The Islamic concept of friendship proves beyond doubt that Islam is the invention of a deranged con-man...
To begin this article it is appropriate to quote directly from the Quran (9.23):
YUSUFALI: O ye who believe! take not for protectors your fathers and your brothers if they love infidelity above Faith: if any of you do so, they do wrong.
PICKTHAL: O ye who believe! Choose not your fathers nor your brethren for friends if they take pleasure in disbelief rather than faith. Whoso of you taketh them for friends, such are wrong-doers.
SHAKIR: O you who believe! do not take your fathers and your brothers for guardians if they love unbelief more than belief; and whoever of you takes them for a guardian, these it is that are the unjust.
Granted, this verse does not pertain to friendship. It pertains to one’s own family members. Can a person imagine a statement, a commandment, more perverse than these words spoken by the Islamic prophet Muhammad? Let’s consider this verse and its meaning for a moment before moving on the topic of friendship in Islam.
In Verse 9.23 of the Quran, Muhammad is claiming that god has commanded him to inform “the Muslims” that they must put Islam ahead of their own family in importance. In other words, Muhammad has said that Muslims should virtually disown their own family members should they simply choose not to remain Muslim. At minimum the family member is to be heartlessly ostracized.
Can you imagine being a Muslim parent or child and having to obey this verse should the reality arise within your own family? This tragic situation has arisen within millions of Muslims families throughout the centuries, and millions have been killed by their own families due to Islamic apostacy laws. Such is the sickening legacy of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
Let us now consider friendship in Muhammad’s Islam.
First let us consider the reality of friendship amongst Muslims themselves. This topic concerned me greatly when I was a Muslim. For inside I knew the answers to the questions I was asking myself – and the truth was deeply disturbing. Some of the questions I asked myself were as follows:
If I were to leave Islam would my Muslim friends have to dump ME?
Does this mean that if one of my Muslim friends chose to leave Islam that I would have to dump THEM?
The answers to these fundamental questions helped open the door for me and leave Muhammad’s Islam. This and other “Islamic realities” led me to a critical study of Islam that helped free me from its perverse falsehood.
Obviously real friendship is profound and is to be highly respected and cherished. Many know how important friendship is to human health, happiness and our general development as individuals. Tragically, there can be no genuine friendship in Islam. Many Muslims still do not understand this basic fact. Let me explain why.
Muslim-to-Muslim friendship is contingent upon adherence to Islam. In other words, if a Muslim simply chooses to leave Islam for his own reasons his Muslim friends are obliged to consider him a traitor to the Muslim Umma, an enemy of god, and a worthless failure. And, of course, an Apostate that should be killed:
Bukhari: Volume 9, Book 84, Number 57:
Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to ‘Ali and he burnt them. The news of this event, reached Ibn ‘Abbas who said, “If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah’s Apostle forbade it, saying, ‘Do not punish anybody with Allah’s punishment (fire).’ I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah’s Apostle, ‘Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.’”
Now let us look to Islam’s “holy book,” the Quran, and see what it has to say regarding friendship:
YUSUFALI: Let not the believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of precaution, that ye may Guard yourselves from them. But Allah cautions you (To remember) Himself; for the final goal is to Allah.
YUSUFALI: O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.
YUSUFALI: Thou seest many of them turning in friendship to the Unbelievers. Evil indeed are (the works) which their souls have sent forward before them (with the result), that Allah’s wrath is on them, and in torment will they abide.
YUSUFALI: Turnest thou not thy attention to those who turn (in friendship) to such as have the Wrath of Allah upon them? They are neither of you nor of them, and they swear to falsehood knowingly.
YUSUFALI: O ye who believe! Turn not (for friendship) to people on whom is the Wrath of Allah, of the Hereafter they are already in despair, just as the Unbelievers are in despair about those (buried) in graves.
In closing, Islam’s treatment of friendship is obviously severely perverse. Upon close inspection, Islam is the obvious fraud of a very, very deranged con man.
Saleem Smith is a Canadian Ex-Muslim. He expresses his views on Islam and other issues in his blog, http://www.considerationsofacanadianex-muslim.org.