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.

They Claim to be Wise, but Support Islam

The simple definition of a wise person is one who looks at things from many angles, reflects on them in a wider context and comes up with a result or solution beneficial for humanity. Wisdom is about searching and distinguishing truth from untruth and how truth can be discerned and applied appropriately.
Some Westerners have united with Islam and consider their position insightful and wise. Not only have they taken this position personally but they also expect others, including Christians, to adopt it themselves and the chaotic culture and way of life that goes with it. Are these so-called insightful and wise people sincerely willing to understand things? Have they given themselves a chance to look at Islam from various perspectives? Do they value their own capacity to think and to reflect on their words and actions? Have they developed any wisdom in these last two decades about Islamic extremism and have they been able to give any hope to their nations in the face of Islamic terrorism everywhere? Are they really wise and are they open to a different take on wisdom?
Jesus Christ has a definition of a wise person:
Whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock. And the rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house. And it did not fall, for it was founded on a rock. And everyone who hears these sayings of Mine and does not do them shall be compared to a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain came down, and the floods came, and the wind blew and beat on that house. And it fell, and great was its fall. (Matthew 7:24-27)
In the last two decades, the Western supporters of Islam have built their spiritual, social, political and even economic hopes around the idea of multiculturalism. How solid a foundation has multiculturalism been for them and their nations? Have these supporters of Islam been wise, teachable and farsighted as multiculturalism has flooded their minds and hearts over the past two decades? Has it perhaps caused them to  extend a generous, but na├»ve tolerance to Islam? 
The war against Christianity has demonstrated that many Western people see the wisdom of Christ as foolish in contrast to multiculturalism. They have tried their utmost to shackle Christian values in so many arenas. They have held on tightly to multiculturalism, called Islam a religion of peace and at times have gone even further to blame Christians for the Islamists’ treacherous acts.  
Is it possible to secure peace and harmony by shunning Christianity?  Multiculturalism had been touted as an enlightened approach to social cohesion by which all members of the community (including Muslims) come  to value and honour social and cultural diversity. But what has happened? Why do we see even Western-born Muslims joining ISIS and other Islamic terrorist groups to attack multiculturalism from the inside as well as from outside? Perhaps multiculturalism is a paradigm that lacks wisdom.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ defines wisdom in the following terms:
But the wisdom that is from above is first truly pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. (James 3:17, MKJV)
True wisdom must be purely right and devoid of any dualism. Dualism gives way to erroneous actions. If well- meaning supporters of Islam were wise, they would genuinely take the time to compare the values of Jesus Christ with the values of Muhammad first and then decide whose way to follow. If they purified their minds and hearts in this way, they wouldn’t find themselves protecting and positioning blood thirsty Islam in such a way as to expose the safety of their fellow men and women to terrorism. True wisdom does not compromise or fraternize with error and aggressiveness, but challenges minds and hearts to discover the best means of peace in order to promote peace. 
A truly wise person is cautious, temperate, gentle, stands for modesty and reveals the power of modesty through his/her humble manner in pursuing equal justice in relationships and conversations. Multiculturalism has allowed the strident authoritarianism of Muhammad to dominate the humility and modesty of Jesus. Multiculturalism does not provide a way for navigating diversity other than preaching an undiscerning tolerance which dilutes wisdom. Unlike Muhammad, Christ points the way to strong reasoning. The gospel of Christ challenges stubbornness and produces kind thoughts, words and actions for a better and harmonious relationship. His wisdom is not hypocritical or deceitful; it unveils anything that is false. The Quran calls Allah “the best of deceivers” (Q.8:30), the one who teaches deceit. True wisdom has nothing to do with deceit. With Multiculturalism, society is required to turn a blind eye to or somehow rationalize the presence of the glaring anti-social, anti-peace, anti-freedom tenets of Islam. 
To turn away from Jesus Christ to embrace multiculturalism is a deadly initiative that is far from wisdom. Only unwise people do this and expose their lives and the lives of their surroundings to destruction. This is what the supporters of Islam have done in the West. They have boasted in their man-power, became fools and therefore become unable to see the truth.  Paul of Tarsus was a philosopher and had as much right to boast in his knowledge and wisdom as Socrates, Plato or Aristotle did. He had sufficient power of knowledge to establish  a following for himself like many others did but see what he says:
But may it never be for me to boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. (Galatians 6:14)
Paul knew that even the famous philosophers (a philosopher means a “wisdom lover”) were unable to protect themselves from foolishness and selfishness. They fell short sometimes because they were not perfect in wisdom. Despite their reputations for being wise, there were times that their actions proved foolish, contrary to their wisdom. For this reason, they needed to follow the perfect model of wisdom in order to develop wisdom in themselves and encourage others to do the same. They were unable to be the perfect models for others because they were not perfect and had no reason to boast in themselves. They just needed to humble themselves in front of the perfect God and allow His model to rule over them. It is the absolute wisdom of God, nothing less, that saves and unites. That’s why Paul humbled himself and proclaimed:
In whom (Christ) are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:3, MKJV)
Our minds, hearts and experiences cannot be the treasury of wisdom. Every one of our experiences is exposed to our self-centeredness and pride which are against purity, unity and peace and are channels for partiality and hypocrisy. If we do not acknowledge the best and do not take shelter in it, we will be nothing but vessels of pride, disunity, aggressiveness and will open the door further for injustice to dominate. This is why Islamic terrorism is progressing and not diminishing in the West. It is because Islam is accepted as a religion of peace in the West.
Let us pray and work hard for a great awakening in the West so that many can grasp the wisdom of Christ and give way to Him but give up supporting aggressive beliefs like Islam.