Leaving Islam



On Sufism and the Death of Islam



Dear Ali,


I wanted to thank you for using my testimony of leaving Islam as part of your main web page commentary.  Although I was somewhat torn about writing and posting this on a public website, I finally decided to tell others about my experiences because I think my story would be useful, especially for Westerners who may be attracted to Islam from the “gentler” version of Sufism.  It may also serve to explain to native-born Moslems the mystery of how Westerners can be drawn to Islam.  I am sure that the Islam you experienced growing up Muslim and the one I became attracted to, were quite different in appearance but ultimately they stemmed from the same vile source.  Hopefully this post and your commentary  can help others understand the “perfumed scorpion” of Islam, ironically, the title of one of Idries Shah’s books.


I have a couple of questions for you after going through much of your material in the FFI website.  First, I read your assertion that Islam will soon be destroyed by the widespread publication of its evil origins and nature.  Where do you get this optimism?  Although I share this hope, I see Islam as a sort of criminality similar to street gangs and organized crime, which can be suppressed but will always have an attraction to unregenerate elements in society.  From your prospective, as one who grew up in an Islamic society, do you have an insight into this which encourages you that Islam’s eradication is at hand?


My second question is about Sufism.  Were you ever interested in Sufism and did you see it as having any influence in Iran when you were growing up?  To me it seems that Sufism took some of the sharp edges off of Islam (for better or worse).  It has surprised me how the more primitive Islam of Muhammad and his companions have seemingly eclipsed Sufism completely in its lands of origin.


Last, was there a single traumatic experience, which caused you to finally break with Islam, or was it a slow erosion of confidence in its spiritual message?


I want to thank you again for the service and sacrifices you’ve made in warning others of the dangers of Islam and providing such an exceptional website and forum to bring this message to the public.  I hope I can assist you with this purpose.


May whatever God there is bless you and give you the strength to continue.


Best regards...

Never a Dhimmi,  


Dear Never a Dhimmi,  

Thank you for sharing your story with us. Muslims rejoice in converting the westerners to Islam but I am not concerned about that because most of them leave Islam as soon as they discover the great deception and become dedicated eradicators of it.  

Sufism and Iran 

You ask about Iran and its Sufi connection. In fact all Iranians are to some extent Sufis. Sufism, thanks to its poets and luminaries has had an indelible impact in the psyche of the average Iranian. So in a sense Iranian Muslims are very much distinct from Wahhabi Muslims. In fact there is a hidden tug-of-war between the extremist Islam represented by the Mullahs who see Sufism as a challenge to their authority and the average Iranian Muslim that is imbued with Sufi mysticism and its romantic views of Dervishes. After all Iranians respect their poets, or should I say, revere them incommensurably. Jalal-e-ddin Rumi for them is a super saint and Hafiz  is their confidant with whom they share the secrets of their hearts and in whose poetries they seek guidance in their daily affairs. Many Iranians have never heard of al Ghazali the greatest Islamic Mullah of all times but you won’t find a single Iranian who has not memorized a verse from Hafiz or Saadi, or has not heard of other Sufi poets such as Attar, Jami or Baba Kuhi.

Poetry is the soul of the Iranians and Sufism is the essence of the Persian poetry. It may come as surprise to many that even Ayatollah Khomeini in his early days prior to becoming intoxicated with power and going on a killing spree of anyone who defied his authority was a Sufi. He wrote eight ghazals (poetries) in Persian where he made fun of the mullahs, emphasized the pointlessness of studying the scriptures and longed for the intoxication of (mystical) wine.  

As I said in the Traps of Islam, Sufism is just a façade. When push comes to shove, a Muslim is a Muslim and Islam is what Muhammad taught and not what Rumi or Attar fantasized.  

In 1979 all the Iranians forgot about their Sufi tradition and reverted to fanatical Islam overnight and the great Sufi lover Khomeini, turned to be a ruthless bloodthirsty tyrant. 

So the Islam most of the Iranians grew up with and the one you became attracted to were not very much different. The truth is however, that isn't Islam. And the danger is that once you are brainwashed into accepting Muhammad as a messenger of God, then you can easily become a terrorist. The passage from Sufism to Terrorism is so smooth that you won't even notice it. It is as easy as reading the Quran and believing it.   

That is why Islam must be discarded wholesale. No part of it is worth keeping.    

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