A God Who Hates
5 March 2010
A few days ago I finished reading A God Who Hates: The Courageous Woman Who Inflamed the Muslim World Speaks Out Against the Evils of Islam by Wafa Sultan. This is definitely another one of those "must read" books.
Wafa was born and raised in Muslim Syria, where she spent the first 30 years of her life oppressed by the god that hates (Allah), as expressed through the Islamic culture of her society. Then she was able to emigrate to the United States with her husband, where she has lived since 1989.
At one point in the book, she states "I decided to bring 'Allah' to justice on criminal charges." This she does with devastating effectiveness, through the real-life examples from her years in Syria as well as an intellectual or philosophical analysis of Islam.
She pulls the veil back on the horrific way women and children are treating in Islamic societies. She spends a good portion of the book discussing how Islam was born in the Bedouin desert societies where the rules of survival where "raid another tribe, or be raided yourself" and "kill, or be killed". She maintains that this "raiding and killing" mentality is still a major motivating factor in Islamic society even in the 21st century.
Unlike Mosab Hassan Yousef (see my previous article, Son of Hamas, Part 1), whose rejection of Islam led him to Christianity, Wafa's rejection of Islam has led her to atheism. She sees all religions as man-made. She has abandoned the god that hates, but she has not yet met the God who loves, Yeshua (Jesus, Isa in Arabic). From the bits and pieces she shares in her book, it certainly seems like she would like to find the God who loves. I pray that one day she will have that "Divine appointment" with her Savior. Of course, as a Christian I cannot agree with her atheism, but it does not detract very much from the power of her words.
It's hard to quote from this book — you really have to read the whole thing. One thought builds on another, and there is a continuity in her argument. But I will give you one quote, in which she compares her life in America to her life in an Islamic society. The comparisons are quite revealing. This will give you a bit better idea of where she is coming from, and the kind of oppressive society she came out of. Also, be sure to click on the video clip below as she share about some of the issues she writes about in this book.
For me America was — and still is — leaving home at five a.m. and making my way to Starbucks for my morning cup of coffee without fear that someone might see me and accuse me of immoral behavior.
America for me means saying "good morning" to my neighbor and chatting to him for a few moments without being accused of having spent the night with him.
America for me means that my daughter can come home and tell me that she's had lunch with her boyfriend without being beaten for having impugned the family honor.
America means I can wear what I like, eat what I like, and go where I like without anyone's interfering in my decisions.
America means I can buy new shoes before my toes begin to peep out of the old ones and that I can buy new clothes without having to deprive my infant son of milk for a week.
America means calling a government official and hearing a polite voice say: "Good morning, this is Jessica, how can I help you?"
America means I can go into a public washroom, find it equipped with running water, soap, and paper towels, and not have to wade through another person's waste.
America means getting smiled at by a stranger just because our glances have met.
America means spending the day with my family in a beautiful public park without getting eaten alive by flies or being surrounded by piles of garbage at every turn.
America means that the stranger who bumps into me accidentally says, "I'm sorry, I do apologize!"
America means I can enter a place of worship and listen to the sermon without hearing other religions denominations being vilified.
America means someone can knock at my door and I can decide whether or not to open it without having to fear for my life.
America means I can lodge a complaint against the policeman with whom I have had a difference of opinion, in broken English mixed with Arabic, and — possibly — win my case.
America means I can speak Arabic-inflected English and people who hear me will tell me, "You do speak English well!" without the slightest hint of mockery or scorn.
America is the hearing aid my son received in the first week after his arrival in the United States, restoring his hearing after nine years of deafness in Syria.
America means that I live in a street with people of nine different nationalities and that, when American Independence Day brings us together in the public area in front of our homes, each of us brings along his or her national dish for the others to taste.
America means I can live my life and no one will judge me because of my color, gender, race, religion, political opinions, or country of origin; instead I am evaluated on my work and my personality.
America, to put it very briefly indeed, is my freedom.
People have asked me in the past, and many more will ask me after they read this book: "Why don't you see America's bad points?"
Perhaps I am blind, but I can see no bad points in America. In order to understand my perspective, of course, you would have to be a woman who has lived in Syria or another Muslim country for thirty years!

Also, on a related note, be sure to read this incredible speech by Dutch politician Geert Wilders, given to the House of Lords in London just today. He is currently on trial in Holland for the "crime" of speaking out against Islam. Wafa Sultan will be an expert witness on Islam for him at his trial. He fighting for the freedom of all of us in the West. Keep him in your prayers, and check the Atlas Shrugs Web site daily to keep up on the latest developments regarding Mr. Wilders. Here is just a tiny excerpt from the speech:
"Islam is not merely a religion, it is mainly a totalitarian ideology. Islam wants to dominate all aspects of life, from the cradle to the grave. Shariah law is a law that controls every detail of life in an Islamic society. From civic and family law to criminal law. It determines how one should eat, dress and even use the toilet.... I believe that Islam is not compatible with our Western way of life. Islam is a threat to Western values.... Ladies and gentlemen: Islam and freedom, Islam and democracy are not compatible. They are opposite values.... Islam means submission, there cannot be any mistake about its goal. That's a given. The question is whether we in Europe and you in Britain, with your glorious past, will submit or stand firm for your heritage.... Ladies and gentlemen, I'm being prosecuted for my political beliefs. We know political prosecution to exist in countries in the Middle East, like Iran and Saudi-Arabia, but never in Europe, never in the Netherlands."