Thank You FFI and Ali Sina
From: U S
I am a silent visitor of Faithfreedom.org for the past 4 years. I want to share here how I happened to visit your site. How your site helped me rediscover who I am. I am a middle aged Hindu woman. I was born and brought up in south India. All through my childhood and even during my teen age till my marriage in my late twenties, I had no idea who Muslims are and what their religion was. I had Muslim children studying with me in my school. I only used to wonder about their ‘different’ names. If we siblings fell sick, our mother used to take us to some darga in a belief that a visit to that place would cure us of the bad ‘spirit’ which caused the sickness. I am writing this to just convey a point that we Hindus were/are very much ignorant of the faith called Islam and had/have no problem in respecting it.
Before my marriage, I was working in a real estate firm which belonged to two Muslim partners. There were many Muslim staffs in that office and to be honest, they all were very nice people. That is some 15 years back. In retrospect, I still have good regards for them. My husband is born and raised in the state of Gujarat and he is a person critical of Muslims. During the initial years of my marriage, we used to get into arguments about Muslims. Whenever he criticized Muslims’ mentality, I would tell him that it is wrong because I had only seen and moved with the nice Muslims during my office years.
The turning point in my life as far as Islam’s image is concerned happened at the wake of 9/11. Though it happened in US, the images and the scale of destruction I watched on TV haunted me for a very long time. Then I started wondering who the Muslims are and what is their religion is about. I started searching internet for information about Islam. Till that time, I was totally ignorant of Islam and its origin. The very first website I visited during my search was Faithfreedom.org! From then on I regularly visited your site and learnt a lot about its origin and spreading. Still to be sure that I was reading the facts. I also visited many other sites, which are not critical of Islam. Whatever I read, made me understand that the things I read about Islam in Faithfreedom.org are facts not fabrications but in a critical way. Even the Wikipedia information was same a what I read in Faithfreedom.Org but in a neutral manner. This confirmed that what I read and understood via Faithfreedom.Org were facts. This lead me to explore about how Islam came to India.
Till this time, even though being born a Hindu, I was not even a practicing Hindus. I somehow had a sarcastic attitude towards Hinduism and Hindu belief. While doing so, I was absolutely shocked to know how the moguls invaded and destroyed our country. This deeply affected me so much that how a big country with a huge Hindu population was ravaged by a barbaric cult following people. I was ashamed of not knowing the sad history of our country for we were only taught at school a outline of the history with important and true facts totally eliminated. The more I read about origin of Islam, its prophet’s life and the contemporary Muslim people behavior, the more I started to respect our Hindus heritage and culture. I really feel happy to be born as some one other than a Muslim. As a Hindu, I am free to worship just one favorite God or a pantheon of gods or just criticize openly and loudly of our gods. There won’t be any fatwa issued or a price set for my head.
About your site. Ali Sina, first of all I want to thank you for your site. It helped me acquire a whole lot of information and knowledge about Islam and Muslims. Your service deserves high appreciation. In spite of the real danger to your life, you are continuing your mission. Sometimes, when I tried to long on into your site, it would not open. Each on those occasion, I would think, is that all? Has Ali Sina gave up? I want to say sorry for those thoughts. I wish you succeed in your goal, all our moral support is with you.
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