Iran’s Supreme Leader to Western youth: “Think for yourself!”

Don't believe the propaganda - study Islam without preconceptions

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Introduction by Kevin Barrett, Veterans Today Editor

I am honored to publish today’s message to Western young people from Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who urges Western young people not to succumb to the islamophobic conditioning of their societies, but instead to think for themselves.

Some readers may be surprised to hear an Islamic leader urging free thought. In the West, it is usually assumed that “freethinkers” are opposed to religion. Today’s Western orthodoxy holds that religion and free thought are always at loggerheads. This perspective dominates our schools and universities, where people like Galileo, Voltaire and Darwin are lionized for battling the censorship of the church.

But this perspective is limited and misleading, for two reasons.

First, the actual history of the relationship between science and religion in the West is completely different from the “heroic freethinking atheists vs. blinkered fundamentalists” myth. In reality, the vast majority of the West’s great thinkers were deeply religious men who were inspired to do their great thinking by religion. Western science was built mainly by Christians who wanted to know God by better understanding His creation. (And these Christians were standing on foundations largely built by Muslims, who had made the mathematical breakthroughs, such as the invention of algebra, that made modern science possible.)

Second, to the limited extent that there really was a battle between science and religion in the West,  nothing remotely similar has happened anywhere else, least of all in the Islamic world. Historically, Muslims have had very few objections to scientific pursuits or discoveries. Heliocentrism? No problem from Islam’s perspective. Evolution? The debate (like the evidence) is mixed, but Muslims are not knee-jerk opponents of all such lines of inquiry. Quantum theory? It sure looks like proof of Divine Unity (tawhid), and maybe even wahdat al-wujud (Unity of Creation) as well.

Indeed, the Qur’an seems almost miraculously compatible with modern science, as Dr. Maurice Bucaille among others has noted.

And then there is the issue of possible extraterrestrial intelligence, which some believe is being withheld from humanity in order to prevent religious people from being shocked. In fact, few Muslims would be shocked by the news that earth is being visited not only by angels and djinn, but perhaps by other varieties of insaan (humanity, loosely defined) as well. After all, the Qur’an calls God “rabb al-alameen,” “Lord of the Worlds” – the word worlds is emphatically plural.

Westerners capable of dropping their preconceptions, stepping outside the propaganda bubble, and looking at Islam with a “beginner’s mind” (and then using their critical intelligence, al-‘aql, as the Qur’an urges) are likely to be astonished at how different the reality is from the derogatory image we’re all being force-fed 24/7/365 by the media.

Here is the Supreme Leader’s message to Western young people. Please pass it on to any young people you may know.

-KB

 

Message of Ayatullah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Leader of The Islamic Republic of Iran

To the Youth of Europe and North America

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent the Merciful

Recent events in France and similar ones in some other Western countries have convinced me to talk to you directly about them. I am addressing you [the youth], not because I overlook your parents; rather it is because the future of your nations and countries will be in your hands, and also I find that the sense of quest for truth is more vigorous and attentive in your hearts.

I don’t address your politicians and statesmen in this message because I believe they have consciously separated the route of politics from the path of righteousness and truth.

I would like to talk to you about Islam, particularly the image that is presented to you as Islam. Many attempts have been made over the past two decades, almost since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, to place this great religion in the seat of a horrifying enemy. The provocation of a feeling of horror and hatred and its utilization has unfortunately a long record in the political history of the West.

Here, I don’t want to deal with the different phobias with which Western nations have thus far been indoctrinated. A cursory review of recent critical studies of history would bring home to you the fact that the Western governments’ insincere and hypocritical treatment of other nations and cultures has been censured in new historiographies.

The histories of the United States and Europe are today full of shame for practicing slavery, embarrassed by the colonial period and the oppression of people of color and non-Christians. Your researchers and historians are deeply ashamed of the bloodshed wrought in the name of religion between Catholics and Protestants or in the name of nationality and ethnicity during the First and Second World Wars. This approach is admirable.

By mentioning a fraction of this long list, I don’t want to reproach history; rather I would like you to ask your intellectuals as to why the public conscience in the West awakens and comes to its senses after a delay of several decades or centuries. Why should the revision of collective conscience apply to the distant past but not to current problems? Why is it that attempts are made to prevent public awareness regarding an important issue such as the treatment of Islamic culture and thought?

You know well that humiliation and spreading hatred and illusionary fear of the “Other” have been the common base of all those oppressive profiteers. I would like you to ask yourself why the old policy of spreading “phobia” and hatred has targeted Islam and Muslims with unprecedented intensity. Why does the power structure in the world want Islamic thought to be marginalized and remain latent? What concepts and values in Islam disturb the programs of the super powers and what interests are safeguarded in the shadow of distorting the image of Islam?

 

Hence, my first request is: Study and research the incentives behind this widespread tarnishing of the image of Islam.

My second request is that in reaction to the flood of prejudgments and disinformation campaigns, try to gain a direct and firsthand knowledge of this religion. The right logic requires that you understand the nature and essence of what they are scaring you about and want you to keep away from.

I don’t insist that you accept my reading or any other reading of Islam. What I want to say is: Don’t allow this dynamic and effective reality in today’s world to be introduced to you through resentments and prejudices. Don’t allow them to hypocritically introduce their own recruited terrorists as representatives of Islam.

Receive knowledge of Islam from its primary and original sources. Gain information about Islam through the Qur’an and the life of its great Prophet. I would like to ask you whether you have directly read the Qur’an that Muslims follow. Have you studied the teachings of the Prophet of Islam and his humane, ethical doctrines? Have you ever received the message of Islam from any sources other than the media?

Have you ever asked yourself how and on the basis of which values has Islam established the greatest scientific and intellectual civilization of the world and raised the most distinguished scientists and intellectuals throughout many centuries?

I would like you not to allow the derogatory and offensive image-buildings to create an emotional gulf between you and the reality, taking away the possibility of an impartial judgment from you. Today, the communication media have removed the geographical borders. Hence, don’t allow them to besiege you with fabricated and mental borders.

Although no one can individually fill the gaps thus created, each one of you can construct a bridge of thought and fairness over these gaps to illuminate yourself and your surrounding environment. While this preplanned challenge between Islam and you—the youth—is undesirable, it can raise new questions in your curious and inquiring minds. Attempts to find answers to these questions will provide you with an appropriate opportunity to discover new truths.

Therefore, don’t miss the opportunity to gain proper, correct and unbiased understanding of Islam so that hopefully, due to your sense of responsibility toward the truth, future generations would write the history of this current interaction between Islam and the West with a clearer conscience and lesser resentment.

Seyyed Ali Khamenei

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33 Responses to "Iran’s Supreme Leader to Western youth: “Think for yourself!”"

  1. Mohammad hossein Golikani  January 27, 2015 at 11:44 am

    (36-58)

  2. Mohammad hossein Golikani  January 27, 2015 at 11:43 am

    [And] “Peace,” a word from a Merciful Lord.

  3. Mohammad hossein Golikani  January 27, 2015 at 11:42 am

    when Ayatollah urged you to read Quran,he meant all of them!!!not just some part of that
    You just choosed some verses (that I swear I have theirs replies,which is proffession and based on some other belives about world which now you even don’t know what they are!!!) from each part of that book which displays Islam a harsh relegion….have you ever seen these verses? so why are you silent about them?
    1-And when those come to you who believe in Our verses, say, “Peace be upon you. Your Lord has decreed upon Himself mercy: that any of you who does wrong out of ignorance and then repents after that and corrects himself – indeed, He is Forgiving and Merciful.(6-54)
    2-http://quran.com/images/ayat_retina/19_15.png
    And peace be upon him(jesus) the day he was born and the day he dies and the day he is raised alive.(19-15)
    3-[ Editor’s note: VT Policy – Only one link per comment, please ]
    And when they hear ill speech, they turn away from it and say, “For us are our deeds, and for you are your deeds. Peace will be upon you; we seek not the ignorant.”(28-55)
    4- [And] “Peace,” a word from a Merciful Lord.(36-58)

    and many many others which you can easily search and find them!
    but you don’t!! because of you are not such brave to change!

  4. Mohammad hossein Golikani  January 27, 2015 at 11:09 am

    You mentioned some verses and Hadith ( which your translation and interpret were false, because of you just copied the single verse and didn’t looked to the verses before and after!!!)
    let me do so
    1- Questing knowledge is necessitous on both men and women!!! ( mesbah o’sharah-chapter 5-about sciensee-page 13)
    2- the most used word in quran is
    1- “knowledge” !!
    2- “wisdom”!!
    3-…….
    which you never guess that!!!

    yes,
    The great muslim’s civilization was made because of Islam courses!!!
    not because of Greeks,Romans,Egypts or even Iranians!!!

  5. Mohammad hossein Golikani  January 27, 2015 at 10:54 am

    1- except Algebra and “Qanoon” laws of “Abou Ali Sina” which is really invented by muslims and of corse so many others(which you can refer to cambridge sciense history to understand) , yes, many of scienses have root in Greeks and Iran and India!!!!!
    but I will ask you a question:
    didn’t Horde attacked Islam?
    so why couldn’t they gain sciense from muslims and fund and develop that?
    we had many wars against great civilians in world’s history……which were destructive and attacker didn’t gain attacked sciense!!! let alone to the developing!!!!
    but why Islam were successful in producing sciense based on ancient civilians????
    It is expressive!!!
    Because ot its courses about sciense and knowledge!!!

    you yourself know many wars which were not resulted “knowledge developing”

  6. Mohammad hossein Golikani  January 27, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Alex
    I am an iranian boy and I can’t speak and of corse English very well……..
    Your ideas about islam broke my heart (and surely many others) deeply….
    not only because of offensing my belives…..no!!!
    but also because of imaging me a fool which can’t understand true and false in his belives!!!
    dear Alex why did you think that our brain is incapable of understanding such thissimple things????
    let me answer to you;because of medias displayed us foolish people!!! and it is exactly what ayatollah mentioned
    this thought which may been “new” for you is old practiced for us!!!
    your dominant media have release these thoughts since two centuries ago!!!! and we are more acquaintance of these views more than who ever thought!!!!
    we are not silly Alex!!!!

    excuse me
    not only we are not,but also you are those fool guys!!!!
    I have so many reasons for that which I don’t discuss here
    now I just answer to your doubts about Islam
    wish….wish…..whish I was predominate on English!!!!
    Wish my claims would have benn heared……

  7. Alireza Khosravi  January 27, 2015 at 7:12 am

    I agree with you,”He is a honest and wise leader” and I wish all the best to you Thanks for your answer Dr Barrett. 🙂

  8. Alireza Khosravi  January 26, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Hi Dr Barrett
    I read your Post About Seyyed Ali Khamenei and his message.
    I want to know why do you Support him? And Why do you call him ” man of integrity” ?

    I’m an Iranian and i want to know How do you know our leader?

    Thanks Prof.

    • Kevin Barrett  January 27, 2015 at 5:35 am

      How does one determine whether any leader of any country is a person of integrity, or not? In most cases the lack of integrity is obvious. Most world leaders are not even trying to hide the fact that they are pawns of the satanic bankster empire, which uses threats, bribes, and blackmail (often involving pedophilia set-ups) to control them. In the case of world leaders who stand against the bankster empire, such as Hugo Chavez, Vladimir Putin, and the Supreme Leader of Iran, the presumption must be that they are taking this difficult and dangerous path because they are trying to do the right thing for their people, which speaks well for their integrity.

      In the case of Iran, I have read perhaps a half-dozen books about that nation, all written by Westerners, and have been following news reports from various sources. I have also visited Iran three times in the past two years and spoken with many Iranians from different outlooks. (Here is an interview I did with an anti-government Iranian exile, toward the end of which I argued against her apparent desire to turn Tehran into another LA style Sodom: http://noliesradio.org/archives/77721 ). My conclusion is that the Islamic Republic should be a model for other Muslim countries, which would be very lucky to find a leader with the wisdom and integrity of the current Supreme Leader of Iran.

  9. amir irani  January 24, 2015 at 1:03 am

    and thanks to the doctor Barrett

  10. amir irani  January 24, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Islam is complete and save.
    Prophets of God before his disgrace the Prophet Muhammad – Peace be upon him – continued to elevate the sequel to a good man
    Jesus and Moses were the messengers of the Lord of the universe and the end of the holy Prophet Muhammad completed and he followed his brother Ali, – that Dorud of Allah on him – and Brhqsh children (Imam, and the star in the sky eleven of conductivity) did and Were employed to guide humanity.
    The path continues to the last survivor of the family of Imam Mahdi sky – that it manifests almost certainly wind continues and eventually the creation of intelligent beings other than humans and other rescue from the clutches of Satan and the demons will not.
    فارسی(Persian):
    اسلام دینی کامل و نجات بخش است.
    حضرت محمد رسول خدا – که درود خدا بر او باد – ادامه دهنده راه پیامبران پیش از خود در راستای تعالی و عاقبت به خیری انسان است
    حضرت عیسی مسیح و حضرت موسی پیام آورانی بودن از جانب پروردگار هستی بخش و حضرت محمد تکمیل کننده و پایان بخش راه آسمانی ایشان بود و بعد از او نیز برادرش علی – که درود خدا بر او باد – و فرزندان برحقش ( یازده امام و ستاره آسمان هدایت ) چنین کردند و به هدایت انسان مشغول شدند.
    راهی که همچنان توسط آخرین بازمانده آن خاندان آسمانی حضرت امام مهدی – که ظهورش نزدیک باد ـ ادامه دارد و یقینا سرانجامی جز نجات انسان و دیگر مخلوقات هوشمند آفرینش از چنگال ابلیس و شیاطین نخواهد داشت.

  11. majidpcs5  January 24, 2015 at 12:40 am

    Greetings
    An important question is ambiguous and
    If insulting the prophet of mercy and compassion, freedom of expression is treated as a comment on the issue would be considered false imprisonment Holocaust

    But in this case (the Holocaust) is another means of expression that we fail to recognize the

    Shame on the liars in the world after the speech of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon the Prophet, peace and love!
    Thanks to the doctor Barrett

  12. Tom Jones  January 23, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I am really sorry for calling yourself a defender of freedom of expression. If you had been an iranian and had lived in iran and had tried to speak your mind, your tooth would have been broken and you would have been thrown into jail. most of these comments in support of your ridiculous call on youth in the west to read Quran are made by cyber soldiers of ayatolah. if you believe in freedom of expression, then you should post my comment.

    • Amin Nassim  January 23, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      Dear Mr. Jones, this is the expression of an Iranian young boy, the first thing that came to my mind after reading your comment was that, how assured you talk about my country!

      You might’ve been to Iran before but It’s been 25 years that I’m living here and I can reassure you it’s not that tough to live in here. The media and it’s propaganda are really effective and they are trying to disrepute Islam and accordingly Iran duo to being an Islamic state.

      I invite you to come to my country and enjoy being with our people under the safety that our government provides. You’ll find it a resort.

    • Amirabadi  January 23, 2015 at 11:39 pm

      Why you are angry Mr Jones? I think that You didn’t want to think about Islam and Iran. At the first you must know us “do research yourself” then you can say everything you want.
      Good Luck

    • Kevin Barrett  January 24, 2015 at 5:26 am

      I’ve been to Iran three times in the past two years. It seems like a much freer society than the USA. Anti-government taxi drivers speak out forcefully (so do pro-government ones). In New York or Chicago or even Madison WI cab drivers are mostly afraid to blast the US government the way they did pre-9/11.

      All of the spoiled rich secularist creeps in North Tehran have free run of the place and criticize the government to their hearts’ content, even though they’re stooges of a hostile foreign power (USrael) that’s dedicated to overthrowing Iran’s Constitution and installing another puppet dictatorship like the Shah.

      Security at Iranian airports is much friendlier and more relaxed than at US airports. The same goes with everywhere else in Iran with government security forces. And this is in a country that really DOES have a terrorism problem – unlike the US, where you’re more likely to get hit by lightning than killed by a terrorist.

      I wandered freely through the streets of Tehran without being bothered or followed by the kind of mukhabarat spies who used to tail me in US-puppet-state Morocco when I was doing doctoral research there. (The mukhabarat goon who tailed me around Rabat spoke perfect English, bragged that he had been trained by Americans, and told me I should stay in Morocco so my kids could work for the CIA!) These guys disappear and torture people with the help of the CIA and Mossad.

  13. mhmarefat  January 23, 2015 at 4:41 am

    SECOND EVIDENCE-> At what age Ayeshe converted to Islam?
    From famous historical evidences(*), Ayeshe and her sister converted to Islam at first-third years of “Besat” when she was a “minor” at age 6-7. So if Ayeshe was 8-9 when she married Prophet during first or second year of Hegira (which is tweleve years after Besat), she could never been even alive in first-third years of Besat.
    *Ibn Hesham the famous historian and author of the infamous historic book “Al-Sira Al-Nabaviah”(The Way The Prophet Lived) confirmed this in his book, vol 2, page 92.
    *”Al-Tahdhib Al-Asma’ va Al-Loghat” by Al-Nawawi, Vol 2, page 615
    *”Al-Bad’ va Al-Tarikh” (The Beginning and History) by Al-Muqaddasi, Vol 4, Page 143

    Conclusion: By historical evidences, Ayeshe converted to Islam at minor age at first, second or third year of Besat. Besat + 12 = Hegira. -> If Ayeshe converted to Islam at age 5-7, she was at least 5+12 or 7+12 years old at first or second year of Hegira (when she married Prophet of Islam).

    There are even more strong evidences proving Ayeshe was at least 17 when she married Prophet of Islam. Alas I’ll right no more. Search for yourself if you are indeed in search of truth.
    Other nonsenses you spout (like ‘Muslims praying to stones’) are outdated ignoromous sayings of enemies of Islam to pathetically attempt to accuse some of Muslims to be infidels. Feel free to investigate yourself.

  14. mhmarefat  January 23, 2015 at 4:41 am

    More evidences regarding the age of Ayeshe and her sister:
    عمده القاری شرح صحیح بخاری، ج2، ص 93؛ الـاصابه فی تمییز الصحابه، ج7، ص487؛ الـاستیعاب فی معرفه الـاصحاب، ج4، ص1783؛ الوافی بالوافیات، ج9، ص36؛ سنن البیهقی الکبری، ج4، ص204؛ سیرأعلـام النبلـاء، ج2، ص289؛ البدایه و النهایه ابن کثیر دمشقی، ج8، ص346- 345، مرقاه المفاتیح شرح مشکاه المصابیح، ج1، ص331؛ سبل السلـام شرح بلوغ المرام من ادله الـاحکام، ج1، ص39.
    All of the mentioned historical books prove that Ayeshe was ten years younger than her sister.

    Ayeshe’s sister death date: Year seventy three of Hegira at age 100.(supported by infinite number of historical evidences).
    Ayeshe and Prophet of Islam marriage date: First or Second year of Hegira (supported by infinite number of historical evidences).

    Ayeshe’s sister was 27 in first year of Hegira (100-73=27). Ayeshe was 10 years younger than her sister. -> Ayeshe was 17 when she married Prophet of Islam.

  15. mhmarefat  January 23, 2015 at 4:40 am

    At age 56, prophet married Ayeshe when she was 17-18 not 7-8 (proven so by historical evidences). The historical sources the likes of you refer to to prove this pathetic lies of yours are one of the most distorted and falsified sources that were engineered during the reign of “Bani Umayeh” (the bloodthirsty enemies of Prophet and his household even during his life who MURDERED prophet’s grandsons and their sons after them).
    Many evidences prove that the falsified historical evidences of prophet marrying Ayeshe at age 8 is originated during “Bani Umayeh” era.
    FIRST EVIDENCE-> Ayeshe’s sister: She was ten years older than her. First year of Hegira, she was 27, and during year of 73 of Hegira she died, at age 100. Evidences in arabic:
    1) الطبرانی، سلیمان بن احمد بن ایوب ابوالقاسم، المعجم الکبیر، ج24، ص77، مکتبه الزهرا، الموصل، 1404هـ.
    2) ابن عساکر الدمشقی الشافعی، ابی القاسم علی بن الحسن ابن هبه الله بن عبدالله، تاریخ مدینه دمشق و ذکر فضلها و تسمیه من حلها من الأماثل، ج69، ص9، دالفکر، بیروت، 1995م.
    3) الجزری، عزالدین بن الـاثیر ابن الحسن علی بن محمد، أسد الغابه فی معرفه الصحابه، ج7، ص11، دارإحیا، التراث العربی، بیروت، لبنان، الطبعه الـاولی، 1417هـ.
    4) النووی، ابوزکریا یحیی بن شرف بن مری، تهذیب الـاسما و اللغات، ج2، ص598، دارالنشر: دارالفکر، بیروت، 1996م.
    5) الهیثمی، ابوالحسن علی بن ابی بکر، مجمع الزوائد و منبع الفوائد، ج9، ص260، دارالریان للتراث، القاهره، 1407هـ.
    6) العسقلـانی الشافعی، احمدبن علی بن حجر ابوالفضل، تقریب التهذیب، ج1، ص743، دارالرشید، سوریا، الطبعه الـاولی، 1406هـ

  16. mhmarefat  January 23, 2015 at 4:40 am

    @Alexander
    Comparing Jesus Christ (peace be upon him) to Prophet of Islam so blindly just proves you have absolutely no knowledge about the history of Islam. You need to take some courses on ‘Logic’.
    Prophet of Islam was widely accepted and followed by Arabs. Had he chosen to not ‘wage wars’ to people who were holding swords in their hands to eliminate him and all of his followers sounds so foolish to me. But you already know as much, you’re just blinded by hatred.

    Many of his marriages were with women who had lost their husbands during wars and no one would’ve protected them. This filthy, pathetic lie you spread about marrying with a 8 years old proves beyond the shadow of doubt you have had zero investigation about Islam.
    Prophet of Islam was 25 (or 28) years old when chose his first wife, Khadijah who was 40 years old. Khadijah was prophet’s only wife for 23 years and he never married another while she was alive. When she passed to another world, prophet’s age was more than 40 years old. By no logic we can accuse the holy prophet of Islam, who chose a 40 years old wife for ’23’ years, to be under shadow of lust. Had it been otherwise, why choose a woman of age forty for 23 years and ignore all the young women?

  17. Estipi  January 22, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Thank you, Kevin B, for presenting the Ayatullah’s message of sanity.

    And thank you for the reading suggestions, regarding the Qur’an, and for reading about the Prophet.

    And thanks to mhmarefat for those interesting and informing comments.

    Sam

  18. mhmarefat  January 22, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Thank you Dr.Barrett for this great article. I hope this open letter somehow reach every thinking individual in West. Thank you VT.

  19. mhmarefat  January 22, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    “Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational dogmas, of a cult without images; the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire, that is Muhammad. As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?”
    [Lamartine, HISTOIRE DE LA TURQUIE, Paris, 1854, Vol. II, pp. 276-277.]

    “He must be called the Savior of Humanity. I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it much needed peace and happiness.”
    [The Genuine Islam, Singapore, Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936]

    There are infinite unbelievable true stories you can read in history books about how Prophet of Islam treated his ENEMIES. There has been no man in entire creation like him.
    If you are really in search of ‘truth’, “There is enough light for one who wants to see”.
    If you are playing asleep and don’t want to be awaken, get the hell out of here.

  20. mhmarefat  January 22, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    You have never read unbiased sources about Prophet of Islam your entire life. When you were “investigating” about Prophet of Islam, did you by any chance come into these sources which are NON-MUSLIM:

    Encyclopedia Britannica, Vol. 12:
    (Regarding Muhammad) “… a mass of detail in the early sources shows that he was an honest and upright man who had gained the respect and loyalty of others who were likewise honest and upright men.”

    Michael H. Hart, “The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History.”:
    “My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world’s most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular level.”

    Reverend R. Bosworth-Smith wrote in “Mohammed & Mohammedanism”:
    “Head of the state as well as the Church, he was Caesar and Pope in one; but, he was pope without the pope’s claims, and Caesar without the legions of Caesar, without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without a palace, without a fixed revenue. If ever any man had the right to say that he ruled by a Right Divine, it was Mohammad, for he had all the power without instruments and without its support. He cared not for dressing of power. The simplicity of his private life was in keeping with his public life.”

  21. mhmarefat  January 22, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Every single verse, hadith and sayings you hear about ‘killing the unbelievers” (basic Jihad) is about the unbelievers who ARE trying to ELIMINATE ISLAM or DOING CORRUPTION IN LANDS (injustice and cruelty to people) AND HAVE ALREADY BEGAN THE WAR AGAINST ISLAM. Show me one contradiction.

    The Advanced Jihad which means attacking countries that are worshiping anyone but one true God, is doable ONLY if there is an united Islamic nation WITH a decree from an ACCEPTED LEADER BY ALL OF THE MUSLIMS. Do you see such a nation currently in the world? No.

    Q. Did ‘the Prophet’ engage in sex with minors?
    A: Never.

    Q: Did ‘the Prophet’ slaughter and kill in the name of his ‘religion’?
    A: During 23 YEARS, only 1036 people died. ( they were the unbelievers who HAD ALREADY STARTED THE WAR AGAINST GOD AND HIS PROPHET) ( Comparison to MODERN “Civilization” of West : Q: How many people died in WWI and WWII? A: Above 90 Millions) (Q: How many died in total American Wars? A: 30 Millions) (Q: How many died in crusades? A: 10 Millions)
    (Out of the total number of around 160 million dead, more than 135 million have been killed in or by countries that are now the five big powers of the world, namely China, US, UK, France and Russia. The killings by or in Muslim countries form a very small percentage of the total killings despite the fact that Muslims form about one fifths of the world population. Community-wise, 90 percent of violence has involved Christians, Buddhists and atheists.)

  22. mhmarefat  January 22, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    @Alexander
    Qur’an 8:12- “I will cast terror…”
    This verse was sent to Muslims DURING war. God says, during war do not hesitate.

    Please explain to me how “they are from them” is equal to “slay them all”?
    Also I thought you said you’re going STRAIGHT to the Qur’an?
    Qur’an (5:32): “…whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely…”

    The Commander of The Faithful, Imam Ali (Prophet’s cousin. Nearest person to prophet of Islam from his childhood) gave the following orders to his soldiers before battle: “do not attack those who have surrendered, do not injure the disabled and weak, do not assault the wounded, do not excite women and do not make them angry with rude behaviour even if they use harsh and insulting words against your commander and officers because they are physically and mentally weak and get excited easily and frightened quickly. During the days of the Holy Prophet (peace of Allah be upon him and his descendants) we had strict orders not to touch, molest or insult women though they were unbelievers. Even in pre-Islamic days it was the custom that if a man struck a woman even with a stick or a stone, the revenge had to be taken by his sons and descendants.” (Nahjul Balagha, Letter 14).

  23. Kevin Barrett  January 22, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    If you want the closest approximation to the truth about the life of the Prophet Muhammad, peace upon him, read Martin Lings: http://www.amazon.com/Muhammad-Life-Based-Earliest-Sources/dp/1594771537 If you don’t want the truth, go away and spread your hate propaganda somewhere else. Further obscene insults to revered religious figures will be considered trolling and you will be permanently ejected from VT.

  24. arlequin  January 22, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    are you using roman numbers or arabians?
    plato and socrates were translated to english from greek or arab?
    do you have any idea which was the the only state where jews-christians-muslims lived and flourished together in the middle age, till the inquisition came (with many ‘self-hater’ convert jews)?
    bla-bla-bla
    ‘pityful you are truly’ – said master yodato a sith in star wars episode 13
    bet you cant enjoy a good snore in the afternoon… such waste of time writing to a pot whose homework is not ready at all and is hiding intentions to dodge reason.
    go and learn humility

  25. Kevin Barrett  January 22, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    These are not adequate translations, and they are taken out of context. If you want to understand the Qur’an, you need to read the whole thing, watch out for misleading translations, and keep an eye on the context. Start with Michael Sells “Approaching the Qur’an,” the best introduction by far. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it from Sells, read a decent translation with commentary, such as an older Yusuf Ali Qur’an complete with the commentary in footnotes. (The Saudis have censored the more recent Yusuf Ali Quran/commentaries, so I like to read an old 1940s version I found in a used bookstore.)

    Once you get to know the Qur’an you can start studying the Ahadith, which are definitely secondary, by a long shot, to Qur’an itself. Though I haven’t really studied them yet, my impression is that you can find support for a wide range of positions by cherry-picking Ahadith. So these, too, need to be studied as an ensemble and in context.

    Spreading misleading cherry-picked tidbits, in an attempt to defend your preconceptions and defame something you know nothing about, is unworthy of you. Use your God-given intelligence and investigate with an open mind.

    Personally, I came to Islam after insulting it very much like you have done here…and then realizing that I was attacking something I didn’t really understand. The shame I felt when I realized this led me to investigate with an open mind, and discover I had been wrong.

  26. arlequin  January 22, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    peace
    hey, kevin!
    you filled a gap. many more to do, but this is surely one point.
    ayatullah khamenei is a reasonable man. thanks god for all!

  27. almostvoid  January 22, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Monotheism in its 3 evil incarnations has gone toxic. Been that for centuries at least. It has gone by its use-by-date. All 3 are no longer fit for human consumption.
    This is pure brainwashing what Iran wants to palm off on the future generations
    What will be good is sex-drugs-music-culture-individualistic creativity. Oh and booze of course. [how could I forget that!]

    • Kevin Barrett  January 22, 2015 at 4:35 am

      Sex-drugs-rocknroll hasn’t gone toxic, it always was, but some of us baby boomers took awhile to figure it out. A whole lot of young people these days are smarter than we were.

      PS Thank you for exemplifying “preconceptions.”

  28. nephew of empty sky  January 21, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    It seems what he says is logical and down to earth, a good wakeup call from Zionist slumber. thank you Dr Barrett.

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