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Explaining the growth in Islam to Zamalik Abdul Rahman

Reader comment on item: Islamism in Disarray
in response to reader comment: Islam is thriving only in non-Islamic democracies

Submitted by Prashant (United States), Jul 9, 2016 at 19:19

Dear Dr Pipes, Your reader Zamalik Abdul Rahman from Malaysia once again told us that Islam was the fastest growing religion of the world. Indeed, it is possible that Islam is the fastest growing religion due to its merits but many other things that need to be considered:

1) It has become a cliche to report but it needs to be repeated over and over again that in our poverty-stricken, resource-starved planet, population growth rate is also the highest among Muslims.

2) There is no freedom of thought and action in the Islamic societies for the followers of Islam. Death comes with extreme fluidity to those who oppose Islam (example recent murders of intellectuals in Bangladesh)

3) In Islamic societies there is no freedom to preach non-Islamic religions. So conversions out of Islam are extremely difficult.

4) In some ways we are all hostages in the hands of Muslims. Recent murders of non-Muslims and Muslims at the hands of Muslims killers in Paris, Brussels, Orlando, Bangladesh, India, Iraq and Kenya show that we are all hostages at the hand of Islamists. So (believe it or not) Islam also gets benefits of Stockholm Syndrome. Some people, when they see even the slightest goodness among Muslims, convert to Islam. The same good gets unnoticed among the followers of other religions.

So people like your reader Zamalik Abdul Rahman, instead of bragging that Islam is the fastest growing religion of the world, must introspect and think how to advance the cause of freedom, non-violence, and liberty in the Islamic regions. Human happiness is more important than brute force growth.


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