Dear Ali Sina,
Thanks to you and your extremely informative and logical articles, I am finally convinced that Islam is a fake religion that MuhamMAD made up to gain power, women and wealth. I have recently gave up praying and it feels really great to be free again. But I am not sure how long this freedom will last, as I am just a 18 yrs old male and I still have to live with my Muslim parents. I am in a very bad situation now.
I used to be an extremely pious Muslim. I wasted years after years practicing Islam and being afraid of hellfire. I used to be so afraid of hell that even a few months ago I was nearly insane. I had lost my beautiful looks and became thin like a stick. But when I accidently came across your site using Google search, I slowly understood what a piece of shit Islam really is. I can’t believe how much time I wasted after this fake and stupid religion! I neglected my studies and focused on my deen so that I might get jannat. Now I realize what a fool have I been by neglecting my studies. It’s going to be very tough for me because I only got 3.4 GPA in h.s.c (unfortunately I was born in Bangladesh). I need to get a job somehow and move out from my stupid Muslim parents’ house. I can’t thank you enough Mr. Ali. You opened my eyes and helped me see the truth. I encourage you to continue your mission of destroying Islam using internet. Hopefully, one day I will acquire enough skills to be able to publish articles on your site just like you and warn the next generation about Islam. I know my life doesn’t matter to you and you are just wasting your time by reading this mail, but I just want to thank you. And I also want to tell you that the situation is getting really bad. I fear that these Muslims might even start world war 3. The lives of apostates like you and me are at danger. Jihadis are everywhere and there is no guarantee that you or me won’t be killed by a jihadi in the next few days. I am very scared and don’t know what to do. Muslims are acting crazy and killing apostates whenever they can. Your site is doing a wonderful job by creating apostates like me, but the process is just so slow.
Almost all of the Muslims have become brain-dead zombies and showing logical articles to them isn’t helping. They have lost the ability to think logically. I think we apostates have no other way of survival except killing these zombies. Anyways, that’s just my two cents. I am not sure that you will even read my mail, but if you do, could you please tell me of any way we apostates can get rid of these brain dead zombies peacefully? I know you are very busy with your workload, but if you manage to reply, it would be great.
Wishing you the best of luck- the new apostate of Islam
Dear New Apostate,
Before anything else allow me to correct you regarding your statement that your life doesn’t matter. No life matters more than other lives. Every life is precious equally. In the eyes of God the least amongst the people is just as valuable as the celebrities, the rich, the powerful and the smart.
We come to this world for one purpose alone and that is to love. In order to love others we must first love ourselves. Love is about compassion. We can’t be compassionate to others if we are not compassionate to ourselves. Love is also about forgiveness. We can’t be forgiving of others if we are unable to forgive ourselves. Forgiveness is not the acknowledgement that we have done something wrong and forgive ourselves. It means acceptance with love and compassion. Look at yourself in the mirror with compassionate eyes and promise to that person in the mirror that you will take care of her (him), not just of her physical needs but also of her emotional and spiritual needs. Take care of your body; eat healthy nutritious preferably raw and organic food. Avoid junk food and packaged food. Make sure you do some exercise every day to keep your blood and vital energy flow through your body.
Just as you don’t want to poison your body with junk food you also should not contaminate your mind with negative thoughts. We create our reality with our thoughts. You get in life what you fear most, not what you wish most. Get rid of your fears. Whatever your mind dwells on will materialize. Your today’s thoughts are the seeds of your tomorrow’s reality. Live with hope and expectation. Things don’t happen to us. We make them happen. To a great extent what happens to us is the result of the choices we make.
Your life matters. Since we are all one, by loving yourself you love others and if you don’t love yourself, you can’t love anyone. Loving yourself is the precondition for loving others. Our relationship with others is a mirror of our relationship with ourselves. If you are at peace with yourself you will be at peace with others. If you are in constant struggle with yourself you will be in constant fight with others. As an individual you will fight with your parents, sibling, spouse and children. A society composed of people who don’t know how to love themselves will be constantly at war within itself. There will be struggles, strikes, revolutions and civil unrest. Internationally we can’t get along with our neighbors and will be hostile with them perpetually. As you see lack of self-love is at the root of all human ills.
Self-love is also at the core of wellbeing. You can’t feel joy and enjoy life without it. Self-love empower you and it gives you the ability to create your own destiny, live happy and at peace with yourself and others. On the other hand, at the core of all evil is self-hate. When you don’t love yourself, you feel empty and you try to fill that vacuum by manipulating, using and abusing others. All criminals and all crooked people suffer from lack of self-love. At the root of all divorces is lack of self-love. Every abuse, every violence, every discrimination is inspired by lack of self-love. When we don’t love ourselves, we deprive ourselves of love altogether and can’t feel even the love of God. Only when you embrace yourself and accept you as you are, with all your flaws, you can experience your connection with God.
The purpose of living is not to acquire perfection. This world is imperfect by design. For a lioness to feed her cobs, she has to kill the beloved baby of an antelope or reduce him into an orphan who will then suffer a long and agonizing death. So clearly the foundation of the world is based on injustice, pain and suffering. If God wanted the world to be perfect He would have made it so. Perfection in this world is not obviously God’s priority. By the looks of it He does not even care. He loves us despite our imperfections. That is what we should do. We should acknowledge our imperfection and embrace ourselves as imperfect beings.
Now, why a perfect being would create an imperfect world by design? I have thought about it a lot, i.e., all my life and I don’t think I will find an answer to it, at least not in this world. I can only speculate that since things are known by their opposite, God created an imperfect world so he can experience His own perfection. If there is no darkness, we won’t know light. If there is no ignorance we won’t know knowledge. Likewise there must be evil so God can feel his own goodness. Now it is not that God created evil. He created souls like himself and gave them free will, which in turn can do evil.
This subject requires a dedicated chapter. The point that I am trying to make is that God loves His creation despite it being imperfect. It means that instead of seeking perfection, something that is unattainable we should accept ourselves as we are, with our imperfections. We are good the way we are.
Here is a good exercise for accepting yourself, Whenever a negative thought comes to your mind, such as “I can’t make it,” “I am not good at this”, “I am not smart,” “I am not important,” etc., cancel it by repeating to yourself immediately, “Even though I have this ___________ I deeply and completely accept myself.” (Fill the blank with any weakness you think you have.) This is unconditional and non-judgmental acceptance. That is how God loves us. He loves us despite our flaws, and who knows maybe because of them. God must love imperfection, otherwise why would he create an imperfect world. He is interested in our struggle towards perfection. If there is anything called perfection, it must be the state of rest. That is obviously not for us. We can’t even conceive it. How can we attain something we can’t conceive?
Let me clarify what I mean when i say God is interested in our struggle with an example. let us say you are asked to dig a ditch. You are given a pickax and a shovel and work hard the entire day. By the end of the day you are exhausted and your ditch is two meters long. Another person does the same with a backhoe. At the end of the day his ditch is 200 meters long and he does not feel at all tired. So on the surface there seems to be an injustice. Why should he be given a big machine and you should work with your hands? He works less nd produces more. There is an obvious injustice, until one day, a movie producer comes looking for someone with a perfect body. You are then chosen over the other guy because months of heavy labor have toned your body to perfection and by landing a job as a movie star, your future is set. Only then you realize what you thought to be injustice was actually a blessing. Yes the work was hard, but you got something in that deal that changed your life. You could never have the kind of body you have, had you been sitting on that backhoe.
We come to a world that is not fair. Some are given a lot without merit and others have to earn their living with the sweat of their brow. If you think the goal of living is to have fun, then clearly there is an injustice. However, if the goal is to acquire spiritual growth, hardships become blessings in disguise. They allow us to develop our spiritual muscles. So if in the road of life you find yourself in a ditch, instead of operating a backhoe, remember the goal. The winner is the one who builds more spiritual muscles, not the one who digs a longer ditch.
Many people put themselves down with self-talks that are poisonous. How do you feel if someone says to you:
- There is something wrong with you.
- Your life is really messed up.
- You are not good.
- You are not smart, beautiful, handsome, etc.
- It is your fault.
- You are not important, why should anyone pay attention to you?
- You are incompetent. You know nothing, can’t do it.
- You never do anything right.
- You are just stupid.
These remarks are nasty and offensive. You will get hurt. If you believe them your life will be really ruined. Yet, isn’t this the very things many people tell themselves all the time? These are destructive remarks. However they are not as damaging as when we tell them to ourselves. If someone tells you, you are not important, you will be offended, and hopefully you are wise enough to deflect it and not believe in it. You will think that person is being rude. But when you make such remarks about yourself, you absorb every word. They are a lot more damaging. And sadly this is a habit of most people. People confuse self-deprecation with humility. Humility means not being boastful and arrogant. Self-deprecation is putting your-self down. It is an entirely different thing.
One reason why Islam is false and bad for you and for the society is the fact that it promotes self-deprecation and no self-love. Jesus told people, you are loved, even if you are sinners. If you believe him, you can’t help but love yourself and when you love yourself you can love others. This seemingly simple statement is the recipe to bring peace to the world and make it a paradise. From purely psychological point of view, if everyone believed that they are loved, all wars will end and most psychological illnesses will disappear. Let us assume God does not exist and no one is there to love you. If only you believe in it, the world will be transformed into paradise.
The benighted Muhammad on the other hand portrayed God as a despot who will measure the belief of the believers and will reward or punish them in accordance to their belief. Salvation in Islam is a business transaction. You pay first with your faith and receive your reward or punishment accordingly. Jesus on the other hand said salvation is free; I paid for everyone. You don’t have to pay anything, just come and enjoy the banquet. All you have to do is accept his invitation and everything is given to you for free. You are embraced and greeted with love as if going back home after being abroad for a long time.
I am not trying to promote Christianity. I am speaking only about the psychological effect of these two doctrines. Assuming God is a fiction, the message of Jesus makes you love yourself, and consequently others. It brings peace to your life. It fills you with joy and happiness. The message of Muhammad, gives you fear, as you will never know whether your belief in him has been enough to allow you enter in paradise. When Muhammad said that he is not sure whether he will enter paradise, how can his followers be sure of it? You know you are not loved by anyone and your salvation is conditional. This is why Muslims generally suffer from a variety of personality disorders. They are not at peace with themselves and with others.
Negative thoughts generate feeling of worthlessness, shame and guilt. One ends up believing that one does not deserve happiness or is not worthy of being loved. This can lead to depression and in more severe cases many other forms of disorders such as border line, anxiety or narcissism.
Muslims will not and cannot start world war III. This Islamic craze will die out. It is a fad. It started in 1979 with the success of the Islamic revolution in Iran and it will die out with the death of the generation that started it. Younger generations of Muslims are seeing the sham that Islam is and are leaving it. Every day I receive emails from Muslims all over the world saying they no longer believe in Islam. Abraham Lincoln said you can’t fool all the people for all times. Islam is not the fastest growing religion as Muslim propagandists claim and beat their chest. It is the fastest dying religion. Give Muslims a little bit of freedom and you’ll see how fast Islam will die. In this age of the Internet, you can’t keep people’s minds shackled. The only way Muslims know to keep Islam alive is through fear and deception. The deception is no longer working. Truth is out and no one can hide it. All is left for them is to increase the oppression. Countries like Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, are increasing their Islamic oppression. Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, and most Arab countries are already oppressive. On the long run this oppression will only turn people away from Islam and although they keep the appearances to avoid being killed, they will leave Islam in huge numbers. In my estimation, in the next twenty years Islam will collapse. Once it collapses in one country, it will have a domino effect in other countries. I believe Iran will be the first. This insanity started in Iran and it will die in Iran.
The fact that Islam is sustained through terror is attested by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the head of the Muslim Brotherhood and a leading authority on Sunni Islam on Egyptian national television said, “If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment, Islam wouldn’t exist today. Islam would have ended since the death of the prophet. Opposing apostasy is what kept Islam to this day.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB9UdXAP82o
Not only Muslims are leaving Islam, they are telling the world about it and helping others too. This was not possible 20 years ago. The Internet has changed everything. The Internet is the biggest enemy of Islam.
There is no need to kill anyone. We don’t raise a sword against darkness. We lit a light. Islam will self-destruct and this is already happening. Younger generations cannot be fooled with stupid tales of Muhammad. They want logical answers, which Islam cannot provide.
Now that you are free from this lie, it is incumbent on you to help others. Use the Internet and the social media to awaken other Muslims. But do that anonymously. Islam feeds on fear and on the blood of its victims. The more it kills the stronger it becomes. Do your best to safeguard your anonymity and continue spreading the truth about this cult.
If each one of us who have seen the truth helps one person in one year, every year our number doubles. Apostasy from Islam is growing exponentially. I don’t think in 20 years from now we will be having the kind of discourse we are having today. The coming two decades are pregnant with major changes. This change is happening at a global scale. There is a new spiritual awakening in all mankind and Islam will not be able to survive this change.