freedom-muslimasDetoxification is the physiological or psychological removal of toxic substances from a living organism. Let me use a metaphor to help in understanding this process. Islam is a type of dependence inducing "potion." In the same way that; let us say, alcohol is. Millions and perhaps billions imbibe alcohol. A great majority of these consumers qualify as moderate and social drinkers. Drinking alcohol may do them some psychological good but may also exact some physical health problems and a monetary price. Yet, a vast number of human beings find enough "comfort" to put up with the monetary, health, relationships, and other costs of their drinking.

A certain number are the heavy drinkers who are severely dependent and reliant on the drug. And there are those who are infrequent drinkers. They may have some wine at Christmas or on their birthday. And finally, there are those who are teetotalers. They never touch the stuff. So, you have a kind of what statisticians call a normal curve that people distribute themselves along the drinking dimension as a bell-shaped function. Some are on one extreme, some on the other, and the great majority between the two extremes.

The same applies to Muslims. Islam is habit-forming. Just like alcohol. How strongly habit forming? It depends on the person and his circumstances. Is Islam "beneficial" to the person? Apparently yes it is. For some, it is life itself, just like the skid-row alcoholic, to others it means something, and yet to others it is something to be avoided altogether.

Mind Invasion
Islam, from its inception, discovered the crucial secret of getting to the young mind early by adhering to the dictum: Instruction in early childhood is akin to carving in a rock. In the same vein goes the Jesuit saying, “Give me a child until he is seven, and I will give you the man,” derived from the philosophy and theology of Saint Augustine. The immense importance of getting early to the young mind is also emphasized by non-religious doctrines as diverse as the Freudian psychoanalytic theory and Watsonian Behaviorist psychology.

Total or major replacement of beliefs, particularly as one gets older, becomes less likely, yet it happens occasionally. Paul’s sudden transformation from a rabid Christian-persecutor to a devoted believer of the faith of Christ is a familiar instance of such a dramatic change. Ideas, on the other hand, are much more amenable to change, replacement or discard as long as they do not substantially undermine the integrity of the main framework—the belief.

Short Answer
islam-mind-controlIn the same way that people need to go through detoxification programs to free themselves from physical dependencies, they also must undergo detoxification programs to wean themselves from Islam.

How to do that? The best way in my opinion is exactly what many concerned citizens, writers, bloggers and experts are doing. Explain and expose Islam and its harm. They also need to further expand the re-education effort greatly by writing and translating in their native Muslim nations' languages. Radio and television programs are also vital. It is a long process. Yet, the bottom line is this blind dependency on Islam that hooks the masses to its greatly enticing promises and provides easy answers for much of humanity's underclass.
Persian Enigma
I am very optimistic about the country of my birth. I believe Iran will be the first that carry the torch of liberty. This is indeed the dawn of a new era in Persian history, a true renaissance for our world. Over 1400 years of darkness has reached its inevitable end. People on the mountaintops are clearly discerning the rays of the new sun that inevitably will chase away the gloom of darkness. It is time to celebrate the new day by enlisting all of us in the work of ushering in the light of freedom and insuring that never again will it be replaced by the darkness and oppression of Islam. I am calling upon all Iranians, whether at home or abroad, to join this natural movement in ushering in the new day and to contribute whatever you can to make it a truly magnificent change of fortune for the new

Iran as well as for the entire home of humanity, by leaving Islam in large numbers.

It is going to be a slow process, much slower and much more difficult than we would like it to be. This Islam thing is a long-term deep dependency of many attractions to many. It is going to take a great deal of work and perseverance to free Muslims from its grip. As sad as it is, that's the way this world is: Far, far from perfect, and not even close.

Cultural Muslims
There are some 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, the overwhelming majority of which are “Cultural Muslims” who are generally called moderate Muslims.  Why moderate? Because they were simply born into Islam, where a great many of them never go through the process of deciding for themselves if they want to be Muslim. It is not a religion that they choose; it is a belief they inherit. For whatever reason, this great majority of these “Cultural Muslims” are Muslims of this type without fully toeing the line of Islam. Real Muslims are the jihadists, a small minority who lives and dies by the dictates of the Quran and the Sunna, the life examples of Muhammad.
freedom-and-islamIslam is a powerful magnet for the masses that are unable to deal with the uncertainties of life and death on their own. It is from this population, many already thoroughly indoctrinated from birth that the majority of diehard jihadists emerge.

Humanity has matured considerably since the time of Muhammad. In order to continue its forward march, mankind must follow a roadmap appropriate for its age and state of development. It is foolish to insist that a book, which demands terrorism and was written over 1400 years ago, must serve as the one and only guide for humanity. I believe that “Cultural Muslims” hold the key. They hold the balance of power.

The great majority of jihadists emerge from the ranks of those born into the religion of Islam, simply because they are the ones who are most thoroughly indoctrinated and influenced by Islamic dogma in their most receptive and formative early years. Yet, there are others who embrace Islam in adulthood, on their own, and enlist themselves as devoted jihadists for the same rewards that Islam offers them.

Within this sea of surging humanity composed of some 1.5 billion Muslims, each individual believer—a drop—through a combination of choice and forces beyond his control, ends up in one of its many waves. It is the jihadist wave that is highly attractive to the deeply indoctrinated and poorly adjusted in dealing rationally and independently with life. Here, he finds the ironclad perfect solution to his anxieties and perplexities.

To a jihadist, death is nothing more than casting off a shell of the worthless earthly existence and donning an angelic suit to wing joyously to a life of bliss promised by none-other than Allah’s beloved final emissary, Muhammad.
Eradication of jihadism is a daunting task, since Islam is truly a virulent and persistent pandemic disease. Massive education efforts, combined with resolute confrontation of all sources and people that support and promote detoxification of the mind of this deadly philosophy, hold the best promise of dealing effectively with this affliction of humanity.

Final Note
The best, yet most difficult resolution of this conflict is to do what hundreds of thousands of former Muslims have already done. They have abandoned the slaveholder Islam: they broke loose from the yoke of the exploitive clergy, renounced Islamofascisim, purged the discriminatory and bizarre teachings in the Quran and the Hadith, and left the suffocating tent of dogmatic Islam for the life-giving expanse of liberty.


Amil Imani is the author of Obama Meets Ahmadinejad and Operation Persian Gulf.

2012-01-14 01:54:10
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Nice try... the fact is there is no such thing as a moderate muslim any more than there is no such thing as a moderate nazi or a moderate KKKlansman. Let's tell the truth about sharia law and the koran's exhoratations to "kill all the infidels". How do moderates meet these requirements of your allah? The truth is that islam is a faux-religion -- it is an expansionist, militaristic, totalitarian political system diguised as a religion. The evil is that it uses the tolerance of people who want to believe in good and twists it in an evil way. To achieve the comingled state/religion ends, it continues to deceive as a means to an end. Many naive muslims are also caught up this trap, but it doesn't change the facts.

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I generally agree with Amil Imani but I think he is engaging in some wishful thinking here. The empirical evidence doesn't match up with his optimistic projections. Even if one is only a casual follower of world events it is plain to see that the Islamic world has reversed direction away from the possibility of an enlightenment and is actually regressing and becoming more doctrinaire. Everywhere you look, one by one Islamic countries are declaring open season on the non-believers. Egypt will become the next Nigeria, the next Somalia, Kuwait shows signs of becoming the next Egypt. All of out efforts in Iraq were for nothing, ditto Afghanistan. It's the same trend everywhere.

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Many have wondered why those who are labeled by Mr. Imani as cultural muslims apparently feel no responsibility to sanction the homicidal acts of their toxic Muslim brothers. No prophet of Islam calls them to account for the terror acts done in the pursuit of pleasing Allah, following the Koranic teachings, and spreading Islam by whatever means necessary. Living the religion of peace must mean lving it without a conscience! That is a concept not easily understood, if one can ever understand it. Perhaps it should be called the "no skin off my nose" religion. to merit the Islamic afterlife it appears that all that matters is to make Islam dominant. How quickly that is done is what is important --not who it was done to or in what horrific manner it was accomplished. Islam is easy! No act of repentance is desired or evidently required. We are seeing daily exactly what kind of evil acts can come out of such a religion.

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To Muslims, no other religion is deemed worthy of recognition, much less accommodation. There is not a single church or synagogue or a Buddhist temple in all of Saudi Arabia. They are barred. The Islamic Republic of Iran's raft of pogroms include the heinous practice of bulldozing cemeteries of it's Baha'i religious minority. Iran rulers imprison Christians for celebrating Christmas.
It is a FACT that Islam is a highly pandemic communicable violent disease that demands urgent and serious containment. The American prison system is being used as the breeding ground for this disease. One Euopean country after another is rapidly buckling under the creep of the Islamic disease. Europe is the coal-miners canary. It is warning us that America is next.

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We owe you sympathy Mr Imani. It is difficult to live with the reality that your religion is responsible for a good share of hatred in the world and most of the wars. The problem with your analysis is that if you remove the outliers on the distribution curve, others will move in to restore them. Jihadism is not an outlying extreme of thought, but having the opportunity to wage Jihad. If you remove (i. e. kill) the current Jihadists, others will take their place. Waging Jihad rewards the underclass with a holy occupation; the opportunity to have power, obtain riches and property, to loot and rape - all in the name of Allah. And in the afterlife, Jihadists are promised the opportunity to rape 70 perpetual virgins in perpetuity. Such a reward is hard to resist if you are a young man without educationn and property.

Unfortunately, the detoxification has been attempted and it never lasts. During the Bagdhad Khalifate, Islam moderated some and reached out to others. But, the Khalifate did not last. And the efforts of Kemal Ataturk to detoxify the Ottoman empire did not last even a hundred years as Turks are reverting to being part of the Jihadist camp. Islam IS FASCISM. It must be contained or exterminated. The hope of Iran comes not from reforming Islam (an impossible task as history shows), but from the teachings of Christ penetrating the hearts of Iranians.

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SKIP: The numbers say you're wrong on that score...there are over 1.5 billion Muslims throughout the world. If what you assume is correct and it isn't totally without merit, there would be more violence worldwide than actually occurs. Instead of the hundred thousand incidents of Islamic violence committed on the non-Islamic West, there would be far more just due to the numbers. The fact that much of the violence committed is upon other Muslims is also noteworthy and that isn't mentioned or even taken into account. No, it isn't BS.

Mr. Imani doesn't disagree that Islam in and of itself isn't violent..look at other examples of people who were born into Islam, but really don't know or understand it in all its complexity or entirety. Look at the people of his native Iran. Most of them have been under the yoke of Islam for fourteen hundred years and pay lip service to it and have to observe it out of necessity to continue living; look at him...and he spoke of cultural Muslims. Most Iranians don't even understand Arabic or have even gone into a mosque..when you make blanket generalizations, you might find you're actually wrong if you look closely enough.

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""Cultural Muslims" who are generally called moderate Muslims."

To which I say BS! all muslims are dangerous, no such thing as a "moderate" muslim, they all read out of the same book preaching the murder, enslavement or conversion of non muslims. If anyone here believes there is such a thing as a muslim that believes in the golden rule or live and let live, I will show you photos of the religion of peace in action.

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The year 1531 was just after Cabeza de Vaca's "La Ralacion" (Google it, it is a very interesting story written by de Vaca) experience that took him from the West coast of Florida and then on to possibly Texas living with the Indians and finally to Panuca (now Mexico). I don't believe there was a Spanish presence in what is now Florida or anywhere in the continental US. Were your ancestors Muslims in Spain? The Muslims had been driven out of Spain by 1492, Columbus' time. Although Christ never taught forceable conversion, I know that occurred by zealous monarch's and church people. At any rate, consider yourself significantly better off than if your ancesters had not been converted from Islam and stayed in some North Africa Muslim country.
Islam Detoxification...

By Amil Imani ~ Detoxification is the physiological or psychological removal of toxic substances from a living organism. Let me use a metaphor to help in understanding this process. Islam is a type of dependence inducing “potion.” In the same way that;...
One additional comment to your excellent article, Amil. That point is that without the innovation and commerce of the non Muslim countries, I would expect that Islamic countries would all be living in the 7th century if there were no more infidel countries to plunder and all became Muslim.
The restrictions on the Islamic (Muslim) thought process prevents Muslim individuals from thinking outside of the box and it seems they must spend a lot of time making sure they within the Muslim box of prayer and other rituals...and of course no questioning of allah's Quran and Muhammad. "Sun sets in a muddy pool?". Oh the zero and algebra, pretty small contribution if that's a valid Islamic contribution over 1400 years.
I do feel Islam cannot withstand simple logic, but alas, that is something that is not allowed (logically questioning their religion/ideology).
Mark Gabriel (Jesus and Muhammad) is an excellent comparison of the lives of the founder of Islam and the founder of Christianity.