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'Exposing Islam From the Inside Out'- M A Khan in Interview - By MA Khan and Jamie Glazov

'Exposing Islam From the Inside Out'- M A Khan in Interview - By MA Khan and Jamie Glazov

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It would surprise everybody that someone, whose life was little influenced by Islam, can feel this way. Why is it so? It is because Muslim societies universally portray America as a mortal enemy of Islam, particularly for its stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
It would surprise everybody that someone, whose life was little influenced by Islam, can feel this way. Why is it so? It is because Muslim societies universally portray America as a mortal enemy of Islam, particularly for its stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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'Exposing Islam from the Inside Out': M A Khan in Interview
 by MA Khan/Jamie Glazov 04 Mar, 2009 From Frontpage Magazine on 3 March 2009
Frontpage Interview’s guest today is M. A. Khan, author of the new book 
Islamic Jihad: A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism and Slavery. In November 2005, he started the Islam-watch.org website, which is emerging as a leading ex-Muslim initiative for the enlightenment of Muslims.
 
F
P:
 
M. A. Khan, welcome to Frontpage Interview. Let’s begin with your own personal
 journey. Tell us where you were born and your early life as a Muslim.
 
Khan:
 Thank you Jamie; I am delighted to be here. I was born and brought up in a conservative Muslim society. Having completed my university studies in India, I moved to the West. I, however, grew up with a liberal outlook. In my school and university days, my closest friends were Hindus and Sikhs, who were more liberal, easy-going and humble with fewer religious scruples. I had wholly given up religious rituals by the time I completed my
university studies: they just didn’t attract me.
 At the time of the tragic 9/11 attacks, I had lived in a liberal society for over a decade. I had  become convinced that religious rituals
 — 
 prayers, fasting, pilgrimage
 — 
were all meaningless. I should be rewarded, I felt, for working hard, working intelligently, not for blindly following some rituals, which bear no good to anybody. Islam had very little to do with my life, except that I was part of the Muslim society. I consumed
haraam
 (prohibited) foods, drank alcohol in moderation, shocking my Muslim peers. Although I was this much liberal, let me be honest with you that I was not excluded from those Muslims who felt that the 9/11 attacks were justified. I, however, felt that those
 perished in the attacks were innocent; they didn’t deserve it.
 
FP:
 Why did you think that the U.S. deserved it?
Khan:
 It would surprise everybody that someone, whose life was little influenced by Islam, can feel this way. Why is it so? It is because Muslim societies universally portray America as a mortal enemy of Islam, particularly for its stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict. The
 picture painted is that America’s support for Israel causes terrible
oppression and untold sufferings to Palestinian Muslims. So, in the eyes of many Muslims, the 9/11 attacks gave the unjust superpower a bloody nose.
 
You hear from the media that only a small percentage of Muslims, the radicalized ones, support the 9/11 attacks. I can assure you that an overwhelming majority of believing Muslims feel a sense of justification for the 9/11 attacks. However, very few of them will confess it, especially when Western media do the survey. I was, undoubtedly, very liberal, despite my upbringing in Muslim society. Never read the sacred Islamic texts, I thought Islam was a rational and peaceful religion, glaringly disregarding all the horrible things Muslim were doing globally. I thought those terrorists, acting in the name of Islam, were misguided.
FP:
 So how did you begin to change?
Khan:
 Prompted by so much scrutiny of Islam after the 9/11 attacks, I slowly started reading
Islam’s sacred texts—the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad’s traditions (Sunnah) and
 biographies. I was shocked. I had been told all my life that the Prophet Muhammad was the ideal human being: most merciful and just; that Islam is a religion of peace; and I believed it.
But the Qur’an reads like a manifesto of open
-ended war against non-Muslims and speaks of converting or subjugating them into horribly degraded dhimmi subjects. In his prophetic career, especially during the critical last ten years, Prophet Muhammad was anything but peaceful, merciful and just. It was a depressing, torturous time lasting a couple of years. For a Muslim of whatsoever conviction, consciously leaving Islam is probably the most difficult thing. I made it. You may get a clear picture of my struggle from my testimony of leaving Islam. 
FP:
So tell us about your book.
 Khan
: I liberated myself from Islam after studying some of the canonical Islamic texts. But I
couldn’t stop; my curiosity grew further. Over the past few years, I have done extensive
research on Islamic theology, as well as history: from Prophet Muhammad to modern times. The more I read, the more I became shocked. It has been a harrowing tale of inhuman  brutality of innocent people: forced conversion, brutal imperialism and devastating slavery. It
’s a saga of great human tragedy and all these were perpetrated by Muslim invaders and
rulers over the centuries in the name of Islamic holy war or Jihad, the foundational creed of Islam. This tragic tale is the subject of my new book. Let me highlight the
content of the book a little for the reader’s better understanding of what
to expect. From the title, it becomes clear that it is about Jihad and its history, a common topic these days. But readers will find this book interesting and even essential for making a complete grasp of the issue, even if they have already read dozens of books on the subject. What I have done is that I have tried to walk step-to-step with Prophet Muhammad. When  people read this book, they will able to mirror how Muhammad, step by step, founded his creed. Most importantly, it will become transparent to them why Allah started showering down the commands for Jihad after 12 years of his prophetic mission had passed. It will  become crystal-clear why Allah suddenly commanded Jihad at that juncture, what those commands were and what it entails for a Muslim to become a Jihadi.
 
There is much controversy and disagreements about the true nature of Jihad. This book will make it immediately clear to readers that Jihad is overridingly, if not absolutely, violent and inhuman by nature. This book also makes it thoroughly transparent that Jihad, in its violent
form, is the foundation, the heart, of Islam as I assert: “
Violent Jihad is the heart of Islam; without it, Islam would, most likely, have died a natural death in the seventh century itself 
(p. 79).
I also demonstrate that Allah’s doctrine for Jihad entails three cardinal commands:
 1) Forced conversion of non-Muslims, especially of idolaters (Hindus, Buddhists, Animists etc.), 2) Imperial expansion for the establishment of global Islamic rule, which involves humiliating subjugation of
dhimmi
 subjects and their mindless exploitation, and 3) Slavery. Each of these topics has been discussed in separate chapters, beginning with how Allah commanded these as part of Jihad; how Muhammad acted upon those commands to set forth ideal examples of them; and how Muslims perpetuated those ideal Jihadi actions over the centuries. This book is packed with theological and historical information on all these topics from India to Central Asia, to the Middle East, to Africa, to Europe. It is filled with shocking, harrowing, tales. It also details how even the United States had to struggle with the enslavement of her ship-crews in North Africa, how they had to pay humiliating ransom, and how, as demands continued to rise, they bravely solved the issue with military actions. Therefore, people from all these regions will quickly be able to relate to the content and realize how horribly Islam had impacted the lives of their forefathers.
FP:
What do you hope your book will achieve?
Khan
: I consider myself a nontheistic humanist from a Muslim background; I believe in living in harmony with all around us, irrespective of creed, race or color. Unfortunately, Muslims have historically failed to do so; they continue to fail today. This fact will become glaringly clear to all, when they read this book. My sincere hope is that Muslims, a community in which I have lived 35 years of my life (all family and friends continue to be Muslim), will be able to live in harmony with their non-Muslim neighbors with total human rights guaranteed for either party. Unfortunately, the treatment of non-Muslims in Islamic countries is less than honorable and getting worse. Once my Muslim brethren read this book, I feel, the whole reality of Islam upon their lives, upon
their ancestors’ life and upon their future generations would become clear to them. And it
will not be a pleasant one. Obviously, most part of the world today is mired by the problem of Islamic Jihadism. Since the 9/11 attacks, there have been no less than 12,800 violent attacks  by Muslim individuals, mobs and Jihadi groups around the globe. I would sincerely hope that my book help the world grasp the nature of the ongoing Jihadi problem and act accordingly to assuage this

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