Friday, January 29, 2010

The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion - Robert Spencer (Audiobook + E-book)

In this startling new book, New York Times bestselling author Robert Spencer, provides a warts-and-all portrait of the Prophet of Islam and draws out what his life implies for reforming Islam and repulsing Islamic terrorists. Spencer relies solely on primary sources considered reliable by Muslims and evaluates modern biographies to show how Muhammad has been changed for Western audiences, lulling them into consoling but false conclusions. Amazon

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Saud said...

Before I speak I need to give a background about myself.
I am an atheist; however I am An Arab and until 5 years ago, was very religious.

Now allow me to give a feedback on this book.

I will start with the summery, it is very clear that this book was written with an agenda in mind, hard right wing political agenda.
Now I am not trying to convert you to Islam or whatever, I am just saying that this book handpicked the worst and harshest stories you can find in Islamic history to highlight and elaborate about it

At the end. Islamic civilization just like any civilization had the good the bad and the ugly, keeping in mind that there is no such thing as holy or divine,

If you want to know more about Mohammed, you need to read about Arabs before Islam, their culture, and happiest, their life’s and customs, and history in order to understand how Mohammed acts. Once you put Mohammed behavior in this context it will make sense
Otherwise judging Mohammed with 21st century standers is totally unfair.
You will find parallel to Mohammed actions in Christianity and Judaism, keep in mind Mohammed was not only a prophet he was a political leader and supreme army General that what’s makes him special in history.
Just like any other man in history at Mohammed is just a man.

Now the sole porpoise of this books so to show you how blood thirsty Muslims are and to freighting you to take Israel side, while in reality, all religious fanatics or hard right wings of any political regimes are the cause of any such suffering

BlindW@cher said...

Don't worry, I'm an ex-Muslim too and I know more harsh history about Muhammad, if you can justify his actions in historical context, we can justify Hitler too. This book cites just top of the iceberg and also I'm on the Palestinian side.

SShendeR said...

I'm on the Palestinian side.

Which may explain the occasional Chomsky and Naomi Klein books being marketed as atheist materials, right?

it is very clear that this book was written with an agenda in mind, hard right wing political agenda.

While there is no doubt that Spencer is hardly objective when it comes to Islam, he is among the few who dare to tackle the taboo issue of Islamic scriptures. Whereas there is hardly a spot of the bible that has not been critiqued and used by people to prove how horrible it is (it certainly lives up to its reputation), the Islamic writings have largely been spared that fate - up until 9/11 - not in small part due to the fear of intimidation.

you need to read about Arabs before Islam, their culture, and happiest, their life’s and customs, and history in order to understand how Mohammed acts. Once you put Mohammed behavior in this context it will make sense

This is exactly my argument! However, these revelations about Arab culture are in fact not as flattering as you would have us believe. Just read Patai, Uris, Pryce-Jones and others to understand the brutality, tribalism and paternalism (among other things) that characterize the Arabic culture. Islam is simply the culmination of that culture.

SShendeR said...

BTW, I'm surprised that you're an ex-muslim. One would think that ex-muslims like Ayaan and Sultan would be more concerned with the troubles religion is causing within their culture, but on this blog it appears to be the exact opposite. From among the few films critical of Islam and Islamic terrorism, the credibility of some is called into question, while others are directly branded as propaganda.

It pains me to see how pervasive the lack of self-criticism is in the Arab world, so much so that even people intelligent enough to throw the chains of religion off, still can't quite criticize their own messed up culture. Looks like one religion (Islam) has merely been substituted by another (Radical Leftism).

By siding with the Palestinians, I'm sure you are guided by their great tradition of religious tolerance and secularism. Right?

togliatti said...

No reasonable person will buy this stupid right-wing propaganda as "atheistic". And it's pretty nonsense to compare Muhammad with Hitler, without taking into account their circumstances.

There might be people who are close to Hitler in Islamic world nowadays, so what? This does not justify to try hard to find evidence (like a needle in the hay) from the history of Islam for a racist propaganda. This is even more fascistic than the muslims protesting the cartoons harshly. There is no difference really.

When atheism is supplemented by vulgar rationalist stupidity, it is much worse than religious fanatism. It becomes itself a "bad" religion: a religion of the ruling class and its elites,,, like the ones who are defending the occupation of Iraq. This is not "real", authentic atheism but just a fake and an ugly version of it.

BlindW@cher said...


I'm not Arab (not all Muslims are Arabs!) and it is not easy find materials (in English language) on Islamic subjects and if you follow the Islam tag on the blog, (and while you have no idea what I'm thinking on Islam) you will see your judgment is senseless. If I'm an atheist that doesn't mean I will not stand for racial persecutions of Palestinians or people of Iraq etc. It is like to defend Jews on the Holocaust matter. If you don't, you must question your humanist virtues again! And you are very ignorant person on what is leftism or not.

BlindW@cher said...

@ togliatti

Did you know 900 Jewish people killed in Muhammad's period?

By the way there are big differences in your false comparison.

Over 100 people killed by Muslim fanatics during the cartoon controversy, however I don't know any atheist (or what you understand for that term) who killed Muslims for their ideas.

So what's wrong with you people? When I release, for example, Constantine's Sword there is no problem but when I release something revealing bad face of Islam I become racist, is this logical? If I post something, that does not mean I support every idea in that material that I posted here.

If you think so, you must mature, intellectually, making before absurd comments.

SShendeR said...

@ BlindW@cher

I believe we need to look no farther than this thread to see exactly what I'm talking about. First you have an Arab atheist who is for some strange reason is upset about this book. Then along comes togliati with his marxist insights to complete the picture. Is it any wonder then that you so often see the unholy alliance of Arabs and Radical Leftists singing in unison?

Togliati is not even worth the time, but I feel obliged to respond to your remarks. If it's so hard to come by, I'd love to provide you with materials about Islam. You're correct, I don't know your stance on Islam, but given how you described the film Obsession as more or less propaganda, and the resounding absence of Pat Condel's videos, I'd say it's not that harsh.

The least coherent part was the "racial persecution of Palestinians and Iraqis". Care to elaborate?

Now back on the topic of Islam, how about the Secular Islam Summit that tool place back on 2007, including such key speakers as Wafa Sultan, Ibn Warraq, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Tawfik Hamid and which is available on youtube:

and one of Pat Condell's latest:

Ian said...

Are people actually arguing that this site should citicize all other faiths and prophets except the one that is currently doing the most harm.

"Just like any other man in history at Mohammed is just a man."
A man who is admired by a billion people, many of whom are committing horrible acts in his name. Such a man deserves to be honestly studied much more than he is in our PC academia.

"When atheism is supplemented by vulgar rationalist stupidity, it is much worse than religious fanatism."
This will be true when stupid vulgar rationalists slam planes into buildings, launch jihads and crusades, pervert science education, ruin research, torture gays, oppress women, launch missles at Israeli children, enslave people, blow up abortion clinics, and refuse medical treatment for their kids. Until that time, however, it's just more cultural relativism.

SShendeR said...

Ian, thank you so much for setting the record straight! This pervasive attitude of "you know, every religion has its crazies" or "all religions are equally bad" has to be confronted with the completely opposite reality check!

Criticism of Islam is even more essential since there are so few critical voices coming from their midst, while in the Christian and Jewish world bashing religion and masochistic self-criticism has become the norm (and rightfully so).

Mohamed said...

Criticism of Islam must start with recognizing the Quran as Islam's true spokesman and not Sunni or Shia Islam.

The Quran is being ignored.

Saleem said...

What an absolutely appalling piece of work.
Pulling on the worst case scenarios to bolster a generic opinion.
Typical presentation style of so many jumping on the band wagon to bash Islam.
I have seen much better writings on the criticism of Islamic theology & history.
Unfortunate to see people bickering like children over such pointless trash. Thoroughly, enjoyed the fabrications in the above comments such as ‘over 100 dead’ in the cartoon escapade, total nonsense! Which probably points to CNN.

BlindW@cher said...

Not moronic as your comments. I think some people only read some "words", and miss the point. Typical irrational thinking. A postulate like "Which probably points to CNN" is not an argument, only a naive feeling, and doesn't refute the fact that hate and violance easily raises in Muslim countries.

"Minister Yaqoob Qureshi of India’s Uttar Pradesh state government offered a reward of $11.5 million to anyone who would kill any of the cartoonists who drew the images of the Prophet Muhammad."

I don't see any fabrication here.

You have to investigate more:

BlindW@cher said...

By the way nobody refuted any argument in the book yet. Only they say it's a harsh nonsense. This is an easy way to discredit a work. I'm not sure these people read the book. If you want to learn a harsh history, it is enough to read the Koran.

Mohamed said...

I read the Quran always. Quran is peace.

None of you here ever read the Quran.

BlindW@cher said...

How do you know anybody here did not ever read it? If you think it is peace, you must have read the wrong book.

9: 5 "And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful."

5:51 "O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you - then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people."

4:56 "Indeed, those who disbelieve in Our verses - We will drive them into a Fire. Every time their skins are roasted through We will replace them with other skins so they may taste the punishment..."

I don't see any peace in these verses and so on.

Mohamed said...

Thats how it reads. Here the Quran confirms the Torah and Gospel. The Quran attacked the Talmud and the Trinity.

In the same chapter(5) it also says:

57. O ye who believe! take not for friends and protectors those who take your religion for a mockery or sport,- whether among those who received the Scripture before you, or among those who reject Faith; but fear ye Allah, if ye have faith (indeed).

58. When ye proclaim your call to prayer they take it (but) as mockery and sport; that is because they are a people without understanding.

59. Say: "O people of the Book! Do ye disapprove of us for no other reason than that we believe in Allah, and the revelation that hath come to us and that which came before (us), and (perhaps) that most of you are rebellious and disobedient?"

So here the Quran explains the crowd its talking about.

The Quran says concerning Jews and Christians:

3.113. Not all of them are alike: Of the People of the Book are a portion that stand (For the right): They rehearse the Signs of Allah all night long, and they prostrate themselves in adoration.

114. They believe in Allah and the Last Day; they enjoin what is right, and forbid what is wrong; and they hasten (in emulation) in (all) good works: They are in the ranks of the righteous.

115. Of the good that they do, nothing will be rejected of them; for Allah knoweth well those that do right.

What it really is is that many of you here a Trotskyist Marxist Neocon revolutionary fighting the so called "Islamofacism" for the Talmudic Pharisees behalf. Thats what its really about.

Send my regards to Rabbi Joe Lieberman and keep fighting for these Talmudist.

Jesus attacked the Talmu in the Gospel and so di the Quran.

The Quran is peace. The Gospel is peace. The Talmud, Trinity and Sunnah is something else.

Spencer is quoting from Sunni sources and on the Quran he has nothing. And so do all you Neocon Trotskyist Marxist revolutionaries over here .

Mohamed said...

The Koran makes clear the job of the prophet:

16:82 But if they turn away from you, your only duty is a clear delivery of the Message .

6:107 Yet if God had so willed, they would not have ascribed Divinity to aught besides Him; hence, We have not made you their keeper, nor are you a guardian over them.

4:79-80 Say:'Whatever good betides you is from God and whatever evil betides you is from your own self and that We have sent you to mankind only as a messenger and all sufficing is God as witness. Whoso obeys the Messenger, he indeed obeys God. And for those who turn away, We have not sent you as a keeper."

11:28 He (Noah) said "O my people! think over it! If I act upon a clear direction from my Lord who has bestowed on me from Himself the Merciful talent of seeing the right way, a way which you cannot see for yourself, does it follow that we can force you to take the right path when you definitely decline to take it?�

17:53-54 And tell my servants that they should speak in a most kindly manner. Verily, Satan is always ready to stir up discord between men; for verily; Satan is mans foe .... Hence, We have not sent you with power to determine their Faith.

88:21 22; And so, exhort them your task is only to exhort; you cannot compel them to believe.

But most of all the Koran asks the prophet himself this question:

10.99-100. If it had been thy Lord's will, they would all have believed,- all who are on earth! wilt thou then compel mankind, against their will, to believe! No soul can believe, except by the will of God, and He will place doubt (or obscurity) on those who will not understand

The prophet's answer must have been no!

BlindW@cher said...

This is not related to interpretation. There are big differences between Medinan and Meccan surahs in the Koran. You only pick you like, and ignore the harsh ones with a blind ignorance, and you say it's the word of peace. That makes no sense.

Raed said...

What a sad fact is it that the works of this clown are deemed worthy by Western atheists. This guy is a joke, and as an Arab atheist I say that having nothing but contempt for all religions, including Islam and its founder.

La Plume said...

I haven't read the comments but I gotta say I don't see the point of reading a book from right wing Christian guy whose only wish is to show how violent Islam is.

I'm not saying his claims are untrue, but certainly I'll give more credit to an agnostic or a theologian and historian to portray Islam in a more reasonable fashion.

Such book should be made publicity on a blog dedicated to reason. And I know books which are critical of Islam made by muslims or non-christians are rare, but better nothing than this kinda crap.

zekdemir said...

You are advertising a book against Muhammed and then above it you have another advertising about a Muslim marriage web site. Is that all you got? Does it make sense to you at all??? Let me clear it for you. All you care about is your benefits for this mortal life. But never forget it, it is not endless. So please don't forget this and make your decisions wisely. All Muhammed said is only for our own good. If you don't try to understand and get it, you will never understand it. You say Islam is intolerant. Was either Hitler or Stalin a Muslim? They were the greatest killers in history? They were all followers the philosopy of Darwin and other scholars of non-believers. Why don't you ever mention it? Regards.

Anonymous said...

this book is intended for misunderstand the world especially for US civilians, to stop them understanding Islam.

mirex said...

Great, thanks.

Anonymous said...

Those who support Muhammed can lend their six year old daughter to marry a paedophile and Muhammed a paedophile while he enjoyed 11 women he was afraid other too will do the same so he said only four to **** in the night...such a cunning man he was

zekdemir said...

Hey Mr. Anonymous! Jesus was born without a father and that doesn't make him a b.stard or a bad person. We Muslims all respect Jesus and believe he was a prophet too. So why do you think Muhammed was a bad person just because he married a young girl? First think about yourself and your society and how bad you treat your women and then judge Muhammed for marrying a young girl. He married more than one woman but it wasn't for fun like you do but it was for caring them. Would you help old ladies and care for them by marrying them? No, you wouldn't! Which was exactly what he did. So if you don't know anything about the Muslim history, and that is a fact so obviously, then shut the hell up!

And another thing, just for your information in case you'd like to know, in Arabia the climate is very hot and for that reason people become adolescent more quickly. Besides he never divorced that young girl he married and lived his life with her until he passed away. And this is something very hard for you to understand. Because in your society, whenever you are bored of your woman, you can just kick her out and find another one. You don't even bother to marry them anymore and live like boyfriend-girlfriend. You don't have family values anymore and that is why you are going to lose. You are the last person to criticize Muslims about their beliefs. There might some mistakes sometimes when acting but about the rules there is always an explanation.

zekdemir said...

By the way, that girl wasn't 6 years old. Even you wouldn't do that, would you?

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