Is Islam a Religion of Peace?

Is Islam a Religion of Peace?


I was raised a practicing Muslim and remained
one for almost half my life. I attended madrassas, that is, Islamic schools,
and memorized large parts of the Qur’an. As a child, I lived in Mecca for a time and
frequently visited the Grand Mosque. As a teenager, I sympathized with the Muslim
Brotherhood. At 22 while my family was living in Kenya,
my father arranged my marriage to a member of our family clan, a man that I had never
met. I ran away, made my way to Holland, studied
there and eventually was elected a member of the Dutch parliament. Now I live in the United States. In short, I have seen Islam from the inside
and the outside. I believe that a reform of Islam is necessary
and possible. And only Muslims can make that reform a reality. But we in the West cannot remain on the sidelines
as though the outcome of this struggle has nothing to do with us. If the jihadists win and the hope for a reformed
Islam dies, the rest of the world will pay a terrible price. The terror attacks in New York, London, Madrid,
Paris and many other places are only a preview for what is to come. For this reason, I believe that it’s foolish
to insist, as Western leaders habitually do, that the violent acts committed in the name
of Islam can somehow be divorced from the religion itself. For more than a decade, my message has been
simple: Islam is not a religion of peace. When I assert this, I do not mean that Islamic
belief makes all Muslims violent. This is manifestly not the case: There are
many millions of peaceful Muslims in the world. What I do say is that the call to violence
and the justification for it are explicitly stated in the sacred texts of Islam. Moreover, this theologically sanctioned violence
is there to be activated by any number of offenses, including but not limited to adultery,
blasphemy, homosexuality and apostasy –that is to leave Islam. Those who tolerate this intolerance do so
at their peril. As someone who has known what it is to live
without freedom, I watch in amazement as those who call themselves liberals and progressives–people
who claim to believe so fervently in individual liberty and minority rights–make common cause
with the forces in the world that manifestly pose the greatest threats to that very freedom
and those very minorities. In 2014 I was invited to accept an honorary
degree from Brandeis University for the work I have done on behalf of women’s rights in
the Muslim world. That invitation was withdrawn after professors
and students protested my criticism of Islam. My subsequent “disinvitation,” as it came
to be called, was no favor to Muslims –just the opposite. By labeling critical examination of Islam
as inherently “racist,” we make the chances of reformation far less likely. There are no limits on criticism of Christianity
at American universities or anywhere else, for that matter; why should there be of Islam? Instead of contorting Western intellectual
traditions so as not to offend our Muslim fellow citizens, we need to defend both those
traditions and the Muslim dissidents who take great risks to promote them. We should support these brave men and women
in every way possible. Imagine a platform for Muslim dissidents that
communicated their message through YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. These are the Muslims we should be supporting–for our sake as much for the sake of Islam. In the Cold War, the West celebrated dissidents
such as Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Andrei Sakharov, and Václav Havel, who had the courage to
challenge the Soviet system from within. Today, there are many dissidents who challenge
Islam, but the West either ignores them or dismisses them as “not representative.” This is a grave mistake. Reformers such as Tawfiq Hamid, Asra Nomani
& Zuhdi Jasser and many others must be supported and protected. They should be as well known as Solzhenitsyn,
Sakharov, and Havel were in the 1980s. If we do in fact support political, social
and religious freedom, then we cannot in good conscience give Islam a free pass on the grounds
of multicultural sensitivity. We need to say to Muslims living in the West:
If you want to live in our societies, to share in their material benefits, then you need
to accept that our freedoms are not optional. Islam is at a cross roads of reformation or
self-destruction. But so is the West. I’m Ayaan Hirsi Ali of Harvard University
for Prager University.

17 Replies to “Is Islam a Religion of Peace?”

  1. Seldom do people have the opportunity (and bliss) to watch smashing content online. This video is the case. Congrats and many thanks. George from Hellas.

  2. Even Christianity needed a reform… ¿Remember when it was a religion of peace, love and forgiveness during the periods of Crussades, Inquisition and Conquista?
    Lol, how come the perfect message from God(Jawe, Alla, etc) has to be EVERY TIME reformed because it doesn't fit what people WANT. It's like God, being a perfect being who create anything perfect, has to adjust himself and his message to appeal to peoples whims. Lol. What a clown.

  3. I think woke/sjw/lgbtqzxwk got tired of christianity and christians tell them how wrong their way of live is and how it's an abomination to God, and just want to go defend christians "oppressed" "contrary": Islam. As if Islam is/will be more tolerant to them than christianity lolololololololol.

  4. At islam doesnt have any nuclear weapons…..like usa and soviet union had during the cold war…back then they were ready to destroy the world

  5. So she ran away and then left Islam. Well easy story ( girl ran away instead of talking to her father about what is written in the book about marriage she was supossed to read) Like hold up??!! Why did she ran away?? If her father was a (Real Muslim) he would have known that this kind of behavior (Marriage without her Yes is haram) or simply said he is not allowed to force her to marry someone she doesn't like or want to marry. Leaving her whole ass family and home just because of that??!?!?! bruh like cmon

    I'm a muslim and i watched a lot of prager universitys stuff and really like most of it but a few of the videos for example this one are just BS packed and stupid

  6. But our evil government was responsible for 911 and much more war racketeering than any other nation in the world. Y r we being so easily divided and conquered . we cant think for ourselves it seems…

  7. No, The cult of islam is not a religion of peace at all. It is a cult of cold blooded murderes who are totalitarian and tyrannical. Above all else, they deny the deity of The Christ Jesus. That single fact alone says it all.

  8. All these man made up religions are no different than street gangs.. over 2k knowing religions on earth. People, raise your family, respect others and work hard. I'm no Atheist but I'm not following no man made religion. Politics and Religion Destroys Us as Humans. I believe in a High power, common sense and pure Good and peace in my Heart. Keep y'all Heads up people Around the World and Good luck in Life for you and your Loved ones! 1 Love💯👍❤

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