The New York Times ran an article asking the question: How can reflective and honest intellectuals actually believe this stuff, referring to the Catholic Church?
The piece instigated no riots by Catholics. No cars were fire bombed, and no fatwa was issued by Bishops calling for the destruction of the New York Times offices or for murdering their employees.
That’s their right to free speech, but the more pressing question that must be asked are as follows:
1) How any reflective, honest intellectuals or anyone can believe in Islam?
The sacred Muslim holy book, the Quran, Muslims believe, is the divine, timeless word of God written by God Himself. But the Quran is filled with thousands of instructions and teachings calling for violence, extermination, war, murder, mass murder, killing, death and destruction, terror, rape, unlimited sex with sex slaves, violent jihad, terrorism, torture, brutality, savagery, maiming, beheading, wife beating, inferiority of women, honor killings, stoning, cutting off limbs, child sex, women as instruments of sexual pleasure in paradise, cruel Sharia law, bigotry, hate, intolerance, extortion, slavery, mutilations, looting, pillaging, sexual depravity, child molestation, oppression and subordination of women, inequality of Muslim women to Muslim men, inequality of kafirs to Muslims, inequality of any human being, that kafirs can be murdered and their property stolen as a holy duty, that Muslims who renounce Islam can be killed, that Muslims (or anyone) who challenge the teachings of Islam can be murdered, that believers who slay and are slain in the service of God will ascend to a sexual Paradise full of lustrous-eyed, voluptuous-breasted virgins who they can sexually molest for all eternity. Holy or not, the Quran is book of epitome of evil.
2) How can any normal, rational person believe that Islam is a religion?
Religion is a belief system designed to connect man with his Lord spiritually and morally. Being a believer in God or any religion does make you superior to another human, does not give you the right to proclaim that all other religions must submit to your religion or its values, or that society must adopt your belief system.
But Islam’s ultimate goal is to conquer the whole world for its God - Allah, by destroy all other religions and murder all non-Muslims who refuse to convert to Islam.
To Muslims, freedom of religion means practicing Islam only. This means, Muslims are obligated by the Quran (2:193, 8:39 etc.) to destroy all other religions – Christianity, Judaism, Mormonism, Hinduism and others – by whatever means necessary for establishing Islam as the only religion in the whole world.
Freedom of religion in the Western democratic world is aimed at protecting the rights and dignity of different religious communities, so that they can practice their respective religious rites and rituals without fear and interference. However, religious freedom to Muslims – that is, allowing them to practice what they are obligated to by the Quran – means allowing them the right to establishment Islam as the state religion, murdering or subjugating infidels (9:5, 9:29), murdering apostates, via dhimmitude for Christians and Jews, enslaving and raping the kafir women and children, subjugation and repression of Muslim women, killing the critics/blasphemers of Islam, and most of all, destroying the manmade constitutions of democratic nations with its imbedded freedom and democracy, and replacing it with Sharia Law. These are all demanded of Muslims by their sacred religious texts, namely the Quran and Ahadith (Sunnah).
A religion worth believing in by normal, rational people?
3) How can any normal, rational person believe that Muhammad was a prophet of God?
In Muhammad, we have a criminal who created a God, named Allah, of his own liking so as to sanction his criminality that includes murder, torture, rape, terrorism, child molesting, wife abusing – just a small sample of it. If God chose such an evil person to represent him to mankind and gave divine sanction and support/encouragement to his criminal acts, then God would no longer be a symbol of justice and fair-play, but an accomplice to the criminality of His evil prophet.
Muhammad not only ordered mass murder, torture, and raping of sex-slaves, but also personally beheaded his enemies, raped their women, plundered their property, and sold the captive women whom he and his Jihadi followers did not want as sex-slaves, and also their children, into slavery to raise funds to finance his jihad operations. The prophet owned 40 slaves. For a list of Muhammad’s crimes against humanity.
4) How can any normal, rational person believe that God transmitted evil Quranic verse like 9.111?
Verse 9.111 reads:
“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"
Its meaning is crystal clear. It is suicidal Jihad. Those Muslims, who dies while trying to murder kafirs in Islam’s cause, are guaranteed martyrdom and accession to a sexually depraved paradise, filled with eternal virgins of exquisite beauty for the sexual enjoyment of these Jihadi killers and murderers with unceasing copulation for all eternity. Allah has taken away from Muslims all rights and ownership of their life. Muslims will exclusively engage in Allah's stratagems of wars with no questions asked, and kill and get killed to book a place in that paradise. Allah is a peerless master of incitement of violence and bloodbath.
Verse 9:111 is the teaching that has been used by Muhammad and his lieutenants to mobilize the suicide bombers, beheaders, warrior jihadis to kill and slaughter millions. Estimated 270,000,000 infidels were killed in Jihad over the past 1,400 years in the fulfilment of the teaching of Quran 9:111 for gaining access to Islam’s sexual paradise. Here is what the Islamic Paradise looks like:
- "As for the righteous (Muslims)... We (Allah) shall wed them to beautiful virgins with lustrous eyes" [Quran 44:51-54]
- “The righteous (Muslims) they shall triumph... Theirs shall be voluptuous women." [Quran 78:31-33].
Other verses in the Quran—such as 37:40-48, 44:51-55, 52:17-20, 55:56-58, 70-77, 56:7-40, 78:31 (also see http://www.islamreform.net/new-page-192.htm) describe the Paradise to be an alluring whorehouse. Any sane, rational person can believe in such teaching and crave for such depraved sexual paradise is unbelievable.
5) How can any rational, normal person believe in islam that calls for jihad - holy war against kafirs?
The idea of Jihad has been discussed above. It is the central Islamic doctrine of holy war against non-Muslims, intended for converting them all to Islam or enslaved, or annihilated. Quranic texts, exhorting to Jihad, occupies 9% of all verses, while 24% of those revealed in Medina. Jihad-related content takes up 21% of the Bukhari material and the Sira devotes 67% of its text to jihad (see more).
Exhorting Islamic holy war or Jihad for forced conversion, enslavement or annihilation of people, just because they follow religions other than Islam, is the worst kind of incitement of hatred and violence. The teachings of Jihad make God an accomplice to war, mass-murder and destruction.
6) How can any rational, normal person believe in Islam that sanctifies rape, beating and subjugation of women?
Women bear us all to this world. Therefore, they deserve no less than equal respect and right than men in society. Reducing women to a vile, psychologically impaired and inferior being to men is a criminal injustice against women's natural place in society. Muhammad, a sex-crazed, brutal criminal engendered 1,400 years of repression and degradation of billions of Muslim mothers and sisters, which is to continue forever, since Quranic teachings are eternal.
Islam is a horribly anti-women creed that preaches that women are inferior to men with lower intelligence and inheritance rights, compared to dogs and donkeys, to be subjugated to polygamy with no right to divorce their husbands, could be unconditionally beaten by husbands (4:34), and are compared to fields to be ploughed by men any time and any way they want (2:22). There are some 151 verses in the Quran dealing with women and 102 or 67% of those are demeaning to them. While in the Hadiths, 93% of the texts dealing with women are demeaning of them.
The Islamic God’s hatred of women, both Muslim and non-Muslim, is second only to His hatred of non-Muslim men. Women compose a half of humanity and the hatred, repression, subjugation and sub-humanness anti -women teachings of Islam justifying their enslavement, beating, torture and murder is horrible in the least. (for a sampling of anti-woman hatred in Islam, see link 1, link 2, link 3)
7) How can any rational, normal person believe in Islam that teaches racism and slavery?
Racism is one of the most odious attitudes practiced by human beings. And Islam is an extremely racist divine creed. So odious is its sanction of slavery, which is intricately linked with racism. Here’s an instance of sacred Islamic text, inspiring racism and consequent slavery:
(Ishaq, p. 243): "I heard the Apostle say: 'Whoever wants to see Satan should look at Nabtal!' He was a black man with long flowing hair, inflamed eyes, and dark ruddy cheeks... Allah sent down concerning him: 'To those who annoy the Prophet there is a painful doom." [9:61] "Gabriel came to Muhammad and said, 'If a black man comes to you his heart is more gross than a donkey's."
Some 120 million blacks perished in the Islamic slavery holocaust. 75% of blacks died on the way to market and those black men who survived were castrated "based on the assumption that the blacks had an ungovernable sexual appetite. (see more)
8) How can any rational, normal person believe in Islam filled with worst anti-Semitic teachings?
The Quran is an epitome of anti-Semitic teachings. A sheer amount of hatred, bigotry and racism in Islam's sacred scriptures is directed toward the Jews. Jews are not only compared to donkeys but also to apes and swine.
From politicalislam.com, the sacred Islamic texts--the Quran, Hadith and Sunnah---devote 9.3% of its content to spread hatred, bigotry and even violence and genocide of the Jews, while Hitler’s proverbial Mein Kampf devote only 7%. The Medina part of the Quran is worse in inciting hatred and violence against the Jews than Mein Kampf. Here is a small sample of Allah’s divine sanction to hatred of the Jews (see more):
- “Wretchedness and baseness were stamped on the Jews and they were visited with wrath from Allah.” [Quran 2.61]
- “Jews are the greediest of all humankind. They'd like to live 4,000 years. But they are going to hell.” [Quran 2:96]
- “God has cursed the Jews, transforming them into apes and swine and those who serve the devil.” [Quran 5.60]
9) How can any rational, normal person believe in Islam which preaches sanctity of rape and sexual molestation of children?
The most important duty of any species is the care and protection of its young. The prime duty of mankind is to raise children in a safe environment and properly care and educate them, so that they can progress into responsible adults. There is no worse crime than the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. By sexually abusing a child, you totally destroy the child’s self-esteem, and mentally condemn the child to life-long psychological torment. Their innocence thus spoiled, they become part of the living dead.
Seeking to please the sexual desires of His male Muslims, the Islamic God Allah has revealed verse 65.4 that allows Muslim men to molest baby girls sexually, thus, condemning them to a life of sexual abuse and mental anguish.
Quran 65:4: “And those of your women as have passed the age of monthly courses, for them the 'Iddah (prescribed divorce period), if you have doubts (about their periods), is three months,and for those who have no courses (i.e. they are still immature) their 'Iddah (prescribed period) is three months likewise, except in case of death]. And for those who are pregnant (whether they are divorced or their husbands are dead), their 'Iddah”
10) How can any rational, normal person believe in Islam filled with cruel commands?
Cut Off Thieves Hands
5:38: “Cut off the hands of thieves, whether they are male or female, as punishment for what they have done-a deterrent from God: God is almighty and wise.” 39 “But if anyone repents after his wrongdoing and makes amends, God will accept his repentance: God is most forgiving and merciful.”
Adultery and fornication must be punished by flogging with a hundred stripes
24:2: “The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication, - flog each of them with a hundred stripes: Let not compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by God, if ye believe in God and the Last Day: and let a party of the Believers witness their punishment.”
This verse specifically says that Muslims must not have mercy on men and women, who commit adultery or fornication, and that this brutal punishment of 100 lashes is "prescribed by God". However, since other verses in the Quran specifically allow men to have unlimited sex-slaves, the horrible crime of serial raping of non-Muslim women is not considered adultery or fornication and would not be punished because Muslims can capture and keep her as concubine.
I let the reader to arrive at the answer to these questions. But the cold hard reality is that 1.6 billion Muslims that include highly educated individuals, scientists and intellectuals whole-heartily believe Islam to be a divine, the only true and the best religion in this world.
Jake Neuman is the author of “Islam and Sharia Law Are Treason: Jihad Is Treason” and “Prophet Muhammad (AKA ALLAH): Monster of History.”