How did he, when he was a Muslim, miss all the teachings of jihad as a spiritual struggle? Is he another “racist Islamophobe”? Will no one in authority confront the possibility that he may know whereof he speaks? From California’s Paradise Post, with thanks to Ali Dashti:
A former Muslim spoke at the Ridge Southern Baptist Church on Sunday evening to explain the “True Under-standing of Islam.”
Pastor Mujahid el-Masih had been Muslim for 14 years before he converted to Christianity in his native country of Pakistan.
Armed with a power-point presentation and a slew of quotes, he now travels around the United States as a part of The Voices of Martyrs.
“I came from a country where there is no freedom of speech and no freedom of religion,” el-Masih said.
Very little was said about el-Masih’s conversion to Christianity.
Instead, el-Masih focused on the teachings of the Quran and how they relate to the political climate today.
“The best source of the truth of Islam is the Quran,” el-Masih said.
The speech was peppered with anecdotes and references were cited from the Quran through out the lecture, as well as the resounding “Amen” when the energy of the congregation seemed to lull.
He also asked that his picture not be taken due to the fact that he still had Christian family members in Pakistan, which is predominately Muslim.
First and foremost, el-Masih refuted any claims that Islam was a peaceful religion.
“The main theme of jihad is the murdering of Christians and Jews,” el-Masih said.
According to el-Masih, Allah, the Muslim God, told Muslims to go forth and spread the religion through out the whole world by any means. Therefore, Muslims justify warfare as a means to spread the religion.
Any arguments such as passages in the Quran of tolerance for other religions were also quickly dismissed by el-Masih. He claimed that Mohammad had said the passages of tolerance before Muslims started having any clout. Once the Muslims gained some power, they rejected the idea of tolerance for other religions in favor of conquering a nation and telling them to either convert to Islam, pay a tax or be put to death.
“Muslims are allowed to lie when they are in danger,” el-Masih said as an explanation for the turn around.
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