Testimony of an ex-
I converted to Islam long ago. I have been raised in a very strict Catholic family and grew up in a loving environment. I always felt real good in the “Catholic "system". Even though my conversion was a very big shock for my parents, they always considered me as their beloved son. In this respect and in many other points my parents are true Christians.
Many people convert to Islam because their partner is Muslim. They think Islam is
equal to Christianity plus Muhammad; a type of 2.1 version of the Windows of religion.
For men like me this is because it is a (legal) obligation or necessity, to marry
a muslim woman. Women mostly convert because their partner shows so much love for
his religion and the rituals (praying, fasting, ...) have a charming effect, and
to come closer to their partner, they just want to join in and convert. One falls
in love with the so-
When I proposed to my fiancé, she wanted me to convert to Islam, which I did. I realize now that it was not wise to convert to a religion, which I hardly knew anything about. So I converted to Islam without studying it carefully.
This is a very common phenomenon and I’d even say it’s typical. The Muslim(a) with whom one has a personal friendship or relation knows very little about Islam her/himself, did not study this systematically and does not even know how to start studying it in a systematic way.
If one asks information about Islam to Muslims, they will give you a few innocent books to show how beautiful Islam is. These books are mostly misleading and even texts written by the "Centre for Islam in Europe", linked to the University of Gent are a twist of "real Islam" and a denial of the teachings of the 4 main schools of Islam. The pattern of their thinking is, that good verses in the Quran are generally applicable and the passages that call for violence are contextual and only meant for a specific situation. The Quran however does not make this distinction. The negative side of Islam is justified by very “creative” reasoning, by concealing things, by wrong translations from Arabic and by outright lies.
My conversion to Islam was in a period of my life in which I was building up my career and family life and there was no room to study Islam. As a matter of fact, I had no idea how to start studying it. At the time there was no Internet yet.
I think very few people, Muslims as as well candidate-
I have never met anyone who can tell me which verses he or she was moved by or found
touching, or new things Muhammad brought that weren’t already in Christianity or
Judaism except the well-
Quran 2:193. "And fight with them until there is no persecution, and religion should be only for Allah, but if they desist, then there should be no hostility except against the oppressors."
Quran 8:39. "And fight with them until there is no more persecution and religion should be only for Allah; but if they desist, then surely Allah sees what they do."
Hadith by Bukhari Book 2 “Belief”, Number 24: Allah's Apostle said: "I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah's Apostle, and offer the prayers perfectly and give the obligatory charity, so if they perform a that, then they save their lives and property from me except for Islamic laws and then their reckoning (accounts) will be done by Allah."
The Quran is without any doubt the miracle of Islam. I really think Muhammad was an incredible genius to “sell” a book with....
... as a book coming from Allah and the top of communication between Allah and mankind. The perfect book. In the meantime this book became so holy that mistreating it can be a legitimate reason for murder.
As a matter of fact even devout Muslims will confirm the Quran is hard to understand.
They even prove it by the existence of the so-
In one respect the Quran is rather harmless for a candidate-
A few years ago, I mentioned to my wife that all news about Islam was so negative and that I wondered what Islam really teaches. She told me there were no secrets and that everything was written in the books. Which books she could not say, so I looked on the Internet to find the sourcebooks of Islam that I needed to read and found them on the following websites: www.prophetofdoom.net and www.faithfreedom.org. Of course I had Muslims confirm that these were the best sources and I bought them in online islamic bookstores.
These books however are well-
So I purchased these books on Islamic websites, read them and found out that they say exactly the same as what websites that are against Islam say. I have read the following 20 books:
2. The authentic traditions of Muhammad (Sahih Hadith) by Bukhari: 9 books
3. A summary of the authentic traditions of Muhammad by (Sahih) Muslim: 2 books
4. Life of the Prophet: oldest biography by Ibn Ishaq
5. Life of the Prophet: Tabari: 4 books
6. Life of the Prophet: Ibn Sa'd: 2 books
7. Shariah book called Umdat as-
This Shariah book does not contain any surprises because it is consistent with the Quran and the Sahih Hadith.
After reading these books I am no longer a Muslim. There is no greater insult to Muhammad as a prophet and for Islam as an ideology, than the Quran and the original sources of Islam: books written by Muslims for Muslims. That is why websites that fight Islam advise everyone to study Islam from these original sources.
What is written in these books is too crazy for words. Many practices that we consider as immoral in the 21st century have been permitted by Muhammad.
I have found the following issues very disturbing:
Muhammad himself encouraged this, see the following authentic tradition/hadith transmitted by Muslim. The title of chapter 29 is already very revealing:
Book 8, Chapter 29: “IT IS PERMISSIBLE TO HAVE SEXUAL INTERCOURSE WITH A CAPTIVE WOMAN AFTER SHE IS PURIFIED (OF MENSES OR DELIVERY) IN CASE SHE HAS A HUSBAND, HER MARRIAGE IS ABROGATED AFTER SHE BECOMES CAPTIVE.”
Muslim, Book 8, Number 3432: “Abu Sa'id al-
... or can be exchanged for another woman. Quran 4:20 says: “And if you wish to have (one) wife in place of another and you have given one of them a heap of gold, then take not from it anything; would you take it by slandering (her) and (doing her) manifest wrong?”
Women have to obey their husbands and if the husband fears she will not obey she
may be beaten. Quran 4:34. " Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made
some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good
women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to)
those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the
Note: "beat them (fem. pl.)" in Arabic, is often translated by "discipline her" or “scourge her” because the translator is obviously too ashamed to use the word beating.
One of the 4 schools of Islam, namely the Shafi'i school states without shame that
the only duty of a woman is to sexually satisfy her husband. Through her dowry he
gets a one-
Quran 4:24. “...Then as to those whom you profit by, give them their dowries as appointed...”
Quran 4:20. “And if you wish to have (one) wife in place of another and you have given one of them a heap of gold, then take not from it anything; would you take it by slandering (her) and (doing her) manifest wrong?
Quran 4:21. “And how can you take it when one of you has already gone in to the other and they have made with you a firm covenant?
This also has been confirmed by authentic traditions of Muhammad, which clearly state that the dowry is only linked to sexual intercourse with the husband. If he divorces her after having sexual intercourse even only once, he loses this money. (Muslim, Book 9, number 3557.)
"If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him." (Bukhari, Book 52, Number 260)
"The blood of a Muslim who confesses that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that I am His Apostle, cannot be shed except in three cases: In Qisas for murder, a married person who commits illegal sexual intercourse and the one who reverts from Islam (apostate) and leaves the Muslims." (Bukhari, Book 83 Number 17)
In most Islamic countries the death penalty for apostasy is not applied because this
is an inhumane law. In these countries however apostates are harassed administratively
by all possible means or are punished in one way or another. In the so-
Many a Muslim will claim that what I have written has nothing to do with Islam and
that all of it are culture-
In my opinion Islam is in violation with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
on many issues and poses a danger to society. Reformation of Islam is impossible
since everything is described in detail in the Quran and the Hadith/traditions of
Muhammad. The Quran and the Hadith are complementary and provide explanations for
one another. The so-
The extremists (Wahabi, Salafists, ... ) or so-
One forgets that Islam is not only a religion but also a culture, a social system, a legislation, a political system, a military system, ....and that these cannot easily be separated.
An example: one would expect that prayer belongs to the religious domain. During prayer muslims read a chapter of the Quran. When they choose chapter 9 and recite that polytheists should be killed (9:5) and that Christians and Jews have to be fought until they submit (9:29) and that you may not spend time with your ‘unbelieving’ family members (9:23), one enters in the military, social and political domain. And then muslims are surprised that they have to explain to those Polytheists, Jews, Christians or atheist relatives that these verses are no longer valid and were meant only for specific circumstances, wherease Islamic scholars claim the exact opposite.
When I put everything in perspective I cannot understand how anyone who has studied Islam thoroughly on the basis of the islamic sources, still can remain a Muslim. I am no longer a Muslim and I hope every Muslim will study Islam thoroughly and follow in my footsteps.
Finally I wish peace to all my Muslim and non-