Confessions of an Islamic Fanatic Part I

In light of what Suzy and Shaz posted I would like you to hear about the actual religion of Islam from an ex-Muslim and why people may be wondering who they are when they arrive in their neighborhood. Is it prejudice or wisdom to wonder about what kind of Muslim has moved in next door? I have decided to post excepts from Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s book Infidel. This is the first of these excerpts. They will provide a first hand experiential look into Islam from a woman who was a devout Muslim herself.

“The little shutter at the back of my mind, where I pushed all my dissonant thoughts, snapped open after the 9/11 attacks, and it refused to close again. I found myself thinking that the Quran is not a holy document. It is a historical record, written by humans. It is one version of events, as perceived by the men who wrote it 150 years after the Prophet Muhammad died. And it is a very tribal and Arab version of events. It spreads a culture that is brutal, bigoted, fixated on controlling women, and harsh in war.

The Prophet did teach us a lot of good things. I found it spiritually appealing to believe in a Hereafter. My life was enriched by the Quaranic injunctions to be compassionate and show charity to others. There were times when I , like many Muslims, found it too complicated to deal with the whole issue of war against the unbelievers. Most Muslims never delve into theology, and we rarely read the Quran; we are taught it in Arabic, which most Muslims can’t speak. As a result, most people think that Islam is about peace. It is from these people, honest and kind, that the fallacy has arisen that Islam is peaceful and tolerant.

But I could no longer avoid seeing the totalitarianism, the pure moral framework that is Islam. It regulates every detail of life and subjugates free will. True Islam, as a rigid belief system and a moral framework, leads to cruelty. The inhuman act of those nineteen hijackers was the logical outcome of this detailed system for regulating human behavior. Their world is divided between “Us” and “Them” – if you don’t accept Islam you should perish.”   Infidel – page 272