CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 11, 2015 – An interesting sidebar has arisen following the Muhammad cartoon exhibition in Garland, Texas, that rekindled the flames of debate about Islam. Walid Shoebat, an ex-Muslim Brotherhood member who turned 180 degrees from his past to become a vocal critic of Islam, recently published a story in his blog Shoebat.com about a Somali Muslin woman who says, “If more Muslims would read the Quran, more Muslims would leave Islam.”
Leaving Islam is not rare, but it does not occur as often as many Westerners might think because there is always a cloud over Muslims who convert. Apostasy is punishable by death, which makes many potential converts accept their Islamic fate by remaining Muslims rather than challenging authority.
Shoebat is a convert, as are many others, but, for some, it is simpler to remain in the shadows. Still others, however, have been willingly outspoken against about Islam. Authors Susan Crimp and Joel Richardson even compiled a book titled Why We Left Islam: Former Muslims Speak Out.
Many of the stories in the Crimp/Richardson book are similar, following the same basic premise of Mona Walter, who now lives as a refugee in Sweden. The Somali woman’s journey has been an interesting one: She has gone from being a Muslim to a practicing atheist and now a Christian.
Says Walter, “Allah is a god who hates and Islam is NOT a religion of peace.” That is a conclusion may former Muslims have come to, especially after doing greater research into their previous religion.
Like many Muslims, Walter grew up in the Islamic faith with little knowledge of its true teachings. In reality, followers of many other religions undergo similar upbringing, frequently adapting to the beliefs and morals of their parents and families without question or consideration. So it is no more unusual for a Muslim to know nothing of the Koran than it is for a Christian to be ignorant of the full scope of the bible.
In fact, the very word Koran means “recital,” which is what Muslims do when offering their daily prayers; they recite. But those “recitals” are done by rote in Arabic, which means Muslim worshippers, in many cases, are simply uttering words they do not understand.
Little wonder then that, when Mona Walter read the Koran for the first time after moving to Scandinavia, her eyes were opened to the truth about Islam and what it really means.
“It’s about hating and killing those who disagree with Islam. It’s about conquering. Mohammed, he was immoral. He was a bloodthirsty man. He was terrible man, and Muslims can read that in his biography — what he did to Jews, how he raped women,” says Walter.
Walter’s revelations are not new. Nor are they difficult to find if anyone takes just a few minutes to read the Islamic holy book. Muslims, of course, will counter by saying the Koran cannot be translated, it can only be interpreted, and that unless you read it in its native Arabic, the meanings and beauty of the poetry are totally lost.
All of which is nothing than typical Islamic rationalization to “justify” the tenets of their beliefs.
Before becoming a Christian, Walter recalls the first time she read Matthew 5:44, in which Christ said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
For a woman who had grown up surrounded by hate, those words had a profound and life-altering effect. “It was very strange for me to ‘love your enemy’,” explained Walter, “because in Islam it is ‘kill your enemy.’”
The organizers of the Garland event had that in mind as they raised awareness of political correctness toward Muslims and Islamic “victimization.”
True, they knew well in advance that they were stirring a boiling pot that will eventually lead to retaliation somewhere else in the world. Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch challenged the argument about the Muhammad art show as inciting trouble by saying that Islam is already on the rampage.
The world needs more Robert Spencers and Walid Shoebats, but, even more, we need more people like Mona Walter, people who have lived Islam from within and who can communicate its harsh realities to those who cannot see them.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of the Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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