I was in the Muslim community for 20 years of my life and only now that I am an ExMuslim have I discovered “real” Islam.
If you are wondering how I discovered real Islam well you have to ask the many Muslims that love telling me:
“You weren’t taught the Real Islam.”
“You weren’t a Real Muslim.”
“That isn’t the Real Islam.”
Oh wait. You can’t. Because not a single Muslim knows what Real Islam is but they are all obsessed with talking about it. Now you would think that given there is about 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, at least one of them would know what Real Islam is.
Muslims often use the Real Islam line when they are trying to preach whether it be telling an ExMuslim that their parents taught them the wrong “version” Islam or disregarding the atrocities that are being committed in the name of Allah, Muhammad and the Quran. Unfortunately Muslims tend to not realise that ExMuslims are the ones who truly understand the Real Islam. They are the ones that have questioned, studied and analysed the very books that Muslims regard as being all holy and unquestionable.
It is almost impossible as an ExMuslim to express your opinion let alone debate with the average Muslim without them using the Real Islam line. It is as though all Muslims are given a handbook on what to say when they can’t think of anything to say.
So what is the Real Islam? Is it the Islam that supports the perpetration against others? Is it the Islam that strips the rights away from individuals? Is it the Islam that allows slavery? Is it the Islam that promotes inequality between the sexes? Is it the Islam that proclaims death to the person who questions Allah’s Words? Is it the Islam that orders the death of a gay person?
Because no matter what way you look at it, all Muslims believe in the Quran. Oh they give fluff about interpretations, translations and a few other ations, but when you are having an ayat that says KAFAR, JAHANAM and JIHAD in the same sentence, I don’t see how you can really screw up the translations.
I have read many different interpretations and translations of the Quran and a good example was when I was reading the Quran in English, I read a few different translations and the meanings are interchangeable between them.
Sahih International: They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.
Pickthall: They long that ye should disbelieve even as they disbelieve, that ye may be upon a level (with them). So choose not friends from them till they forsake their homes in the way of Allah; if they turn back (to enmity) then take them and kill them wherever ye find them, and choose no friend nor helper from among them,
Yusuf Ali: They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks;-
WAIT. IS THIS ONE OF THOSE WESTERN SLASH YAHOODI CONSPIRACIES ALL THE MUSLIMS TALK ABOUT?
You want to know what i find ironic, is that when a westerner reads the Quran in English and they become Muslim no one tells them the interpretations, translation or other ations are incorrect.
WHY THE DOUBLE STANDARDS HUH?