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.

No Morality to Convict Them!

Many western politicians seek to establish laws in accordance with their personal interests, using humanity as a means to an end. Take, for example, the legalization of same sex marriage and abortion. The legalization of same sex marriage has compromised the importance of marriage between a man and a woman. They accuse people who stand against their decision of being “unjust”, “anti-freedom of choice”, or “religious extremists”. Ironic, considering their own initiatives are extreme, unjust and hostile to freedom of speech. The selfish claim of a mother, who wishes to terminate her baby, is sanctioned and given priority over the right of the living being in her womb.
What is justice when pro-life activists are called unjust? Isn’t justice about the protection and preservation of all human life?

What is freedom when those who stand against same-sex marriage are called ‘enemies of freedom’? Does it entail the freedom to do and act as one would wish regardless of the cost to others? Is it really freedom to legalize every personal desire of men and women, and impose them on others who want to abide in an ethic that embraces a life-style which is for the well-being of the community? If it is freedom to legalize the marriage of “man to man” or “woman to woman”, why shouldn’t marriage between a man or woman to animals be legalized, if the personal desire is what matters? Freedom becomes multi-dimensional, confusing, abusive, anarchic and destructive when it is defined by humanity with their limitless desires. Freedom does not work well without God, who is the absolute authority in justice and the ultimate power in establishing the moral codes for people’s do’s and don’ts.

We are aware that there are scattered voices in the world who wish to legalize marriage between adults and children and even between humans and animals. This is because some of our politicians do not have any limits to what they call ‘freedom’. Such disrespect to the traditional marriage will not end with the same-sex marriage, but will certainly involve little children or human-to-animal marriages in the future if they continue their disregard and disrespect to Christian values. Such occurrences are already taking place throughout the world.

Even from a financial point of view, it is baffling that governments would spend millions in aborting unborn babies rather than spending that money in further establishing programs and support for the mothers and families involved. Even the theory of evolution believes in the dynamism of life, whereas these evolutionary politicians are trying to make life static with their laws in the life of some. Such a philosophical contradiction is evidence of the increasing stifling of conscience and morally legitimate ways.

The initiatives of our unethical politicians are not going to end with the above problems. Open doors to committed Muslims will have its own implications in this area. Islam gives a chance for repentance to people for every sin or unbelief, but not for homosexuality. According to the law of Islam, they must be killed. This is clearly something our political leaders are not aware of, or have not considered. With unlimited multiculturalism, our politicians may likely lead our societies to a place where homosexuals will have bitter experiences at the hands of committed Muslims.

Our politicians have rejected God, or forgotten Him. In His place, they have turned to seeking the approval of political factions, striving to win the votes that will see their ideologies more strongly established. History, as well as the present, demonstrates that governments who align themselves with self-made values only result in disunity and destruction.

Sadly, some churches have also softened their stand for pro-life and traditional marriage. They have started to interpret their faith in Christ via the norms of these unstable politicians in order to get a wider recognition; compromising the Truth of the Creator God.

We should not keep silent but stand for the Truth against these destructive decisions. Let us stand proudly and uphold the moral heritage of our nations which values marriage as the permanent union of a husband and a wife, and believes that all humanity, including an unborn child, are made in the image of God and have the full right to exist and live out the life God has created them for. We also need to pray for our politicians; for the wisdom of God in the governance of their country.

South Africa and Her Loyal Pious Muslims!?

Once upon a time, many pious Muslim leaders could not keep quiet against the oppression and discrimination of the white government against the Native South Africans. Even though the tyranny and discrimination in their own Muslim countries had reached excessive heights, they called the ruling white government a barbaric, repressive and racist regime, and desired that one day Islam would take root in South Africa and show the world the prevailing of justice and the return of the native South African’s God-given honor, autonomy and freedom back.

Nobody but these pious Islamists knew that the guise of supporting the native Africans could give them an opportunity in the future to impose their sharia law, enslaving them to Islam. This is what you see now if you travel to South Africa and visit their restaurants and groceries. Even the water bottles are marked with the Islamic Halal logo, meaning that Muslims should not drink water bottled by non-Muslim Africans. Once these Muslims, who would not stand for the racism of the white government, and showed loyalty to the native Africans, have now forced the 98.5% of non-Muslim South Africans to follow Islam’s dehumanizing Sharia while they themselves make up only 1.5% of the South African community. At a time where 20% of the South African Government is made up of Muslim politicians, the non-Muslim South Africans are exposed as unclean souls under the banner of the Islamic Halal logo and Muslims are encouraged not to use any food products by non-Muslims – even water – that cannot be categorized Islamic or non-Islamic! Where there was once a stand against discrimination and segregation, there is now its promotion.

It was understandable that the native African leaders appreciated what Muslims did for years in defending their rights against the authoritarian white leaders. However, these African leaders were unaware that pious Muslims could not function in the light of justice and equal opportunity. They were wolves in sheep’s clothing. They stood with oppressed people, not because of their rights, but for the establishment of Islamic Sharia, exactly what their Quran and prophet have instructed them to do:
Let not the believers (Muslims) take for friends or helpers unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of precaution, that you may Guard yourselves from them. But Allah cautions you (to remember) Himself; for the final goal is to Allah (Q.3:28).
The Quran tells Muslims repeatedly that they should not take as friends those outside their faith, unless it is to "guard themselves” for implementing the goal of Allah, thus the establishment of the Islamic law at the cost of all other beliefs and values.

South Africans are now treated as second class citizens by their so-called faithful, pious Muslims, and are to follow the rules of the 1.5% minority in their own land for which they themselves paid a great price.

Did South Africa fight and suffer only to replace the white government’s suppression with the discriminating values of Islam? There is no doubt that they would not desire such a thing and would not even imagine that their closest Muslim friends would one day undermine their freedom espousing such values. Sadly, many South Africans, especially politicians, are still unaware that non-Muslims (infidels in Islam) will not be able to make a caring and loving friend of pious Muslims, since the only solution for infidelity in Islam is the dominance of Islamic law. This is why Muslims are trying to put the “Halal” logo on every food item - in order to Islamize life at all levels. Unfortunately, South Africans thought that Islam would be different in their country, and many are ignoring warning signals from experiences in the West, that Islam cannot be compatible with any democratic values.

History shows that ignorance does not result in pleasure and comfort, but in loss and suffering. To make good friends, friends who never want to impose themselves on us, we need to know their beliefs and their priorities in relationships. There have been many non-Islamic communities who believed the superficial claims of friendship by pious Muslims, without realizing that they were handing over themselves to the tyranny of Islam. What is now happening in such countries as Iran, Egypt and Lebanon, is the result of ignorance by their forefathers who failed to dig deeper and understand well.

May the Spirit of Jesus Christ touch and bless South Africans, all Muslims and non-Muslims to follow the model of Christ for friendship and peace. He did not impose Himself on others, but poured out His life for foes and friends alike. He filled them with the immeasurable extent of His care and love, even to the point of laying down His life; the crown of love among humanity. Jesus said:
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends (John 15: 13).
I close with the words of Jesus.
"The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." (Matthew 9:37, 38)

Centralized Power Verses Freedom

Time and again, we have heard dictators and authoritarian ideologists claim that there is freedom in their countries. Yet we know from history that freedom and authoritarianism are the vessels of two opposing forces. The seventy years of centralized communist power left nothing but rubbles within every level of its societies, as did the Islamic dictatorship which not only blocked the door of progress to people but also diminished their moral character.

After the mullahs’ power broke out in Iran, they wanted to be masters over all things, even the things of which they held no knowledge. They seized businesses, made them governmental and appointed as leaders those who were loyal to them, but who also did not have the relevant knowledge or skill. For them (and Islam), obedience is primary, quality secondary. As a result, the distribution of products became government controlled, the economy failed, and the black market flourished.  People had to wait hours and days in lines in order to purchase their daily necessities. The more the mullahs gained power, the more people lost their strength for living and suffered in all aspects of life. Unemployment increased, while poverty and the daily struggle to find enough food to eat changed people’s attitudes. Corruption became widespread.

On the cultural front, things went downhill and thousands of young people were absorbed into the Revolutionary Guard (Sepah’e Pasdaran) and to the Correcting Religious Guard (Basijis), which were established to Islamize the country and ensure that everybody lived according to Islamic principles. What was envisioned before the Revolution for younger people had now become a lifestyle for many of them to persecute fellow citizens. These young religious guards terrified, tortured and killed people in public places in order to extinguish any desire for opposition. People started to think that their best days were in the past, the kingdom of the Shah, to which any hope of return was impossible.

Many pro-democratic Iranians broke down morally, and gave up the courageous life because of the mullahs’ ferocious acts of terror. Some were even gradually absorbed into the mullahs’ regime in order to secure their survival from social or political deprivations. Furthermore, they began to say that they were wrong about the mullahs; that they had found the truth and now aimed to uproot the remnants of Western culture in Iran. They themselves started to preach against their own former doctrines, blaming and persecuting democracy-minded people with words like "Zionist", "Western Agent", and so on. One of my own followers turned out to have become one of my persecutors after I was put into prison.

Due to fear, people separated themselves from any who were in opposition; even from one who was once in opposition, but still had not sought the pardon of the mullahs. Some of my followers and friends never contacted me again after the mullahs’ occupation and behaved as strangers when they came face to face with me in the street. They did not want to expose their families to risk.

This is what happens under an authoritarian and self-centered government: society’s moral characters fade away, some become persecutors of others in exchange for money or position, and other citizens forget that they need to uphold and take care of each other no matter the cost. When a country falls into the hands of a power-thirsty sect, or group, or an individual, every other thing falls into the wayside, including morality and national coherence.

None of these moral failures mattered to the dictatorship of the mullahs in Iran. Despite all the chaos, to this day they still twist the truth, defend their actions and equate their rule with "social justice", "compassion" and “freedom”, labeling others as “immoral” and “enemies of freedom”.

Jesus, who is mighty in power and knowledge, never takes advantage of His might to strip people of their choices. He is mighty, not to enslave people, but to prepare the way for them to come out of captivity, become His intimate friends (John 15:15), and build a free community. He knows that lack of choice leads communities to chaos and hostility. No leader in the world had an intimate relationship with his followers as Jesus had with His followers. He humbled Himself in order to inspire a loving leadership in those who listened to Him so that they could in turn become humble, loving, good moral examples and a blessing to others. For Jesus, the most powerful must be a servant to all:

But Jesus called [His disciples] them and said, You know that the rulers of the nations exercise dominion over them, and they who are great exercise authority over them. However, it shall not be so among you. But whoever desires to be great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be chief among you, let him be your servant; even as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many (Matthew 20:25-28).

Tolerance that Compromises the Truth

A joint project of The Human Rights First and The Interfaith Alliance encouraged 50 churches in 26 states of America to open their churches to Muslim Imams and Jewish Rabbis to read texts from their sacred scriptures in the pulpit of these churches. For this reason, thousands gathered in these churches on 26 June 2011, for a “Faith-Shared” event against those who call Islam a violent religion. Imams read texts from the Quran.

Tad Stahnke, the director of policy and programs for Human Rights First said, “We want to send a message to the world that Americans do respect religious differences and reject religious bigotry and the demonization of Islam or any other religion.”

Churches across America Read from the Quran
Muslims in the Pulpit.

There is no doubt that America respects religious differences; otherwise people from different religious backgrounds and ethnicities would not continue to leave their motherlands to reside in America. All Muslim countries know that they do not have the freedom America has. Their laws, no matter how moderate they are, do not allow non-Muslims equal rights with Muslims. It is ironic that those who have been given the freedom to worship as they choose and to voice their opinions in America would then question the level of its tolerance!

The world recognizes that violence is an inseparable part of pious Muslims’ lives in Islamic countries, undermining the basic right to safety. This is not only limited to Islamic countries though. Pious Muslims in non-Islamic countries are also threats. Just recently, the Middle East Quarterly (Summer 2011) revealed some pages from an extensive survey taken in 100 mosques throughout 15 American states, which showed that 51% of the mosques were pro-Shari’a establishment in the West and held materials that conveyed a positive attitude toward employing violent jihad against the West and non-Muslims. Another 30% of the mosques were moderately supportive of violence, while the remaining 19% of mosques did not have violent texts. The report also revealed many other significant things that every western citizen needs to be aware of. One startling fact was on the level of attendance in each mosque and the motivation contributing to it. Mosques with pro-violence materials were the most attended.

Source: Shari'a and Violence in American Mosques

The pro-violence mosques in America are aware that the American governments have been spending millions of dollars to combat the threat of Islamic radicalism. Despite this awareness, these mosques have still been eager to chase their zeal for Shari’a and behave against the safety and freedom of this country. What do Americans need to do in the face of this very obvious threat? Do they need to tolerate this threat and make Islamic countries happy or do they need to stand up and show the Islamic world that they will not compromise the Islamic authoritarianism?

Throughout history, the West has never seen such a level of tolerance towards committed Muslims as we see now. Pro-Shari’a mosques and organizations are springing up everywhere; literatures that demonize Jews and non-Muslims are distributed widely; polygamy, child and forced marriages, honor killings are practices openly. Despite the West’s patience, committed Muslims still hate it and wish to destroy its democracy utterly. Why is this so? You would expect that much tolerance will lead to much respect and appreciation, but the result is quite the opposite.

The contemporary western tolerance is not a biblical tolerance to handle the problem of Islam approapriately. It is taken away from its root, the absolute Truth of the Bible, and given to relativism which serves contradiction, dualism and uncertainty. Good and bad are tolerated similarly. For this reason, what was once called wrong is now called right. You will be attacked by the very advocates of tolerance if you claim that Jesus is the source of all truth. As a result, committed Muslims are also able to establish themselves in the shadow of this tolerance, ultimately at the cost of all other beliefs.

By knowing this, you can now anticipate the outcome of the united action of the Human Rights First, the Interfaith Alliance and their partner churches. It results in compromising the truth and tolerating violent Muslims and mosques.

The hostility of Islam towards non-Muslims, in particular the West, is not a matter to be settled by tolerance. It is a violent doctrine sanctioned by Allah against non-Muslims (Quran: chapter 9, verses 29,123 and chapter 58, verses 20-21). The sincere followers of Allah must follow the will of Allah through every possible channel, including deception, until Islam overcomes. For this reason, they are twisting the word “tolerance” in order to deceive non-Muslims until the task is fulfilled. The solution to such extreme measures is a personal understanding of Islam. Westerners need to understand the seriousness of the Islamic threat and take initiatives to open the eyes of Muslims through dialogue, making them aware that the true God values freedom of choice and never imposes Himself on others. Some will understand the truthfulness of this teaching and will stop threatening our nations. However, those who ignore and still teach violence must be dealt with by the law.

It is clear that American (and western) freedom is not compatible with the authoritarianism of Islam. Therefore, establishing a church’s pulpit for an Imam to lift the name of Allah is not only against God and His Bible, but also against the very nature of freedom that is rejected by Allah and his prophet, Muhammad (Quran: chapter 21, verse 23 and chapter 33, verse 36). An Imam never steps foot in a church except to leave Allah’s authoritarianism and follow Christ, or to destroy the church. There is no middle ground.

Church pastors can test Imams to determine whether their approaches to tolerance are genuine. These Imams will use church pulpits to praise Allah, but will they ever open their pulpits to the pastors of these churches to praise Jesus as their God and Savior? It is hard to imagine them allowing the teaching of the Gospel of Christ to become a part of their so called ‘shared-faith’ movement. Islam does not permit Muslims to befriend non-Muslims unless as a last resort to achieving a hidden agenda to dominate (Q.3:28).

We know that friendship and tolerance should be reciprocal. A one-way tolerance results in the destruction of those who tolerate. This is what 1400 years of Islamic history has proven. The majority of the Copts of Egypt, Maronites of Lebanon, Assyrians of Iraq, Catholics of Syria, Zoroastrians of Iran, Hindus and Buddhists of Indonesia became the victims of the Islamic one-way tolerance, and are now persecuted for the sake of their beliefs.

It is a shame that some of our contemporary church leaders, including evangelicals, are blinded to the doctrine and political philosophy of Islam, deceived by those children of Islam who follow the model of Allah as the best of deceivers (Quran: chapter 8, verse 30). Imams and committed Muslims see deception as an inseparable part of their belief and must deal with infidels accordingly.

We are called by Jesus to love all humanity, including Muslims and Imams. But this love does not mean that we allow them to occupy our church pulpits and mislead our people with the teachings of Allah, an enemy of freedom. The true and heavenly love can only be expressed in doing away with compromise and standing courageously for the Truth. Tolerance that compromises the Truth is a passive and destructive tolerance.

No Problem with Saudi Arabia’s Racism!?

For years, we have been hearing that a Jew or anyone with an Israeli stamp in their passport is not permitted to enter Saudi Arabia, among several other Islamic countries. Many have been hoping for our democratic politicians to take democratic steps and put an end to this bigotry by insisting that Saudi Arabia and similar minded countries put in practice their oath to the UN for a reciprocal relationship. Instead, our politicians chose to play along with this racism, without realizing that the racist pundits aimed to spread their racism to our countries too. Now, some major businesses are adapting themselves to Saudi Arabia’s hate law and also indirectly using our money to finance its cause.

Delta Airlines has recently entered a negotiation for an international deal with the Saudi Arabian Airline to join its “SkyTeam” network in 2012. The details of this mutual deal reveal that Jews from all countries and holders of Israeli passports cannot enter Saudi Arabia, even as transit passengers (NetDailyNews, June 22, 2011; USAToday, June 24, 2011).

It is truly shocking to see our post-modernist democracy compromising with racist ideologies for the sake of a narrow business venture. Saudi Arabia is internationally pronouncing its anti-race policy and many of our democracy-lovers are remaining quiet, not only towards Saudi Arabia, but also towards our own native business corporations which are serving as channels for this hatred. Ignoring racism, in its purest form, is racism itself.

It is concerning that a portion of the money from this network will be going to Saudi Airlines, funding further racist policies. In other words, Delta’s customers will indirectly finance Saudi Arabia’s religious hatred, dehumanizing their own fellow Jewish citizens.  Delta justified its deal by saying that it has to comply with all applicable laws in every country it serves. In other words, since anti-Semitism is a law in Saudi Arabia, Delta has no choice but to submit to it and allow it to be put into practice through its own organization in America. Can such a justification be acceptable in our current day and age?

Of course, it's not Delta's fault that the Saudi government is anti-Semitic.  But it is Delta’s fault for choosing to become an implementing agent (Shariah-compliant, according to Islam) for Saudi Arabia’s discriminatory policy.

One can’t help but wonder why Muslim scholars and leaders in the West are quiet on this issue, since they have always spoken in defense of pluralism. Obviously, this anti-Semitic proclamation of Saudi Arabia is against pluralism. Do they have a different definition for pluralism? Is it a kind of pluralism that excludes Jews? Or, is it a short-term pluralism until Islam gains power and its law (Islamic Sharia) is established in our countries? If not, why are they not speaking out against Delta’s anti-pluralistic approach? When we reveal the anti-Semitic and anti-Christian doctrine of Islam, they call us racists, even though criticizing a religion or a doctrine has nothing to do with racism. Now, Saudi Arabia itself has pronounced that the Islamic law is anti-Jew, but these Muslims have chosen silence towards this obvious racism.

Can we not see the obvious threats of committed Muslims in our countries? They have been threatening our freedom both nationally and internationally. In our contemporary world, where globalization has closely connected nations, the breach of human rights in any corner of the world will certainly create a ripple affect across borders. Saudi Arabia’s anti-Semitism is an international problem, threatening our democracy.

Despite Saudi’s years of obvious racial and religious incitements, our western leaders continue to see it as potential for establishing peace between Israel and Palestine. Sounds rather irrational and impractical that a nation who openly hates Jews can be expected to promote peace with them. The reason that the decades of peace negotiations in the Middle-East have proven unsuccessful is a clear sign of this insincere approach to peace despite Israel’s readiness for a two state solution; the state of Israel and the state of Palestine. In contrast, Palestinians’ initiatives have always been based on the establishment of Palestine and the destruction of Israel. Just recently, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to "just say six words - 'I will accept the Jewish state" (A7 Israel’s National News, Tuesday, June 28, 2011). Netanyahu said that he stood before his own people and said numerous times that he would accept a Palestinian state. He challenged the president of Palestine and said, “Now President Abbas must stand before his people and he has to say these six words, 'I will accept the Jewish State’.”

Of course, it will not be easy for Abbas to accept the sovereignty of Israel since anti-Semitism is rooted in his doctrine. Also, the problem becomes two-fold as he has to please the religious and money lords; including Saudi Arabia. For Saudi Arabia, the mother-land of Islam, every place is a no-go zone for Jews, even the airplanes of our democratic countries. Saudi Arabia’s prophet said:

The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him... (Muslim :: Book 41 : Hadith 6985 & Bukhari :: Volume 4 :: Book 52 :: Hadith 177).

The Quran also teaches in Q.9:1-9 that Muslims cannot enter treaty with non-Muslims, as they are wicked people who do not follow Muhammad. This is the main reason for Saudi Arabia in openly expressing its hatred towards Jews and in investing millions of dollars abroad to achieve its legitimacy internationally.

Decades of history show that politicians have turned a blind eye to this racism; failing to deal with it in an honest manner. The main reason for this has been Middle-Eastern oil. Its influence runs deep into our economic and political systems. We may expect a stand for justice and equality from our politicians only when their love for their country exceeds love for their title. A politician who cares for their people will in no way tolerate such racism.

Is there a future for Israel and Palestine with such a force of anti-Semitism? Can we place our trust in countries like Saudi Arabia for the establishment of real peace in the Middle-East? After all, the fruit of a tree can only be determined by its roots.

What, then, is the solution? What must we do in the face of this hatred and the wide-spread indifference towards it?

The entire Bible points to Jesus as the solution. The Prophet Isaiah wrote:
The virgin will conceive and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14).
For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be on His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
The Gospel of Christ writes:
There cannot be Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is no male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28).
It is our Lord Jesus, the Son of God, who is able to bring down the walls of hostility between Jews and Muslims, and establish an everlasting peace between them. Let us cry to Him to intervene in such a moment, for such a desperate need.

Christian Marriage: A Great Witness to the World

Since childhood, as a Muslim boy, I was taught that Christian marriage lacked boundaries, exposing itself to every kind of immorality. In their teachings about marriage, all mullahs (Muslim clergy) introduced the marriage system in Islam as the best model for humanity and the Christian marriage as the opposite extreme. 

My 32 years of Islamic knowledge on Christian marriage proved untrue and unjust when I found myself in a church in Istanbul, Turkey, and saw first-hand the relationships of Christian couples. I will never forget the depth of amazement I went through in my conversations with these Christians and when I heard the teachings of the Gospel. One day in a conversation with a husband and wife, who were in their fifties, I was struck by their lovely and humble attitudes towards one another. As the wife spoke, the husband looked respectfully at her, showing a sincere gesture of respect in acknowledging her that this was her time, and lovingly waiting for her to finish her comments without interrupting her. His attitude was an eye-opening lesson to one who was from a pious Islamic background. I had not found such respect in the entire Quran and Muhammad’s biography toward any Muslim woman. I thought at the time that this wonderful family value was a product of Western modern thought. I never considered that it could be from the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, in reading its words, I learnt new truths from its pages:
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it (Ephesians 5:25).
Whereas the Quran says:
Take in thine hand a branch and smite therewith [your wife], and break not thine oath … (Q.38:44).
The Gospel says:
Whoever shall put away his wife, except for fornication, and shall marry another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is put away commits adultery.  (Mark.19:9).
Compare this with the teaching of the Quran that says:
And when thou (Muhammad) saidst unto him (Zeyd, Muhammad’s adopted son) …: Keep thy wife to thyself, and fear Allah. And thou didst hide in thy mind (your desire to Zeyd’s wife) that which Allah was to bring to light, and thou didst fear mankind (who would see your desire to someone else’s wife as immoral) whereas Allah hath a better right that thou shouldst fear Him. So when Zeyd had performed that necessary formality (of divorce) from her, We (Allah) gave her unto thee in marriage, so that there may be no sin for believers in respect of wives of their adopted sons, when the latter have performed the necessary formality (of release) from them. The commandment of Allah must be fulfilled (Q.33:37). [Descriptions in brackets are not part of the Quran but are in accordance with  the Islamic traditions and commentaries.]
This verse is saying that Muhammad desired to have  Zeynab (the wife of his adopted son, Zeyd) as his own wife.  So Allah (his god) rushed to bring his desire into reality, thus encouraging Zeyd to divorce his wife for the sake of Muhammad’s desire. After the divorce, Muhammad immediately took her as his wife.

We can see that Muhammad uses marriage primarily as an opportunity for fleshly desires and disregards the loving heart of the true God in marriage.  The God of the Gospel ordained a one man and one woman union from creation, where spouses may experience edifying relationships with each other; teaching their children based on this love and unity, forming pillars in building healthy societies.

Islam considers the abuse of spouses and polygamy as piety, where Christianity considers it immoral. Having more than one wife, or disregarding the Christian marital values, which is prevalent in the Western countries, are the direct result of refusing God’s love; they have nothing to do with piety and righteousness, or with freedom, as many in the West claim. These ungodly attitudes, rather, are motivated by the love of self that encourages the misuse of power for selfish gain and is a threat to healthy relationships within a family.

God’s desire for marriage is for the husband and wife to practice their freedom in the context of being one in body, mind and spirit.  As in a body, all members support and uphold each other, and none discriminates against any other.  The Gospel puts this relationship in a wonderful way saying:
[T]hat there not be division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another (1Corinthians 12:25).
In a similar manner, a husband and wife should truly be dependent on each other, having wholehearted interest in one another. One’s individual interests should not be at the cost of the other's, disregarding his or her rights as redundant or worthless. They must love each other completely; not fifty per cent, not eighty five per cent but one hundred per cent.

Love is the fundamental tool put forward by God from eternity as a creative and fruitful means for establishing a united family with a united hope. In a similar way,  united families will, in turn, be able to establish united communities and nations. For this reason, love surpasses every other thing in God’s philosophy for marriage. Godly love destroys the separating walls between a husband and wife (as with any other relationships) and leads them to a sincere unity in spirit and flesh. As the Gospel says:
For this cause a man shall leave father and mother and shall cling to his wife, and the two of them shall be one flesh (Matthew 19:5).
Alienation from the marital values of the Gospel produces unfriendliness, fractions, rivalries, conflicts and separation. If a husband and wife wish to have effective values for the establishment of a joyful and loving family, they will find no greater source than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It truly is a blessing.

What does Israel have to do with us?

On 15th May, 2011, Israel was surrounded by thousands of Arab Muslims from the borders of Lebanon, Syria and Gaza the day of Israel’s establishment as a country in 1948. The angry Muslims attempted to breach the border, chanting Yawm an-Nakbah, meaning “the day of disgrace” or “tragedy” in Arabic. Western media portrayed this event as merely political, missing the true motivation behind it.  This article aims to shed some light into why this and similar events have been occurring throughout history, even prior to the establishment of Israel.

This protest reminded me of a similar one the Islamic prophet, Muhammad, undertook against Jews fourteen hundred years ago; a legacy for his faithful Muslims:
Narrated Abu Huraira:   While we were in the mosque, Allah's Apostle came out and said, "Let us proceed to the Jews." So we went out with him till we came to Bait-al-Midras. The Prophet stood up there and called them, saying, "O assembly of Jews! Surrender to Allah (embrace Islam) and you will be safe!" They said, "You have conveyed Allah's message, O Aba-al-Qasim" Allah's Apostle then said to them, "That is what I want; embrace Islam and you will be safe." They said, "You have conveyed the message, O Aba-al-Qasim." Allah's Apostle then said to them, "That is what I want," and repeated his words for the third time and added, "Know that the earth is for Allah and I want to exile you from this land, so whoever among you has property he should sell it, otherwise, know that the land is for Allah and His Apostle." (Sahih al-Bukhari Volume 9, Book 92, Hadith 447).
Like prophet, like followers! The tone of the message the Muslims carried with themselves to the borders of Israel was the threat of utter destruction, just as the message of Muhammad resulted in the destruction of the Jewish community in Saudi Arabia so many years ago.

Hatred towards Jews is not a new, or only political, movement in Islam; it is deeply rooted and goes much further back than the 15th May, 1948, right to the beginning of Islam. The homes, land and wealth of those Jews who do not embrace Islam, belong to Muhammad and his community (the Umma in Arabic), in accordance with a creed established in the Quran in the seventh century AD:
He (Allah) gave you (Muslims) their lands (i.e. of the non-Muslims), 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).
Since the rise of Islam, this creed has been put into practice whenever pious Muslims reach power or have significant roles in Islamic countries.  This was the reason that Muslims captured Israel after the death of Muhammad and paved the way for future clashes and blood-shed.

Islam is an anti-Semitic religion. It gives the right to every Muslim to take Jewish property by reciting the command of Muhammad to Jews: that the earth belongs to Allah and they must therefore be exiled from their homes and lands. This means that for Jews to prosper means disgrace and shame for Islam.

The root of this hatred goes deep and even the great initiatives and dollars of the West cannot extinguish the fire of Muslim hatred toward Jews or create peace in the area. For Muslims, Israel is not legitimate. It does not have a history in their history books or a map in their geography books. It does not even exist in their airline magazine maps. This obvious denunciation of the geographical Israel has been evident since its establishment in 1948. This has been ongoing partly due to the poorly designed foreign policies of western countries and the United Nations, who have chosen silence and indifference instead of meeting their international responsibility and demanding that principles of reciprocity be applied in the interests of peace.

Not only are Muslims taught to reject peace with Jews, but also to reject Jews themselves, and to destroy their interests wherever conditions are ripe. The whole philosophy of the PLO and the rise of Yasser Arafat were based on the Islamic belief that Jews ought to be fought against and humiliated until they embrace Islam. The invasions of Israel have not been because Muslims were oppressed by Jews or their lands were seized. Of course, Islamists need to paint their movement in this way in order to convince leaders in the West who were ignorant of this fact. They are claim victimhood in order to appear morally righteous in the eyes of the western media.  This is  ironic, as it is the absence of oppression which allows their propaganda to flourish.  To increase the effectiveness of their work, they have aligned themselves with anti-Judeo-Christian socialist supporters in the west who have decided to embrace the Islamists, whom they regard as the 'working class'.  These Western allies of Islamism reject democratic values — and the free-market economy — for the sake of establishing their own anti-capitalist socialism.  However they are unaware that  if Islamists come to power, they will persecute socialists also  (as occurred in Iran after the 1979 Revolution).

Islamists are not allowed to use any factual reasoning in their approach to non-Muslims or in their opposition to Israel. Islam has stripped their life of any reason. No logic or intellectual coherence works for them; all that is left to them are contradictory and belligerent assertions. Read what Allah says in the Quran:
[Moses said to his people:] O my people! Enter the holy land (Palestine) which Allah has assigned to you, and turn not back (in flight) for then you will be returned as losers. They said: "O Musa (Moses)! In it (this holy land) are a people [Palestinians] of great strength, and we shall never enter it, till they leave it; when they leave, then we will enter." Two men of those who feared (Allah and) on whom Allah had bestowed His Grace [they were Yusha' (Joshua) and Kalab (Caleb)] said: "Assault them through the gate, for when you are in, victory will be yours, and put your trust in Allah if you are believers indeed."   (Q.5:21-23 Noble Quran).
Even the Quran says that Israel belongs to Jews, not the Palestinians, for eternity. If the Quran does not give them any rights to land, then how have Jews been able to occupy land that they were not entitled to in the first place? This is where Islamists have been able to deceive many of their own followers, as well as westerners, due to their lack of knowledge in this matter, convincing them that the solution to war in the Middle-East is the division of Jerusalem. It is sad that many western politicians see this Islamic manipulation as great wisdom. The lack of knowledge about Islam is breathtaking in the West. The West does not yet see that Islam is a religion of confusion and invasion.

Hopefully, this article has shed some light on the religious nature of what has been viewed as a purely political event.  What is being discussed here is deeper than just surface level politics. The implications of events taking place in Israel today will influence every aspect of our lives. 

You may also hold the view that the Israel-Palestine struggle is purely political, yet consider this: in Islamic doctrine – according to some scholars –  when the occupation of Israel is achieved, it will be used as the center of its power, through which the Islamization of the world will be achieved.

What then is our responsibility?

As members of the world community, we realize the importance of our right to protect our own borders. If any country’s freedom is threatened, we need to defend and uphold their freedom against such actions.  Knowing that the Islamic doctrine of occupation begins with Israel and then extends to all other countries, we should combat this threat before it takes place. Many Muslims are unaware that this impending war will also bring disaster and struggles upon themselves. Many lives will be lost on both sides.  It is our obligation to create awareness among them to prevent increased support for radical Islamists and their destructive doctrine.

For those of us who are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we know that we have been shown grace in receiving the peace that lasts for all eternity, through the ultimate sacrifice that was given to us through God’s son, Jesus. Yet, we know that in this world, war and disunity will reign until Jesus returns to end all injustice.  Until this time comes, let us pray fervently to the Lord that He uses us as instruments to shine His light to Jews and Muslims alike; so that their hearts receive the peace that comes from knowing Christ as their Savior.  Only then, will Israel be a place of peace.

By Daniel Shayesteh and Cindy Shayesteh

Who Are Our Navigators And Where Are They Leading Us?

The whole Middle-East is on the verge of falling into the hands of blood-thirsty radicals because of our leaders’ so-called humanitarianism. Our leaders are approaching radicals in the name of humanitarianism, but radicals are exploiting this approach to forge a new standard of fooling western politicians for the further strengthening of their strongholds against the West.

In our last update, I expressed my concerns over Carter’s and Obama’s positive views about the revolutionary movement of the Muslim Brotherhood, the radical Islamic group in Egypt. They held the view that the Muslim Brotherhood was a powerless minority, with no major influence in Egypt, and a friendly and peaceful opponent to the ruling government. President Obama placed considerable pressure on the Egyptian dictator, Hosni Mubarak, to step down and hand over the leadership to various opposing parties for the establishment of a democratic Egypt. He believed that if Hosni Mubarak stepped down, Egypt would have a healthier political future. The majority of American media supported Obama’s approach to Egypt. Some western politicians were even a step ahead of Obama, expressing their desire to build a positive relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood for the establishment of a peaceful Egypt. Now, we can see the result of such ignorant optimism; it has been paving the ground for the pro Hamas and al-Qaida radicals to penetrate the future government and destroy the remainder of peace in the area.

Similar foreign policy was also pursued by the West concerning Gaza and Lebanon, which both fell into the hands of terrorist groups of Hamas and Hezbollah! Now, Egypt is preparing itself for a theocracy and alliance with Hamas, thus establishing itself as a direct threat to Israel and the West. The same scenario is looming in various Islamic countries and the ground is ripe for radicals to take over.

It is greatly perplexing to see the decisions of our leaders in the Middle East throughout the past few years. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, they have served their enemies, granting repeated opportunities for the establishment of more radical Islamic governments. It is such politicians as these who are the navigators of our societies. They have closed their eyes to the radical president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has turned Iran into a slaughterhouse and a serious threat to Israel and the West. They did force the government in Sudan to step down, despite massacring Christians and countless innocent victims for thirty years. Yet, the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, who had been a friend to the West, fought radical Muslims, and was a barrier to Iran in equipping the terrorist governments of Hamas and Hezbollah, was compelled to leave.

This irresponsible foreign policy will go down in history as a shameful Western failure. Unlike Ahmadinejad, Mubarak had not oppressed his own nation to the same extent as Iran’s and Sudan’s dictators. It is truly mind-blowing that in the name of democracy our leaders are putting pressure on the less dangerous leaders in Islamic countries and creating space for vicious leadership to seize power!

Since the rise of Islam, the leadership in the Middle-East has always been either a totalitarian nightmare of radicals, or a nationalistic military dictatorship of moderate patriots who opposed radicalism to some extent. Maybe our leaders are not aware that in Islamic countries there can be no third option such as democratic leadership. Democratic leadership has not worked in the Islamic countries because Islam is not compatible with democracy. You cannot establish democracy in a community that is founded on totalitarianism in every aspect of life.

How can our leaders here in the West place their trust in revolutionary Muslims, who believe that democracy belongs to hell, while standing against less radical Muslim leaders? Are they willfully disregarding the fact that revolutionary Muslims have turned Iran, Lebanon, Gaza (Palestine in general), Sudan (now northern) and Somalia into hubs of terrorism? Why are they pushing the relatively secular Islamic governments to step down  and make way for their radical Muslims citizens to seize power. In the name of equal opportunity and a so-called humanitarian approach, our leaders have been supporting radicals and even pouring millions of their tax-payers’ dollars into radical Islamic states (one example is Gaza), only to have that support turn against our societies.

Not only do our leaders lack an effective policy in fighting revolutionary and terrorist Muslims, but with their irresponsible words and actions, they have even been the cause for the continued growth of radicalism and increased unity among radicals, who are preparing themselves for a major war against Israel. The war, as the Bible has predicted in Ezekiel 38 & 39, is unavoidable, but, it is heartbreaking to see that some of our leaders have served the cause of this war rather than fighting against it.
Middle-Eastern countries are preparing themselves for such a destructive war. Sadly, the destructive nature of this war will come back to haunt those countries whose leaders have, intentionally or unintentionally, been opening more space for radicals to establish themselves in ever stronger positions.

Let us cry to the Lord to anoint Christ-like leaders for our societies, leaders who do not compromise with evil people, and do not conceal them from the attention of their people for the sake of political correctness or personal gains.

Let us cry to the Lord so that He comes and protects our lands from the destructive war of Islam. Let us humble ourselves in the presence of God, as He says: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Obama: A Second Carter for the Middle-East

Jimmy Carter received a Nobel Peace Prize for his great efforts in paving the way for peace and democracy in the Middle East. One of his masterpieces was a friendly approach to the Ayatollah Khomeini, who established the Islamic Republic of Iran, the same Republic which has been shedding the blood of thousands of Iranians and has become a threat to the world.

Jimmy Carter said to his fellow citizens that there was nothing to worry about the Iranian radicals of the 1979 Revolution.  Soon after this, his so called ‘peaceful Ayatollah’ took over the US embassy in Tehran and held its workers hostage for 444 days. Since then, the Ayatollah’s followers have been working diligently to attack American interests everywhere, and have even realized some of their anti-American objectives in some places via Hezbollah.

Carter has always tried to promote radicals as peaceful. His recent comment about the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is another one of his shocking 'masterpieces'. He said that there is nothing to worry about the Muslim Brotherhood. The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is the mother of contemporary terrorism.  It has given birth to Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Palestinian Liberation Army and almost all other Islamic terrorist groups in the Sunni countries.

The tolerance which Carter has shown toward radical Muslims is mind-blowing compared to his stand towards pro-democratic voices in the Middle-East. He hated the Shah of Iran, offering no help to him against radical Muslims.  Carter even rejected the Shah's requests to enter America for surgery. The Shah was a pro-Western king and America’s long standing friend in the Middle-East.

It seems that America has really been missing Carter-type peace laureates, and for that reason has handed Carter’s torch over to another Nobel Peace laureate, President Obama.

Obama has continued the task of encouraging people not to worry about radical Muslims, this time the Muslim Brotherhood, who may also, in turn, establish an Iranian-style terrorist government in Egypt. Not only does it seem to be acceptable for the Muslim Brotherhood to take government, or take part in government, in Egypt:  Obama is also trying to convince people to hold in high esteem the advances of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt’s struggle for peace and freedom.

Why are these presidents trying to teach Americans and the world to respect blood-thirsty radical Muslims? Are they trying to condition people to surrender? Are they trying to exalt the things radicals did in Iran and Lebanon in destroying secularism and democracy? Are they trying to hasten the unity of radical Muslims against Israel and the West? An interesting possibility!

Most Egyptians understand that the Muslim Brotherhood’s overriding focus is to establish Shari’a in Egypt and the world for the establishment of Islamic Imperialism: this is the dream of the Caliphate. In their own words, the Brotherhood have revealed that they cannot have peace with non-Muslims and their aim is to conquer Israel, America and the rest of the world. With their own actions they have proved they are serious about their claims. What more evidence do we need than their very own words and deeds to prove their inhumane stand towards humanity? Despite all the evidence, why do American presidents speak in favor of radical Muslims?

Americans have experienced evil things from the followers of the Muslim Brotherhood in their own homeland. There are more than enough credible documents which reveal the evil works and plans of the Muslim Brotherhood in and against America. Their followers have been pressing aggressively into all areas of American life in order to wage cultural and political warfare against its people, with the goal of eventually taking over from within, through infiltration of government agencies.

Are these presidents unaware of what the Muslim Brotherhood has done in America? Are they waiting for more to happen in order to accept the seriousness of the threat inside America itself?  One cannot help asking what is wrong with these leaders!

The problem with Obama, Carter and many other world leaders is not that they are unable to see the very obvious threats posed to their countries by radical Muslims. Their problem is hearts overcome by political correctness and dulled by relativistic and ambiguous moral standards. While a child is able to distinguish the difference between what is good and what is bad, some of our leaders hesitate and fail to do so. What do we need to do in the face of such damaging attitudes?

Let us pray that our leaders wake up to the enormity of the threats posed by radical Muslims to our countries and to the world. Let our leaders be a blessing to people rather than a curse. Let us raise our caring, prophetic and victorious voices in Christ in order to drown out the noise of hostile ones (Isaiah 25:4-5) and pave the way for the Coming King who cares for people from every nation, race and language group, including Muslims.

"For you have been a refuge to the poor,
   a refuge to the needy in their distress,
   a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat.
When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm,

   the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place,
you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds;
   the song of the ruthless was stilled."

Longing for a God Who Understands

During the viewer question time of our live television presentation on December 2010, a young man called in from Iran.  He was desperate.  For years, he had been reciting the daily Islamic prayer to Allah in Arabic, but his pleas had not once been granted. As he spoke, the anguish in his voice brought tears to our eyes.

Although deeply moved by this young man’s longing, it was no surprise that his persistent prayers came to no avail. You see, there were two major obstacles in his communication with Allah. Firstly, he did not know Allah’s language, Arabic, and Allah did not accept his language, Persian, as a way of communication (or prayer). Secondly, even if Allah did accept his language, he would still not respond to his pleas since prayer in Islam is not directed at this life but the next, however uncertain that life may be.

How would you feel if you were in desperate need and cried out for help, but were ignored because of your nationality, language or race? This is what Allah and Islam have been doing to Muslims! Muslims should not pray in their own language but in Arabic only, a language which is foreign to most of them. So this young man was exhausted by Allah and longed for a God who could understand his language and listen to his cries. He eventually gave his heart to Jesus Christ because the God that Jesus reveals respects and understands all languages, and is able to establish a personal relationship with people in their own languages, in all the languages of the world.

After many years of opportunities and hard work, I am now able to speak four languages and a couple of dialects. Yet my ability to express myself fully and truly to God and understand Him better is only possible through the language I have grown up with, whose idioms and values I am so familiar with. This language makes my relationship with God more meaningful since I am able to speak to God using its full expressive powers.  How could the true God reject such clear logic? He wouldn’t. But Allah of the Qur'an rejects this, because he is not the true God. The true God will not be deaf to me if I speak to Him in my own mother tongue because He is all-knowing. He understands the intimate language of our hearts.

If Allah ignores pleas not spoken in Arabic, will Allah’s pious Muslims be expected to act better than Allah and respect people’s rights and grant their needs? Absolutely not. For this reason, the approaches and attitudes of Muslim leaders to moderate Muslims, who do not learn Allah’s Arabic, have always been discriminatory, hostile and all too often bloody. Since the rise of Islam, many Muslims have cried to their Muslim governments and leaders for their rights, but received nothing more than indifference, exile, torture and death.

Now, with the expansion of media technology, many Muslims are able to discover the fundamental problems in Islam, revoke their allegiance to Allah and put their trust in Jesus Christ. God is using radio, television, and the internet to open their eyes to the truth that Jesus reveals. Though Muslim leaders have been spending millions of dollars each year to reduce the impact of Christian media on Muslims, we are still amazed at how, despite such obstacles, many Muslims are eager and trying every possible means to access Christian media at great risk.

We are so grateful that Christ has given us a satellite ministry opportunity, in addition to other opportunities, to speak through the media into the homes of millions of Persian speaking Muslims all over the world; to speak into their hearts of the transforming love of Christ. God has enabled our presentations to be fruitful and encouraging, leading many Muslims to Christ.