Understanding Islam In The Light of Sep. 11th Attack - Islam is a religion of intellectual censorship
Islam is a religion of intellectual censorship.
In Islam the democratic right to free thought and individual decision concerning religious matters is totally denied. We have more than one example of that intellectual censorship.
The first is Salman Rushdie. Salman Rushdie was born to a Muslim family in Bombay but has spent much of his life in London, England. He wrote a book entitled The Satanic Verses. Muslims thought this book was an insult to the Prophet Muhammad and Islam so Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini issued an order to assassinate Rushdie and promised $5 million to the one whom would kill him. Khomeini, Iran's spiritual leader at that time, said in a statement read for him on the radio in 1989: 'Anyone who died attempting to kill Rushdie," he promised. "would go straight to paradise."
The second is Dr. Farag Foda, The great author who was assassinated in Cairo, Egypt in 1993 because he wrote many books exposing the true face of Islam and Islamic society. He was accused of being an apostate Muslim and was shot and killed in front of his son.
The third is Professor Nasr Hamid Abu Zeid, who was accused of being an apostate Muslim because of his books about the Quran. The court in Egypt ruled that he must divorce his 'wife, Ibtihal Younes. He fled from Egypt and is now living with his wife in Holland.
The fourth is the well-known Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz, who became the first Egyptian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Muslims stabbed him in front of his house in an attempt to kill him. The man is over 80 years old. They wanted to kill him because they thought that he insulted Muhammad in his novel: 'The Children of Gabalawi"
It is of great importance for any American or any secular Muslim to know what kind of society he or she will live in if fundamentalist Muslims rule. The Taliban, Afghanistan's ruling Islamic movement is an example of this extremist militant faith, which is based on a literal interpretation of the Quran, and it shows in their way of life.
In Afghanistan any woman who will show more than her eyes will be flogged. In Saudi Arabia, a woman is banned from driving a car or from walking down the street without covering all of her body except for her eyes.
Christians who went to Afghanistan to help the poor and the sick with food and medicine were arrested and jailed because they had Bibles and Christian cassette tapes. In Saudi Arabia Christians are banned from holding worship services let alone building a church. In the meantime, Muslims are taking advantage of the American freedom and building hundreds of mosques on American soil.
In Sudan more than one million Christians were killed by the Islamic government in Khartoum. In Algeria, thousands of Muslims were slaughtered by militant Muslims with no regard for life.
Today we are hearing on radio and television many Muslim clerics saying that Islam means peace. But the word Islam means "submission" and a Muslim is one who is in submission to Allah. Their goal as stated in the Quran is to bring the entire world into submission to Allah and the Quran and have a global Islamic empire.
The author has written more than 60 books and hundreds of articles on Islam and Christianity in both Arabic and English. He has produced or been a guest of many radio and television programs. He holds a doctorate in Theology and has pastored Evangelical churches in the Middle East and America.
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