Daniel Shayesteh is an Iranian immigrant who arrived in
with his family in November 1991. Daniel is married to Mary and
they have three daughters. He is Director of the
inter-denominational organisation “Exodus from Darkness” and
a National Evangelist for the Christian and Missionary Alliance
of Australia. Daniel lectured also a part time lecturer in
International Business at the
for eight years.
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Opinion piece by Dr. Daniel Shayesteh
18 August 07
of the West - including New Zealand
brief introduction of my background may help the reader to
better understand my comments concerning the plans of Islam
for non-Muslim nations. I
was born as a Muslim in Iran.
childhood, I was encouraged by my parents to get involved in
religious practices. At
the age of nine, I became a famous Muslim boy in my hometown
because of my ability to read and recite the Qur’an in
Arabic. From early
childhood, we learned that Christians and Jews were unclean,
as the Qur’an says, and Islam must take over the world.
At the age of 19, I began to see clearly that the king
and his family were not good Muslims as the royal women were
not covered. That
same year I joined the radical Muslim students’ movement at
university against the king of
, aiming to establish an Islamic government. The king was
pro-West, and not resistant to
and its government. Under
the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini, we overthrew the most
powerful government in the Middle-East; the king escaped and
we captured and ruled the country according to Islamic
I was initially called on, by several influential
Muslim leaders, to develop a revolutionary army whose aim was
and their presence in the world.
Those who were involved with this military preparation
were called “Hezbollah”, which is a Qur’anic word
meaning “the party of Allah”.
It was the revolutionary army in
that started a branch of Hezbollah in
, aiming to fully occupy its government first, in order to
order to fight
and other western nations, we needed adequate military force
in order to start and continue this war.
We, therefore, decided to equip all zealous young
Iranian Muslim boys and girls with terrorist techniques for
achieve this, we started a nation-wide campaign.
soon, I became a famous man in my hometown and announced my
candidacy for Islamic parliament.
It was from here that all the Shari’a values came to
the surface. Some were so disturbing to us even though we were
Muslims. For example: Do we have freedom to criticize the
leader or system in a positive way in order to create a
positive and productive competition for the advancement and
well being of the country?
If the religious and holy leaders are involved in
injustice, are we able to take them to face justice as
ordinary citizens do? The response to such questions was no.
caused us to change our direction from the leader Ayatollah
Khomeini, and start a new party that aimed to hold the general
public accountable as law makers.
We soon became the ruling party as government of
. One of my
colleagues became president with 98% of the peoples’ vote.
The mullahs (religious leaders) lost with only 2% of
angered the radical mullahs who wanted to govern the country
at any cost. They
used every means possible (as is Hezbollah and Hamas in
), such as threatening, lying, secret killings etc., to
destroy the elected government of the people.
As a result, the president escaped to
. Some were able
to escape. However,
others were killed or placed in political prisons.
I was kidnapped and taken away to prison, but my family
did not know whether I was dead or alive.
Eventually, I was able to escape the death sentence and
. There, I learned
Turkish and entered university to occupy my time.
There was always a question lingering in my mind as to
why my Muslim brothers were unable to appreciate the many
years of service I dedicated for Islam and instead aimed to
kill me over personal differences.
my second year in
, through a business deal that went wrong, I came into contact
with an Iranian Christian group who showed me much kindness.
Their overwhelming love surprised me.
I wondered why these so-called ungodly people
(infidels) were sacrificially helping Iranian Muslim refugees
. I discovered
that their faith in Christ, unlike the faith of Muhammad (the
prophet of Islam)
is based on unconditional love.
This and all other doctrinal, social, political and
moral values within Christianity led me to be a follower of
finishing my PhD in
, the door was opened for my family to take refuge in
. From the
beginning of our life in
, we realized how Muslim leaders and committed Muslims have
been trying to undermine the Judeo-Christian democratic values
for the establishment of their authoritarian Islamic system.
It was shocking to me that these people speak about
democracy and peace, not because they love democracy and
peace, but to deceive people in order to pave the way for the
spread of Islam. In
addition, these Muslims never complain to any Islamic leaders
and governments in Islamic countries (especially
) for the restrictions and persecutions they implement towards
other religious groups. The
penalty for apostasy in Islam is death. In
, women cannot drive, vote or go out without the permission of
their male relatives, but these Saudi Arabian supported imams
(religious leaders) in western countries hypocritically speak
about equal opportunity, human rights and their plans for the
liberation of women in the West in order to make blind
supporters for Islam. They
speak about Islam as the religion of peace without telling
westerners why Islam is not peaceful towards other religious
groups and ethnicities within Islamic countries.
my trips to various countries, I was shocked to see how Islam
has been growing in many non-Islamic countries despite its
intolerance towards democracy.
are mosques, Islamic schools and colleges springing up in
every corner of non-Islamic countries to indoctrinate
thousands of young people, when it is illegal for non-Muslims
to practice or spread their religions and beliefs in Islamic
countries? What is
allowing Muslim leaders to teach Qur’an’s hate and killing
verses in the mosques in non-Islamic countries?
Why would Muslim leaders even dare ask for the
establishment of their Islamic judiciary systems in
non-Islamic democratic countries (i.e.
, Canada Germany,
) despite Islam’s opposition to democracy and egalitarian
values? Why do
Muslim leaders in the West have freedom to speak against
democracy, the social fabric of western societies? What
has brought the West to this shocking stage when it is
producing its own Muslim terrorists, who carry out their
terror operations in the West (their own countries) and abroad
are some leftist groups and individuals standing alongside
radical Islamic leaders in order to fight democratic values in
the West? Why are
many western leaders, politicians, media and various groups
silent towards the threat of Islam against their societies?
What is keeping these people quiet in such a
significant time when a religious group challenges not just
their democratic values but additionally forces them to
surrender to their bondage? Why
are free people prepared to surrender to those who would place
them in bondage?
do we need to do? Do
we care for our societies?
Should we wait for Muslim leaders to change their
attitudes and do something in favour of democracy?
Are we aware that the Qur’an teaches Muslims to stand against
Qur’an says, “It is not for a believer, man and woman,
to have any choice in their affairs, when Allah and his
apostle (Muhammad) have decreed a matter… (Q.33:36).
If Muslims have such instructions from the Qur’an, how do
you think it possible for them to act against this? Can a
branch cut its own root?
leaders and the Qur’an will not compromise with the West,
but they are delighted if the West chooses to compromise with
Islam. The West says, “All cultures and religions are
good”, and therefore there is no need for the best, and
thereby for integration. This obviously opens and has opened
the door for those groups who want to assert their authority
and drive others out from their territory (read Q.4:89;
33:27). As a
result of this, many Muslim leaders in the West have avoided
integration and demanded segregated schools and self-governing
ghettos ruled by Shari’a.
Some Western authorities have already opened the door
for such an authoritarian belief since they quietly abandoned
the suburbs to the immigrants post World War II. The
repercussions of this can be seen in the recent violence
, where the French government has failed in the basic task of
a government in securing the safety of its citizens’ life
has caused the West to allow tolerance for such violence and
hatred which undermine the freedom of the majority?
Why has the West forgotten its heroes who laid down
their lives for freedom decades and centuries ago?
What has caused the West to betray its heroes? Why is
Islam, which is under obligation to gain power over other
nations, evidently more acceptable in the West than any other
so-called moderate Muslim leaders in
have proposed for the British Government to accept that the
only solution to combat the threat of terrorism in
is the “Shari’a”. I
was shocked at the extent to which Muslim leaders practice
manipulation in the West. They are even more destructive than
the terrorists by trying to legitimize the “Shari’a” for
the Islamization of the West.
In Islam, this manner is called Taqiyya, one of
the most efficient forms of deception used in Islamic
evangelism and jihad, which works to destroy the life values
Muslim leaders are using
as a means to an end. How
is it possible to get rid of terrorism through
“Shari’a” a real solution to terrorism, or is it the
real gate-way to terrorism?
Let us closely and briefly see what these Muslims mean
by proposing Islam and its way of life as the solution:
The true religion with Allah is
No religion other than Islam shall be accepted
Jews and polytheists are the worst among creatures and they go
to hell (Q.98:6). So
Shari’a means, as in all Islamic countries, that Islam
must be the only dominant religion at the cost of
demolishing all other religions and beliefs.
You (Muslims) are the best folk that have
been raised up unto mankind (Q.3:110).
Muslims must not befriend non-Muslims
(Q.4:89,144; 5:51). Christians
and Jews must pay to Muslims in order to stay alive.
They have to be humiliated (Q.9:29-30, refer to the
Pagans (or the holders of other beliefs other than
Christianity and Judaism) have no choice but to die or to
embrace Islam (Q.9:5). Take
therefore none of them for friends, till they have fled their
homes for the cause of Allah.
If they turn back, then seize them, and slay them
wherever you find them (Q.4:89). So, Shari’a means that
the only solution for non-Muslims to overcome this humiliation
is to become Muslim.
Prepare against the infidels whatever arms and
weaponry you can muster so that you may terrorize them
(Q.8:59). Both the
Qura’an and the Shari’a command Muslims to prepare
themselves for terrorizing (torhiboun or ra’b
in Arabic) non-Muslims.
Ladies belong to inferior class (Q.2:228); in
inheritance shares, they get half (Q.2:11, 176).
Two ladies witness is equal to one man’s
must abide at home; if they go out they have to cover
themselves in order not to be known; any one who stands
against must be slaughtered (Q.33:33, 59-61).
Husbands own their wives (Q.53:2).
beat their wives
Do not treat your wives alike, no matter how eager you may
be to do so (Q.4:129).
Wives should not be saddened for anything you may
give/tell them (Q.33:51). Despite
all these clear evidences in the Qur’an against women, there
are books published and distributed by Muslims in the West,
saying that Islam gave rights to women at a time when there
was no equality. They state that men and women are equal in
the sight of Allah.
Despite being contrary to the truth, they can claim
this because they have the freedom to lie.
Lying to non-Muslims is
permissible in Islam (Reliance
of the Traveller, P.745).
verses provide some insight into the intention of Muslim
leaders proposing Shari’a to the English Government.
They want Britons to accept Islamic law as the
sovereign law; otherwise, the ever-present terrorism will
to Islam, unless infidels convert, it is a sin to cease
fighting against them.
Muslim nations are better than
others as they have a command from Allah to rule the entire
world and to have dominion over every nation in the world.
Islam wishes to destroy all non-Islamic governments
from the face of the earth.
The existence of all Islamic countries today is the
result of Islam’s intolerance towards other values and
beliefs. The goal
of Islam is to triumph over all other beliefs.
To any nation or power that gets in the way of that
goal, Islam can use every power and means available in order
to fight and destroy, either directly or deceptively,
which in both cases is called “Jihad”.
this is what Shari’a means, how, then, are Muslim leaders
able to propose it as the solution for the West?
Why do some westerners want to compromise with Islam,
if this is the case?
leaders know that many in the West are ignorant and they are
easily deceived. Lack
of knowledge has always been the gateway for Islamists to
enter, occupy and slaughter throughout the history of Islam.
If you do not understand Islam and the will of its followers,
your only choice is to be deceived by Muslim leaders.
This is the reason why
and other European countries have lost a great deal to Islam.
middle-eastern background men and women, who live in the West,
clearly understand the subtle lies of Muslim leaders who claim
to be moderates. Unfortunately,
many of them keep quiet and do not speak out for religious,
cultural, political and social reasons. They know it is these
so-called moderate Muslim leaders who pave the way for the law
of Islam and radicals. If
these so-called moderate leaders did not teach the Qur’an in
the West, the jihadist groups would not exist in the West and
would not be able to succeed and advance.
hope is that people in the West would wake up to the subtle
threats of Islam for the
safety of their own nations’
future. It is
painful and alarming that many people do not believe or take
seriously what we, as those who were once radical Muslims,
have to say. At times, some western people stand against
us or charge us with vilifying Islam and Islamists anytime we
speak out. This is
because Islam’s approach is so subtle, masking its
may be worth reflecting that no Islamic country has displayed
the democratic values which have become synonymous with
Western society. Therefore,
we should approach the issue of Islam with caution and
well-informed knowledge in order to appreciate and effectively
uphold our own values within our society.
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