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I Found My Freedom 


By Hamid

2005/09/15

Dear Mr. Sina, 

For the past month or so I have been having many doubts and have been reading countless debates and so forth regarding Islam, Christianity, Atheism, etc..etc. I just could not create a clear explanation for myself, thus I kept searching. I think everyone should do that until they for themselves figure out the truth. I stumbled upon your site today after returning from college and I have spent the last 5 hours reading material from your site and other referenced places as well. I was born a Muslim and at a point I was more devout than anyone in my family. I just want to thank you for basically clearing things up for me. I was a victim of Islam all my life and for once I feel that I have moved away from something totally false. I am 19 and I believe that I have discovered this truth at an early age. As I look back at people who have passed away, I don't know what to say. Now I don't questions people who have views like you about religion. It all makes perfect sense now. I just think people are truly blinded as you have mentioned so many times. I think I am strong enough to move forward without Islam, but the only aspect about it that concerns me is my family. I don't think I will tell them, but as you know being a Muslim it is not easy explaining to your family that Islam is false. You know what I mean. I just know I'll have a hard time living my life without the Islamic umbrella over my head. Ramadan is coming up and I am glad I am away from home, which gives me a bit more freedom. I just want to thank you again and hope you have the chance to reply to my email. I look forward to speaking with you again. I don't know how old you are, but I don't think your that brilliant, I just think everyone else that believes in religion is stupid. I don't think intelligence is measured by knowledge, or all of these stupid Imams would win Noble prizes. Intelligence is basically understanding of what is around you. I think if people are able to do that, like you and I, they are also intelligent. Thanks again and I look forward to hearing from you. 

Hamid USA

 

Dear Hamid,

It is wonderful to read your email. I am very happy that this site helped you find your way. Yes you are very right. One does not have to be brilliant to see the truth and certainly I never made such claim. Anyone who opens his eyes and uses his brain can see it. It is really very easy. 

Now, I disagree with you that everyone who believes in religion is stupid. Of course I have said it many times myself. What actually I mean is that these people go to extreme lengths to believe in stupidities. Everyone can be fooled and has been fooled at some point in his life. This does not mean everyone is stupid. In certain cases even the most intelligent person can be fooled. The belief in Islamic gobbledygook is extremely foolish. Very smart people have let themselves to be fooled and are Muslims. We had geniuses like Rumi who became fooled by Islam. This does not mean they are foolish all the time. They are just foolish in their belief in Islam. The problem is that they accept premises that are baseless and as the result come to conclusions that are false. Here is one example. Yesterday I received an email from a Muslim friend, shaheed, who wrote: 

ďIt's me again, your fellow human who is struggling profusely to convince you that the life of this world is nothing but material deception. Allah has said in the Quran Majeed that we humans may sometimes desire that which is not actually good for us. We may reject that which our creator has prescribed as a way of life for us because it may not make sense to us now. After all oh rejector of faith, if the almighty had made us to see and understand everything before we believe in it, then believing wouldn't be such a challenge. Remember by the way that some people will come out losers on the day of judgement because they thought that what they were doing is good.Ē 

The email is long and I don't have time to respond to this friend. However, I share this part of his email because it epitomizes the Islamic mindset. 

The first false premise is that he accepts whatever Muhammad said as the word of God and quotes the Quran as if it is a book of authority. This is a false premise. The first question we must ask is whether the Quran is the word of God. Do we have any proof for such claim? Not at all! On the contrary we have plenty of proof to show it is not. Quran contains many scientific, linguistic mathematical, logical and historic errors. We may not be able to see what is going to happen after we die and whether those outlandish claims of paradise and hell are true or false, but we can easily see that the Moon is not above the stars as the Quran says, the mountains are not pegs to hold the Earth from shaking, the sky is not a dome sustained by invisible pillars, the stars are not lamps to adorn this dome, the sun does not set in murky waters, the tale of the foetus as explained in the Quran is nonsense, the fractions given by Muhammad to divide the inheritance do not add up, Mary the mother of Jesus was not the sister of Aaron and Moses, and countless other statements of the Quran are false. 

How can God make so many mistakes? Muslims tend to close their eyes to all these inconsistencies and despite them accept this book as a miracle, just because Muhammad said it is. Far from being a miracle, the Quran is one of the stupidest and confused books ever written. 

Then we have the examples set by Muhammad. We see a man who raided caravans and villages, massacred unnamed people, looted them, enslaved their wives and children, raped them and committed all sorts of atrocities worthy of the worst gangsters. None of that affects the faith of these believers. Nothing can shake them and wake them up. 

Shaheed wants me to believe that this world is just a deception and what is real is what Muhammad promised. Shouldnít he check first the credentials of Muhammad? What if Muhammad lied? We have evidences that Muhammad lied! Not only the Quran is clearly a false book and cannot be the revelations from the maker of this universe, we also have Muhammadís own words encouraging his followers to lie if telling the truth does not make them achieve their goals. Of course he did not like anyone lie to him. He severely punished and warned those who kept some of the stolen booty after the raids. But he did not see anything wrong in lying to others for his own gain or as he put it, in the cause of Allah. In fact he said "war is a game of deception". How such person can be trusted? With what we know about him, isnít it foolish to believe in his tale of the afterlife? If he is shown to be mistaken in almost everything that can be verified, how can we trust his description of things we cannot verify?  

Even though we have not seen the other world, logically we can dismiss whatever Muhammad said about it. He talked about a physical garden filled with carnal delights, plenty of food, wine and sex. To him this was obviously the utmost bliss. But the fact is that our bodies remain here on earth and start rutting after we die. How can we enjoy all these carnal delights when we have no body? If it is our soul that survives and goes to paradise, our soul has no need for these carnal pleasures. Sex and gluttony are functions of our bodies. Our souls are affected by emotional sensations such as joy and sadness. So even if there is a next word and the soul survives the death, it must be a different dimension very distinct from the material world. It is clear that the stories of Muhammadís paradise and hell are ludicrous. It takes really a very stupid person to believe in those fairytales. Yet we see many smart and intelligent people buy into that nonsense and never question it.  

As a matter of fact Muhammad thought that the body will be resurrected, all the bones and flesh will come together and form the body again and it is this very body that goes to hell or paradise to be chastised or rewarded.  This is just plain stupid. The atoms that comprise your body have been certainly part of the body of other animals and possibly other humans of past generations. It is very likely that atoms of our body will become part of the bodies of other humans eons from now. All it takes for you to take the atoms of a dead body into yours is to eat the fruits of a tree that grows over his grave. Or those atoms could go through hundreds of digestive systems of other organisms until they reach you. If all of us have to resurrect, to whom these atoms belong? Furthermore the atoms of our bodies are constantly changing. Suppose you committed a sin ten years ago. Today not a single atom of that body with which you committed the sin remains in you. Which body would be brought back for punishment? The body that committed the sin or the body at the moment of death? 

If this paradise and hell are physical as Muhammad believed, where are they?  We have a much better understanding of the universe than those ignorant followers of Muhammad 1400 years ago. Even then he was derided by the intelligent Meccans. Why when with our gigantic telescopes we can see the borders of this universe, we are unable to see this paradise of which Muhammad spoke? 

Muhammad talks about the Day of Judgement. In other words, all those who have died so far are nowhere until that day come. They are neither in paradise nor in hell. They are dust scattered on this Earth and some of that dust may be in you, waiting to be resurrected in the Day of Judgement, come back to life and receive their judgement.  But again Muhammad forgot about this and in the Quran he said those who died in the way of Allah have already gone to paradise and are sending messages that they are content there. How this could be? What about the Day of Judgement? Do you see the inconsistency and the stupidity of this whole matter?   

Frankly I find Muhammadís paradise disgusting. A luxury brothel, like the Playboy Mansion is not my idea of bliss. I donít care for orgies and debauchery. My idea of bliss is to be with one woman whom I love and who loves me; whose company and conversation make my heart sing; to be around my loved ones, friends and family; to have good books to read and an Internet connection to fight evil while my cat takes nap next to me. That is my paradise, not fornicating with 72 black-eyed whores and bathing in rivers of wine. As for food, all I want is freshly baked Tuscany bread with extra-virgin olive oil and fresh tomato, a variety of good Italian cheeses and a glass of good Italian wine. I find pleasure in simplicity, not in extravagance, in love, not in orgies. I have no need for Muhammad's paradise and pity his miserable soul for not knowing the meaning of bliss. 

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