Most Muslims when they are questioned about their
faith immediately denounce us 'kafir'as if it is a very bad name per se.I
want to say that this is not the case. We should be proud to call
ourselves kafirs.I will give you the reasons.....
I believe in Democracy (visit
I believe that women are equal to men
I believe in the freedom of religions.
I believe in respecting other faiths.
I believe in accepting criticism, both of me and
my beliefs. If the criticism is constructive
I will accept it and if not Ill ignore it (and will not pass a
I believe in answering debate with debate and
logic with logic and not debate with guns and logic with bombs.
I believe that Human life is more sacred than any
I believe in humane, reform able, flexible though
(man-made) laws and not fixed, rigid, (divine?) laws that were given
by a blood -thirsty God (or maybe they arose out of
the mind of a schizophrenic.
I believe that humanity is one family (and not
separated into two hostile camps as 'momin' and 'kuffar'
I believe that every human being has the right to
follow his own path.
I disbelieve in both 'The greed for heaven' and
'The fear of hell' for I know that both fear and greed are negative
emotions and that two negative emotions can never lead to any positive
change in me.
I believe that I'm not a child to be disciplined
by the greed of a sweetmeat and the fear of the rod.Im mature ,I don't
commit crime, for I know that every crime hurts someone, and my basic
humanity not to hurt others prevents me from evil and not my greed or
I believe that women are not' one step lesser
I believe that a woman's word carries equal
weight in a court of law.
I believe that in a rape the rapist should be
punished and not the raped woman punished (death by throwing stones)
I believe that no dress code should be imposed on
I believe in being patriotic and I love my nation
in which I was born.
I believe in being loyal first to my nation and
not to Arabia.
I believe that my country is not an Infidel
nation (Dar ul harb-land of war)rather my country is as sacred as
Arabia and cities of my country are as sacred as Mecca or medina.
I believe in not hating my own country (just
because the majority are infidel Christians though I may enjoy all the
I disbelieve in slavery
I disbelieve in invading other nations and
I believe that answering criticism with murder is
immoral (and not an act of political genius)
I believe that polygamy belittles women (for a
man with 4 wives each wife is effectively only one-fourth of her
I believe in loving-kindness
I believe in a religion which is flexible and
which welcomes science.
I believe in free thought.
I believe in allowing doubt and even welcoming
I believe in inviting criticism
I believe in respecting the sacred places of
other faiths and not demolishing them
I believe that murder is a greater crime than 'kufr'
and rape a worse vice than 'shirk'
I disbelieve in a merciless, bloodthirsty,
incompetent, impotent god.
I believe in a faith that's so flexible that even
though injustices do creep in, there is at least a chance for reform.
I value a humane person more than a prayerful
one...a man of good character more than a god fearing one.
I believe that religion should be a personal
experience and voluntary and not a mass hypnosis based on a single
man's “revelation” forced down our throats.
I believe that a thief should be reformed and not
having his hands cut-off and therefore reducing him to a beggar rather
than helping him find a reasonable livelihood.
I believe that adultery should be punished with
divorce and not with death by stoning.
I believe in empathizing for the whole of
humanity and not only for my religious community.
I believe in love and not in hate.
I love music and dance and consider them to be
divine and uplifting.
I love sculpture and painting ...of both human
and non-human forms
I believe that Art shouldn't be restricted by
narrow views and fatwas.
I believe in the separation of religion from
statecraft...I don't want mullahs and Imams meddling with politics.
I love to have fun and be happy and see other
people happy and peaceful and trembling throughout their lives with
the fear of hell.
IM A HUMAN BEING WITH A WELL DEVELOPED BRAIN
WHICH IS QUESTIONING , CURIOUS AND THINKING AND BECAUSE IM NOT A
So when you meet a Muslim anywhere and he asks what
your religion is ….reply proudly
By Shafi H.