CHARLOTTE, NC: If true, there are some interesting developments taking place in the Arabic world which are hardly being reported. With media bias so rampant on both sides that it is practically impossible to get accurate information, the fact that a story about young Muslims leaving Islam is not being covered can only have two possibilities. Either the story isn’t true or the media is ignoring it.
Given the propensity of modern journalism to slant the news, it’s easy to regard the second reason as more likely than the first.
In this case however, one has to wonder why this particular story would not receive large-scale coverage considering the positive impact it has, or will have, on contemporary society.”
The rapidly accelerating movement to leave Islam
In an article written for “Faith Freedom” by Bassam Michael Madany, the author notes an interesting trend that is currently occurring in the Islamic world where there is a rapidly accelerating movement by young people to leave the religion.
Even if the story is only partially true, it seems that that would be enough to rouse the curiosity of someone in the MSM to do some investigating and learn more.
In fact, since Madany credits media with much of the reason for the exodus in the first place, that seems to be an even greater incentive to pursue the trend.
Madany poses the question
“Was it due to the impact of the new Media: The Internet, YouTube, Facebook, and Pal Talk?! (T)his ‘Exodus’ of young Arab Muslims continues unabated, despite all types of pressures, persecutions.”
Apparently, young Arabs are willing to accept the consequences of renouncing Islam, which has always been one a primary drawback for many Muslims.
Back in the late 80’s, a similar movement took place in eastern Europe, well before the internet was an everyday tool for just about everyone. In those days the culprit, believe it or not, was the FAX machine. Suddenly without a filter, news and information crept into the propaganda wars of Soviet countries and citizens no longer had to rely on second, third and fourth hand accounts for information.
Before long, thanks to FAX communications, the truth seeped into the Communist cracks and people began realizing that their governments were either lying or slanting the facts.
Today, social media is accomplishing the same thing, only on a greater, more rapid scale than the FAXes of yore. Thus previously “brainwashed” Arab youths are now beginning to take notice and to question what they have always been taught.
Brother Rachid – Asking a Daring Question
One of the most influential personalities in the movement is Brother Rachid. Rachid is a Moroccan Christian convert from Islam.
As one of the most outspoken converts in the world, Rachid hosts a weekly live televised call-in show called “A Daring Question” on the satellite TV station Al-Hayat.
Much of Rachid’s credibility lies in the fact that his father is a well-known, highly respected Islamic Imam.
During his May 10th broadcast, Brother Rachid discussed “the waves of Muslims throughout the Arab world, who are leaving Islam” adding that “it was a veritable Exodus.”
Citing examples from a selection of viewer call-ins, Madany chose an 18-year old Moroccan man who reasoned,
“I’ve discovered that modern science disproves the main Islamic beliefs.”
Another caller name Ahmad, a Shi’ite from Iraq, said that he was shocked by the “destructive and hateful” activities of the Daesh (an unpopular Arabic term for ISIS) when they moved into Mosul in 2016.
It is telling that Ahmad began researching the Medinan Surahs (verses) of the Koran, which form the warlike foundation for the Wahhabi strains of the faith. Telling because the assumption is that Muslims in their total dedication to their religion automatically know their holy book from memory.
After all, the word Koran translates to mean “recital.”
Young Muslims rejecting Quran’s call to die in the fight against unbelievers
Ahmad was shocked when he read the notorious Surah 9 which commands Muslims to “fight unbelievers.”
Reading further, Ahmad discovered in the same Surah “Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause and slay and are slain.”
“I needed no further research, as these verses encouraged warfare and embellish it. So, I began to watch Christian TV channels. I began contacting Christian believers in Algeria and in Britain, (and) I discovered that waves of Muslims are exiting Islam.”
Most telling for Ahmad was how different Islam and Christianity really are, yet how much of his own faith he, and most Muslims like him, had automatically accepted purely because they learned it by rote from the day they were born.
A movement for young Muslims to leave Islam is about
Another Moroccan woman named Maryam recalled watching Brother Rachid who at the end of his program one night listed a number of websites created by ex-Muslims which indicate how rapidly the movement to leave Islam is growing.
Iran has especially high numbers of youth who are turning to Christianity thanks to Brother Rachid and a 2014 book by Mark Bradley called “Too Many to Jail.”
As Egyptian-German scholar, Hamed Abdel-Samad puts it,
“Prior to the advent of the Internet, Muslims had been living in a ‘box.’ Now, many are exiting from the ‘Box!'”
And Brother Rachid states,
“the Internet is the worst thing that has happened to Islam, since its founding 1400 years ago!”
Though the samples may still be small, their impact is dynamic. This is a story that mainstream media needs to investigate because something is definitely changing, and for the better.
As Jack Webb used to say on his television show “Dragnet”, “Just the FAX, ma’am. Just the FAX.”
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award-winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is the founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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