You Should Really Talk to a Muslim

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Answers to Objections When Discussing Islam
By Citizen Warrior
1. But it is Just a Small Minority of Extremists
2. My Friend is a Muslim and He's Really Nice
3. What You're Saying Is Racist
4. Aren't You Being Religiously Intolerant?
5. Christianity Is Just As Bad
6. Not All Muslims Are Terrorists
7. We Can't Go to War With 1.3 Billion Muslims!
8. Are You An Islamophobe?
9. Isn't This Bigotry?
10. Are You a Hatemonger?
11. You Should Really Talk to a Muslim
12. But There Are Peaceful Passages in the Quran
13. You Can Justify Anything Quoting Out of Context
14. Millions of Muslims in This Country and They're Not Blowing Things Up
15. My Family and My Community is Muslim, and None of Us Are Terrorists
16. Fundamentalism is Fundamentalism
17. Mosques, Synagogues and Churches Stood Side-By-Side in Peace
18. You're Taking Quran Verses Out of Context
19. But Jihad is an Internal Struggle
20. Criticism Will Turn Moderates into Extremists
21. You're Cherry-Picking Verses
22. You Are a Xenophobe
23. Majority of Muslims are Peaceful
24. Better to Support the Peaceful Muslims?
25. What Can We Do About It?

This article is the eleventh in a series, where we explore the responses you get when you start talking to people about Islamic supremacism and the third jihad.


"You should really talk to some Muslims. You're getting all this from books."

This objection seems sensible if you haven't had time to think about it, but it is meaningless — unless, of course, you've just made the blunder of overgeneralizing (saying something like, "All Muslims treat their women badly") — in which case, you should immediately correct yourself by talking about Islamic doctrine rather than talking about "Muslims."


Assuming you are making no such blunders, here is a possible answer to this objection:

I have talked to Muslims. And I've met some very nice Muslims. They are either ignoring some of the basic, mainstream Islamic teachings (read more about that) or they are using taqiyya (read more about taqiyya here), which is the Islamic principle of "religious deception" or deception for the sake of Islam.

But hopefully, they were simply genuinely nice people who are ignoring some of their religious principles. You see, if a Muslim is truly a friend to me (a non-Muslim), he or she is violating an important doctrine of Islam: A Muslim is forbidden to befriend a non-Muslim. I'm not making this up. It's in the Qur'an and it's stated very clearly. For example, 4:144 reads: "Believers! Do not take unbelievers as friends over fellow believers. Would you give Allah a clear reason to punish you?" (See more Qur'an quotes about this.)

But either way, it doesn't change the fact that the doctrine of Islam is hazardous to non-Muslims and we should learn about it. Sixty-one percent of the Qur'an is about how Muslims are supposed to deal with non-Muslims. Millions of Muslims around the world are devout believers in that doctrine.

What I'm advocating is simple public knowledge about these facts. It's amazing how little most people know about Islam, especially given how much these teachings impact current events. Anyway, please stop believing what other people tell you, including me, and just read the Qur'an yourself.

Read more about this approach: Push Them to Read the Qur'an, and for more information and possible approaches to this issue, read "My Friend is a Muslim and He's Really Nice."

I hope you can top that. Please leave your answer here or email it to me and I'll post it for you (anonymously if you wish):

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