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Islamic intolerance

by Ibn Warraq When the storm over Salman Rushdie's novel The Satantic Verses broke in February 1989, government leaders and editorialists throughout Europe and the United States piously trotted out sentimental homilies about communities living together in harmony and so on; they invariably ended by invoking Islam's "traditional tolerance." There followed a spate of articles [...]

The Way To Paradise

From the Quran, the Hadith and the Bible A Muslim asked his friend about salvation and the way to reach Paradise. The following is the response to his question. It should be noted that this topic is of the utmost importance. Everyone should seek to know the way that leads to eternal blessing and happiness. [...]

No to political Islam

By: Taj Hashmi Joint-Convener of the Movement, "No-to-Political Islam" Dear Friends: This is a very interesting Muslim movement. Following is their message that was sent to me, and the reply that I sent back to them. God bless, Abdullah Al Araby "NO-TO-POLITICAL ISLAM": AN APPEAL TO GET PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS. By: Taj Hashmi Joint-Convener of the [...]

Islam and apostasy

An interview with Ibn Warraq Summary: For Muslims, apostasy - the renunciation of one's religious faith - is a sin punishable by death in many parts of the Islamic world. We discuss apostasy with Ibn Warraq, critic of Islamic fundamentalism and author of a recent book "Leaving Islam: Apostates Speak Out". Details or Transcript: Stephen [...]

Sex and sexuality in Islam

By Abul Kasem Part 1 of 6 [A word of caution: This article contains sexually explicit terms and coarse language that may offend many readers. The author will not take any responsibility in the event any reader may become upset reading this essay. My request to them: please do refrain from reading this essay if [...]

How did Jerusalem come to be so holy to Moslems?

By, Mordechai Kedar When the Prophet Mohammad established Islam, he introduced a minimum of innovations. He employed the hallowed personages, historic legends and sacred sites of Judaism and Christianity, and even paganism, by Islamizing them. Thus, according to Islam, Abraham was the first Moslem and Jesus and St. John (the sons of Miriam, sister of [...]

To: PBS/Frontline

SHAME ON YOU! By Nonie Darwish I am a former Moslem, born and raised in the Middle East. I am very disappointed and almost scared after watching your presentation about Islam. One of the reasons I fled to the United States of America was to escape the oppressive regime of Islam in the Middle East. [...]

An Apology From an Arab

An Arab intellectual apologizes, and explains By ALI SALEM As an Egyptian, I find myself compelled to apologize to the American people for what happened to them on Sept. 11. I apologize because one of those involved in that horrible disaster was Egyptian. As a man of letters, I declare myself innocent of having any [...]

An Interview with the Mother of a Suicide Bomber

The London-based Arabic-language daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat published an interview with Umm Nidal, the mother of the shahid [martyr] Muhammad Farhat. During the first Intifada, Umm Nidal had hidden 'Imad 'Aql, the commander of Hamas's military wing "Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades," in the family's home for over a year. The following are excerpts from the interview: [...]

PUBLIC SCHOOLS EMBRACE ISLAM – A SHOCKER

By Reverend Austin Miles Special to ASSIST News Service Wednesday, January 9, 2002 BRENTWOOD, CA (ANS) -- As children return to school this week, following the Christmas break, 7th graders in a growing number of public schools, who are not permitted to wear a cross or speak the name of Jesus, will be required to [...]