I received this illuminating message from “moderate” Indonesia. You can see from the author’s frustration and pain how difficult it truly is for non-Muslims in that “moderate” land:
I live in Indonesia where as non-Moslems we usually must bear derogatory comments on our religions. Recently a corrupt lawyer caused a stir by issuing a public statement that Islam alone is monotheistic and calling for the banning of other religions as paganistic.
It would be a worthy cause to cleanse the world of this hateful religion, which has ravaged mankind for one and half millennia. This false religion originated as a small sect in Arabia and spread by the sword forged in an Islamic narrative that has persisted unchallenged to this day.
This is the narrative that Moslems alone worship one God and that non-Moslems, including Jews and Christians, are idolaters. In Islam the severest sin is shirk, which is the sin of associating a creature with Allah. Branding non-Moslems as kaffirs, they have declared non-Moslem lands as the domain of war and waged war against us.
Non-Moslems have been dumb and powerless against this religious charge, this hateful narrative, used to justify aggression upon our person, conscience and property. A fact must be publicly established, proclaimed and disseminated that it is Islam that is a paganistic personality cult of shirk which has caused damage upon the earth.
The non-Moslem has three charges against Islam: That it makes a creature [Muhammad] an inseparable object of faith together with God, that Muhammad was a false prophet, that Muhammad was a vile criminal.
One cannot become a Moslem merely by professing the One God without also professing Muhammad as prophet. This association and partnering, this shirk, of Muhammad with God, is devoutly expressed in thoughts and speeches such as ‘Allah and Muhammad know’, ‘Allah and Muhammad decree’, ‘one must love Allah and Muhammad’, ‘he who does not profess Muhammad will go to hell’, ‘one must love Muhammad more than himself, his family and the whole world’, etc.
This makes Islam shirk and those who profess this profane creed mushirikun [perpetrator of shirk] and kaffir. The problem here does not lie in the relative position of Muhammad with God in their creed, but that Muhammad is in their creed with God in the first place. God alone may be the object of faith of mankind. We bring against Islam the charge of shirk and idolatry.
When the Israelites asked how they might know whether a prophet was truly sent from the Lord, He commanded them to ask for sign from the prophet. This is akin to a validation, a signature, on a document. I can’t just come to you and claim to be sent from the President without any proof.
The Bible requires a prophet to be validated either by miracle, the sign of Divine Omnipotence beyond human power, or by prophecy, the sign of Divine Omniscience beyond human knowledge. This is why the Jews and the Christians asked for a sign from Muhammad when he claimed to be a prophet.
Instead he claimed that no sign was necessary to prove this and that the Quran itself was the proof of his prophethood. The Jews and Christians rejected this ridiculous claim which amounted to showing a scribbled and unsigned letter claiming credential ‘because this letter says so’. We bring against Islam the charge of being a false religion.
The life of Muhammad needs no further comment or elucidation. No recidivist has led a life one-tenth as vile as what has been piously recorded by established and accredited Moslem historians concerning the founder of their religion. We bring against Islam countless charges of murder, rapine, violation, cruelty, degradation, inhumanity with all their attendant evils.
They insolently set themselves up as judges, prosecutors, and executioners against mankind and wreak damage upon the face of the earth. But a threatened non-Moslem can refuse to profess Muhammad as an act of shirk and may so preserve his life, person, conscience and property.
Many Moslems wish to be free of Islam but fear for their lives. Branding Islam as shirk and false will greatly support them in exercising their inalienable rights. Those committing religious aggression should be charged, prosecuted and punished according to the law of the land.
The task is easy but necessary. These charges must be voiced and disseminated. This narrative is based on facts and must be established. Muhammad was a mushirikun, a kaffir, and a false prophet. We will not suffer Moslems’ insolence anymore. Those who profess this cult of hate are themselves mushirikun and kaffir. Their religion is criminal and those who commit aggression are criminals and cultists.
I beseech you to use all means at your disposal to voice, establish, and disseminate this narrative and bring these charges against Islam and against Muhammad. A single compelling narrative originated one and a half millennia of religious aggression. A clear and implacable narrative will condemn and blot this false cult from off the face of the earth.
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