Why are people not aware of this difference?
Q26 Host: Why are people not aware of this difference in Western Islam and Middle Eastern Islam here in the West? Is it terror, or intimidation, or fear? (2:41)
Dr. Labib: Well, you know, in the West, here, I think that the success and the wealth of the American people, and the westerners as a whole, made them materialistic. They don't think seriously about religion. So they don't care. They don't want to know, because if anyone would know the reality of Islam, he couldn't embrace Islam. Who would embrace a religion that states in its holy book that every Muslim is going to be in Hell? Who would embrace a religion whose prophet has no qualities of a true prophet? But the thing is that people in the West are living for the day, for the 'now,' and because of that they do not study, they do not read, and because of the ignorance, anyone can convince them about any religion whatsoever. And we can talk about that, later on, when we come to see how the Muslims are attacking Christianity, in our midst, here, because of our freedom. If I go to Saudi Arabia, I cannot utter one word against Mohammed. But they come here, and they utter 1,000 words against the deity of Jesus Christ, or the authenticity of the Bible. And this is why there is freedom here, bondage is there, and the people in the West are ignorant of the reality of the Islam, and this is why they embrace Islam. And of course, you know, they are taking advantage of the people who go to prison. They give them money, they give them protection in prison, they give them all the privileges, if they will be converted to Islam. And the men in prison will say, "All right, all right." And to be a Muslim is a very simple thing. "I testify that there is no god but Allah, and I testify that Mohammed is the messenger of God." You are a Muslim, that's it! Just say two sentences, and you are a Muslim! No conversion, no change of the heart, no conviction of principle, say it, and you are a Muslim!