wishy-washy_and_real_muslimsMy breach with Islam started as far back as I could discern things. More to the point, I never embraced Islam in the first place, although I was born and raised in a Muslim family.

For one thing, I had a very difficult time following a so-called religion whose founder and followers had butchered my ancestors, raped and sold our women, burned our libraries, and destroyed our magnificent culture. Islam was forced down the throats of Iranians with the sword of Allah. In my heart, I never considered myself a Muslim. However, I didn’t reveal this until later in life for fear of retribution by radical Muslims.

Sharia law stipulates that any Muslim who turns his back on Islam should be given a chance to revert to the faith. For an unrepentant male apostate, death is the proscribed punishment and life imprisonment for the female apostate.

“Kill whoever changes his religion.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 9:84:57)



Islam considers an apostate as a person who unilaterally breaks the covenant he has made with the faith. An apostate is condemned as guilty of turning his back on Allah’s immutable eternal religion.

I came to the realization that the root cause of my peoples’ degradation and suffering was Islam. It was a creed imposed on an enlightened, tolerant and free people at the point of the sword by savages hailing from the Arabian Peninsula during the seventh century with promises of booty and women in this world and glorious eternal sensual rewards in the promised paradise of Allah in the next. With each passing day, I rejoice more and more in my good fortune; in my ability to avoid the yoke of Islamic slavery and its blinders that imprisons a billion and half people by walls of superstition, hatred of others, and a celebration of death.

Things Islamic not only did not resonate with me, they often clashed head on with what I valued and loved. What appealed to me and even enchanted me were more often than not, taboo in Islam or anathema to the creed. I loved life, beauty in all its forms, poetry, ancient Iranian culture and traditions. I loved laughter, celebrations of joy such as birthdays; our yearly festivities of Nowruz, my favorite, lasts for thirteen days. Nowruz, this ancient festival, has been celebrated for thousands of years by my people; it ushers in the spring, welcomes renewal of life, and expresses optimism for the year ahead to bless us with good health, abundant food, family, and friends in the land of a civilized and free people.

I have always believed one cannot possibly be a Persian and hold to the lofty tenets of the ancient Iranian Zoroastrian triad of good thoughts, good words, good deeds, and remain a Muslim. In the same fashion, one cannot cherish American values, the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution and be a true Muslim. They are comprehensively incompatible with Sharia Law. . . .

cyrus_the_great_cylinderThere are still those who foolishly claim that Muhammad was a messenger from God and the Quran is a divinely revealed book. My suggestion is that they use their intellect and read the Quran fully for themselves without the assumption that the book is the literal word of God and that Muhammad was their messenger. Without this assumption as their starting point, they will find better than 90% of the book is about violence, threats of hell, exclusion of people, and the like. What kind of God would dictate things like what you find in the Quran? It took Muhammad 20 years to reveal this hodge-podge book that reads more like expressions of a delusional individual with multiple personality disorder.

I bemoan the plight of my native land and the people who have suffered and continue to suffer under Islam. Without Islam there wouldn’t be any Muslims to hoist the banner of hate and violence against non-Muslims. A few claim that Islam has done some good in the past. Well, that’s debatable. There are those who are equally convinced that Islam has inflicted a great deal of suffering on others from its inception to the present. What we all must agree on is that Islam and its sharia laws, at the very least, do not fit in today’s world.

Islam is a creed of an ignorant people in a primitive and barbaric age. It is fixated in time and place; it harbors the ambition of taking the 21st century world back 14 centuries and ruling it by its dogma of violence, intolerance, injustice and death. Yet, Islam is not only an obsolete vestige of a defunct era, but itself is an infinitely fractured belief that can hardly put its own home in order. The numerous Islamic sects are at each other’s throats; sub-sects and schools despise one another as much as they hate non-Muslims. Hatred, not love, drives Islam.

islam_evilI am not against Muslims. I condemn Islam with all its derivatives and those who support and promote it. Muslims are patients and Islam is a disease. You want to help the patients to rid themselves of the affliction. You want to eradicate a horrifically communicable disease. Although many prefer to tackle the militant version of Islam, “Islamism,” for all intents and purposes, there is no sharp demarcation between, Islamists, Jihadists and Islamism. One and all are progeny of Islam itself. Any differences among the three are of degree and not kind. When one addresses Islamism and jihadism, their source is also addressed.

Regrettably, Islam cannot be reformed. Keep in mind that Islam claims it is the perfect eternal faith for mankind. Splits have occurred and will continue to occur in Islam. Yet, reformation has not happened in nearly 1400 years and is not going to happen. Islam is carved in granite, just the way it is. No change. Allah’s book is sealed.

In the monumental task of dealing with Islam and its variations, every individual, group and government must combine their resources and energies to prevail. We must urge all people to resist Islam’s encroachment and not be deceived by its sanitized version presented in non-Islamic lands. The destiny of civilized life hangs in the balance. Shirking of this responsibility would be an unpardonable act of every enlightened human being and organization that values human liberty and dignity.


Amil Imani is the author of a new book “Operation Persian Gulf.” Get your copy now.

2011-11-13 03:11:43
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Leftism by its nature is fascist. They admire and aspire to the power and domination it allows. All elitists think that THEY will be the leaders, and indeed in their utopia, they would have their hands on the levers of total control. They never consider that they would be inconvenienced by the totalitarian system they tout. History bears proof of the Islamists support and continued admiration of Hitler, Stalin and Hitler, and so on. Leftists are the useful idiots for the Islamists. They will be dealt with last, but dealt with they will.
We must do better in replacing the infiltration of education, media and government with Constitutional Americans.

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Great article. Thank you. Zoroastrianism has always fascinated me. It was Cyrus, who is called a Messiah in the Hebrew scripture, who allowed and supported Jews in returning to Israel to rebuild the Temple. Islam has always seemed dark to me. I tried reading an English translation of the Koran once. I read about a third and had to put it down, it gave me such a bad feeling. There was page after page of, "He who does such and such (the specific sin named), let him be punished in an excrutiating manner." It started to seem sick and sadistic to me.

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Awesome. The best indictment of Islam I've ever read. I always have hope the intelligence of the Iranian people would lead us out of this nightmare of hatred. Because I've never believed that a just God would say His message needed to be spread by lies and terror. And that entire concept of "paradise" of drunken debauchery didn't appeal to the "better angels of our nature."

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Obama is for the Egyptian revolution and the revolution in Lybia, because these movements are fronts for militant Islam. The Green Revolution, on the other hand, is AGAINST the Islamists, hence Obama treats them with less than benign neglect.

There had been hopeful signs of Islam: the Baghdad Caliphate and the Sufis. But, any attempt to humanize Islam is defeated. Bush started to break up the Umma, but the Democrats favor the Islamists. Their motto: My enemies enemies are my friends. And the Democrats hate America.

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Cheetah: Sad that our fearless, terrorist slayer leader doesn't have a better sense of history and who our true friends are. But he DOES have a sense of history and who OUR true friends are: he's just not one of us.

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The estrangement between Iran and the US is one of the great tragedies of Middle Eastern history. Iran and the US are natural allies. America has no strategic interests that conflict with Iran's and the two nations share several enemies (if only the American State Department could wean itself from its strange, self-defeating fascination with the House of Saud and its willful blindness regarding Pakistan). America's role in toppling the Shah and its unwillingness to assist Iran's stillborn Green Revolution were regrettable failures of diplomatic skill and strategic vision.

In short, Americans need to change their minds, ditch the Arabs and join the Iranians' team. But what is it that the Iranians need to change and what do they need to ditch in order to join the Americans' team? Mr. Imani's article makes me think that the Iranians need to undergo a change of heart and soul and ditch Islam.

But is this possible? Is dissatisfaction with Islam and its mullahs widespread enough among the Iranians to generate a truly popular movement? If it is, then the Obama Administration's efforts to engage Iran's Islamicist leadership is deeply misconceived. What Americans should be doing, if the Iranians are predisposed to it, is fostering a popular rejection of Islam.

Iranians must realize that such a strategy is difficult for Americans to adopt. Because of a dominant misconception about what separation of Church and State means in the American Constitutional order, American leaders find themselves uncomfortable dealing with religion as a real force with practical importance in the world. Worse, our diplomats, taught as part of their professional formation that only idiots believe in God, can understand neither that most of their own countrymen sincerely hold religious belief important nor that foreigners often act from sincerely religious motives. This narrow-minded attitude is exacerbated by the generally atheistic and specifically anti-Christian prejudices of the Obama Administration.

Even if the Obama Administration ends with the next election, American hesitancy to deal with the Middle East's problems as flowing from a level as deep as that of religion will not change without signals from the ME. The Arabs cannot currently escape from Islam. It is tied up with their identity. Non-Arab and non-Muslim minorities have been submerged by the Arab Muslim tide in most of the ME. Only the Iranians, with their long history as a non-Arab people with a non-Islamic religion, offer a real if remote prospect of throwing off the yoke of Islam and creating a chance for peace and prosperity in the region. But how do we start? Or, more accurately, how do the Iranians start in such a way that their movement influences American policy? Will the movement start as a religious movement, such as a revival of Zoroastrianism? Or will it start as a a purely secular movement? Or will it take the form of a "moderate" Islam that accepts Jewish and Christian minorities, not as barely tolerated dhimmis, but as full members of the Iranian national community? (Remember, both Jews and Christians flourished under the Persians.) Could such a movement, whatever form it takes, possibly be both sufficiently widespread among the Iranian people and deep-rooted in Iranian culture to succeed? Or is it simply the wishful thinking of an isolated minority of Iranians with Western-style educations?

Mr. Imani needs to address these questions. I admire his courage and the historical achievements of the Iranian people. Other than the Israelis, they form the only real state and national culture in the Middle East. But admiration and good wishes only go so far in this dangerous world. The accumulated mistakes of two generations of Americans and Iranians are now building to a flash-point. America's policy choices are narrowing. The need to deal with the nuclear ambitions of the Iranian Muslim theocracy is real and pressing. I hope the heirs of Cyrus find some way to give both Iranians and Americans a little more room.

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Thank you Mr. Imani for speaking out on behalf of those who do not to want live under Islam. Like anyone else before 911, I didn't know very much about Islam or the middle east. What I've learned since scares me deeply for the future of humanity and more importantly, the people of Iran. After reading your article, I was left with a sense of hope.

You're a brave man. My prayers go with you and your people for freedom from tyranny.

Perhaps one day, Americans and Persians will be fast friends, united in the ideals of freedom.

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A large number of the people Imani refers to as having turned their backs on Islam are the same people Barry turned his back on almost two years ago. Sad that our fearless, terrorist slayer leader doesn't have a better sense of history and who our true friends are.

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Tomas - excellent point. No question that fear is part of the equation in Islam in controlling the believers. I should have been more explicit by saying that the expansion of Islam in to the lands of the non-believers (kuffir) is hate-driven. And I have personally seen the fear and the hatred on the faces of Muslims while I was in various Muslim countries - so, yes, fear is ever present and hate for the infidel (me in this case) is always very close to the surface EXCEPT when they are clearly not in a position to express it without consequences or shame.

@ Redhawk - you brought up a very good point in describing how "quickly it (Islam) resorts to violence and death to enforce its edicts." I believe that this is so because they who are responsible for indoctrinating the youth and the newcomers to Islam know full-well that if they allow them to have access to ideas outside of Islam and allow independent thinking that the lie that is Islam will be readily exposed. Therefore the punishment must be swift and it must be severe in order to discourage others from questioning the tenets of Islam and also to allow the imams to maintain their hold on power. What you cannot accomplish through reason, you may accomplish through terror and violence. And I would suggest that this is how the powers that be in Iran have been able to sustain themselves in power since 1979. The Taliban uses the same methodology in Afghanistan. Muhammad used terror and violence to spread Islam and it is the same today.

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Thank you, Mr. Imani, for this very interesting and informative article. Like many Americans, I have known quite a few Persians in the course of my life, from college days on. I have often wondered how these inheritors of an ancient civilization reconciled that heritage with the cruel barbarism that is Islam. You have certainly answered my question. You must also possess great personal courage, to write so openly and so often against Islam as you do.

Unless and until the rest of the world "mans up" enough to support the Iranian people with more than lip service, I fear that your countrymen will continue to face a lonely uphill struggle. And, unfortunately, a grass-roots revolution against the Ayatollahs would likely be bloodier than the revolution that brought them to power. Our hearts go out to you and all of your like-minded countrymen. I hope we live long enough to witness the sea-change.

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