Karim Akouche is an Algerian writer, author of Letter to a Soldier of Allah. In an Op-Ed for the French magazine Marianne, he wrote: “If I am accused of betraying Mohammed’s religion, I might as well assume it right away: I am a non believer. I stopped being a Muslim.”
“As a child, I played the game. I had no choice. I learned to recite, mechanically, like my classmates, suras and hadiths.
The Algerian school wanted me to be a believer a submissive. They missed. I resisted with my means and, above all, thanks to the Kabyle song, the bard Matoub Lounès and the values of my ancestors.
I said it somewhere: “I am a survivor of the Algerian school. I could have become a jihadist”.
The education system in my native country has taught me all kinds of enormity. I was taught to:
- hate “unbelievers”,
- to make fun of other religions,
- to belittle the woman,
- to despise homosexuals, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, atheists…
- I was taught to fight democracy,
- to defend the primacy of God’s laws over those of men.
- I was taught how to proselytize, how to use taqîya, the trick.
- I was urged to contribute, in one way or another, to the Kingdom of Allah on Earth to earn later, once in Heaven, the 72 houris and the rivers of wine…
As a teenager, fed on the milk of revolt, I broke the chains, refused the intolerable; then, later, I became, as best as I could, a free citizen… I shouted at the Islamist imposture, its inanities, its temples and its sponsors.
It is on the roads of exile in the West that I first encountered “Islamophobia”, a polysemic, vague, vulgar and dangerous term.
Sneaky islamists instrumentalize it for the purpose of conquest, while soft intellectuals, lost in outdated causes, or objective allies of the former, recite it wrongly and through. It makes me dizzy. Their drunken parrot looks often piss me off. It is easier to join the hypocritical camp of an imaginary Good, that of “We are all brothers”, than to confront the real evil of the macabre ideology of the [Muslim] “Brotherhood” and their avatars. The first attitude requires no intellectual effort, no nuance, no risk. The second, on the contrary, requires lucidity, responsibility and courage.
Criticism of Islam has never killed anyone, while Islamism has caused hundreds of thousands of deaths
It is not the supporters of Islamists who are threatened or murdered, but the free women and men who confront, on the ideological front, and sometimes military, the soldiers of Allah.
Secularism, the debate of ideas, reason and criticism of Islam have never killed anyone; Islamism, on the other hand, has caused hundreds of thousands of deaths.
I say it once and for all: hating Muslims is a crime, because it is racism. Criticizing Islam is a right. Fighting Islamism and Jihadism is a duty.
- I don’t work for any chapel.
- I only obey my intuition as a poet.
- I do not deny my origins or my convictions.
- Those who accuse me of serving the former colonizer’s invisible hand are targeting the wrong target.
- Justice, like truth, has only one face. I proclaim it on all the ridges.
- Something is not right in the Muslim religion
How could I turn my back on Muslims, since I am coming from there? They are citizens like any other, who have the same rights and duties. I will always defend them, with vigor, if they are victims of xenophobia and I will criticize them, with no less force, if some of them behave like inquisitors.
Let us have the courage to say that something is not right in the Muslim religion:
- No matter how much we call it a “religion of peace, love and tolerance”, no matter how much we exonerate some of its texts, the violent, the truth explodes in our faces with each tormented awakening.
- Without Islam, there would never have been Islamism.
- Islamism and jihadism do not come out of nowhere. The reasons may be social, but they are above all ideological.
- Like it or not, the roots of violence are found in letters, the Koran and hadiths.
I scream in the chaos of the world.
I’m talking to untie the rope that holds most elites back.
I write to plant courage and disperse the thick mist of taboos.
I scratch where it hurts. It is my job as a rebellious poet that demands it.
I target the tyranny of silence. The banality of fanaticism. The falsification of morality. I don’t like “learning donkeys” and counterfeiting scientists.
Until Islam is reformed, in other words, until it has been appeased, redacted.
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