A Glimpse into the Muslim Mind
This Muslim is not a scholar nonetheless his argument
is important because it shows the shallowness of the mind of an average
He engages in all sorts of logical fallacies. In
Persian/Arabic we call it Maghlateh. Being a Persian he is familiar with
The first fallacy is the fallacy of Pititio
Principii or circular reasoning. You commit this fallacy when you
assume that a conclusion is true without having yet proven it. This slave
of Allah claims that the book of God should not be logical and need not be
in conformity with the science. Who said such thing? How did he come to
this absurd conclusion? If that is the case how can we distinguish a true
prophet from a charlatan? If the message of God need not be logical, by
what means can we know Muhammad was telling the truth and say, David
Koresh was not?
Then he says the Quran should not be taken literally
but should be interpreted spiritually. This is the same fallacy as above.
Muhammad says that the sun sets in murky waters, the moon was split while
each part of it could be seen from one side of the
Hira, mountains are like pegs that are there to keep the earth from shaking,
stars are in the lower heaven while the Moon is above them, and many other
absurdities. What are the spiritual meanings of all these asinine
Muhammad claimed that his book is clear and that
there is no doubt in it. If that is true and these are metaphors, what
these metaphors mean? Where is the explanation? There are hundreds of
Islamic sects each understanding the Quran in a different way and shedding
other’s blood for understanding it differently. All because the Quran is
not clear. If the Quran had said that the Jews are “like” monkeys, we
would have concluded that Allah is using a metaphor to express his disdain
of the Jews. But the Quran says clearly that Allah transformed them into
swine and apes and he repeated this in three places. This is not a
metaphor but a statement of a historic event that is obviously false,
irrational and unscientific. Why should we believe in the gobbledygook of
the Quran and not in the drivels of David Koresh or those of
Musaylama the prophet pretender of
whom Muhammad called “the lair”? How can we be sure that Koresh and
Musaylama were lying and Muhammad was not? This is an important question.
We must use the same parameters for all claimants. What did Muhammad have
that Koresh, Jim Jones or any other cultist did not?
If the tale of the 72 virgins, rivers of wines and
all those goodies promised for the believers in the afterlife are
allegorical, why mention them in such details?
Wouldn’t it have been better to just say that paradise is beyond
description and leave it at that? If Muhammad had said that the pleasures
of paradise are more intense than having an orgy with 72 virgins, it would
have been clear that he is using a metaphor. The description of the
virgins and pearly boys in the Quran are not allegorical. Muhammad
illustrated the paradise in detail and he explained the bounties of it as
if they were facts not allegories. What is the spiritual significance of
these celestial virgins and pearly boys if they are not actual sex
If the jinns and the virgins, the ascension and the
description of the embryo that are clearly nonsense are to be interpreted
allegorically, can't we deduce that also Gabriel and Allah are metaphors?
What gives us the authority to decide which verses are allegorical and
which once are not when all of them are stated as facts and are given the
This Muslim then engages in another logical fallacy
and writes: “Since holy books are not literal and they are not
practical or logical, they are spiritual.”
This fallacy is called false dilemma. You
commit this fallacy when you offer two propositions that are both false
and then say if the proposition A is not true then the proposition B must
be true. If we had only two options then the argument would be valid. For
example, you are either pregnant or you are not, or, you are either a man
or a woman. The fallacy happens when there are more alternatives. Claiming
that since an alleged holy book is not logical or scientific it is
spiritual is a fallacy. The answer could be that the book is false,
satanic, and not holy at all.
Muslims take it for granted that the Quran is the
book of God. This is again a petitio principii. Another variety of this
circular reasoning is when they say since the literal interpretation of
the Quran makes Muhammad look like a criminal and we "know" that
is not possible because he was a perfect man and a messenger of God, then
those verses must mean something else or the hadith must be false.
In my discussion with Ayatollah Montazeri he
committed the same fallacy when he tried to deny the fact that Muhammad
was a pedophile. He said the marriage of Muhammad with Aisha was out of
political expediency to foster his relationship with his friend Abu Bakr
otherwise it is not natural for a 54 year old man to have sexual feelings
for a 9 year old girl. This is a false dilemma. There is a third
explanation and that is some men are sociopaths and they get aroused
sexually by children. They are called pedophiles. Of course it is not
natural, but it exists. Since Muslims do not want to consider this
alternative, they engage in all sorts of logical fallacies to avoid it.
The claim that the Quran is a spiritual book must be
proven first. Where is the proof that those who follow the Quran are more
spiritual than those who do not follow it? Look at the state of the umma
all over the world. Muslims are more war mongers, more beastly and more
selfish than non-Muslims. The history and the present of Islam are filled
with bloodshed and killings. These bloodsheds started by Muhammad himself.
Are assassinations, murder, genocide, raid, pillage, rape, etc. spiritual
acts? Can we call a person who commits these crimes a spiritual person?
Muhammad committed all these things and Muslims have been doing the same
What about this very Muslim who tells us Islam is a
religion of peace and that all the wrongs we see are the faults of the
Muslims who do not follow Islam’s spiritual teachings? Is he following
those spiritual teachings? This man wrote to me threatening to assassinate
me if I do not stop exercising my God given and first amendment right to
freedom of speech. What spirituality is he talking about? If the religion
that he is upholding has not been able to curve his criminal instinct how
is he going to make us believe that it is a spiritual religion? The proof
is in the pudding. If Islam is all about spirituality, why is he
threatening people with murder?
Would he have threatened to kill me if he was not a
Muslim? Of course not! So what is the conclusion? The conclusion is that
because he is a Muslim, he has become a terrorist, ready to shed the blood
of someone whom he has not met and does not know. This intense hatred is
caused by his faith in Islam.
How would he explain this? I can bet that he will
say. “Ah, but I am not a good Muslim”. This
is another fallacy. This is called “Having Your Cake” or diminished
claim. You commit this fallacy when you assert something but when
pressed for proof you back out. If
Islam is spiritual and peaceful and you are such a devout follower of it
that you are ready to kill for it, why you are not spiritual and peaceful?
What has been the effect of Islam on you? You are an assassin, a thug and
you want us to believe Islam means peace and it makes its followers
spiritual? But if you are just a lukewarm Muslim and you don’t follow
Islam to the letter, then why you want to kill for it? Shouldn't you first
practice it in your life and set the example for others? If it is so good
as you say, why you don't follow it?
Muslims commit this fallacy a lot. They make the assertions
but shirk from proving them. In fact this fallacy was committed by
Muhammad himself who instead of giving the proof of his claim he declared
those who do not believe deaf, blind and dumb who do not understand, or he
said that it would make no difference if you tell them or not because they
would not agree anyway, or Allah has sealed their hearts and hence no one
can help them. All these are logical fallacies. They are devised to bail
out from giving the proof.
Do you see the irrationality of the Muslim mind? The
truth is that this Muslim is a murderer because of his faith in Islam. If
he was not a Muslim, he would not have contemplated killing me for
speaking against Islam. Islam is not making people peaceful and spiritual
but rather assassins and thugs.