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.

Islamists Demonize Those Who Seek Reason!

Islamists do not hesitate to demonize those who reveal the truth about Islam and challenge them. They are following the footsteps of their prophet Muhammad who never allowed people to speak beyond his words (Q.33:36). The sayings of Muhammad are given preference over the human mind and logical reasoning. No one is allowed to question the words of Allah and Muhammad. If anyone or any community does, they then must be attacked, the degree to which depending on the size or power of the Muslim community. The Quran says:
They who dispute the signs of Allah without authority having reached them are greatly hated by Allah and the believers. So Allah seals up every arrogant, disdainful heart. (Q.40:35).
Verses 6, 13 and 31 in chapter (sura) 8 of the Quran speaks about those who disputed the words of Muhammad and accused him of plagiarizing the ancient sources of other beliefs. The critics are called hostile (verse 15), deaf, dumb and the worst of beasts (verse 22); those who hear but do not listen (verse 21). The instructions against these critics is the death sentence, preceded by by chopping their finger tips and then their heads (verse 12).

As a Muslim, regardless of geographical context, you are always expected to speak in favor of Islam and demolish in yourself any kind of fervor for critical reasoning. You are also called to fight those who seek to reason about your faith. This intolerance has created many discrepancies in the last 1400 years of Islamic history in both Islamic and non-Islamic countries, leaving many dead or fugitives. Since the rise of Islam, Islamists have always criminalized the acts of unveiling the facts about Islam. People, both Muslims and non-Muslims, have been forced, in one way or another, to fashion their attitudes in accordance with Islam in Islamic communities. In recent decades, Islamists have taken advantage of political correctness and multiculturalism in the non-Islamic countries and tried to reshape our attitudes to their liking.

Several weeks ago, while I was lecturing about Islam in a church seminar in Florida, a young imam and an elder from the area’s mosque came to the church in order to persuade people that I was misleading them. After the meeting, they held their Qurans up in their hand, walking and saying to people “You are deceived. The Quran does not have such verses.” Though they were doing this in the church, they would never allow Christians such a freedom in their mosque. However, I was fortunate that they were carrying their own Qurans. So often they do not. I challenged the elder and asked him to open his Quran and read my presented verses to the people according to his own version. He did and discovered the exact words which I had presented. He then paused a little while and then cursed me in front of the people instead of apologizing for his own very obvious fault. As people were shocked and distracted by his behavior and attitude, the nervous imam approached me quietly and whispered in my ears in a threatening way, “you should not reveal these verses to people”. He was speaking to me as if I was living in his Islamic territory and under the Islamic rule. He knew that I had come from an Islamic country and was aware of this Islamic restriction. He was trying to remind me, though indirectly, that the moral conviction he has inherited must be dominant over every other thing, including the democratic values of America and the West. He was shocked when I said to him that America was not an Islamic country but a democratic one whose law had provided us with the freedom to exercise our freedom in unveiling all beliefs, including Islam. He was angered by my words and was clearly trying to suppress his anger.

The imam also said to me that he had been trying to build friendships with the churches in the area, but revealing such verses would block the way to unity. Of course, the relationship he was speaking about was such a relationship framed by Islam for penetration and dominance. The Quran orders Muslims not to become friends with infidels unless for gaining power and ruling over them (Q.3:28). After gaining power, they will clearly announce that if anyone wants to stay safe and alive they have to align themselves with Islam and keep quiet.

This is why Islamists are undermining freedom in the West in the name of unity and harassing people such as us, who know and reveal the deceptive plan of Islam. They are not doing this to unite with churches but to deprive churches of their ministries, progressively silence them and then dominate and destroy them.

Now as a very small percentage of the western communities, Islamists are pushing ahead to stop us from unveiling Islam, but when they gain power they will close down churches, and carry out the instructions set out against unbelievers in the Quran. As Bill Muehlenberg rightly said in one of his February 2012 articles:
This is all one-way traffic here, with Muslims demanding that we never do anything to offend them, while they are still on a holy war, targeting and killing the infidels.
Sadly,  wide-spread political correctness in America and the West has more emboldened the Islamists to invade even our churches, though subtly, and curse, harass and demonize Christians who care for the Truth.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if these Muslims could truly know Christ and know true friendship that stems from the freedom of experiencing the unconditional love of Christ!  We need to be more zealous in awakening our communities to the deception of Islam and challenging Muslims with the values of Christ.