Ali Sina (activist)
Ali Sina (pseudonym) is an Iranian Canadian activist and strong critic of Islam who describes himself as an ex-Muslim. Founder of Faith Freedom International, which he describes as a grassroots movement of ex-Muslims.
Born and raised in Iran, educated in Italy and Pakistan, and now living in Canada, he began debating with people in the 1990s. What bothered him, he tells The Jerusalem Post, was not the penchant for jihad and intolerance that certain fanatical Muslims displayed, but the foundation for such ills in the Koran and core Islamic texts.
The Jerusalem Post writes, "Sina, who runs Faith Freedom International – an Internet forum dedicated to debunking Islam – considers himself 'probably the biggest anti-Islam person alive.' His latest book is titled, Understanding Muhammad: A Psychobiography of Allah's Prophet. In it, Sina suggests that Muhammad suffered from a series of mental disorders, including narcissistic personality disorder, temporal lobe epilepsy and obsessive compulsive disorder. "These disorders," he says, "can explain the phenomenon known as Islam... which is nothing but one man's insanity."
Through the Faithfreedom.org Web site, Sina lists references to Muhammad's actions and offers $50,000 to anyone who can disprove his charge that Muhammad was "a narcissist, a misogynist, a rapist, a pedophile, a lecher, a torturer, a mass murderer, a cult leader, an assassin, a terrorist, a madman and a looter".
"With violent conquest and contempt for non-believers central to the tenets of the faith," Sina argues, "attempts to forge a moderate form of Islam are doomed... The only way to reform Islam is to throw away the Koran; 90 percent of it should be thrown away. You also have to throw away the history of Islam, and you have to completely disregard the Sira" – the Arabic term used for the various biographies of Muhammad, from which historical information about his life and the early period of Islam is derived.
In his October 2010 speech during the inauguration of the Freedom Party in Germany, Geert Wilders, leader of the third largest party in Netherlands said, “Ali Sina, an Iranian Islamic apostate who lives in Canada, points out that there is one golden rule that lies at the heart of every religion – that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. In Islam, this rule only applies to fellow believers, but not to Infidels. Ali Sina says ‘The reason I am against Islam is not because it is a religion, but because it is a political ideology of imperialism and domination in the guise of religion. Because Islam does not follow the Golden Rule, it attracts violent people.’”
On reforming Islam
For this reason, Sina says that extremism in all religions can be eradicated if certain people are quieted, or if the followers are encouraged to embrace the universalist elements of their faith – but without addressing the extremism inherent in the religion's texts. "People ask whether Islam can undergo a reformation like the one that Christianity underwent. That's a poor parallel," he says. "In Christianity, it wasn't the religion that needed to be reformed, but the church; what Jesus preached was good." On the other hand, Sina continues, "In Islam, it's the religion that is not good."
Arguing that Islam cannot be reformed, Sina says, "This is the way to fight evil. I do not want to kill the enemy. I want to win them as friends and allies. That is the real victory. In this way, we win because we eliminate our enemy, and our enemy wins by eliminating his ignorance and hate. That is why I believe in my cause. That is why I think I am an instrument of peace."
While disagreeing with Ali Sina for saying Islam is not a religion but a political ideology, Robert Spengler writing in the Asia Times compares that claim to Immanuel Kant’s who said Judaism is not a religion but a set of laws and rejects both. Robert Spengler continues “Ali Sina and other Muslim secularizers are just as wrong. I shall argue that Islam is both a religion and a political ideology. Religion is what makes Islamic political ideology so dangerous.” He adds, “Ali Sina is wrong: Islamic expansionism arises from religious motives, that is, a holy rage against the encroachment of death upon traditional society. In the form of Islam, the West confronts a challenge quite different from communism.”
Stop Islamization of Nations
Sina is a board member of Stop Islamization of Nations (SION), an organization founded by Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and Anders Gravers of Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE), and listed by the SPLC and ADL as a hate group. Other board members are Wafa Sultan, Ex Muslim activist and author; Stefan Herre, a German activist of Politically Incorrect; Mordechai Kedar, the Israeli author; Babu Suseelan, a Hindu activist; Oskar Freysinger a Swiss politician, Cliff Kincaid, editor of the Accuracy in Media (AIM) Report, and Ashraf Rameleh the President of Voice of the Copts. Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer are President and Vice President of SION.
A Biopic about Muhammad
On September 25, 2012, LA Times announced Ali Sina is working on a biopic of Muhammad. The movie will cost a total of 10 million dollars and he hopes to start filming in 2013. “Sina began contemplating a biopic about Muhammad a decade ago,” writes LA Times “but stepped up his effort in the last two years as technological advances made it feasible to circumvent government censors and wary exhibitors. “We can bypass theaters completely and sell the movie online with a profit to a large number of people, especially Muslims," Sina said. "They can download it and watch it even if they are living in Karachi or Mecca or Medina."
Views on Muslims
In a debate with the webmaster Mohammed Asadi, posted on January 22, 2006 on his website Faith Freedom International, Ali Sina stated that:
"I find the word "Muslim" very derogatory and insulting. It is synonymous to stupid, barbarian, thug, arrogant, brain dead, zombie, hooligan, goon, shameless, savage and many other ignoble things. I don’t know whether this most disgusting word elicits the same meanings in you or not. So when I want to show my despise of someone I call him "Muslim". But because Muslims are stupid, they don’t know all these things and they are proud of this name. This is a win/win situation because I insult them and they are happy and thank me for it. Isn't that smart?"
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- Mohammad Hassan Khalil (2004). "Leaving Islam: A Preliminary Study of Conversion out of Islam" (PDF). Retrieved February 3, 2012.
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- Geert Wilders (October 3, 2010). "Speech Geert Wilders in Berlin". Geertwilders.nl. Retrieved October 16, 2011.
- Islam: Religion or political ideology?, Asia Times, August 10, 2004, Retrieved February 5, 2012
- Reuters.com; Press Release, "Stop Islamization of Nations (SION) Calls on UN to Protect Christians of Syria", January 20, 2012, Retrieved February 5, 2012
- Ken Bensinger; Harriet Ryan (September 25, 2012). "Is Islam's prophet Muhammad to have more screen time?". LA Times.
- Debate with Mohammed Asadi by Ali Sina, faithfreedom.org, January 22, 2006.