A religion that is in desperate need of a Renaissance or Age of Enlightenment. Islam is a religion that shares the same beliefs and core foundations of Judaism and Christianity, but affirms that Muhammad is the final Prophet of God. Muslims are not bad people, but Islam never had a renaissance (similar to the Protestant Reformation in Christianity) and Muslims need to rethink about the way they deal with the rest of Humanity. Muslims are overall nice and kind people and many muslims are now changing the way they approach Islam. Many muslims (myself included) realize that all religions are personal faiths and that ISLAM NEEDS TO BE TREATED AS A PERSONAL FAITH AND NOT A POLITICAL DOCTRINE. Peace at home and Peace in the world!
We are secular Muslims, and secular persons of Muslim societies. We are believers, doubters, and unbelievers, brought together by a great struggle, not between the West and Islam, but between the free and the unfree.
We affirm the inviolable freedom of the individual conscience. We believe in the equality of all human persons.

We insist upon the separation of religion from state and the observance of universal human rights.

We find traditions of liberty, rationality, and tolerance in the rich histories of pre-Islamic and Islamic societies. These values do not belong to the West or the East; they are the common moral heritage of humankind.

We see no colonialism, racism, or so-called “Islamaphobia” in submitting Islamic practices to criticism or condemnation when they violate human reason or rights.

We call on the governments of the world to

reject Sharia law, fatwa courts, clerical rule, and state-sanctioned religion in all their forms; oppose all penalties for blasphemy and apostacy, in accordance with Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human rights;
eliminate practices, such as female circumcision, honor killing, forced veiling, and forced marriage, that further the oppression of women; protect sexual and gender minorities from persecution and violence;

reform sectarian education that teaches intolerance and bigotry towards non-Muslims;

and foster an open public sphere in which all matters may be discussed without coercion or intimidation.

A woman should be free to dress modestly as she please, to wear a headscarf if she chooses. She should not be forced to veil against her own free will.

We demand the release of Islam from its captivity to the totalitarian ambitions of power-hungry men and the rigid strictures of orthodoxy.

We enjoin academics and thinkers everywhere to embark on a fearless examination of the origins and sources of Islam, and to promulgate the ideals of free scientific and spiritual inquiry through cross-cultural translation, publishing, and the mass media.

We say to Muslim believers: there is a noble future for Islam as a personal faith, not a political doctrine;

to Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Baha’is, and all members of non-Muslim faith communities: we stand with you as free and equal citizens;

and to nonbelievers: we defend your unqualified liberty to question and dissent.

Before any of us is a member of the Umma, the Body of Christ, or the Chosen People, we are all members of the community of conscience, the people who must chose for themselves.
by Secular Muslim March 26, 2008
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A religion of peace which teaches that it is proper to eliminate people who question its peacefulness.
Allahu Akbar, Islam is going to take over what's left of the world.
by rocketman77049 December 02, 2009
A religion of perpetual outrage and violence. It's followers have a dangerous preoccupation with death.
They keep saying Islam means peace, but that was a misspelling, for piece. Like they want a piece of you me and everyone who isn't a Muslam!
by AngelaWest September 17, 2006
Islam - the belief that an illiterate merchant in a cave became the stenographer of a sky fairy, recording the infallible word of the sky fairy's boss, after which time said illiterate merchant rose into the sky on a winged horse. Among other peaceful precepts, this belief will earn you 72 virgins in the sky, provided you strap an explosive device to yourself, and set off said device in a place calculated to kill as many innocent bystanders as possible.
Allah: "Gabriel, deliver the word of Islam to Mohammed."
Gabriel: "But, Mohammed is illiterate."
Allah: "Remind him to boot up his voice dictation software."
by panflutejedi December 31, 2009
Islam is a monotheistic religion created when Satan, under the guise of the angel Gabriel, assaulted Mohemmed in his sleep by nearly choking him to death and ordering Mohemmed to start reciting even though he was sleep and more importantly, illiterate.

The religion is the fusion of Arab pagan moon-god worship rituals overlayed with false associations to Judiasn and Christianity.

It's fundamental purpose is the subjugation of the entire world. All persons will one day submit to the worshipping of the moon-god Allah (who is Satan)

To achieve this goal, Musims are raised from birth to view all non-muslims with contempt and hatred. They are also compelled to live under rules which make life on Earth depressing and are promised an orgy that will last forever if they die engaging in actions that support the goal of Islam domination. This is the only sure way for a Muslim to know he is not condemmed to Islam's hell.

Muslim's believe that the Imam Mahdi with the help of the prophet Isa (Jesus) will appear in the last days of the current era to assist in Islam's inevitible victory over freedom. The Mahdi and Isa will lead a world-wide Jihad whose mission is to kill every Jew and destroy Christianity in a manner extremely similiar to the Antichrist and the False Prophet in the Bible.
Islam is both a religion and a governmental system, it is probably the Babylon spoken of in Revelation, as the Holy Books of Islam were canonized in Baghdad, which is near the ruins of the ancient center of Satan's empire, Babylon.
by VinceP1974 January 01, 2008
I'll let their own 'holy' book do the explaining for me:
"Allah revealed His will to the angels, saying: 'I shall be with you. Give courage to the believers. I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers!' That was because they defied Allah and His apostle. He that defies Allah and his apostle shall be sternly punished by Allah." (Sura 8.12-13)

"In order that Allah may separate the pure from the impure, put all the impure ones i.e. non-Muslims one on top of another in a heap and cast them into hell. They will have been the ones to have lost." (Sura 8.37) SOUNDS ALOT LIKE NAZISM!!!!

"Muster against them i.e. non-Muslims all the men and cavalry at your command, so that you may strike terror into the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides them who are unknown to you but known to Allah." (Sura 8.60) SOUNDS REAL NON-VIOLENT!!! :)

"We have destroyed many a sinful nation and replaced them by other men. And when they felt Our Might they took to their heels and fled. They were told: 'Do not run away. Return to your comforts and to your dwellings. You shall be questioned all.' 'Woe betide us, we have done wrong' was their reply. And this they kept repeating until We mowed them down and put out their light." (Sura 21.11-15) THE MUSLIMS IGNORED THE INFIDEL'S DESPERATE PLEAS FOR MERCY AND KILLED THEM IN COLD BLOOD!!! WOOOO!!!

HERE'S THE KICKER:
"When you meet the unbelievers in jihad, chop off their heads. And when you have brought them low, bind your prisoners rigorously. Then set them free or take ransom from them until the war is ended." (Sura 47.4) WHEN YOU SEE A NON-MUSLIM, DECAPITATE HIM, AND THEN EITHER DUMP HIS BODY IN A DITCH OR HOLD IT FOR RANSOM!!! YAY ALLAH!!! WOO!

"Mohammed is Allah's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another." (Sura 48.29) DOES THAT MEAN THAT WHEN MUSLIMS GO ON TV AND SAY THAT THEY ARE AGAINST THE KILLING OF "INNOCENT" PEOPLE, THEY ARE REALLY SAYING THAT THEY ARE AGAINST THE KILLING OF MUSLIMS??? OOOOOOOOO!!! ITS SCARY BECAUSE ITS TRUE!!!!!
In the religion (if you want to call it that) of islam, Muslims either worship mohammed, or they give every one of their kids that name.
My friend, Mohammed is from Syria and he practices the religion of Islam.
by King D August 25, 2006
Islam does not mean peace. It means submission (or else!) to the will of the Muslim god Allah and when you submit you become the slave of Allah. All that Allah asks is that you stop thinking for yourself, give up your own decency and divide the world into believers (Muslims) and non-believers (everyone else) which you must not befriend or respect and must eventually either convert , enslave or destroy . You must also be willing to attack anyone anytime who is labeled an enemy of Islam when asked to by your local imam (a self appointed fanatic who acts as a priest in Islam). Islam teaches that you have to accept the evil of Islam because, in Islam , evil is OK if it is the will of Allah. What a deal!

Unlike the Christian god , Allah is angry, cruel and blood-thirsty and he sanctions and encourages suffering, treachery and terror towards non-believers which ironically seems to be the fate of Muslims around the world today. His followers (his slaves) seem to enjoy showing the world how they behead people and they seem to take delight in seeing innocent men, women and children getting blown up into little pieces while they chant that Allah is great. To the Christians , Allah fits the definition of the Devil , but that is another story.
The world would be far better off if Islam never existed.
by Scholastik March 10, 2007
Islam is the arabs's version of Christianity. The arabs did not have a religion in the 6th century so they decided they should have their own because they did not like the fact that the Jews had their religion and the Christians had theirs and they had none and that was very humiliating for them.
So they invented their own religion mainly by copying bits and pieces from Judaism and Christianity and then called it Islam. Then they made up pieces as they went along over the years and voila instant religion! Now the followers of Islam get very touchy about their religion and they go around trying to convince the world that they are very nice people by showing lots of pictures of children and girls in Islamic dress and when they can, they murder anyone that does not believe them.

Islam is as Islam does
by Ahamad February 24, 2007

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