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.

Pious Muslim are not Allowed to Befriend Non-Muslims

On March 10, 2010, Mr. Abraham Wishnoff wrote an article against my talk in the The Citizen newspaper in Auburn/NY, calling me “ignorant, an opportunist and the promoter of hatred similar to that of Nazi Germany”.

Why did the young Mr. Wishnoff attribute such malicious labels to me, especially when he knew that I had Islamic references for each part of my talk? After the talk, I also had the privilege of talking to Mr. Wishnoff personally. As part of our conversation, he said that he had studied Islam but hadn’t seen anything concerning the degradation of women and killing infidels. He was keen to know the references and, per his request, I sent several to him. It is hard to believe that the writer of the article in The Citizen is the same young Mr. Wishnoff I met on the evening of Feb 21. He expressed a little concern for the way I was exposing Islam, but his total response expressed disappointment about Islam especially when I kindly challenged him, “How could you follow Islam without knowing Islam?”

Unfortunately, this is a problem with many young Muslims like Mr. Wishnoff. When you talk to them individually, they show courage to investigate and learn, but after they go back to their mentors they have no choice but to follow the instruction of the Quran about opposition. A person who disputes the Quran or challenges Muhammad and questions his authority or blames him for borrowing from other beliefs (Q8:6,13,31) is called hostile (v.15), deaf, dumb and worst of beasts (v.22). The penalty for such a person is that his finger tips and head must be chopped off (v.12).  The Quran also says: They who dispute the signs of Allah without authority having reached them (non-Muslims) are greatly hated by Allah and the believers. So Allah seals up every arrogant, disdainful heart (Q40:35).

Islam teaches Muslims how to prepare the way for dominance. It starts with slandering others. Pious Muslims are called to accuse others first in order to prepare the mind of their followers for invasion, terrorism and finally dominance. This is what some parents do with their children or leaders do with their followers in Islamic communities. They accuse Jews and the West in front of their own children and followers, preparing their young Muslims for martyrdom in order to go and persecute, or even kill those hated by their parents and leaders. False accusations work when people are ignorant.

Mr. Wishnoff and his mentors are very well aware that most Americans do not know Islam personally and therefore they are able to fulfill Allah’s instruction to deceive them. The Quran says: The best of deceivers is Allah (Q8:30) and Swifter to deceive is Allah (Q.10:21). Muhammad said to use your property, your persons and your tongues in striving against the polytheists (Sunan Abu-Dawud : Book 14 : Hadith 2498). Since Allah and Muhammad encouraged deception and lies, how can their call to Islam's followers lead to genuine peace and truth? 

Non-Muslims need to read the Quran and know Islam personally in order to understand Islam. No matter how well pious Muslims act in their relationship with non-Muslims, their goal is destruction and dominance. Many people in the West are deceived by Muslims’ interfaith dialogues and peace plans without knowing their motivations. Their motivation cannot be friendship and peace, for the Quran says:
  • Christians and Jews are animals and unclean (Q2:65; 5:60; 62:5; 9:28).
  • Allah’s curse be on those who call Jesus the Son of God (Q9:29).
  • Allah has sent his apostle (Muhammad) with a religion of the truth, that he may make it victorious over every other religion (Q9:33).
  • He (Allah) gave you (Muslims) their (non-Muslims’) lands, and their dwellings, and their wealth, for an heritage – even a land on which you had never set foot: for the might of Allah is equal to all things (Q33:27).
  • Prepare against the infidels (Christians and Jews) whatever arms and weaponry you can muster so that you may terrorize them (Q8:59).
  • Muslims must not befriend non-Muslims (Q4:89,144; 5:51).
How could pious Muslims, including Mr. Wishnoff, try to build a sincere friendship with others against the will of their Allah, Quran and Muhammad? They could if they followed a principle of Islam called taqiyya. Taqiyya is a deceptive tactic used to successfully penetrate or invade a non-Muslim community by creating an image of Islam as peaceful and non-threatening, for gaining the community’s trust. Politically, socially and morally taqiyya means that Muslims have to use every lie they can in order to spread Islam and win the war against opposition from non-Muslims. Muhammad commanded Muslims to deceive non-Muslims. The Quran also instructs Muslims to "Accept anything the messenger (Muhammad) may give you, and keep away from anything he withholds from you" (Q59:7). Not only are pious Muslims unable to have peace with others, but also they pose a danger to peace as long as they call themselves faithful and pious.

These pious Muslims call us bigots, Nazis or racists, simply because we have been exposing the plans of their religion, Islam, to the world. They are following the exact footsteps of their prophet who first accused his opponents falsely, then destroyed them and finally established the authoritarian law of Islam, Shari’a.

I am so fortunate that I am face to face with Mr. Wishnoff and his pious brothers in America (and in other non-Islamic countries) where Islam is not dominant, otherwise, he would have to obey his mentors and take my head to them. God forbid, if one day Islam dominates America, then every deceived American will see the reality according to the Quran:
You who believe (Muslims), kill any disbeliever who are close to you (relatives and neighbors) so that they may find out how harsh you are.  Allah is with those who are pious (Q.9:123). 
A pious Muslim is very harsh in his heart. If he shows himself as gentle, that is not what he believes.

What a privilege for us to reveal the true identity of pious Muslims to the world. They are inwardly tearing wolves that come to people in sheep's clothing. If Jesus did not transform us from the piety of Islam into His kingdom and if we did not have the love of Christ in our hearts for the world, we wouldn’t want to expose ourselves to the hostilities of pious Muslims. To express our love towards the world, we have no choice but to reveal the schemes of enemies, even if it may cost our lives.

In the meantime, we are hoping and praying that our revelation about Islam will help these pious Muslims to wake up and understand that with Islam they cannot be in the service of God. Islam is an authoritarian political system that ignores peoples’ rights. It cannot reconcile Muslims to God and to people.  Rather, it is faith in Christ, whose sacrifice has brought down the walls of hostility between nations, which brings us true reconciliation:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him (John 3:16-17).
The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work (1John 3:8b), establish justice in the hearts of nations (Matthew 12:20-21), and create peace among nations and between nations and God (Colossians 1:20).
Brothers and Sisters, let us remember that “… whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.  Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.  And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:16-18)