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.

Deliberate Blindness to the Progress of Islam

It will be the enemies’ best moment for penetration when other countries’ leaders prioritize their own interests or the interests of their parties and sponsors over the interests of their countries. While enemies advance in the pursuit of their evil goals and make enormous progresses, some leaders pronounce their advancement insignificant in order to release themselves of the responsibility of defending their nations against enemies. Not only this, they even go further and prepare the minds of their people to view the threats of enemies through their own indifferent lenses. They mislead their communities with deliberate thoughtlessness and act as if there is no enemy, war or threat.

History has proven that even insignificant and powerless enemies can make their ways into a country and to the higher levels of its political positions and dominate if the country leaders become inconsiderate.
Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, started his army with 150 people and in less than 100 years his army stretched itself to India on one side and to the north of Africa and Spain on the other. This was because both the Roman and Persian governments became busy with their own agendas and ignored his threat. While he had a small army, apparently insignificant in the eyes of his contemporary superpowers, he sent a personal letter to Caesar and invited him to follow Islam, otherwise Rome’s safety would be in danger. The Islamic book narrates the contents of the letter as follows:

Narrated by Abdullah bin Abbas: Allah's Apostle wrote to Caesar and invited him to Islam. He sent his letter with Dihya Al-Kalbi whom Allah's Apostle ordered it to be handed over to the Governor of Busra who would forward it to Caesar…

"In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful (This letter is) from Muhammad, the slave of Allah, and His Apostle, to Heraculius, the Ruler of the Byzantines. Peace be upon the followers of guidance. Now then, I invite you to Islam (i.e. surrender to Allah), embrace Islam and you will be safe; embrace Islam and Allah will bestow on you a double reward. But if you reject this invitation of Islam, you shall be responsible for misguiding the peasants (i.e. your nation). (Bukhari :: Volume 4 :: Book 52 :: Hadith 191 & Bukhari :: Volume 1 Book 1 :: Hadith 6)

Neither the Roman Empire nor the Persian Empire took his threat as serious. Mecca which was a place of refuge for all races and ranks of people before the rise of Muhammad became the most insecure place for people. Muhammad became a threat to all citizens of the Arabian Peninsula. Christians were everywhere and their safety did not raise the interest of the Roman Government anymore. It was after the invasion and capture of Syria (a Roman State) and Iraq (a Persian State) that both Governments woke up, regrettably very late.

In the beginning, Muhammad added the following verse of the Quran in his letter to Caesar in order to convey his seriousness that he was ordained to attack Christians and make them Muslims:

O people of the Scriptures! Come to a word common to you and us and you, that we worship. None but Allah, and that we associate nothing in worship with Him; and that none of us shall take others as Lords besides Allah. Then if they turn away, say: Bear witness that we are they who have surrendered (unto Him). (Sura 3:64)

This is the theological reason of Muhammad for threatening non-Muslims. “The people of the Scriptures” in Islam means Christians and Jews who lived in many parts of the globe in that time, and Zoroastrians who lived in Persia. By giving a reference from the Quran, Muhammad was providing a scriptural reason for violating the safety of the people of Scriptures. He had already proven his eagerness for the expansion of Islam. He slaughtered many Jews and other One-God followers in the Arabian Peninsula, and forced many to join Islam. Romans and Persians should have understood that if a leader was not compassionate to his own people, he would not be considerate towards the rights of his neighboring countries. He would always search for a way to invade. But they missed the point.

This is what Islam reflects in the past 1400 years of its history. Muslims marched and conquered countries one after the other in order to embody the decree of their prophet, Muhammad. ISIS, Taliban and other Islamic terrorist groups are also the flag-bearers of that decree and plan. Islam has always violated the rights of people and nations, and will continue to do so unless countries’ leaders wake up to this threat and start to care for the safety of their own nations and countries.
The wealth and power of the Islamic countries have deeply pacified the non-Islamic country leaders towards the inherent violence of Islam. Now both right and left wing politicians in the West are calling Islam the religion of peace while each and every page of the Quran screams violence and every Islamic country breaches the natural rights of people because of Islam. Calling a terrorist ideology peaceful is nothing but betraying our own nation. The Quran sanctions terrorism in family, in neighborhood and abroad. Isn’t it urgent for presidents, prime-ministers and kings to read the Quran and Islamic judiciary values in order to correct themselves and have a fair foreign policy with the Islamic countries? It is. Such a brave step will also encourage the entire moderate Muslims and the whole non-Islamic world to read the Quran and be aware of the truth about Islam. Islam has caused problems everywhere and we need to discover the real reason behind this. By twisting the truth about Islam many non-Islamic country leaders have, consciously or unconsciously, served the cause of Islam and jeopardized the safety of their own nations. Islam will dominate and destroy if this political problem is not treated openly and courageously.

Who could believe that a little Islamic army would occupy the territories of the giant Persian and Roman Empires? Who can accept that a similar thing can happen today? Those who are not used to taking the threats of their enemies, small or big, seriously are those who cause history to repeat itself.