About Daniel Shayesteh

Dr Daniel was born into a Muslim family in Northern Iran. He became a radical Muslim leader and teacher of Islam in the militant Free Islamic Revolutionary Movement, closely supporting Ayatollah Khomeini. However, after falling out of favor with Khomeini’s political group, he escaped to Turkey where there began an amazing journey to faith in Jesus Christ.

Daniel's mission is to help others understand and lovingly respond to those who do not know Christ. He is also deeply concerned for the future of Western societies, their loss of confidence in Judeo-Christian values, and their persistent naivete about the implications of the world-wide Islamic revival.

Korea: A lesson Muslims need to learn

While I was a lecturer at the University of Technology in Sydney, I learned and considered many things about South Korea, one of the great economic powers of the world. I often thought that I would love to travel to this country and see it with my own eyes. By the grace of God, I was honored to finally be here in South Korea. I was amazed by the progress this country has made, especially after the war with North Korea. It has pulled itself from a very poor country into a giant industrial country with its products in all over the world. It is also environmentally clean, socially and politically democratic, spiritually humanitarian, and a God loving nation.

What is the reason for the success of South Korea? The reason this country has grown rapidly is because of its cultural and religious openness. Its friendly relationship with the Christian West, beginning with America, brought huge success to this country. Muslims need to open their eyes and learn great lessons from the South Koreans.

Muslim leaders have been saying that wherever the West has had influence, it has created nothing but exploitation and has blocked the ways of success for that society. This statement only qualifies the fact that Muslim leaders are very good at creating propaganda to keep their Quranic philosophy of Christian and Jew hatred alive amongst their contemporary Muslim followers.

There is no doubt that western colonialism carried some problems with itself to their occupied lands. However, the religions and cultures in some occupied non-Muslim lands were open to the successful values of the West and this openness led their nations to great successes. Unlike Muslim leaders, the leaders of these lands did not call their western friends or occupiers unclean, nor did they close their door to Judeo-Christian values. Rather, they opened themselves to change and, as a result, they lifted their own nations up and blessed the world with their productivity.

Many Islamic countries were also colonized, but the non-participative values of Muhammad did not allow Muslim leaders to compare their values with the values of Christianity and adopt Christian work ethics for the salvation of their nations. Muhammad’s Islam is a political religion framed in an unchangeable jihadist culture. According to Islam, Muslims and others have no choice but to become subject to the closed values of Saudi Arabia’s 7th century AD nomadic culture. The dynamism and diversity of life is rejected in Islam. If you see a little success in some Islamic countries, it is because of their little and hidden rebelliousness to Muhammad’s culture and their openness to western culture. Muhammad’s real followers kill these open Muslim rulers as soon as they discover their favor towards Judeo-Christian values.

The dynamic cultural and religious values of Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea opened the door to key success factors established in the West and they were thus able to turn their nations into very productive forces, which also proved to be a blessing to others. Muslim countries, instead, have been busily squandering away their time and energy with their problem of Jew and Christian hatred, which has caused them to fall into the category of non-productive and less developed countries. They ignore the fact that non-Islamic countries did not have Islam and had therefore freedom to learn from the West.

Islam degrades non-Muslim values and prohibits Muslims from adapting themselves or identifying in any way with non-Muslim values, especially if they could be thought of as better. The narrow mindedness, rejection and hostility of Islam will always block the ways for Muslims to learn from others, and especially from Protestant work ethics. Muhammad Mahathir, ex-Prime Minister of Malaysia, tried for many years to pull up his country and compete with Singapore and other above mentioned countries, but he was not successful because of his Jew-hatred and the bondage of his nation to Islam. He was unable to see the problem in his religion.

South Korea’s Buddhism was dynamic compared to Muhammad’s closed door Islam. South Koreans, unlike Muslim nations, used their freedom for learning from Christians’ biblical values in order to lift their country up. They learned in order to set themselves free.

We pray that, by God’s grace, Muslims will be able to see the bondage of Islam, open themselves to Judeo-Christian values and be set free through Christ.

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