Muslims have often been accused by their fellow Muslims of being kufar [plural of kafir, unbelievers or apostates]. This has been done easily and joyfully by a group of Muslims whose sole aim is to force people out of the Islamic faith by rendering them apostates.
We have urged scholars to counter this trend [of declaring Muslims unbelievers]. By using verses from the Qur’an and the Sunna and through scientific and intellectual effort, scholars have been able to combat this catastrophe. Islam in its essence is a religion that attracts followers to it, rather than force followers to abandon it.
But there is a case that has often been overlooked by scholars: it concerns non-Muslim attempts to lead Muslims into apostasy. There is a group of Orientalists who have lost their academic objectivity and morality, and have made collective and forceful efforts to rally Muslims against their religion. They do so by raising doubts about faith in the One God, the Qur’an and the prophecy of Muhammad.
Some Orientalists have raised doubts about the methodological aspects of the faith of God and the Qur’an. For example, Wilfred Cantol Smith said, "The greatest errors of Islam is that it is a religion that asks its followers to blindly obey the ordinances of God." Gostaph Le Pond said, "There is nothing in the Qur’an’s childish characteristics comparable to the theories of Hinduism, and the Qur’an is the reason for the backwardness of Muslims." By [writing such things], they want Muslims to doubt their faith and become unbelievers in God and the Qur’an.
They also try to make the Muslims doubt the Prophet Muhammad. For example, Orientalist Fowells said, "Muhammad is a man whose aspirations and imagination in an old age led him to establish a new religion to be like the saints, so he wrote some myths and superficial protocols and he spread them among his people, some of whom followed him." Another Orientlist, Goldziher, described [the Prophet’s] knowledge as a "blend of the knowledge and the opinions Muhammad gained because of his contact with Jews and Christians."
Recently, there have been examples like the previous ones. The American Attorney General John Ashcroft said that the God worshipped by Muslims incites them to kill.
Rev. Jerry Fallwell said that the Islamic religion is satanic. William Boykin, Undersecretary to the Department of Defense [see previous issues], said that his god was "bigger" than the god of a [Muslim] Somali leader. Boykin’s remarks were described as hostile, racist, extremist and arrogant. All of this is true, but all the previous comments fall into the realm of casting doubt on the Islamic faith in order to lead Muslims to lose faith in their religion [become apostates]. Then why did the general link Muslims’ weakness to their corrupt faith?
Another strange thing is that some non-Muslims believe that Muslims worship the prophet Muhammad, just because the Qur’an mentions that Muslims should "pray" for the prophet, in verse number 56 from the Sura Ahzab. But they actually misunderstood the meaning of the word "pray," because they do not understand the Arabic language.
Scholars, think-tanks and intellectuals should stand up to this trend of non-Muslims trying to raise doubts about the Islamic faith in an attempt to lead Muslims to become unbelievers.