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"I am a  Muslim by faith, a Christian by spirit, a Jew by  heart, and above all I am a  human being."


Dr. Hamid is an Egyptian scholar and author of the following  article... 

I was born a  Muslim and lived all my life as a follower of  Islam.

After the  barbaric terrorist attacks done by the hands of  my fellow Muslims everywhere  on this globe, and after the too many  violent acts by Islamists in many  parts of the world, I feel  responsible as a Muslim and as a human being to speak out and tell the truth  to protect the world and Muslims as well from a coming catastrophe and war  of civilizations. I have to admit that our current Islamic teaching creates  violence and hatred toward non-Muslims.
We Muslims are the ones who need  to change.  Until now we have accepted polygamy, the beating of women by men,  and killing those who convert from Islam to other religions.  We have never had a clear and strong stand against the concept of  slavery or wars, to spread our religion  and to subjugate others to  Islam and force them to pay a humiliating tax called jizia.  We ask others to respect our religion while all the time we curse  non-Muslims loudly (in Arabic) in our Friday prayers in the  mosques.  What message do we convey to our children when we call the Jews  "descendants of the pigs and monkeys"?  [Yet,  both Arabs and Jews  are descendants of Ibrahim  (Abraham)!]  Is this a message of love and peace, or a message of  hate?  I have been into  [Christian] churches and [Jewish]  synagogues where they were praying for Muslims.
While all the time, we  curse them, and teach our generations to call them "infidels", and to hate  them.  We immediately jump in a 'knee jerk reflex' to defend Prophet  Mohammad when someone accuses him of being a paedophile while, at the same  time, ..we are proud with the story in our Islamic books that he married a  young girl seven years old [Aisha] when he was above 50 years  old. I am sad to say that many, if not most of us, rejoiced in  happiness after September 11th and after many other terror  attacks.  Muslims denounce these attacks to look good in front of the  media, but we condone the Islamic terrorists and sympathize with their  cause.  Until now our 'reputable' top religious authorities have never  issued a fatwa or religious statement to proclaim Bin Laden as an apostate,  while an author, like Rushdie, was declared an apostate who should be killed  according to Islamic Shari'a law just for writing a book criticizing  Islam. Muslims  demonstrated to get more religious rights as we did  in France to stop the ban on the hijab (head scarf), while we did not  demonstrate with such passion and in such numbers against the terrorist  murders. It is our absolute silence against the terrorists that gives the  energy to these terrorists to continue doing their evil acts. We Muslims need to stop blaming our problems on others or  on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. 
 As a matter of honesty, Israel is the only light of democracy, civilization, and human rights in the whole Middle East . We kicked out the Jews with no compensation or mercy from most of  the Arab countries to make them "Jews-free countries" while Israel accepted  more than a million Arabs to live there, have their own nationality, and  enjoy their rights as human beings. In Israel, women cannot be beaten  legally by men, and any person can change his/her belief system with no fear  of being killed by the Islamic law of 'apostasy,' while in our Islamic world  people do not enjoy any of these rights. I agree that the 'Palestinians' suffer, but they suffer because  of their corrupt leaders and not because of Israel. It is not common to see Arabs who live in Israel leaving to live  in the Arab world.

On the other hand, we used to see thousands of Palestinians going  to work with happiness in Israel, its 'enemy.'  If Israel treats Arabs  badly as some people claim, surely we would have seen the opposite  happening. We Muslims need to admit our problems and face them. Only then we  can treat them and start a new era to live in harmony with human  mankind. Our religious  leaders have to show a clear, and very strong  stand against polygamy, paedophilia, slavery, killing those who convert from  Islam to other religion, beating of women by men, and declaring wars  on non-Muslims to spread Islam. Then, and only then, do we have the right to ask others to  respect our religion..

 
                   Dr. Tawfik Hamid 

 


 


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