“I am a Muslim by faith…. a Christian by spirit….a Jew by heart….and above all I am a human being.”

From the heart of a Muslim – Tawfik Hamid

I was born a Muslim and lived all my life as a follower of Islam.

After the barbaric terrorist attacks done by the hands of my fellow Muslims everywhere on this globe, and after the too many violent acts by Islamists in many parts of the world, I feel responsible as a Muslim and as a human being, to speak out and tell the truth to protect the world and Muslims as well from a coming catastrophe and war of civilizations.

I have to admit that our current Islamic teaching creates violence and hatred toward Non-Muslims. We Muslims are the ones who need to change. Until now we have accepted polygamy, the beating of women by men, and killing those who convert from Islam to other religions.

We have never had a clear and strong stand against the concept of slavery or wars, to spread our religion and to subjugate others to Islam and force them to pay a humiliating tax called Jizia. We ask others to respect our religion while all the time we curse non-Muslims loudly (in Arabic) in our Friday prayers in the Mosques.

What message do we convey to our children when we call the Jews “Descendants of the pigs and monkeys”.. Is this a message of love and peace, or a message of hate?

I have been into churches and synagogues where they were praying for Muslims. While all the time we curse them, and teach our generations to call them infidels, and to hate them.

We immediately jump in a ‘knee jerk reflex’ to defend Prophet Mohammad when someone accuses him of being a pedophile while, at the same time, we are proud with the story in our Islamic books, that he married a young girl seven years old (Aisha) when he was above 50 years old.

I am sad to say that many, if not most of us, rejoiced in happiness after September 11th and after many other terror attacks.

Muslims denounce these attacks to look good in front of the media, but we condone the Islamic terrorists and sympathise with their cause. Till now our ‘reputable’ top religious authorities have never issued a Fatwa or religious statement to proclaim Bin Laden as an apostate, while an author, like Rushdie, was declared an apostate who should be killed according to Islamic Shariia law just for writing a book criticizing Islam.

Muslims demonstrated to get more religious rights as we did in France to stop the ban on the Hejab (Head Scarf), while we did not demonstrate with such passion and in such numbers against the terrorist murders.

It is our absolute silence against the terrorists that gives the energy to these terrorists to continue doing their evil acts. We Muslims need to stop blaming our problems on others or on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. As a matter of honesty, Israel is the only light of democracy, civilization, and human rights in the whole Middle East .

We kicked out the Jews with no compensation or mercy from most of the Arab countries to make them “Jews-Free countries” while Israel accepted more than a million Arabs to live there, have its nationality, and enjoy their rights as human beings. In Israel , women can not be beaten legally by men, and any person can change his/her belief system with no fear of being killed by the Islamic law of ‘Apostasy,’ while in our Islamic world people do not enjoy any of these rights. I agree that the ‘Palestinians’ suffer, but they suffer because of their corrupt leaders and not because of Israel .

It is not common to see Arabs who live in Israel leaving to live in the Arab world. On the other hand, we used to see thousands of Palestinians going to work with happiness in Israel , its ‘enemy’. If Israel treats Arabs badly as some people claim, surely we would have seen the opposite happening.

We Muslims need to admit our problems and face them. Only then we can treat them and start a new era to live in harmony with human mankind. Our religious leaders have to show a clear and very strong stand against polygamy, pedophilia,slavery, killing those who convert from Islam to other religions, beating of women by men, and declaring wars on non-Muslims to spread Islam.

Then, and only then, do we have the right to ask others to respect our religion. The time has come to stop our hypocrisy and say it openly: ‘We Muslims have to Change’.

Tawfik Hamid

Dr. Tawfik Hamid is an Islamic thinker and reformer, and one time Islamic extremist from Egypt. He was a member of a terrorist Islamic organization Jamaa Islamiya with Dr. Ayman Al-Zawahiri, who later became the second in command of Al-Qaeda. Some twenty-five years ago, Dr. Hamid recognized the threat of radical Islam and the need for a reformation based upon modern peaceful interpretations of classical Islamic core texts. Dr. Hamid provided a fresh and theologically valid interpretation for the Quran to counterbalance the radical teaching.

As the Daily Express (UK) mentioned, “Dr. Hamid has predicted the attacks on the twin towers, Madrid and London.” After September 11, Dr. Hamid decided to speak out through western broadcast and print media. He has appeared on shows spanning the spectrum from CNN to Fox News, and his articles and Op-Ed pieces have appeared in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, and the Jerusalem Post. Dr. Hamid’s exceptional knowledge ofthe jihadi mindset has caused him to be invited as a guest speaker at private and governmental fora around the world. Dr. Hamid has a unique insight into the minds of radical terrorists and wants to share ways in which he can positively influence their way of thinking and end their violent actions.

Dr. Hamid, who is also known as Tarek Abdelhamid, has a medical degree in internal medicine and a Master’s degree in cognitive psychology and educational techniques. Currently Dr. Hamid is a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and President of the Global Movement Against Radical Islam. Dr. Hamid is also the author of Inside Jihad.

November 27, 2010 | 10 Comments »

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  1. Mr. Hamid: I’ve seen you speak before, and you are a wonderful human being. But how many people are you reaching? Why aren’t you on TV, being interviewed by popular personalities? You’d be working against Shariah; you’d be in danger of being killed by your own people. As a Muslim (if you can still be), work more to be heard, and encourage the quiet ones to speak out against Sharia and for Israel; speak out against the proposed Caliphate and Ground Zero mosque. Those who are quiet and don’t speak out against Islam’s expansionism and violence, are quite immaterial to the cause of peace.

  2. Tawfik and Thinker you have the opportunity to get 10 million or more Muslims together to confront this evil – and, it is evil -. Numbers are essential. You may find it difficult to accept but time is running-out for any moderate Muslims to come out of the closet and act NOW or as it’s said ‘forever hold your tongue’. WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH. Take courage and do it NOW.

  3. you should check out this group…you will be delighted with a multitude of like thinkers!

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  4. Thank you. It is a lonely business being an outspoken moderate Muslim. Thank you for your courage and insight. There is a new book out called ” the Jew is not my enemy” by Tarek Fatah, also a moderate Muslim, who decided to speak out after the Mumbai attacks on Chabad, which was their mission. the hotel attack was only to get world attention. He says that the west must wake up and realize that we are rolling out the red carpet for the same people that he tried to get away from when his family immigrated to the west many years ago.

  5. The clash of civilisation began long ago; when evil began challenging the Almighty God. When Abraham disowned Ishmael as per God’s Instructions, and sent him, and his mother Hagar away, the division, and hate was instilled in muslims against Jews ever since.
    Islam is a brutal, primitive, and dominating political movement. Any god, who demands that his followers murder those who do not follow this twisted ideology couldn’t possibly be decent. The beheading, cutting of hands, and feet, stoning of women, hanging of youth etc..is the fruit of this twisted, and perverse teachings. It belongs in the stoneage, not in the modern world.The God whom provides me guidance, is a loving God! He condems anyone judging others, or cause pain, and suffering..contrary to what islam preaches.

  6. Yamit, you said,

    The question is, “based on his criticisms of Islam, …he still wants to be a Muslim?”

    Answer this:

    The question is, “based on their criticisms of Judaism, Jews still want to be a Jews?”

    You know the answer to both questions, perfectly well.

  7. The question is based on his criticisms of Islam why he still wants to be a Muslim. It’s not like he has no other options. I think he should consult a shrink.