Seven main reasons why I left Islam – Proof Islam is false
Hello and welcome! This is the Masked Arab! In this video, I’ll be going through the seven main reasons why I left Islam. I will try to keep it as short as I can, but we have a lot to get through, so let’s get going! [Intro] Before I start explaining them individually, let me quickly list the seven reasons that made me realize Islam was just yet another man-made religion. And here they are: 1) The Qur’an is not perfect and contains blatant scientific errors. 2) The Qur’an has contradictions as well as grammatical and historical errors. 3) The life and actions of Mohammed were not as perfect as I had been led to believe. 4) The Qur’an takes a lot of stories from the Bible that are absurd and totally lacking in historical evidence. 5) The pagan origins of belief. 6) The concept of divine justice is flawed. and 7) The convenient timing of certain verses. To keep this video down to a reasonable length, I will only lightly touch on the reasons and not go into too much detail. I may choose to do a fork video on some of these points. If there is one topic you’d like me to touch on more in particular, let me know in the comments section below. Now before I start, let me just quickly preempt the usual criticism and accusations from the apologists. “I’m not going to believe what you say because you’re just making it up.” I realize you don’t trust me and being skeptical is a good thing, so I have my sources in the description below and you can check them for yourself. “Well, anything you say is bound to be out of context.” The Qur’an explicitly states several times that it is meant to be a clear book. Only on one occasion does it claim that some of its verses can be allegorical. But logically, any allegorical verses would have to be specified as such. Otherwise the whole book is pointless; then you wouldn’t know where there anything that is being said is actually meant. “I hate you, you, you stinky infidel!” [Sniffing] Oah, yeah, I’ll give me that one! I keep getting sidetracked and I’m trying to keep it short anyway, so focus man, focus! OK, so reason 1: The Qur’an is not perfect and contains basic scientific errors. We all know if we have any understanding of our reality that the universe most likely began as a big bang. Now, some Muslim preachers will embarassingly claim that this is foretold in the Qur’an 1400 years ago in this verse. It basically says that the earth and heavens were one and then split apart. Well, sorry, but that is no way near describing the big bang. For starters: earth formed as a result of the universe coming into existence and could not have existed at the very beginning of the universe. Earth was only formed around 9 billion years after the big bang. So it was never there at the moment of the big bang. And if it was, the planet would have been incinerated in the face of such heat and force. Moving back to the point of scientific inaccuracy, the Qur’an repeatedly tells us in the clearest of terms that the earth was created first before the heavens. Qur’an verse 2:29: “He it is Who created for you all that is in the earth. Then turned He to the heaven, and fashioned it as seven heavens. And He is knower of all things.” Chapter 41:9-12 also give us the same order, that the earth came before the heavens. The order here is absolutely wrong and irrational, but in line with what a desert Bedouin in the 7th century might have thought. And also generally in line with the teachings of the Torah, which got it wrong, too. We can date stars using various techniques like measuring the Beryllium content in stars’ outer layers. And we have stars that are nearly as old as the universe itself, while we can also measure the earth’s age using isochrone dating of lead isotopes and numerous other methods, which all give us the same results. Also, looking in the verses 41:9-12, we find that it takes God at least twice as long to build earth than it does for him to build everything else in our vast universe. The sun itself is about a million times bigger than earth in volume. There are billions of stars in just our own galaxy. Then there are billions of galaxies in the observable universe. In fact that it would take God longer to build our tiny planet is telling us the author of the Qur’an had a very geocentric view and was oblivious to reality in the scale of our planet. Moving on, a recurrent topic in the Qur’an is that of the purpose of stars. We are told that they are in the lowest heaven, so the layer of heaven closest to the earth, and that their purpose is twofold. One is: stars were created to be a decoration for the night sky. and the other is that they act as a form of protection for God and the angels and what’s called the High Council or Exalted Assembly in Heaven, where God and the angels reside. The stars are pelted at devils trying to listen in to what’s being said in the heavens. There are two main problems here, beside the obvious absurdity and mythical nature of the story. The first is that shooting stars are not actually stars but meteors. And the second is these meteors burn in the layer of the atmosphere, just above earth, called the mesosphere. That’s between 50 and 85 km above the surface of the earth and hardly anywhere near heaven if it’s alleged to be outside the edge of the universe. It’s clearly an ancient legend that tries to explain why there were shooting stars to primitive people who didn’t understand the world around us. Now, the list of the scientific errors is long, but I need to move on. Reason 2: The Qur’an has contradictions as well as grammatical and historical errors. I initially believed the Qur’an didn’t contain any serious contradictions, but I can now see that’s clearly not the case. I’ve already mentioned two verses and if you looked closely enough, you see that they contain a contradiction. But you might not have noticed, so let me quickly show you what it was. Chapter 21 verse 30 says the earth and heavens were together and then separated, while chapter 41 verse 11 says the earth and heavens were separate and then joined. Elsewhere, according to Islamic history, the first major battle the Muslims fought against the Pagan Arabs were the Battle of Badr, around 130 km southwest of Medina, not too far from the Red Sea. Muslims claim their army defeated a far larger army and Mohammed said this was due to a number of angels who came down to help them in battle. But how many angels helped the Muslims win the Battle of Badr? If we look at Surat Al-Anfal verse 9, it’s 1000, whereas Surat Al Imran verses 123-124 are clear that 3000 angels helped the Muslims in the battle. Some apologists claim that the 3000 angels were sent to the next Battle of Uhud, but that makes no sense since the verses are clearly talking about Badr. It mentions the battle by name, and the Muslims also lost the Battle of Uhud, so three times as many angels didn’t really help. Now, how long is Judgement Day? Well, it’s either 50,000 years by our account or 1,000 years by our account. It depends really on which verse you’re reading. Some apologists claim this duration changes depending on how good or bad you are. But nothing suggests that in the text of the Qur’an and it seems to be a poor attempt of making sense of the discrepancy. I won’t get into grammatical errors here as this video is in the English language. But a glaring historical error comes in the description of Jesus’ mother Mary. The author of the Qur’an clearly mixes up the well-known Mary with the Miriam who allegedly lived hundreds of years before her. Miriam is mentioned in the Bible as a sister of Aaron and Moses. The book of Exodus chapter 15 verse 20 clearly says that Miriam is the sister of Aaron. She is also mentioned as the daughter of Amram. And this is mentioned in 1 Chronicles 6:3. Now the Qur’an mentions the virgin Mary with exactly the same relations as Miriam. That is just way too much of a coincidence and extremely strong evidence that the Qur’an’s author made an error after mistaking Mary and Miriam as the same person. We see in Surah At-Tahrim, which is chapter 66 verse 12: Mary is referred to as a daughter of Imran, whilst in Surat Maryam, chapter 19, verse 28 she is referred to as a sister of Aaron. The author has clearly mistaken Miriam for Mary in the Bible and presented them as the same person in the Qur’an. Onto reason 3: The Life and Actions of Mohammed. Before I’m accused of cherry-picking on this, I will say I am aware that he did do some good things like encouraging charity giving to the poor, for instance, and forbidding backbiting. But there is no doubt, if you read the Qur’an, Hadiths, and his sira, which is his biography, that the man was brutal to say the least and nowhere near the absolute model of perfection I was taught he was as a Muslim. The most well-known controversy involving him was probably his marriage to a six-year old girl before consummating the marriage at nine. Apologists in this generation know this stands against their values and often try to wiggle out of it by changing the age of Aisha based on imbalanced calculations emanating from much weaker hadiths, while others will claim girls mature faster in hot climates. Well, I’m not really here to cite Aisha’s marriage and instead will focus on other aspects. Mohammed was a violent man who led at least thirty raids against his opponents and encouraged ___________ against trade caravans, where his men looted goods and killed travelling merchants. The attacks were unprovoked the vast majority of the time. In some raids, Muslims attacked villages killing the men and enslaving women and children. In one instance, at the Battle of _________, Muslims captured women as sex slaves and felt it was immoral to have sex with them as they were already married. So then Mohammed reveals a Qur’anic verse to tell them that having sex with married women is bad, with the exception if that married woman is actually your slave. Apologetic have a difficult time trying to defend this verse as is clear in the Qur’an and it’s across pretty much all Islamic sources – Sunni and Shia. This is found in Surat an-Nisa’, which is chapter 4, and verses 23 and 24. At the beginning of verse 24, we see it says: So, we can clearly see that Mohammed and the Qur’an encouraged Muslim soldiers to rape their female captives, even if they were married. Mohammed was also obsessed with the Jews. He initially felt he could convince them to join him and accept his prophethood, but they kept insisting for miracles that he couldn’t provide. So he became increasingly frustrated with them and began to come up with reasons to attack them, punish them, and take over their wealth and property. He banished a couple of Jewish tribes from Medina. But then, the third and final tribe weren’t as fortunate. The Banu Qurayza had been accused of not doing enough to support Mohammed in his battles and he besieged their fortress for 25 days with no food or water allowed in before they were forced to surrender. Now, cutting food and water from a village may seem inhumane, but the Qur’an here praises the Muslims for casting terror in their hearts. In chapter 33 verse 26, we see it says: And those of the People of the Book who aided them Allah did take them down from their strongholds and cast terror into their hearts. (So that) some ye slew, and some ye made prisoners. As the Jews sat awaiting their punishment, some Muslims from the _______ tribe begged Mohammed to be lenient in his sentence. But he appointed a man known for his contempt towards the Banu Qurayza to issue the sentence against them. This man, Sa’d ibn Mu’adh, ordered that all men and boys who have reached puberty are beheaded. They checked for pubic hair growth to determine who was to die. The women and children were to be enslaved by the Muslims and their property taken by the Muslims. Mohammed even took a female slave, called Rayhana, on that day, after murdering all the men of her tribe. One woman was also beheaded after she had allegedly insulted Mohammed. Estimates of people beheaded that day range from 600 to 900 people. I ask Muslims here to be honest with themselves. If they were on the receiving end of such barbarity, would they give the same excuses that they give now for this brutal massacre? Another example of extreme violence endorsed by Mohammed is given as the context behind verse 5:33. If we read the verse, it says: “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter.” Many Muslims will always claim that this is out of context and it obviously means something else, so let’s just take a look at the context, let’s see why this particular verse came down into the Qur’an. Now, pay attention here as this pretty much single-handedly proves that Mohammed himself was not a man of peace. One day, a group of people from ‘Ukl or ‘Uraina approached Mohammed and asked for help. He sent one of his companions with them along with camels and told them that they can drink camel milk and urine on their journey. Once they were far enough from Mohammed, the people killed the companion and stole the camels. However, Mohammed sent out for them and captured them. Then he personally committed one of the worst acts of violence imaginable. He chopped off their hands and feet, then gouged their eyes out before leaving them there to die in the desert a slow and painful death. This is absolutely outrageous and flies in the face of swift justice. I’m not saying murderers shouldn’t be executed, but it was very arbitrary, with no attempt to differentiate between the person who killed the companion directly with his hands and the others who were with him, potentially accomplices. Why gouge out eyes and leave them to suffer slowly before dying? This story appears in many Islamic sources. I will link the main source in the description below. Reason 4: The Qur’an takes many absurd and historically inaccurate stories from the Bible. For starters: There is no geological evidence around for a global flood like Noah’s even though there should be plenty of evidence for such a flood if it really happened. No historical evidence whatsoever that Jews were enslaved in Egypt at any time. No archeological proof to suggest that they were lost in the desert for 40 years. Yet elements of this story appear quite a lot in the Qur’an. E.g. Noah’s ark has now been uncovered as a forgery of earlier flood myths. Here on YouTube 43alley, has a brilliant video on this. It is well sourced and linked in the description below. Whilst you are there, I would highly recommend watching his video on the evolution of Jesus through the New Testament, tracing how his story starts off basic and simple and evolves into something that is larger than life, generations after the alleged death of Jesus. There is a general misconception that Islam claims the previous scriptures like the Bible were corrupted. The Qur’an actually says Mohammed confirms what was sent before him and confirms the scriptures with the Jews and Christians during his time. Let’s take a look now at Jacob. He is also known by the name “Israel” in both the Bible and the Qur’an. Let’s take a look at where he gets this name. In Genesis 32, we are told Jacob physically wrestles with God during the night until dawn. Then God tried to escape Jacob’s grip, but he was too strong. And Jacob said he wouldn’t let him go unless he blessed him. God then blesses him and renames him “Israel”, which in Hebrew means “He who prevails over God”. Why on earth would the Qur’an use the name “Israel” to describe Jacob if this is the name’s origin in the Bible? It either means Mohammed endorses the story or wasn’t aware of the meaning of this name. Another bizarre story that is copied from the Bible is the story of Lot, where he hosts two angels in his home and a homosexual mob demand Lot hand them over to be raped. Lot instead, being the good man he is, offers his two virgin daughters for the mob to rape instead. Luckily for the girls, the homosexual mob decline Lot’s insane offer. This is mentioned in Genesis 19, but it’s also mentioned twice in the Qur’an, firstly in Surat Hud (chapter 11) verse 78 and also in Surat Al-Hijr (chapter 15) verse 71. Apologists here will claim that Lot offered his virgin daughters in marriage, but none of the scriptures say that, that’s not a very good excuse either as he knows that they’re gay rapists, not exactly people you want to give your girls to in marriage for a number of reasons. Besides, he only has two girls and it is a large crowd. To quell the crowd’s lust, the girls had to be shared and not married to just one or two individuals from the crowd. Reason 5: The pagan origins of belief. Islam seems to take a lot of what pagans used to believe. Let’s remember that the Sumerian religion was likely the first organized religion in the region and possibly the entire world. They believed in the concept of seven heavens and seven earths. They had a superstition with the number seven because of what they observed about the night sky, where seven objects, namely the sun, moon, and five inner planets of the solar system, all moved independently, and were not fixed, like the stars appeared to be. Surat At-Talaq (chapter 65) verse 12 reads: Now, we obviously now know that there aren’t seven earths or seven heavens. But even if someone claims we might not know the meaning, isn’t it dubious, to say the least, that this idea was proposed well before the Qur’an stated it? I mean, it was an incorrectly held common belief long before the 7th century that there were seven heavens. And that’s ________ when we see a verse like this. Surat Nuh (chapter 71) verse 15: “Do you not see how Allah has created the seven heavens, ~ one above another” We find this verse is taking the fact that there are seven heavens as a given. when it says: “Do you not see this?” instead of saying something like “God created seven heavens, but you can only see one of them und can’t see the others however far you look.” Let’s not forget that Aristotle in ancient Greece also championed the very similar idea of solid layers above earth. Is it just a coincidence? It’s clearly false and borrowed by Mohammed to try and explain the cosmos. The most respected Sunni exegesis, Tafsir Ibn Kathir, clearly claims the seven layers are the sun, moon, and five inner planets in his interpretation of this verse. The same idea as Aristotle and the Sumerians, which has long since shown to be inaccurate. Another typical paganistic ritual is animal sacrifice to the gods. If Allah is so different from these other gods, why does he accept animal sacrifices? There are endless references to animal sacrifices in the Bible, but the Qur’an also has a couple of occasions when animal sacrifices to God is mentioned. The first instance is found in the largest chapter in the Qur’an, called “The Cow”, after the yellow cow the Jews are ordered to slaughter as a sacrifice to God. This appears in chapter 2 verse 67. Another example of this paganistic ritual being practised by this god is in the story of Cain and Abel when God accepts the animal sacrifice of Abel and not the vegetation offered by Cain. This leads Cain to kill Abel out of jealousy. The exegesis on this verse is pretty universal that fire came down from the heavens to consume the livestock offered by Abel. Even the concept of Judgement Day and the Afterlife seems borrowed from the pagans. The ancient Egyptians for instance had souls being judged by a god on a set of scales before determining whether they go to a firy hell or forever abode in the beautiful gardens of heaven. Religious Studies academics tell us these beliefs were held way before the advents of monotheism. We see here, the reference to scales is similar to the Qur’an and the idea of heaven and hell is not too far off either. So, five reasons gone, only two to go! I hope you will still tune in and awake! Reason 6 that I’m no longer a Muslim is: The concept of divine justice is flawed. When you have a god who vows to place you in eternal hellfire if you simply don’t believe in his existence, that in itself is not very just. Even he created you with the mind that used rational reasoning to reach a conclusion based on evidence you have. It’s also grossly unfair that some people in the past witnessed miracles first hand and in this day and age we no longer see them. What makes it worse is that in the Qur’an, God categorically states time and time again that guidance to his message is something that he controls and is not really a matter of free will. Chapter 2 verse 10 says: “In their hearts is a disease; and Allah has increased their disease […]” Why is he increasing this disease? A few verses later, we see that Allah mocks the unbelievers and leaves them to wander off blindly. In chapter 4 verse 88, the Qur’an is very clear. It says: “[…] Do you wish to guide him whom Allah has caused to err? And whomsoever Allah causes to err, you shall by no means find a way for him.” Notice the language here. Allah is causing people to err. Allah is the cause of people erring. In chapter 16 verse 93: “[…] He causes to err whom He pleases and guides whom He pleases […]” So, it’s really down to him, it’s not a matter of free will. These and plenty of other verses are clearly stating that it is God’s will and not ours over who receives guidance and who is misguided. But for some reason, we are all accountable for his decisions on leaving us out of his pool of followers. Another unjust concept is the fact that the Qur’an states numerous times that God had favoured the Israelites over other people. What kind of universal god is this? Why would he send these people so many messages and prophets and give them land and help them in battle? This only becomes clear when we look at the history of this god and his origins as a local god and not as the universal god of monotheism, which he later evolves into, according to detailed study of scriptures. Another example of injustice can be found in chapter 2 verse 178. It reads: This verse is not entirely clear from its literal reading and we need to go and look at the context in which this verse was revealed. So, let’s look this up in _____________________ and see why this verse was revealed. Let’s see, here it says … aha, yeah. Fighting took place between two Arab tribes. One Arab tribe had more power than the other and therefore they said: “For every slave of ours that you kill, we will kill a freeman of yours and for every woman of ours a man of yours.” And then this verse was revealed. So, looking at the context of the revelation, we can see that God has prescribed the barbaric practice of vengeful tribal retaliation, where if someone from tribe A kills a woman from tribe B, tribe B cannot kill anyone in tribe A other than a woman in retaliation, presumably because a woman and a man have varied value. What kind of divine justice is this? Innocents are killed in retaliation and Muslim clerics tell us this system is a perfect solution for mankind. Moving on to another point of flawed justice … It just doesn’t seem like it’s a fair test. I mean, people of religion will tell you that everything is a test and it’s a test whether you’re gonna believe or not, and if you don’t believe, you fail the test und you will be punished in the hereafter. So, how fair is this? Why does a Muslim have such a massive ______________ on so many ___________? Given that less than 1 % of the world’s population change their religion, this doesn’t seem to be a very fair criterion. If the majority of people are unable to find the right belief using their brain, then I’m afraid God is being irrational in his judgement as humans are clearly not capable of seeing the so called truth of this message very easily. It’s like trying to teach a class of five-year-olds quantum mechanics and then burning them in an eternity of hell if they don’t understand it. Just to put things in context: This God of Islam forbids someone to eat pork or listen to music but allows slavery, the rape of concubines, and the marriage of young girls. It really seems that his moral compass is all over the place. Finally, on to the last reason why I left Islam! Number 7: Convenient timing of verses. Mohammed had many instances in when his revelations were convenient for him on a personal level, which undoubtedly leads sceptics to question why God would be revealing verses in the Qur’an that have nothing to do with the message of Islam. In Surat at-Tahrim (which is chapter 66) verse 1, we see that Mohammed is told he shouldn’t be forbidding things which had been made lawful for him. The background of the story is that Mohammed has sex with his slave Mary the Copt at Hafsah’s house. When Hafsah walks in and catches him, he urges Hafsah not to tell one of his other wives, Aisha, because he made a promise to her that he would not sleep with Mary. Hafsah tells Aisha anyway and news spreads. There is a breakdown in the relationship of Mohammed and his wives and after Mohammed vows not to sleep again with Mary, God reveals verses rebuking his wives and urging Mohammed to not ban himself from Mary. In Surat al-Ahzab (chapter 33) verse 37: The background to this is that Mohammed was attracted to his cousin Zaineb bint Jahish, who is one of the most beautiful women in Quraysh at the time. But she was married to his adopted son, Zaid. When Zaineb knew of Mohammed’s attraction, she wanted to ditch Zaid and marry Mohammed, who had a much higher social status. When Zaineb and Zaid divorced to allow for Mohammed to marry her, people frowned on the move as they considered Zaineb to be his former daughter in law. But Mohammed gets a revelation from God ordering him to marry Zaineb, and not for ________ people say. The reason given why he needs to marry Zaineb is so that other Muslims will know that marrying your adopted son’s ex-wife is OK in God’s eyes. Staying in chapter 33 verse 50, we see this verse which basically gives Mohammed an exception to the rule of having a maximum of four wives. He is told in this verse he can take as many wives as he wants. Just three verses later, we have another convenient verse. Here, the background to this is that Mohammed is annoyed while guests at his home are overstating their welcome. One of the guests is ______________, who makes his intentions clear that he plans to marry Aisha after Mohammed’s death. Mohammed is frustrated with this man, but is too shy to tell him to leave. So, God reveals a verse to tell these people to leave Mohammed’s house. And he also throws in the order that no one would ever marry any of Mohammed’s wives after he dies. Mohammed once called for polytheism and recognized three female deities as daughters of Allah. This delighted his pagan opponents, but soon after Mohammed said he were told by Gabriel that he never gave him these polytheistic verses, and he gave him other verses to recite in their place. People became suspicious of Mohammed’s claim to prophecy as a result. And God sends him another verse, this time in chapter 22 verse 52, saying that Satan had passed those words on his tongue and that this had occurred with many other previous prophets, too. That just seems too convenient. So with that out, this video ends. Please, help spread my word to Muslims or non-Muslims alike, who may be interested in hearing the arguments I’m putting forward here. If you are a Muslim watching this video, please keep an open mind and check the sources I have left for you in the description box so you can verify for yourself what I have presented in this video. Please, like and share this video with as many people as you can. And please, subscribe, too. I will try my best to keep the videos coming your way. If you can afford to, please also support my work on Patreon. The link is in the description below. And follow me on Twitter, Google+, and Facebook. Until next time! Adios!