If there are any Muslims out there who are -
a) thinking of becoming apostates, and -
b) who have access to a madrassa, and -
c) who are tired of the lies of Islam and would be interested in undermining it, then this is for you!
( In saying this, the safety of the person thinking of doing this must be top priority.
You must keep yourself safe, and if there is even the slightest hint of danger, then "bail out" and call things off. )
The madrassas are the weak point of Islam. They are the "factories" of Islam, where the impressionable minds of the young are filled with the lies and hatred of Islam.
If it is possible to reach any of the young people in a madrassa (and show them that they are being cynically USED and manipulated by the imams), then that would be very useful in helping to undermine Islam.
What I think would be best to focus on is this. If Islam were "the truth", then surely as "the truth", it should be able to cope with - indeed, it should welcome - all questions put to it, should it not? What does "the truth" have to fear from questions and scrutiny?
On the other hand, ask the young person what characteristics they would expect to see of an ideology that is lies! I suggest that such an ideology would show the following characteristics -
a) It would frown on making friends with people outside the ideology.
b) It would forbid people to leave the ideology (and punish those who tried).
c) It would forbid, severely limit or punish the asking of critical questions.
d) It would brainwash the young.
e) It would try to block access to websites that were critical of it (this is, of course, a result of (c). )
f) Related to the above items - the ideology would be big on power, control, and fear, using these to "keep the masses toeing the line", keeping them obedient. The lies on their own aren't enough to make people obey, so they are backed up by these measures. ( The flipside is that once you break the control and the fear, the ideology's lies are exposed, and its power disappears. )
As you can easily see, all of the above six statements are true of Islam.
Islam scurries around in the shadows, trying to avoid scrutiny like a thief in the night.
That is not the kind of behaviour that you would expect of an "ideology of truth".
You may even want to show them the quote by Voltaire (in my sig) and this very cool quote from Buddha -
"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."
If you write the above stuff down (or print it out), then it is not even necessary that the madrassa itself has PCs or Internet access. All that is needed is for one or two students to be shown the above material, and for encouragement to be given that it be spread (covertly, of course).
Those who have access to a madrassa will be much better placed than I am to know the best way to approach a student there.
( Hint - maybe offering to help clean the madrassa - voluntarily (for free) - could be one way of doing this. )
Last edited by enceladus
on Sun Jul 22, 2012 2:27 am, edited 2 times in total.
"If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so."
- Thomas Jefferson.
"It is not so desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for (what is) right."
- Henry David Thoreau