Sense and Sensitivity of Islam
20 Nov, 2005
Whenever Islam is criticized or Muhammad is ridiculed, some Muslim brothers vow to kill the critic. Some feel menstrual cramps--complaining that their right to practice their religion has been violated. Muslims are free to hate non-believers as directed by Allah, but non-believers are not allowed to point the finger towards the cruelty and inhumanity of Islam.
Muslims are extremely sensitive to any motion that may relate to Islam. In the UK, Burger King created a design on the lid of ice cream cups that barely resembled the word 'Allah'. Muslims felt extremely offended with this unintentional gesture and Burger King was forced to withdraw the cups, which caused financial loss. Ironically, Muslims find 'Allah' written in the clouds, inside of a tomato and on a fish--soon to be found written on a sexy mermaid's body. So, what's the big deal if Burger King sells 'Allah'-flavored ice cream? Muslims should appreciate this form of free advertisement of Allah.
Michael Graham, a radio talk show host, was courageous enough to say "Islam is a terrorist organization" 23 times during his program that aired on July 25, 2005, by Washington radio station WMAL-AM. He pointed out the actual problem and bluntly declared, "The problem is not extremism. The problem is Islam." Immediately, the American-Muslim association known as CAIR (Captain Allah's Infamous Rugrats) prompted a huge protest. Michael Graham was asked to apologize but he refused. The chickenhearted management did not hesitate to fire him due to the Islamic pressure of CAIR.
Usually, Buddhists are peaceful people. They don't shout 'Buddha is great' and go for a killing spree. Their religion also demands its followers to seek the truth, inspired by their conviction. Rev. Kosho Mizushima compared Buddhism with Christianity and Islam. While explaining the distinction, he commented, "Religions that force people to believe in gods who do not exist are, indeed, arrogant faiths that lack compassion." He continued, "The constant fighting in the Middle East, where many precious lives are lost every day, is a direct manifestation of the tragic harm that is brought about by Islam."
Oh boy! What a mistake! Churches did not pay much attention to his statements but the soldiers of Islam immediately jumped in. Mr. Khankan, a NY spokesperson of CAIR, demanded an apology and asked for all commentaries to be removed from the web site. It would be worth mentioning that in June 2001, a director of CAIR, Ali Ramadan Abu Zakouk, claimed suicide bombers have a "God-given right" to kill civilians but no Muslim gave any objection to his disparaging remark.
What would be the impact if the US called for wiping the 'Islamic world' off the map? Pious Muslims would explode with the help of dynamite, killing themselves and millions of 'Kafirs'. Moderate Muslims would make a massive flood with their tears; some would even join those pious Muslims to expedite the process of explosion. However, when the Iranian president declares that Israel must be destroyed and 'wiped off the map', nothing happens. The European Union condemned the statement with flowery diplomatic language and the Islamic world giggled.
Followers of all religions sense superiority, which is good. It brings competition and competition always yields better products. Most of the religions compete with each other to make their religion more humane and progressive. However, Islam does not believe in competition; they want a monopoly. Like other religions, vendors of Islam try to sell it with a peaceful coating but they also threaten non-believers with Quranic verses--"If you don't submit to Islam, Allah will barbecue the non-believers". This is the fundamental difference with other religions.
The threat is not limited to eternal life; it also applies in worldly life. When religious auction is in progress, a Buddhist may want to become a Christian and six months later he may want to try Hinduism. No one would care whether he changed his belief. Now if he decides to join Islam, his fate is sealed. He cannot leave Islam because Muhammad has a standing order: "Kill whoever leaves Islam". This kind of 'gang member' mentality makes Islam a cult and not a religion.
Islam has clearly divided the world in two groups, Muslims and non-Muslims. The Muslim community, known as 'Ummah', keeps a clear distance from the people of other faiths or no faith. This notion derives from Islamic scriptures that recommend, Dar ul Islam or Darus salam, meaning the land of Islam or peace must be separated from the land of Dar ul Harb or Darul Kufr, meaning the land of war or Kafirs. Dar ul Islam is ruled by Muslims and the law of the land is purely Islamic, which means a person should be whipped if he/she misses any prayer, i.e., doing the body caricature five times a day, head down-rear up. What is the significance of calling Dar ul Harb or the land of war? According to Quaranic verses 2.193; 9.29; 9.73; 25.52; 48.13; 48.29 and several ahadith, Muslims are duty-bound to fight until Islam becomes the religion for everyone. Naturally, Muslims consider any country that is not Islamic is an open land for war; hence, Dar ul Harb is the land of war for all Muslims.
The threat works for many Muslims; they are scared of Allah's vengeance and feel the heat of Allah's nuclear furnace. The description of unprecedented afterlife stops Muslims from thinking rationally; their brains are trapped between hell and heaven. Also, a false sense of superiority is more prominent than with any other religion. All Muslims are taught from their childhood that they belong to the best group of people and people of other faiths are simply inferior.
While Muslims are bragging about their sensitivity, people of other faiths and non-believers have failed to sense the motive of Islam. Often they bend to Islamic protest and apologize for telling the truth. Yes, that's another Islamic miracle; it only happens when Islam is in action - one has to apologize for telling the truth. Until the non-Muslim world stops appeasing Islam and gains the courage to call a spade a spade, no chemotherapy will stop Islamic cancer.
Dr. Zakir Naik, lightly bearded modern Muslim scholar of India, does not see anything wrong in calling a non-Muslim a 'Kaifr'. He argues, "'Kafir' is derived from the word 'kufr', which means to conceal or to reject. In Islamic terminology, 'Kafir' means one who conceals or rejects the truth of Islam and a person who rejects Islam is in English called a 'non-Muslim'."
Let's see what Dr. Allah, the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of the Islamic Corporation, says about Kafirs. He affirmed in verses 2:10 and 16:39 that all Kafirs are liars. Imagine, famous Time magazine publishing an article with a cover story of 'All Muslims are liars'. We can expect that another manmade Katrina storm would swipe through the whole world but it is OK for Allah to call non-Muslims liars. Allah even called non-believers of Islam wicked people in verse 80:42. Should we call Muslims wicked people too? Allah has cursed non-believers in verse 2:89. Can we curse Muslims? Allah declared in verse 2:98 that all non-believers of Islam are his enemy. So, slaves of Allah, known as Muslims, automatically become the enemy of non-Muslims.
I am sure Allah used to work for the fire department before he became the god of Muhammad, since it is eminent from all those threats that he made with fire. He has prepared a huge campfire for the disbelievers, whose fuel is men and stones (Q2:24). It baffles me to think how stones can be fuel for fire. Most likely, Allah did not know that oil would be found around his neighborhood. He talked about this fire business in verses 3:131, 4:14, 4:55, 5:37, 7:36, 8:14, 9:63, 10:8, 11:17, 13:5 and in many other verses.
I am offended, too. When Muslims recite the Quran loudly and I hear all those cursing and belittling comments, I feel degraded, humiliated and insulted. So what about my sensitivity? I am ashamed to call myself a Muslim and happy to be a non-Muslim, but why should Allah decide my fate? I don't work for him, why should I give a "mouse's donkey" (please replace with substitute words) about his company policy? As a matter of fact, I am planning to sue this Allah guy for deliberate threatening.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), an American statesman, printer, scientist, writer and a natural philosopher, who made a great contribution in writing the constitution, and was also known as 'The wisest American', once wrote in a letter, "When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, 'tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one". His prudent comment is explicitly applicable for Islam. So far, Allah has not shown any interest to protect Islam or the Muslims, yet the professors of Islam are working ardently and putting band-aids on Islamic wounds.
What if contestants of all other religions declare the same kind of anecdote? Hindus may say that anyone who does not believe in Hinduism will end up eating cow dung for the rest of their afterlife. Buddhists can demand that if a person refuses to follow Buddha, his/her body will be stored in a cold storage and forced to swallow tons and tons of spinach 24/7--after all, they don't like meat. Christians may insist that those who reject Christianity will be crucified repeatedly. Fortunately, other religions do not make these silly demands. Non-believers of Islam don't wish to fry Muslims in a frying pan but Allah does.
Mr. Zakir Naik has an easy solution for Kafirs. He suggests that if non-Muslims feel offended by being called kafir, they may convert and join the drug selling company of Islam. I have a proposition too. If Muslims cannot tolerate the criticism of Islam, its marketing manager, Muhammad, and his pet, Allah, should exercise one simple option - LEAVE ISLAM.