The Devil We Don’t Know, Part I


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The “Arab Spring.” The mainstream media clung to this phrase last year in their giddy haste to promote what they saw as a flowering of freedom-loving, democratic uprisings across the Arab world, for which they were eager to credit President Obama’s famed Cairo speech as partial inspiration. Instead, it unfolded with freedom-hating Islamic fundamentalists seizing political dominance, and the Arab Spring came to look more a Muslim Winter. What went wrong?

Bestselling writer and speaker Nonie Darwish is author of the compelling autobiography Now They Call Me Infidel, about growing up in Egypt and her break from Islam, and Cruel and Usual Punishment, an exposé of the stark reality of sharia. Her new book, The Devil We Don’t Know: The Dark Side of Revolutions in the Middle East, explains what really lies behind the Arab Spring movement, and it exposes Islam as the belief system that will inevitably doom those revolutions.

This is the first of a two-part interview. Part two will appear in Frontpage’s Monday, April 16, issue.

Mark Tapson: Nonie, you note in your introduction that you have written The Devil We Don’t Know not merely to criticize Islam but as a challenge, a plea to Muslims. What are you asking of them with this book?

Nonie Darwish: The purpose of writing The Devil We Don’t Know is not to shame Muslims or criticize Islam for the fun of it. The purpose is to expose the dark side of Islam and its laws that obstruct political, social and individual development, causing the Islamic political system to fall into a continual dysfunctional cycle of tyrannies and revolutions.

Muslims need to understand that the reason Islam is highly criticized is because it has assumed the role of government and a warlike confrontational and oppressive draconian legal system, and thus Islam has opened itself to criticism. But unfortunately Muslims, as a group, ignore or are unaware of such an important reason for why Islam is highly criticized. What Muslims need to understand is that the worldwide rejection, fear and criticism of Islam is not an unjustified phobia.

The number one enemy of Islam as it is practiced today is the truth, and thus my plea to Muslims is to understand that being open to an honest dialogue is best for everyone. Muslims who truly love their religion need to lay down their pride, shame and guns and honestly acknowledge the challenges of Islam today, not only for themselves, but also for the rest of the world. Acknowledging historical atrocities and evolving into a better faith in tune to human rights are values that apply to everyone, every religion and ideology, if they are to stand the test of time. Islam and Muslims are no exception. It is Islam’s turn today to look within, seeking forgiveness and redemption as a first step towards healing the wounds with the rest of the non-Muslim world. The whole world will stand in support of a brave movement of cleansing Islam, especially its written books, from the factors that contribute to its dysfunctional system. There is nothing to fear for Muslims to let go of their fears and be willing to face reality, admit their imperfections and their need to change course. That will be the most positive, constructive and honorable thing Muslims can do today.

These are the questions that Muslim revolutionaries today must face: are Muslims confident and secure enough in their faith and its survival without resorting to enforcing it through the government and legal system under penalty of death? Why do Muslims not dare remove Sharia from their constitutions? Why do they dread letting go of total control of every aspect of a Muslim’s life and the institutions that govern him? What is behind their insecurity and feelings of inadequacy? What is it that forces them to rely on government and not the freedom of the Muslim individual to choose?

MT: You write that the West misunderstood the Arab Spring revolutions by assuming that Middle East dictators like Saddam Hussein, Mubarak, and others were secular. What were they really, and how were they perceived by the Islamic fundamentalists?

ND: The West describes Mubarak, Assad, Hussein and other regimes as secular when in reality they were not. It is true that many of these dictators did come from a military background and their wives do not wear Islamic clothes, but at the same time many of them, in their youth, had been members of the Muslim Brotherhood; for example, Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar El Sadat. Many of the so-called secular dictators govern under constitutions that state that Sharia is the primary law of the land. No Muslim leader in the Middle East can get away with a true secular rule, or even survive one day in office if he rejects Islamic law. It was during Mubarak’s rule in 1991 that Egypt signed the Cairo Declaration for Human Rights, which declared that Sharia supersedes any other law. So even though Sharia is not applied one hundred percent in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Jordan or Tunisia, it is officially the law of the land. Mubarak, like all Muslim leaders, had to appease the Islamists to avoid their wrath.

In fact, according to Sharia, a Muslim head of state must rule by Islamic law and preserve Islam in its original form or he must be removed from office. Islamic law leaves no choice for any Muslim leader but to accept, at least officially, that Sharia is the law of the land or else be ousted by a mob of Islamists who are commanded by Sharia itself to remove any leader who is not a true Muslim. Because of that law Muslim leaders must play a game of appearing Islamic and anti-West while trying to get along with the rest of the world. It’s a game with life-and-death consequences and that is why Anwar Sadat was killed for violating Sharia when he signed a peace treaty with Israel.

MT: One of the new book’s chapter titles is “A Muslim’s Burden: How Islam Fails the Individual.” How does Islam fail the individual?

ND: The reason Western civilization achieved its goals of democracy and freedom was because they had the right moral foundations at the individual level that produced the constitutions and democratic governments of the West. On the other hand, Muslim culture failed to equip the individual with the moral foundation for democracy. The Islamic state has failed the Muslim individual, his morality and his humanity. For centuries, the Muslim mind believed in values contrary to those espoused in the rest of the world.

After 17 years in the Egyptian educational system I was never taught values such as the brotherhood of man, respect for human rights, pursuing peace and harmony in our relationships with people outside of our faith and treating our neighbors, including neighboring countries as we wished to be treated. Such values are never taught in Islamic culture, not even in a non-religious social setting. It was all about jihad, martyrdom, paranoia, conspiracy theories and hatred of the other. And the sad thing is that Muslims as a group have never found anything unusual or bad about this.

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  • MikeWood

    Wow! There are a lot of useful insights here. I can really see your point about the stark choice they face: either Jews are evil and deserve to be treated as Muhammad treated them, or Muhammad was evil and cannot be considered a prophet. Bang goes Islam!

    • mparks

      Mike, I think the latter would be in order!

    • flyingtiger

      I believe in the latter

  • diann

    I just finished reading this fabulous new book from Nonie Darwish. It's a must read for anyone who wants to know what is going on within Islam and the Middle East. For the clearest picture – read all three of her books. She speaks with love for the Muslim people and anguish at their distress and violence. She wants them to be free from oppression, and explains why under Islam they cannot achieve this.

  • KarshiKhanabad

    The Muslims chant, "The west is the cancer, Islam is the answer!!"

    No, the answer is the total nuclear destruction of their holy city of Makkah. If Makkah is obliterated, Islam will collapse like a house of cards. Their false god Allah can't even protect his holy city? How mighty is that? Most of the world's Muslims will be left dazed & confused. Sure, a few will lash out against "infidels" but those will do so anyway.

    Look to India as the likely agent. Hindus have long memories of what Islam did to their people & culture, going back centuries to the exterminations carried out by Mughal emperors down to the present day troubles with Pakis & Bengalis.

    Islam is the cancer, Meccabliteration is the answer!

  • Ahmad

    There is a big difference in the way religion is defined in the west and the way it is defined in the East. Islam, if practiced in entirety has rules of living one's life 24 hours a day. There are rules and practices from the prophet as to how to wake up, what acts to do, how to sit for toilet, how to brush your teeth, how to take shower, how to interact with each other, what word to say when you meet each other, how much louder one should speak, how to begin to eat, how much to eat, what to eat, what to drink, how to conduct business, how to make a decision, how to invest, how to pay taxes, how to visit someone's home, how to knock and how to enter a house, what to gift, how to divide property, how to treat animals, how to use water, how to entertain, what to entertain with, how to have an evening meal, how to conduct relationships between spouses, how to sleep, On what to sleep.When to wake up at night, what to do when one has a dream and again how to wake up. No other religion pervades a believers life in such a way. Right or wrong are subjective decisions, what is wrong in western eyes may be right in eastern eyes. The definition of religion thus is different in both contexts, Muslims treat religion much more different to just an identity. Islam is in a way a point based system, where believers act in a way to maximise their points to get in good books of the Lord, even if it means not being rewarded in this world. It is not only to to improve the life of this world that man or woman needs to accumulate the points but to thank Lord for his benevolence for this life and the fact that God is the master of the day of judgement, who is capable of giving life and death in whatever form he wants now or after this life.

  • Ahmad

    All right, To tell you the truth. Muslims (not necessarily Arabs), don't have any problems with believing Jews. Jews are people of the book in the same way Christians are. The problem is with Jews who don't recognise truth in Islam and Christianity and with Christians who don't believe the truth in Islam while they both blame Islam for all the ills of the world. Muslims always say that the Lord of the Jews and Christians is the same and accord special status to them – The people of the Book, who need to be respected while Christians and Jews take offence at the very mention saying that Islam's Allah is indeed not the same as their God.

    There is a big difference in the way religion is defined in the west and the way it is defined in the East. Islam, if practiced in entirety has rules of living one's life 24 hours a day. There are rules and practices from the prophet as to how to wake up, what acts to do, how to sit for toilet, how to brush your teeth, how to take shower, how to interact with each other, what word to say when you meet each other, how much louder one should speak, how to begin to eat, how much to eat, what to eat, what to drink, how to conduct business, how to make a decision, how to invest, how to pay taxes, how to visit someone's home, how to knock and how to enter a house, what to gift, how to divide property, how to treat animals, how to use water, how to entertain, what to entertain with, how to have an evening meal, how to conduct relationships between spouses, how to sleep, On what to sleep.When to wake up at night, what to do when one has a dream and again how to wake up. No other religion pervades a believers life in such a way. Right or wrong are subjective decisions, what is wrong in western eyes may be right in eastern eyes. The definition of religion thus is different in both contexts, Muslims treat religion much more different to just an identity. Islam is in a way a point based system, where believers act in a way to maximise their points to get in good books of the Lord, even if it means not being rewarded in this world. It is not only to to improve the life of this world that man or woman needs to accumulate the points but to thank Lord for his benevolence for this life and the fact that God is the master of the day of judgement, who is capable of giving life and death in whatever form he wants now or after this life.

    • Ghostwriter

      No,Ahmad. Most Americans see Islam as an intolerant violent religion that doesn't want to live in peace with other religions. Maybe,if you realized that,then we'd be able to talk.

      • dr.music

        MOST AMERICANS !!!! W T F !! THE WHOLE WORLD !!!!! PLEASE. WE ARE ALL FED FU__ING UP OF ISLAM !!! MECCA AND MEDINA HAVE TO GO!!! NOW !!!

    • Stuart Parsons

      Sorry Ahmed i don't wish to be rude, but your belief that their is truth in Islam is entirely false. You have been told their is a God and Muhammad was his Prophet and Messenger. There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever for the actual existence of an omniscient deity. One only has to read the Quran to realise it was not authored by an omniscient deity. Indeed if a god were to exist, it would be the grossest of insults to his intelligence to cedit him with authorship of this pathetic hate-fiiled book. Your own Islamic sources tell us that Muhammad murdered all who spoke out against him and with the aid of his followers he lied, plotted, tortured, killed, robbed, ransomed and rapedhis way to power.

      Apostates of Islam have come to realise the truth about Islam. One can only hope that you too will come to realise you have been indoctinated to believe in a religious systen devised by a mentally disturbed human. Sorry Ahmed but it is the truth and as many have said Islam's biggest enemy is truth.

    • Whatsinaname

      Ahmad, I see what you are saying: The reason why we want to annihilate the Jews in a pool of their own blood, the reason why we call them apes and pigs and strap bombs on our own children's backs in order to kill Jews is because Jews don't see the beauty of Islam. If they only recognized how wonderful and peaceful and wise Islam is and what a perfect man Mohammad was, we wouldn't slaughter them.

      That's logic that only a Muslim can think of.

  • Whatsinaname

    Nonie Darwish has explained Islam and its obsessive relationship to Jews in a way that no one else has. How enlightening. Ms. Darwish, thank you for an incredible education.

  • Whatsinaname

    The Muslim hatred of Jews has nothing whatsoever to do with the Biblical character of Ishmael. It is the projection of Mohammad's guilt for what he did to the Jews onto the Jews themselves. Islam is the reorganizing of evil into "moral", a very difficult task. This is why Muslim logic is always so convoluted and why Muslim societies are such violent basket cases.

  • dr.music

    Not many people know that Arafat's uncle the great religious muslim mufti was living in Berlin and counseling Hilter about exterminating the Jews as that was a belief they held in common. He also raised muslim troops to help in the matter.

    Muslims to the MAD end ….no guts….no guts to leave islam …. No guts… no guts to take an educated leap out of islam ….no guts to leave islam behind and save his future family…..no guts to leave islam….no guts…muslims have no guts. Even evil osama had no guts to leave islam even though he saw that islam was evil and willed and instructed his kids not to jihad which is at the core of EVIL islam…. The evil osama guy knew islam was evil but again no guts to leave islam…no guts…muslims have no guts to do good…no guts…muslims JUST have no guts. Period. WHAT MUSLIMS HAVE IS ONLY SHAME AT BEING MUSLIM AND SHAME FOR NOT HAVING THE GUTS TO LEAVE EVIL ISLAM. SO THAT SHAME THEY HAVE TO LIVE WITH SO THEY ACT PROUD. ISLAM IS STUPID AND KEEPS IT’S FOLLOWERS STUPID TILL THEY DIE. SHAME SHAME SHAME.

  • dr.music

    …..And slowly and surely the whole planet is waking up to the fact that muslim or Pure muslim is a term for a very very evil person. _"Women should be exposed to the day light three times in their lives. When they are born, when they are married and when they die." – islamic saying._"Our mullah told us that when we carried out our suicide attacks, all the people around us would die, but we would stay alive"_If muslims could leave islam without being extinguished by other muslims how many muslims would be left on the planet ? Answer : Zero or none. It is only the threat to one's life that keeps islam evil and populated. These scared muslim slaves of invented allah are doomed forever in the dead hands of the madman who invented evil allah and brought a curse on everything and everyone islam touches. Islam haram. Repeat after me …islam is not halal (good) , islam is haram (bad). Understand ?

  • dr.music

    ?_Islam is the problem. Islam has to be abolished. As long as even one human is a muslim this planet will never see peace. Take my word for it._Islam is the problem. Islam makes people evil. This is a fact. Evil people are a big drain to our planet’s resources like a raging fire. For our planet’s limited resources and our safety we should extinguish each and every fire once we have identified it as evil. Feeding a fire is suicide and not good for our planet’s resources. _So in the end what will happen to islam? Will islam just vanish? Islam has to be abolished. _So in the end what will happen to islam ? _Will islam just vanish?_"They said nothing's better than paradise and you can earn that by extinguishing non-believers."_"They prayed all the time and read the koran so i thought they were good people."_So When will muslims be allowed to realise that islam is haram ? _And how will muslims realise that islam is haram?

  • dr.music

    Soon the whole world will be muslim. Superb.
    Children will be raped legally because mohammad did it. Too good .
    And murder will be sanctioned because mohammad did it. Super cool.
    Women will lose their faces and their identities and all dignity. Fantastic.
    What a glorious age it will be.
    Smelly beards and semen stains on clothes will be high fashion. So good.
    Islam is glorious. Islam is the one . What a planet it will be. Allah o akbar allah o akbar….allah o akbar…. Islam is on the march….allah o akbar….

  • dr.music

    When the whole world turns muslim and the real muslim age will start that will be the final passing of our lovely age that we had always thought that it would last forever and we'd live on mars and have fancy toys and all would be happy and lovely ….but we hadn't the guts to stop islam and then every one had to turn muslim OR DIE and hell started and suddenly we were and will always be in the seventh century barbariaty and before we know it we AND OUR CHILDREN were the imposed dynosaurs thanks to islam …. The days of logic had long passed … Passed ….passed…

  • dr.music

    And what the brits and the yanks and all all all non-muslims don't understand is that the islam juggernaut is going to show the world just how it's going to happen to everyone else…as the british scream and shout at islam to behave islam is just not listening …as islam boot-crushes the UK first and turns it's head and attention to the next nearby victim…the rest of the planet will feel fear and fear only…then it's just a matter of time…. The full world will be muslim.
    Welcome to the glorious age of islam…our sweet and dear great grand children will be in it as muslims.

  • dr.music

    The teenager of tomorrow is named Mohammed, and he takes his inspiration not from the constitutional laws, but the vile Koran. His heroes are not MAHATMA GANDHI or Winston Churchill or George Washington, but that bloody butcher of men and raper of women and little girls, the Islamic self proclaimed prophet Mohammed. He thinks of non-muslim girls as whores, of non-muslim culture as corrupt and worthless, and feels he owes no obedience to its laws or its governments. The word 'Islamophobia' makes him chuckle. He likes the idea that the natives are afraid of him. "They should be," he thinks. They should be indeed. Because ISLAM IS EVIL AND EVIL IS RISING.. ….thru him …..watch….

  • dr.music

    The teenager of tomorrow is named Mohammed, and he takes his inspiration not from the constitutional laws, but the v i l e Koran. His heroes are not MAHATMA GANDHI or Winston Churchill or George Washington, but that bloody butcher of men and raper of women and little girls, the Islamic self proclaimed prophet Mohammed. He thinks of non-muslim girls as w h o r e s, of non-muslim culture as corrupt and worthless, and feels he owes no obedience to its laws or its governments. The word 'Islamophobia' makes him chuckle. He likes the idea that the natives are afraid of him. "They should be," he thinks. They should be indeed. Because ISLAM IS E V I L AND E V I L IS RISING.. ….thru him …..watch….

  • dr.music

    RESEARCHERS LINK SCHIZOPHRENIA AND VIOLENT PSYCHOs DUE TO ISLAMIC VIELS AND BURKHAS"
    'Researchers say babies born with low vitamin D levels may have an increased risk of developing schizophrenia later in life.
    'The three-year study tested blood samples from babies in Denmark and found having low vitamin D levels doubles the risk of developing the disorder.
    'The findings could encourage pregnant women to get more sunshine or take a vitamin D supplement. {And NOT wear a burka or niqab! – dda}
    'Professor John McGrath, from the Queensland Brain Institute, says the study is further evidence of vitamin D's link to brain development.
    "Many years ago we thought it was totally implausible to prevent schizophrenia, it seemed to be such a mysterious, poorly understood group of illnesses," he said.
    "I think this new result suggests that maybe it will be possible to prevent schizophrenia."

  • dr.music

    Now, let's think about it. Yemen. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states. Afghanistan. The more rigidly-Muslim Muslims, everywhere; generations of women totally covered-up whenever they go outside.The likelihood that many or most of those women are Vitamin D deficient is high; and if they're Vitamin D deficient during pregnancy, then their babies' brain development may be seriously compromised.It should be noted that at the end of a news report on women being forced to wear hijab in Gaza University
    the following information was included:'Lack of Vitamin D because of veils”

  • dr.music

    'A Jordanian study published this week asserted that 87% of women between the ages of 18 and 70 in Jordan suffer from a lack of Vitamin D as a result of insufficient sun exposure and not enough milk consumption.
    'The researchers linked this phenomenon to wearing the hijab. 'According to the findings, **92% of women who wear a hijab suffer from a lack of Vitamin D** 'This figure increases to 96%, according to the survey, when it comes to women who cover their faces as well with a niqab."
    Put that information together with the results of the Danish study and it appears that those who wear the Muslim female slave rag, whatever form of it they wear, stand a very good chance of scrambling their babies' brains. SO THE NEXT TIME YOU SEE A WOMAN IN A BURKHA REMEMBER THE INSANE CULT OF ISLAM IS FORCING WOMEN TO LITERALLY BREED VIOLENT PSCHYCOS.

  • dina

    I am very sorry to those who commented negatively toward Islam. you guys hate on something that you do not know at all. You should read about islam from the objective source. Do not just read the papers, books, or any other source that was clearly anti-Islamic. May Allah bless us all..