The Anti-Muslim Comments by Ben Carson

150501182005-ben-carson-in-arizona-exlarge-169In a week that included a 14 year old nerd Ahmed Mohammad being arrested at school for a science project and a supporter at a Trump rally stating “We have a problem in this country; it’s called Muslims” without rebuke, Ben Carson, currently in second place for the Republican Presidential nomination, ended the week when he said “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”

Ahmed Mohammad received lots of support though some like Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins have made dubious claims against the teen claiming that the arrest was justified or the teen staged an elaborate hoax, Donald Trump has come out and said he has plenty of Muslim friends and that he shouldn’t be held accountable for what people say at his rallies, and Ben Carson is now walking back his comments as best as he can stating that his words were taken out of context.

The issue as I see it has nothing to do with what was said by Ben Carson or the Trump supporter necessarily, it’s what is implied by the statements that prove without a shadow of a doubt that Islamophobia is real, is ugly, and has real world consequences like a 14 year old teen being arrested for something other teens who aren’t Muslims likely would not.

Islamophobia by definition though many claim it doesn’t exist, means that an individual harbors an irrational fear of Muslims and/or Islam. The key word here as with all phobia’s is irrational. In a world that boasts a population of 1.5 billion Muslims, when you hear the claims about Muslims compared with the facts, to still believe in claims like all Muslims are terrorists, are anti-women, hate democracy, etc. to still harbor those beliefs regardless of the facts is an irrational position. So when people believe that the reason behind Ahmed Mohammad’s arrest is perfectly logical because of incidents at schools, even though the facts show that if there was a tragedy at a school, the perpetrator will likely be a White male, ignoring these facts regarding school mass killings, is illogical and point toward islamophobia, especially if the individuals with those beliefs do not have the same ideas about White males.

So what was implied by Ben Carson’s comments on Meet The Press when he stated that he wouldn’t advocate the US electing a Muslim President and that Islam isn’t consistent with the US Constitution? Ben Carson has the right to harbor whatever beliefs he wants to, that is not even up for debate. However, if you’re running to be President of everyone in America, telling 3 million citizens that their faith makes them unworthy to be President and that their beliefs are inconsistent with the US Constitution sets poor precedent and it not consistent with what is expected of a leader.

At issue once again, is this idea that Muslims believe in some different God than the Judeo-Christian God and that we believe in a legal system that is inconsistent with the US Constitution. First and foremost, it doesn’t matter what God Muslims believe or don’t believe when it comes to being an elected official in America, but to state that Muslims do not believe in the God of Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus, and the Prophets of the Bible, points to a juvenile and ignorant understanding of Islamic beliefs and is really an ideological assault by a certain demographic that is hateful, arrogant, and part of an agenda bent on marginalizing a religious community. Secondly, there is this all to common misconception about Shariah Law used as a blunt object against American Muslims to bludgeon and question their motives and beliefs.

Shariah Law, unlike what many non-Muslims who are anti-Islam claim, is not a static legal jurisprudence that is documented in some book, letter, or document that all Muslims read, believe, and swear allegiance to. In fact, there is no complete anything that can be called Shariah Law. What Shariah Law is actually a concept and idea that every Muslim subscribes to in some shape or form that states that when it comes to laws and living your life, one should try to implement them in a manner consistent with those messages revealed by God. The concept of Shariah Law is primarily derived from the Qur’an and Sunnah (example of Muhammad). As such, what is called Shariah Law is as diverse as those who interpret the Qur’an and Sunnah. This is why this argument that Muslims have beliefs inconsistent with the US Constitution or any government is flawed on the premise. There may be Muslims who disagree with elements of the US Constitution and back their claims with examples from the Qur’an and Sunnah, however there may be just as many Muslims who feel differently and back their claims with example from the Qur’an and Sunnah as well. Shariah Law is open to individual interpretation for the most part.

The mistake people make on this topic of Shariah Law concerns the nature of what Shariah includes. Shariah isn’t just about whether or not there should be capital punishment for crimes, the rights of women, the status of minorities, or other hot topic issues. Shariah also includes how Muslims should pray, marry, bury their dead, how to dress, what to eat, and many other day to day activities. In other words, Shariah is no different from any other religion’s laws, cannon, or rules.

This is why it’s extremely disturbing that Muslims are always singled out exclusively as having beliefs incompatible with the US Constitution, laws, and values. There is no religion without questionable things written in their texts. The Bible states that kids should be killed for disobeying parents, women should obey their husbands like a god, and many more horrific things. There have been doctrines in various religions that any modern person would feel are wrong. Yet, we never question whether or not Christians should be allowed to be President or hold elected office when the very book they profess belief in and swear their oaths on, contains so many unsavory and barbaric passages. As Americans, we give our Christian and Jewish elected officials the benefit of the doubt that even though their texts says these things and even though they haven’t been asked to defend, expunge, or repudiate these verses, that they will act on what they have professed in their campaigns and abide by the oaths they swore to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

This question of whether or not Muslims can be just as loyal or abide by the oaths we swear, is why allegations of islamophobia are relevant. Ben Carson’s comments, just like those often professed by members of the Republican Party and even members of the Left like Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher, that somehow place American Muslims in this unique category different from any other religion regardless of a textual comparison, is very disturbing and should be exposed for the bigotry that it is. I personally find these recent discussions extremely abhorrent because unlike Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Richard Dawkins, Bill Maher, and many others who harbor these beliefs, I along with 2 members of Congress Andre Carson and Keith Ellison, and hundreds of veterans, have actually sworn oaths to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and have kept those oaths by serving honorably. Some have even given their lives on the battlefield as recently called to attention by Senator Harry Reid concerning Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, a Muslim member of the US Army who died in defense of America. Khan was also awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

We cannot continue to allow these comments that single out a single religious minority in America to stand. We would not allow it for any other group and our history bears witness to what harm this type of bigotry can cause. As Catholics, Jews, and others know all too well, the stereotypes, comments, rumors, and allegations can lead to much worse. Islamophobia propagated in comments by Carson, Trump, and others with such large followings, help spread the division in America and ostracism of American Muslims. Right now, in many places in America, Muslims have to fight for their rights to practice their religion freely, to build houses of worship, be able to build cemeteries to bury their dead, and be able to take off from work or school for religious holidays.

When Ben Carson tries to downplay his comments by suggesting that what he meant was that he wouldn’t support anyone who supports theocracy and that as long as Muslims reject those things that he and others feel are inherent in Islam alone, is ridiculous. The presumption that Muslims automatically support theocracy or backward ideas because they are Muslim is why these comments are so inflammatory even after the spin. No one who wants to lead all Americans, should hold ideas that remotely suggest that any religious minority especially one with 3 million members should somehow face a religious litmus test. There is nothing just about judging whether or not Muslims can be President when the appraisal doesn’t consider what Muslims have actually said, done, or even the oaths they have already sworn.

What’s amazing is that the two front-runners of the Republican Party running for President share these views. This says a lot to me as an American, as a Veteran, and as a Muslim, about the vision they have for America, because they do not include me, my family, or my friends.


An American Muslim’s Response to the Tragedy in Chattanooga

americanmuslim-us-flag.jpgMuslims are taught that during the month of Ramadan, Satan and his influences are locked up and the gates of Paradise are wide open. However, I have found—and wth heart-breaking realization today—that the evil within the hearts of mankind can still prevail.

I learned of the tragedy in Chattanooga after work. A close friend of mine asked me would I be responding and when I asked him to what, he gave me the devastating news. Instantly, I was choked up, my eyes filled with tears, and though my heart was overrun with sadness, the rage and anger began to smolder beneath. It was déjà vu for me all over again. I similarly received news in this manner when Nidal Hassan attacked fellow Soldiers at Ft. Hood. Then, as I did today, I gripped the steering wheel tightly and fought back the scream and the tears.

I’m a Marine. I state that with pride, honor, and as a matter of fact. I left for Parris Island when I was 17 and earned the title of US Marine. To hear that my 4 of my brothers were attacked instantly filled me with rage. I’m not ashamed to admit this, but the complex emotions that swam around inside overwhelmed me with a profound grief. A grief that even now I can’t truly articulate how I feel. Stating in my head over and over “how could he” did not do much for my psyche as I made my way through DC traffic. Listening to the news on the radio, trying to find out what texts could not, surely didn’t help either.

This is a last day of Ramadan. The conclusion of a month of fasting, prayers, and trying to be the best person you could be. Revulsion is what I and many other Muslims feel. We know that the killer committed such a crime in general, but especially on this day. It takes a seriously sick individual to call themselves Muslim if that’s what the killer did and then commit an atrocity like this. Was he radicalized, whatever that means? Was he devout? Mainstream media is sure throwing the term around. Though, I was not surprised to hear the terrorist was cited for a DUI in April. Alcohol is forbidden in Islam, and so is the killing of innocents—but neither of those things mattered to this killer. We may never know what motivated the killer, but we do know that his actions have caused a lot of grief and pain for the family and the nation.

As a Muslim and a Marine, terms and titles I never believed to be mutually exclusive, I find this attack unconscionable and condemn it with no condition. I never met the victims but they are my brothers. They earned the title like I did and served their country like I did and they did not deserve to die by this madman. They are heroes in my book and should be honored. I feel betrayed as a Muslim, because when these things happen, we all collectively get blamed.

I have served my country my entire adult life. I don’t know anything else, but when these evil people who call themselves Muslims, commit crimes against humanity like this, they fully realize the admonishing in the Qur’an that states that when one takes the life of another unjustly it’s as if they killed all mankind. My wife and my children and those of many other American Muslims must now be on the alert because of the collective blame that is being leveled against us.

This must remain about the victims and their families, but we can’t exclude the reality that is being Muslim in America. For instance, there was a racially motivated terrorist attack in Charleston, SC last month and the media refused to call it terrorism. Yet, in a similar hate filled attack the media does not hesitate to call this crime terrorism—because naturally only Muslims can be terrorists right?

I truly wish in my heart of hearts the killer was a devout Muslim. If he were a devout Muslim he would be celebrating the end of Ramadan and planning to join in of the Eid festivities and prayers. He would have been fasting, praying for peace, and giving charity like the rest of us and trying to counter terror with love like so many Muslims who have raised nearly 100k for the Black Churches set on fire last month. I wish I could wave a magic wand and make the evil intentions that produce the hate against our fellow man go away, but I don’t. Instead I’ll join in with the billion peaceful well-intention Muslims around the world in praying for a better tomorrow.

Our Corps of Marines were dealt a heavy blow, but we are forever strong and will persevere through our grief. My Ummah will face more scrutiny and challenges here in America in the days ahead, but our faith in God and in humanity will bring us through. I pray for a better, more peaceful, world and country. I pray that no family will ever have to experience what these victims have experienced today. I grieve with my Corps and my Country and I have faith that things will eventually get better. May the peace and blessings of God be on us all.

Semper Fidelis.

Robert Salaam is a former active duty US Marine and an American Muslim blogger and speaker. Follow him on twitter @RSalaam

Terrorism In The Church: Lessons From Charleston

On this episode of The American Muslim we discussed the terrorist attack in Charleston, SC and the rise of violence against people of color and of faith in America. We are joined by author of The Wrong Kind Of Muslim, Qasim Rashid, Political Science PHD candidate, Muhammad Abdur-Rashid,  and Activist and Writer Nakia Jackson.

The Double Standard Of Free Speech

pamella-gellerPamela Geller the angry, bigoted, hate-monger, continues her 15 minutes of fame by getting exactly what she wanted. That should be the headline across the country. This deliberate provocation that she and her fans, including European bigot Geert Wilders took, increasing the likelihood of violent reprisal, should be condemned as the dangerous, selfish, and loathsome behavior that it is. Using the fallout from this unfortunate attack to catapult their brand of hate to the next level wreaks of extremist opportunism that would make terror groups proud. Then again this is Pamela Geller so should we even be surprised?

Does Geller and the rest of the multi-million dollar Islamophobic enterprise have the right to say and do these despicable things? Absolutely. In fact, I as an “evil” Muslim, actually swore an oath and served this nation to protect and defend their right to tell the world that me, my wife, and children are inherently evil because of our religion. So as distasteful as their deeds are and although I often want to vomit in my mouth every time she speaks, I have put action behind my patriotism and defend her right to be a complete waste of oxygen.

The media however, should know better. They are complicit in helping propagate hate speech by giving Geller and others a platform. It has become so commonplace to publicly insult American Muslims that even Republican members of Congress are inviting Geert Wilders to speak at our nation’s capital. In a decent society, those who get wealthy off of spreading hate would not be given such honors or a platform in the public sphere.

The question I would like answered is since free speech is so sacred and people like Geller and Wilders are so deserving of a platform, would the media and certain members of Congress be so accommodating to other bigots? Would it be OK for a Neo-Nazi group to host a draw a Jew contest? Would this same group be given so much time on television and be invited to speak with like-minded US Representatives? I mean, legally speaking there is nothing wrong with this and we should celebrate their rights to free speech too right?

The reality is, if a Neo-Nazi group with the celebrity of Pamela Geller or Geert Wilders, with their vast war chests filled with donations from other bigots, were able to pull off an event like this draw Muhammad spectacle, they would be filleted in the media. They would be given no quarter in the court of public opinion and the ADL, ACLU, and others would ensure that anyone who supported them openly would lose sponsors and political support. They would be tarred and feathered as anti-Semitic and would be forever ostracized.

Why are American Muslims less deserving of the same respect as our Jewish brethren? Why do we accept this double standard in the media and in our halls of power that states that one group is not to be targeted by bigoted campaigns and provocations, but others are fair game?

Pamela Geller organized this event with the expressed desire to provoke American Muslims. She knew without a shadow of a doubt, that her event could anger many Muslims and that there might even be some who would try to commit violent actions. She upped the ante by inviting people like Geert Wilders and was more than prepared by ensuring the event had tons of security. She walked into a crowded theater and yelled fire in the hopes that something tragic would happen so that she could capitalize off of the carnage.

The fact that two extremists heeded Pamela’s call and her subsequent reaction proves how dangerous this provocateur is. Fortunately, the Muslim community as a whole ignored her. Unfortunately, there are now calls across the nation on social media and other platforms to burn down Mosques and attack Muslims. Pamela Geller is an extremist using her given platform to continue to line her pockets with her brand of hate. She is an unpatriotic bigot who should be called exactly what she is and any property damage, violence, or lives lost as a result of her antics should be publicly attributed to her. She is a fire starter and a hate-monger, the grand wizard of Islamophobes everywhere.

When Is A Riot A Riot?

B0UHfLACMAE0wrCIt’s happening again. People are making the rounds slyly doing their wink and nod routine about “The Blacks” rioting in Baltimore. If you have the stomach click on the various news reports and check out the comments to the articles. You’ll see lots of calls for killing, arrests, etc. against protestors. They are routinely called savages, animals, and worse and some proudly display pictures and meme’s of their heroes Zimmerman, Wilson, and others who killed Blacks and got away with it.

Though none of the keyboard warriors at least that I’ve witnessed, have out and out called for Blacks to be lynched, this is exactly what is going on. Violence against all Blacks is being advocated, hinted at, and joked about openly and stoked by the media’s reports that routinely fan the flames of hate and agitation against Blacks. While this is nothing new in America, it’s no less disturbing. The reality is that while there are some protestors who are committing crimes the overwhelming majority are not. This was also the case in Ferguson and other places.

However the media and their legion of hate peddlers emphasize the criminals to indirectly influence judgement on the whole. As such, you’ll never hear in the narrative from the media consumer, “why are SOME people doing this?”, no what you will routinely hear is “why are THEY doing this?” and worse “why do THEY do this?”

Now some may claim that this is not about race and they are not only lying, they are telling a damn lie. The narrative has been and continues to be that Blacks are criminal savages that must be put down. This narrative is routinely enforced through the focusing on the negatives in the Black community and the highlighting of crimes being committed instead of achievements. This imagery that is continually reinforced also plays a part in why some cops target Blacks disproportionately in the first place.

Now before some of you try to use the fake and purposefully vague and dismissive race card argument, take a look at all the times mostly White rioters have been covered in the media. Ask yourself how many times national news reported or called a group of Whites who damaged property, overturned cars, or burned things down due to mass drunkenness, the celebration, or loss of a sports team etc. a riot? How many times were these incidents covered as breaking news on all cable news networks? When were these groups or any groups of Whites on the whole called savage, barbaric, or indicative of their race?

The sensationalist media coverage continual stokes the base fears of Whites for ratings in order to illicit vicious responses and commentaries against Blacks because that makes money.

When we deal with the reasons behind the riots then we can expect the reactions to go away.

Here’s a good post that gives and example of the biased coverage poignantly.

When the Criminal This Time Is Black and Muslim


There are days when being an American Muslim can make you want to bang your head on your desk in frustration. For the most part, like most Americans regardless of the notorious hyphenation, as an American Muslim, I live, work, entertain, and spend time with family and friends, like any other citizen in the land of red, white, and blue. I go to see summer movies, check out the occasional horror flick, anxiously await the next Game Of Thrones novel, stand in line for my iPhone, and buy the latest Xbox games. Rarely am I ever questioned about my faith by others and rarely do I feel uncomfortable as a Muslim in the country where I was born and my forefathers enslaved.

That isn’t to say that my experience is typical of every American Muslim because it is not. First of all, I’m a Black male originally from New Jersey, and I don’t look stereotypically Muslim. I’m a convert, who’s family is uber Christian so I’m just as comfortable eating Kabob as I am a traditional Sunday dinner, minus the pork in my collard greens of course. To be honest, most Black American Muslims have experiences that are often completely different than our non-Black counterparts.

For example, when cable news spreads propaganda about my religion, as maddening as it is, I know that when I walk out the door, I’m going to be seen as just another Black guy, which can have it’s own issues in of itself, but I digress. I’m never looked at as a terrorist based on my ethnicity, or the way I dress whether it’s my suit and tie for work, or mundane clothing typical of my age/region. Though most won’t admit it, the brunt of anti-Islam rhetoric and it’s resulting prejudicial behavior in some, is usually levied against Muslim women who wear hijab and American Muslims of Arab, South East Asian, or similar ethnic descent. For the most part, if you’re a Black American Muslim who isn’t a woman wearing hijab or a man in “traditional” garb from Muslim countries, you’re just another Black guy or woman.

Which is why when I learned that a “convert” to Islam beheaded a co-worker in Oklahoma, I instantly got a little ill. I was mortified by the crime as any beheading should affect a normal human being with a heart, but I was also nauseated by the implications of what might come of the media blitz as they salivate over this disgusting, tragic event.

Say what you will, but I know I’m not the only Black American Muslim who upon reading the headlines, immediately hoped that the guy wasn’t Black. Let’s face it: If the headline had been “Muslim beheaded…” instead of “Muslim convert beheaded…” the mental imagery would have been different. We can blame the media and social engineering for this, but without going into a Sociology discussion, I’ll readily admit that I personally conjure up varying images based on the headline. “Muslim” without the convert addendum, would have made me think non-Black and “Muslim convert” made me instantly think Black guy. It’s a sad world we live in and I’m embarrassed to even write this.

Unfortunately, in our sensationalized, if it bleeds it leads, news programs, every time a convert to Islam is mentioned in connection with some crime, they are usually Black, and every time a Muslim in general, is mentioned in connection with some crime they were usually non-Black. I believe wholeheartedly that this is by design as not all converts to Islam are Black, nor the majority of non-Converts “Middle Eastern”. Nor are Muslims alone guilty of the crimes usually associated with us, which is why it’s always been shameful that the religion of the criminal is only mentioned when the criminal is Muslim. Which is why the news had to go through great lengths to explain the Boston Marathon bombers non-Arabness. In this “ISIS is the new Al-Qaeda” reality that we now live in, Muslims have once again been put on the defensive, having to explain away our religion, issue fatwas, hold press conferences, hold up signs, etc. etc. etc. etc. to state what should be apparent to any rational adult. I still find myself awestruck that people still believe that 1/3 of the Earth’s population believes that their religion teaches to kill all non-Muslims.

So what do you do when you’re a Black American Muslim, already feeling the pressures of just being a Black Man in America, in light of constant news reports of police brutality and rarely having to address your religion in your daily life, only to find out that you too have been dragged into the “homegrown” ISIS madness? As a parent, already used to having to explain to my sons why they can’t wear hoodies, play with things that can be “mistaken” for a gun, and to be mindful of where they are at all times, now I wonder if I have to add to the list, be careful of who you tell your name to, don’t get caught wearing a Kufi, and watch being seen entering and leaving the Mosque.

This whole media frenzy is getting out of hand and I fear that it will only get worse in light of this tragedy. What’s at stake here is not Islam or even the perception of what that means. This divisive rhetoric that has caused news anchors and politicians to feel comfortable freely calling American Muslims terrorists, un-patriotic, dangerous, and worse, is not only disgusting, but dangerous. How incidents like this beheading in Oklahoma are covered, only help to widen the net of bigotry toward Muslims by including more Americans as potential threats and targets of hate crimes. Though an entire industry of hate-speech against Muslims arose after 9/11, rarely have Muslims like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Muhammad Ali, and others been included in the stereotyping. With Nidal Hassan Malik, his crime was used to fuel the narrative that Muslims in the military were not to be trusted. This crime, will deliver the industry of sensationalism and hate against Muslims, the motive to include Black converts to Islam to their list of undesirables. The claim that ISIS is at your door is realized in one man’s actions and it would be a lie to say that I’m not fearful of what’s to come. I guess I might finally be able to truly relate to my Arab, Pakistani, Women, etc. American Muslim counterparts who’ve for years have had to walk on eggshells daily in this post-9/11 world.

Oh You Who Believe!

“…There are people who say, “We believe in God and the Last Day,” but they don’t really believe. They go about trying to fool the believers and would even try to deceive God if they could. They don’t perceive it, but they aren’t deceiving anyone but themselves. In their hearts is disease and God allows their disease spread, because of their persistent lying. A grievous suffering awaits them because of this. When they are told, “Do not spread corruption on Earth,” they answer “We are improving things!” This is a lie regardless of what they say. They are the ones spreading corruption and are blind to this truth…” – Qur’an 2:8-12

I used to want to be an important Islamic thinker and scholar. One who would write, lecture, etc. on Islam and important American Muslim issues. I started a blog, had podcast, appeared on various radio and television programs, etc. all in the name of being a contributor and voice in the defense of Muslims. Then one day after a very contentious debate with a leading anti-Muslim propagandist, I realized my time and energy would be better served doing other things. This did not mean that my activist spirit was completely silenced however. Occasionally I’ll write and share articles written by others on issues that I’m really passionate about.

What has caught my attention this time is a video that is being spread on Facebook that is so chock full of lies, that although my initial response was to ignore it and laugh at the sheer ridiculousness, after seeing it pop up several more times and after reading the God awful comments, I felt that if nothing more than to calm my nerves, I had to write some sort of rebuttal.

It wasn’t the video that bothered me per se, but the comments that followed and the fact that so many people were sharing it. The video is scary because the person in it makes a lot of false claims, even citing chapters and verses in the Qur’an that are so inaccurate that you don’t even have to know anything about Islam to disprove them, all you need is Google and yet, many have readily accepted it as accurate, praised it as a true testimony, and are using it as quality evangelism of their own faith and religion. It’s the latter that concerns me. I don’t expect any non-Muslim to believe a word I write, but at a minimum, I hope people agree that the best way to promote the value of your belief or religion, should not rely on the disparaging of others, especially to the point of spreading misinformation and outright lies. Doing so, belittles the person behind the lying as well as all those who eagerly accept them, and unfortunately makes the religion look bad as well, because the outsider could say, why would I want to be part of a religion and a people who don’t value truth and honor over lies?

My intent is to give a point by point response to the most glaringly obvious lies presented in the video below. I used Google and Islamicity/Quransearch for all my research. All Qur’an references come from the Muhammad Assad translation as he uses a modern form of English, provides more context, and provides notes and commentary on the Arabic.

In the very beginning of the video the speaker states that he believed that Allah was God and while as a Muslim, I don’t have a problem with that statement obviously, it becomes clear as he continues, that this is meant as a foolish concept. For the record, I want to offer that Allah, al (the) illah (god), literally means nothing more than The God in English. It’s not some crazy personal Muslim name for God, it’s simple Arabic for the word God in English. Religiously speaking, the term Allah is used to denote that while people may have and believe in many illah’s (gods) there is only One Supreme illah, which is al (the) illah (god), or Allah. If you live in a region of the world that speaks Arabic, you most likely call God Allah regardless of the religion you follow, just like in English speaking countries, regardless of religion we call The Supreme Being God.

What follows is a dizzying array of lie after lie that by the end of the rubbish, one is left shaking their head and feeling sorry for the guy and all those who believe his tales.

Below is a list of his claims followed by the correct answers.

1: The Qur’an has 6666 verses. This is an allusion to the popular 666 mark of the devil which doesn’t even actually mean that either if one studies Christian texts, but I digress. Basically, this is his opening Islam is evil and false claim which ironically is supposed to prove all his other claims, because if the book, Qur’an is has the obvious mark of the beast, then we should readily believe what he says right?

Let’s imagine if his claim was true, it is not, the Qur’an by most estimates has about 6236 verses, logically speaking, if the book by it’s very nature is false because it supposedly has the mark of the beast on it, why quote it later in the video to prove your point that Islam is false and that’s why you became a Christian? My head hurt on that one too.

2. We’re then told that Jesus is mentioned more times in the Qur’an than Muhammad. Even if that were true, and it actually is, what we’re supposed to get from this “revelation” is that this is proof that Jesus is superior than Muhammad according to the Qur’an right?

Let’s assume for a minute that according to his claim that how many times someone is mentioned in the Qur’an signifies their importance in Islam and whether or not you should accept them as superior. Does that mean that the following are superior to Jesus because they were mentioned the same or more times than Jesus who was mentioned 25 times?

Adam 25

Lot 27

Joseph 27

Mary 34

Noah 43

Israel 43

Abraham 69

Moses 136

3. Another lie told is that the Qur’an doesn’t mention any women except Mary.

Not true. Eve, Noah’s wife, Lot’s wife and daughters, Sarah, Moses’ wife and mother, the Queen of Sheba, Muhammad’s wife and daughters, Pharoah’s wife, and Jesus’ grandmother are all mentioned in the Qur’an in most of the following verses: 20:17, 66:10, 11:79, 15:71, 11:71-72, 28:7, 28: 23, 26-27 10, 12-13.

4. The speaker points out that Chapter 19 of the Qur’an truthfully titled Mary is significant because it’s named after the mother of Jesus. This of course is to further the claim of Jesus’ overall all importance because a chapter of the Qur’an is named after his mother.

If we followed the thinking that the name of the chapter signifies importance in Islam as it relates to people. What can be said of the following chapters:

Chapter 10 Jonah
Chapter 12 Joseph
Chapter 14 Abraham
Chapter 34 Sheba
Chapter 47 Muhammad
Chapter 71 Noah
5: At other times, the speaker really goes too far. It’s one thing to make broad, sweeping claims, it’s another to cite specific verses in support of your claims. When one does that, it’s to promote authority on a subject, but it also means that one can open themselves up to criticism. Several times this is done. The first time, we are told that 3:34 of the Qur’an says:
When it actually says: “in one line of descent. And God was all-hearing, all-knowing” and ironically, in context says: “On the Day when every human being will find himself faced with all the good that he has done, and with all the evil that he has done, [many a one] will wish that there were a long span of time between himself and that [Day]. Hence, God warns you to beware of Him; but God is most compassionate towards His creatures. Say [O Prophet]: “If you love God, follow me, [and] God will love you and forgive you your sins; for God is much-forgiving, a dispenser of grace.Say: “Pay heed unto God and the Apostle.” And if they turn away – verely, God does not love those who deny the truth.BEHOLD, God raised Adam, and Noah, and the House of Abraham, and the House of `Imran above all mankind, in one line of descent. And God was all-hearing, all-knowing.” 3:30-35
6: The speaker makes a claim about Mary saying the Qur’an says that she was without original sin.
This is deceptive for two reasons. First all, the Qur’an says that she was never deviated from the truth (5:75) and chaste (21:91), for example. Which isn’t the same as saying she never sinned, though most Muslims accept that she was upright and didn’t sin. The point the speaker is trying to make, is to say that Mary is infallible which is part of his own doctrine about Mary apparently as the Qur’an makes clear again in (5:75) that Mary was a mortal like anyone else. Secondly, there is no concept of original sin in Islam. This is solely a Christian doctrine. In fact, concerning Adam and Eve’s story, where this doctrine originated in Christianity, the Qur’an says that although Adam and Eve both disobeyed God, they were forgiven (7:19-25, 20:121-122). The Qur’an further refutes the idea that sin can be inherited by stated that no one is responsible for another’s sin (53:38-53:42). 
7: The speaker again allegedly quotes the Qur’an this time 50:23 in support of his claim

But 50:23 actually says: “And one part of him will say: “This it is that has been ever-present with me!” and in context: “and [in the end] the trumpet [of resurrection] will be blown: that will be the Day of a warning fulfilled.

And every human being will come forward with [his erstwhile] inner urges and [his] conscious mind [and will be told:] “Indeed, unmindful hast thou been of this [Day of Judgment]; but now We have lifted from thee thy veil, and sharp is thy sight today!”And one part of him will say: “This it is that has been ever-present with me!”
[Whereupon God will command:] “Cast, cast into hell every [such] stubborn enemy of the truth, [every] withholder of good [and] sinful aggressor [and] fomentor of distrust [between man and man – everyone] who has set up another deity beside God: cast him, then, cast him into suffering severe!” Qur’an 50:20-26
8: Misquoting and attributing to the Qur’an again, the speaker alleges that Jesus is said to have physically ascended to heaven according to the Qur’an among other ordinarily Christian beliefs.
The Qur’an 3:45-55 says: “Lo! The angels said: “O Mary! Behold, God sends thee the glad tiding, through a word from Him, [of a son] who shall become known as the Christ Jesus, son of Mary, of great honour in this world and in the life to come, and [shall be] of those who are drawn near unto God. And he shall speak unto men in his cradle, and as a grown man, and shall be of the righteous.” Said she: “O my Sustainer! How can I have a son when no man has ever touched me?” [The angel] answered: “Thus it is: God creates what He wills when He wills a thing to be, He but says unto it, ‘Be’ – and it is. And he will impart unto thy son revelation, and wisdom, and the Torah, and the Gospel, and [will make him] an apostle unto the children of Israel .” “I HAVE COME unto you with a message from your Sustainer. I shall create for you out of clay, as it were, the shape of [your] destiny, and then breathe into it, so that it might become [your] destiny by God’s leave; and I shall heal the blind and the leper, and bring the dead back to life by God’s leave; and I shall let you know what you may eat and what you should store up in your houses. Behold, in all this there is indeed a message for you, if you are [truly] believers. “And [I have come] to confirm the truth of whatever there still remains of the Torah, and to make lawful unto you some of the things which [aforetime] were forbidden to you. And I have come unto you with a message from your Sustainer; remain, then, conscious of God, and pay heed unto me. “Verily, God is my Sustainer as well as your Sustainer; so worship Him [alone]: this is a straight way.” And when Jesus became aware of their refusal to acknowledge the truth, he asked: “Who will be my helpers in God’s cause?” The white-garbed ones replied: “We shall be [thy] helpers [in the cause] of God! We believe in God: and bear thou witness that we have surrendered ourselves unto Him! O our Sustainer! We believe in what Thou hast bestowed from on high, and we follow this Apostle; make us one, then, with all who bear witness [to the truth]!” And the unbelievers schemed [against Jesus];but God brought their scheming to nought: for God is above all schemers. Lo! God said: “O Jesus! Verily, I shall cause thee to die, and shall exalt thee unto Me, and cleanse thee of [the presence of] those who are bent on denying the truth; and I shall place those who follow thee [far] above those who are bent on denying the truth, unto the Day of Resurrection. In the end, unto Me you all must return, and I shall judge between you with regard to all on which you were wont to differ.
I’m not seeing why he would point to any of this as evidence of his claims…
9: The speaker then makes goes on to categorically state that the Qur’an makes 10 statements about Jesus that should in so many words, seal the deal and prove that Jesus is not only greater than Muhammad, but is really God and should be worshipped.
Never mind that the speaker is using the “false” “mark of the beast” Qur’an to support his claims. Instead of his 10 claims. I’ve decided to raise him 10 more and give a list of 20 things the Qur’an says about Jesus, Christians, and Himself. 
Jesus is a symbol of God’s grace like Moses 23:50
Nothing but a human being a servant blessed by God and an example for the children of Israel 43:59
Strengthened Jesus with holy inspiration not (ruh al-qudus) not holy spirit 2:87
God does what He wills and gives prophets different messages, purposes, etc. 2:253
Emphasized that anything that Jesus did was only because God made it possible and allowed it. 5:110
Says Jesus is a word from Him and will be called anointed al-masih or messiah. 3:45
Tells Mary that God creates what He wills 3:47
God will make Jesus an apostle to Israel and perform miracles with God’s permission. 3:49
Jesus says to worship God alone 3:51
Jesus’ birth is a symbol to mankind and proof of God’s grace 19:21
Jesus called himself a prophet and foretold the coming of Muhammad 61:6
Those who called Jesus God deny the truth 5:17
God will deny those who call Jesus God paradise 5:72
Calling anyone God including Jesus is an invention and a lie invented by man 9:30 – 9:31
Jesus is no more special than Adam, God said be and he was 3:59
God tells Christians to speak the truth and stop calling Jesus God. He was an anointed prophet, there is no trinity, God has no son, and God alone is worthy of worship. 4:171
Jesus was like other prophets, Mary always told the truth, both were nothing but mortals who ate food, went to the bathroom, etc. like other mortals. 5:75
God exalted Jesus above lies and says that Jesus died. 3:55, 4:158
All Prophets including Jesus preached Islam as the true faith and deny any who claim that one of them shares any divinity with God 42:13
God asks Jesus did he tell anyone to worship him or his mother, Jesus will say he did not as he had no right to say such a thing. Jesus will say that he taught them to worship God alone. 5:116-5:118
Jesus was not killed by his enemies or crucified. It’s an invented tale that people follow. 4:157
10. Finally, in what I’m calling the lightening round, the speaker makes several claims that he ascribes to the Qur’an, but are clearly of Christian doctrine in origin if one pays close attention. Plus he again plays the my prophet is bigger than yours game by claiming that since Jesus performed miracles and Muhammad didn’t so he says, that this along with other outlandish claims proves once and for all that Jesus is lord and that’s why he’s no longer a Muslim, that is of course assuming that he ever was. He also claims that Jesus is the word of God aka John 1:1, was filled with the holy spirit, is the Christ, etc. etc. etc.
Every one of these claims is either outright false or truth mixed with falsehood. For instance, God calls Jesus a word from Him i.e. a message from Him as previously pointed out, God calls Jesus and his mother a sign, and does state that Jesus performed miracles. However, when you read the Qur’an it becomes clear that God states that none of those things Jesus could do of his own will but only because of the will and permission of God. Furthermore, this idea of “word” is significant because the theological context given in John concerning the original Greek Logos is important in the Johanine texts in Christianity. The speaker hanging on this concept of “word” is trying to tie the Qur’an to his belief in John 1:1. In other words, if he can prove that the Qur’an calls Jesus the word of God and that the universe was created with a word, then the Qur’an would somehow prove or support John 1:1. Again as previously mention, the Qur’an does not call Jesus THE word, but states that he’s A word from God. Furthermore, the Qur’an is more in line with the Big Bang Theory, when it comes to the creation of the universe, when it states that the universe was a solid entity before it was “exploded” and spread out (21:30). There is no God spoke the universe into existence in the Qur’an as it is in the Bible.
Now concerning miracles. Although most Muslims will agree that Muhammad didn’t directly perform miracles though he did ascend to heaven after traveling to Jerusalem from Medina in and back in a single night, recited the Qur’an from the angel Gabriel even though he was illiterate, and was able to defeat an army ten times greater than his with the help of angels fighting beside him, in Islam, we don’t consider the number of miracles significant of anything. Miracles in Islam are nothing more than signs that God gives some of His prophets. There’s no measurement of greatness involved. Is parting the Red Sea more significant than helping the blind see? According to Islam, no. Apparently to the speaker. However, it should be noted that in the Bible, both prophets Elisha and Elijah are believed to have performed some of the same or similar miracles as Jesus if one cares to look it up. 
In the end, it’s up to the viewer to decide what they want to believe about Islam. One thing should be certain at this point however, regardless of what you feel about Islam or the Qur’an, the speaker in this video makes false claims. If his “conversion” to Christianity is significant, then is should not be based on false information. It should be enough to state that he converted and is happy, but apparently he wants to evangelize by spreading lies in the hopes that the viewer will blindly accept his claims. Somehow, he must hope that people don’t have Google. If one has to lie in order to promote their religion, what does that say about them? What should a non-believer think about a religion who’s adherents feel the need to try and tear down another religion with misinformation in order to make their’s look good?