Today, I got an interesting mail from a friend. The article, to be precise, the blog, is written by a Muslim scholar opposed to Islam fundamentalism.

“I am a Muslim by faith…. a Christian by spirit….a Jew by heart….and above all I am a human being.” Dr Tawfik Hamid.
http://www.tawfikhamid.com/

From the heart of a Muslim
By Tawfik Hamid

I was born a Muslim and lived all my life as a follower of Islam.
After the barbaric terrorist attacks done by the hands of my fellow Muslims everywhere on this globe, and after the too many violent acts by Islamists in many parts of the world, I feel responsible as a Muslim and as a human being, to speak out and tell the truth to protect the world and Muslims as well from a coming catastrophe and war of civilizations.

I have to admit that our current Islamic teaching creates violence and hatred toward Non-Muslims.

We Muslims are the ones who need to change. Until now we have accepted polygamy, the beating of women by men, and killing those who convert from Islam to other religions.

We have never had a clear and strong stand against the concept of slavery or wars, to spread our religion and to subjugate others to Islam and force them to pay a humiliating tax called Jizia. We ask others to respect our religion while all the time we curse non-Muslims loudly (in Arabic) in our Friday prayers in the Mosques.

What message do we convey to our children when we call the Jews “Descendants of the pigs and monkeys”.. Is this a message of love and peace, or a message of hate?

I have been into churches and synagogues where they were praying for Muslims. While all the time we curse them, and teach our generations to call them infidels, and to hate them.

We immediately jump in a ‘knee jerk reflex’ to defend Prophet Mohammed when someone accuses him of being a pedophile while, at the same time, we are proud with the story in our Islamic books, that he married a young girl seven years old (Aisha) when he was above 50 years old.

I am sad to say that many, if not most of us, rejoiced in happiness after September 11th and after many other terror attacks.

Muslims denounce these attacks to look good in front of the media, but we condone the Islamic terrorists and sympathise with their cause. Till now our ‘reputable’ top religious authorities have never issued a Fatwa or religious statement to proclaim Bin Laden as an apostate, while an author, like Rushdie, was declared an apostate who should be killed according to Islamic Shariia law just for writing a book criticizing Islam.

Muslims demonstrated to get more religious rights as we did in France to stop the ban on the Hejab (Head Scarf), while we did not demonstrate with such passion and in such numbers against the terrorist murders.

It is our absolute silence against the terrorists that gives the energy to these terrorists to continue doing their evil acts. We Muslims need to stop blaming our problems on others or on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. As a matter of honesty, Israel is the only light of democracy, civilization, and human rights in the whole Middle East .

We kicked out the Jews with no compensation or mercy from most of the Arab countries to make them “Jews-Free countries” while Israel accepted more than a million Arabs to live there, have its nationality, and enjoy their rights as human beings. In Israel , women can not be beaten legally by men, and any person can change his/her belief system with no fear of being killed by the Islamic law of ‘Apostasy,’ while in our Islamic world people do not enjoy any of these rights.. I agree that the ‘Palestinians’ suffer, but they suffer because of their corrupt leaders and not because of Israel .

It is not common to see Arabs who live in Israel leaving to live in the Arab world. On the other hand, we used to see thousands of Palestinians going to work with happiness in Israel , its ‘enemy’. If Israel treats Arabs badly as some people claim, surely we would have seen the opposite happening.

We Muslims need to admit our problems and face them. Only then we can treat them and start a new era to live in harmony with human mankind. Our religious leaders have to show a clear and very strong stand against polygamy, pedophilia, slavery, killing those who convert from Islam to other religions, beating of women by men, and declaring wars on non-Muslims to spread Islam.

Then, and only then, do we have the right to ask others to respect our religion. The time has come to stop our hypocrisy and say it openly: ‘We Muslims have to Change’.

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  1. marc samberg says:

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  3. farzana says:

    you bastard, your not a muslim…..

    • Charles says:

      Farzana….he is more a great Muslim than you can ever be….based on your statement.
      He talks about humanity which is far greater than any religion. His Allah is the true God….not yours. I pity you.

    • Marcus Chen says:

      people like you need to shut your mouth and open your damn eyes

  4. ANNE says:

    a beautiful letter to us non muslims… to be honest you are the first professed muslim I have ever read these thoughts from, I have to say I have thought all muslims violent and lower than animals until these words you write…could it be that there are many muslims like you? or are you a rare species? I respect your ideas, and your humanity that is far greater than the religion you profess… comments from those people like farzana are more in keeping with muslims ..she hates the peace, love and tolerance you show!! You must admit that Quran is in line with HER thinking , not with yours…you are a decent human being DESPITE Islam, not BECAUSE of it…would you agree?

  5. Sifar says:

    I do not blame you for this article, but your ideas are a bit shallow. you didn’t mention that there are over 100 types of Muslims, of those, the Shia are taking blame for crimes commited by other Muslims. Just believing in Allah doesn’t make you Muslim, you become a Muslim by acting like one. For example: the AKDN helped out in Haiti, Katrina and many other disasters, while Al-Qaeda tarnished our reputation by terrorising countries. tell me which one is Muslim. visit http://www.akdn.org, then see if I am correct. The AKDN built many museums across the world, they build schools, and hospitals. they help out those in need; what does Al-Qaeda do? The exact opposite. Why should we good Muslims take the blame for other’s crimes? We helped evacuate millons of Asians from Uganda in the 80’s.

    • Charles says:

      Sifar…firstly I.commend you on your pragmatic and common sensical response. However Dr Tawfik’s article did not in any way imply that all Muslims are are bad nor did he state that Islam is a bad religion. On the contrary he is stating that all good Muslims should openly denounce any form of violence…be it against a Muslim or non-Muslim.
      Firstly remove the concept of Muslim v non Muslim. HUMANITY first in God’s presence….not religion. That is the only criteria into heaven…not killing innocent lives…in whatever religion the killer or terrorist may believe in.

  6. anti_unhumane says:

    What you mentioned is really happening in our society. I agree your idea. Everyone loves his religion but it should be fair, humane, etc.

  7. anti_unhumane says:

    I agree your idea. Everyone loves his religion but it should be fair, humane, etc. \
    What you mentioned is really happening in our society.

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