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Magdi Allam: Jihad Terrorism Rooted in Islam

March 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Essays

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Magdi Allam’s account of why he converted to Christianity, includes these brutally frank comments, below. A full translation is available at Zenit.org:   

I had to ask myself about the attitude of those who publicly declared fatwas, Islamic juridical verdicts, against me — I who was a Muslim — as an “enemy of Islam,” “hypocrite because he is a Coptic Christian who pretends to be a Muslim to do damage to Islam,” “liar and vilifier of Islam,” legitimating my death sentence in this way. I asked myself how it was possible that those who, like me, sincerely and boldly called for a “moderate Islam,” assuming the responsibility of exposing themselves in the first person in denouncing Islamic extremism and terrorism, ended up being sentenced to death in the name of Islam on the basis of the Quran. I was forced to see that, beyond the contingency of the phenomenon of Islamic extremism and terrorism that has appeared on a global level, the root of evil is inherent in an Islam that is physiologically violent and historically conflictive.  

…you asked me whether I fear for my life, in the awareness that conversion to Christianity will certainly procure for me yet another, and much more grave, death sentence for apostasy. You are perfectly right. I know what I am headed for but I face my destiny with my head held high, standing upright and with the interior solidity of one who has the certainty of his faith. And I will be more so after the courageous and historical gesture of the Pope, who, as soon has he knew of my desire, immediately agreed to personally impart the Christian sacraments of initiation to me. His Holiness has sent an explicit and revolutionary message to a Church that until now has been too prudent in the conversion of Muslims, abstaining from proselytizing in majority Muslim countries and keeping quiet about the reality of converts in Christian countries. Out of fear. The fear of not being able to protect converts in the face of their being condemned to death for apostasy and fear of reprisals against Christians living in Islamic countries. Well, today Benedict XVI, with his witness, tells us that we must overcome fear and not be afraid to affirm the truth of Jesus even with Muslims.  For my part, I say that it is time to put an end to the abuse and the violence of Muslims who do not respect the freedom of religious choice. In Italy there are thousands of converts to Islam who live their new faith in peace. But there are also thousands of Muslim converts to Christianity who are forced to hide their faith out of fear of being assassinated by Islamic extremists who lurk among us.

If in Italy, in our home, the cradle of Catholicism, we are not prepared to guarantee complete religious freedom to everyone, how can we ever be credible when we denounce the violation of this freedom elsewhere in the world?  Dear friends, let us go forward on the way of truth, of life and of freedom with my best wishes for every success and good thing. 


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  • Archimedes2 Canada Mac OS X Safari 525.13

    Wow. The brief one-paragraph stories coming out in the papers here don’t say much about the background of this story, they just quote the Pope as saying something like “It’s long past time for us to finally get together” and make it sound like he’s baptizing a confessing muslim. The apparently implication of these stories is that the Pope is advocating a merger of religions and welcoming practicing muslims into the flock. Perhaps the next step would be opening up the Cordoba cathedral for islamic prayers…

    The idiocy … no, perhaps it’s “ideocy” of cotton-candy-filled western journalism. Kudos to this brave man, and the Pope, who will certainly be getting some blowback as the real story becomes widely known.