open forum and will be also sent
o several online magazines for publication.
We understand that you are a busy person. However
this scholastic dialogue is important especially for Muslims who have been
looking desperately for someone of your caliber to dispute our claims and
put us, and our pesky website out of circulation. Since we contend that
Islam is not a peaceful religion but a violent one, a danger to the world
peace and to human civilization we are campaigning against it. As our site
is gaining more popularity, and influencing the public opinion, of both
Muslims and non-Muslims, we have become an eyesore to many Islamists who
really would like to see us go. Hereby we promise, that should you prove
us wrong we will remove our site for good.
On behalf of Faith Freedom International