interview with Abul
of Sunday Time. U.K. :
Abul Taher, a reporter of Sunday Times U.K. wrote asking for an interview by
phone. Since this was not radio I suggested we conduct this interview via email.
He wrote another email and asked me a few questions. I was not sure whether
these questions were part of the interview but treated them as such and
responded accordingly. In a third email he said that he could publish the
interview provided I give him my phone number and my photo. Of course I can't
meet those conditions and therefore I believe he is not going to publish the
interview. However, since I already spent some time writing it, I decided to
publish it myself. Here is our correspondence. I still hope Mr.
Taher would publish it.
My name is Abul Taher and I am a journalist at the
Sunday Times newspaper. I read with interest your claim that you may be sued
because of the content of your website. First of all, I would like to know how
far that has gone ahead, and secondly who is bringing this charge.
Also, I would like to know if you are actually
Muslim or were one at any time. I think it might make a good story if you are a
Muslim who is being persecuted by fellow Muslims. Please let me know how I can
get in touch with you on the phone, etc.
you for your enquiry. Let me assure you no one is going to sue me. If Muslims
had any way to sue me they would have done it by now. This
was just a bluff. I published it to dare this person to make good her threat
and never heard back from her. Muslims donít want to sue me. They know this
will backfire and it could be devastating for Islam. Just as this threat picked your
interest, others will find it interesting too and when the mainstream media
start reporting the lawsuit, it will be the end of Islam. I will take advantage of the
situation and will put Islam on trial. Muslims canít sue me for racism. I am
Iranian. They canít sue me for inciting religious hate. I have always made it
clear that this is not about people and even have defended Arabs publicly and
privately. It is about Islam, the ideology. I look forward for the
opportunity to prove Islam is evil and dangerous in a court of law. The
worst that can happen to me is that the court would order me not to tell the
truth about Islam because Muslims will be offended. This is no victory for
Islam. The truth is out anyway. The genie is out of the bottle. But the chances
are that the court agree with me and recognize Islam is dangerous. That would literally
change the course of history. Now, do you see why these threats of lawsuits are
nothing but bluffs?
was born to Muslim parents. My mother, like any good Muslim, wished to have a
boy. A Shiite superstition said that if she murmurs some verses in Arabic from
Sura Yusuf, for forty
days and blows at an apple without letting the apple touch the ground (it should
be hanged from the ceiling) then eat that apple, the child in her womb will
become a boy with the charm and wisdom of Joseph. This prayer was guaranteed to
work 50% of the times and if answered the child should be called Ali or Muhammad
or a combination of these names. My mother must have overdone a bit the ritual, because not only I was born a boy, my charm and wisdom exceeded
everyone's expectation. Mashaallah! On the downside I was named after the short
stocky butcher of Medina. Anyway I kept this name to show the world that not all those
who have "Islamic names" are terrorists. Don't judge a book by its
cover and don't judge a person by his name. Many Alis, Muhammads, Attas and
Abuls are enlightened people and despite their name it is possible that they are
not Muslims at all.
want to write a story about me or our movement, I would be glad to answer your
questions. However I sound much more intelligent in writing than in live
interviews. ;) So if you donít mind, we can have this interview via
remain sincerely yours
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