Muslims are followers of the religion of Islam, as explained by the prophet Mohammed. He made it up, modeled after the Arab life in the desert which was all he knew. Muslims are born into Islam, not necessarily converted into it, or choosing it. If your parent (either one, but especially your father) is Muslim, ipso facto, you as their child are Muslim – like it or not. There is no such thing as leaving Islam, or converting to (choosing) another religion other than Islam: the penalty for such is death. EXACTLY like the Mafia. Once you are in, you are in, period. The teachings of Islam are clear – Islam is the superior religion, and trumps all others.
And, very much like the Mafia, Islam has a very clear set of “us versus them” rules, set forth by Mohammed verbally (he was illiterate and could not read and write Arabic, his own language), and codified by his followers into holy scripture, called hadiths, or laws, which together, make up the rules of Sharia law, the code under which which Muslims live in Islamic countries. Mohammed is regarded as the perfect man (just like Jesus) only there is no claim that he actually was divine – he is just treated as such by his followers. Nothing he said, or that others wrote that he said, is questionable, under penalty of apostasy (blasphemy) and death. ANY negative or critical talk or questioning of any sort of Mohammed (or of any scripture of the Koran) is apostasy, punishable by death. No questions allowed. If your religion is so superior, why can it not stand up to the questions of others seeking to understand? What are you afraid of?
Many Muslims themselves are ignorant of what their scriptures actually say – except for what the imam (the “priest’ at the mosque) tells them. This is because Muslims accept no translations of the Koran – it must be read in Arabic – and Arabic Muslims have conquered a lot of countries that they now rule whose native languages are not Arabic. I studied Spanish for years in high school and college, and I still am at the beginner intermediate stage of literacy. The same is true for lots of Muslims, who cannot read the Arabic the Koran is written in, so they don’t know all of what it says. Even among Arabic speaking countries, there is a very high illiteracy rate, and even native speakers often cannot read the language – or the scriptures.
There is no such thing as the Christian’s Golden Rule in Islam, which says treat others as you wish them to treat you. Nothing about basic respect of human life. In fact, there is its exact opposite: one set of rules for how to treat fellow Muslims, and another set for how to treat everyone else who is non-Muslim. Guess what Mohammed had to say about everybody else not following his version of religion? Kill them. That’s right, the writings of Mohammed’s sayings record that the prophet, this ‘perfect’ man, said to kill all unbelievers (or just enslave them if they are useful to you), and that no Muslim can punish any other Muslim for this act. Marching orders and absolution (forgiveness) and praise for the act be unto him who follows this hadith. Mankind can be grateful that most Muslims have basic humanity, and choose not to obey the prophet on this law – but it IS A LAW. And there are plenty of Muslims who do choose to follow this law.
In fact, Muslims are obligated by hadith to lie to non-Muslims to help spread the religion of Islam world-wide – but allow no such talk of, or spread of other religions in the lands they control. It is a one-way street. If Islam is so perfect a religion, surely all people who learn of it will embrace it, and convert, right? No? Maybe the religion is not as perfect as you claim it to be?
There are 35,213 Koran verses, hadiths, Sharia laws and other Muslim scriptures commanding and encouraging killing, war, annihilation, corporal punishment, hatred, boycott, humiliation and subjugation for Muslim followers, which are aimed mostly at non-Muslims (Darwish, 2008, p. 219). And we, those of us who are non-Muslim, at whom most of that hatred is spewing, are supposed to believe Islam is a religion of peace. Muslims view the ‘peace’ happening only after the entire world is under Islamic rule and law, obviously, and all opposition to Islam is crushed. If the god of Islam is so all-powerful, why does he need mere humans to do his dirty work? Surely a god is powerful enough to smite his own enemies, as has been demonstrated and proved by the God of Abraham that the Jews and Christians worship. What Islam is, is a religion of tyrant men who want to take over the world, just like the cartoons on Saturday morning TV. Only these guys are serious, and they are not funny.