If someone criticizes, questions, or insults Islam, Muslims are taught they must act and defend it – and defend it with their life. Which to any rational person, should make no sense - and rightfully so.
When they mean “defend” they do not mean defend it in a logical sense, they mean defend it as in “those people have insulted my religion, now I must punish them for doing so”.
Even if they wanted to defend it logically, they cannot – because Islam inherently is not a logical set of ideas. It cannot be defended logically, and you cannot have a logical discussion with Muslims. As such, if you attempt to have one, you will either be in one of these situations:
- You might end up in a situation where the Muslim is talking in circles as they ignore every single one of your points and repeat dogma at your over and over, and putting words in your mouth to re-frame the debate to their liking. I once got into a debate with a Muslim and referenced this verse:
“Do the unbelievers think that they can take My servants as protectors besides Me? Verily We have prepared hell for the unbelievers for (their) entertainment.” Sura Al-Kahf(Chapter 18, Verse 102).
And instead of talking about the verse, they completely ignore it and say, “People like Hitler deserve hell” to try to win the argument. But this verse clearly says UNBELIEVERS and for ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE MUSLIMS TO WATCH PEOPLE BURNING FOR ETERNITY.
- They will get offended and you will be in a situation where they(Muslims) use intimidation tactics in the form of threats of physical, emotional, verbal abuse.
- They will call you a racist – which makes no sense because it is not a race. Or they will call you Islamophobic – which again makes no sense. All people are doing are pointing out the horrendous things that are said in the Qur’an and Hadith.
- In some cases, I have known Muslims who can actually listen and don’t get so riled up and instead say “I’ll have to research that”. These are the Muslims I respect because they are open with what they don’t know and they don’t act all insane or try to manipulate the conversation to win at all costs.
Anyway, recently I spoke with a Muslim person and he said something quite bizarre. He said,”No one should have to defend their religion…”. I thought to myself, what an absurd claim. So let’s take a look at this statement.
Look, if you are in a social group, religion, or otherwise, and someone asks you why you are in that group, you have to give some sort of answer that makes sense. Maybe it is because the cause really speaks to you, you might enjoy it, it provides emotional benefits, etc.
However, if you are in a religion, that says the provocative things that the Qur’an says about non-Muslims, then you should EXPECT to be asked about those topics. You don’t necessarily have to defend it, as much as you have to explain yourself. Do you think like this? Do you think non-Muslims deserve to burn in a fire for all eternity? If the answer is yes, then expect to be met with hostility and for people to not like you.
The problem with Muslims is is they want a separate set of rules for themselves where they are never questioned and their religion is never criticized, all the while framing non-Muslims beliefs as though there is something wrong with them.
You can’t have it both ways. Well, maybe in Saudi Arabia you can.