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By- Khushi Bisht
Harris Sultan is a Pakistani-born Australian ex-Muslim atheist and activist who has authored “The Curse Of God: Why I Left Islam.” He is from Lahore, Pakistan, and hails from a conventional and well-educated Muslim family. He was a devout Muslim in his adolescence and aspired to be a real pious Muslim. He used to pray five times a day and fast on Ramadan as well as non-Ramadan days.
But then something happened that caused this young man to question Islam and eventually abandon the religion to which he belonged. A pious youngster from a traditional Muslim household eventually becomes non-religious and abandons his faith and its beliefs. But how did he get to this conclusion? Religion is an integral part of one’s identity and leaving it is difficult. He’d most likely have something going on in his mind that prompted him to take such a significant move.
In this article, we will talk about Why Harris Sultan Left Islam!
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Harris, who was born and raised in Pakistan, moved to Australia, as a student when he was 19 years old. However, he had several unanswered questions from childhood. Questions regarding God, such as where he came from, why he created the universe, and so on. All of his doubts and concerns were piling up, and there was a slew of additional issues to contend with. For him, one of the most difficult issues was dealing with profound philosophical concerns like where did we originate from, when and how did the universe begin, and other such issues.
He subsequently became interested in science and began watching scientific documentaries and reading about big bang theory, multiple universes’ theory, all of which he saw as proof and argument against the notion of God. Simultaneously, he learned about Richard Dawkins, whom he credits with presenting the anti-God counter-arguments that led to his atheism. He read Richard Dawkins’ book “The God Delusion,” which changed his perspective and let him recognize that he was suffering the same difficulty as Dawkins.
To dispel his worries, he began researching extensively about Islam. He studied the Quran and Tafsirs (exegesis of the Quran) multiple times and he understood that the difficulties with Islam and the tale of God are not only intellectual and philosophical; Islam’s morals and science are both very terrible. He was drawn away from Islam after a thorough reading of the Quran and Muhammad’s (founder of Islam) life.
Harris identifies three significant basic flaws in Islam, focusing on the Quran, which he also discusses in his book “The Curse Of God: Why I Left Islam”
The first issue is all the philosophical explanations that attempt to explain where we originated from, who created everything, and why God is eternal, but none of them explain where “God” originated from.
The moral issue is the second concern that is unique to Islam. The very low standing of women, he claims, is the issue in Islamic morality. Men can remarry, possess prostitutes, and abuse their women several times. A curse for homosexuality is another issue in Islamic morals that should not exist. The situation for women is far worse than it is for males, he claims. In Islam, the notion of “Bandi” (slave) is abhorrent. This law enabled males to own female slaves and have sexual relations with them.
Harris describes a moment in Muhammad’s life when he slaughtered a group of men during the day and then took their daughters and wives as his Bandi and slept with them later that night. Islam promotes these teachings and Muslim men are encouraged by this doctrine to attack, sexually harass, rape, and convert “Kaafir” women (Infidel or Non-muslim women). He claims that Muslim men still follow Muhammad’s Islam, which supports female enslavement, but since slavery is now prohibited, they have no choice except to forcibly abduct infidel females.
He used the example of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) members who forcibly abducted Yazidi females whom they considered kaafirs, demanding that they either adopt Islam or be taken away and sold as slaves. This is how they plan to expand Islam over the world. This same extreme doctrine and mentality have given rise to “Love Jihad.” He claims that this has always been a part of Islam. This is a reality that no one can refute.
The third issue is that the Quran has scientific flaws; numerous stories in the Quran lack any kind of proof. According to Harris, the Quran includes various nonsensical claims that people mindlessly obey without any explanation, such as not drinking alcohol, not eating pork, sex before marriage, and homosexuality. The Quran provides no evidence to back up these claims.
These are the issues that drove him to reject Islam and become an atheist. He claims that Islam is riddled with problems, which he details in his book. Harris’ thorough comprehension of Islam and his skill to illustrate its shortcomings in the most straightforward manner defines his book. His work examines the characteristics of Allah (God in Islam), Muhammad, and his life. It goes into great depth on Muhammad’s wives and the brutality that plagued them throughout their lives.
In general, his book is a scathing critique of religion, particularly Islam. It debunks some frequent misunderstandings about Islam held by both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
It was not easy for him to go public with his views on Islam, and he received several threats as a result. After taking offense at Harris Sultan for allegedly criticizing Islam, a Muslim blogger in the UK threatened to murder him and his family. Because Jihadists are infamous for attacking and killing those who oppose Islam, these warnings can’t be easily avoided.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to examine a seeking direction to the Election Commission to de-register a political party, which fails to comply with the court's direction to disclose criminal antecedents of candidates fielded in polls. Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay requested a bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and Hima Kohli to list the petition urgently, against the backdrop of the ongoing election process. He contended that nomination for the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election has started, and the political parties and candidates are brazenly violating the top court judgments.
After briefly hearing Upadhyay, the bench said: "We will consider it... will give a date".
The plea argued that allowing criminals to stand for election threatens democracy and secularism. | Wikipedia
The plea claimed that the cause of action for filing the plea arose after the Samajwadi Party fielded alleged gangster Nahid Hasan from Kairana but neither published his criminal records in electronic, print and social media nor the reason for his selection within 48 hours. On February 13, last year, Shamli police imposed the Gangster Act on Nahid Hasan, who is a two-time MLA from Kairana. "He (Hasan) has multiple criminal cases and is the 'mastermind' behind the Hindu exodus from Kairana. There are many criminal cases including fraud and extortion, and he was declared a fugitive by Special MLA-MP Court," the plea said.
The plea argued that the consequences of permitting criminals to contest and become legislators are extremely serious for democracy and secularism. The plea sought a direction to the Election Commission to take steps to ensure that every political party publishes the details regarding criminal cases of each candidate along with the reason for such selection on the homepage of its official website in bold letters within 48 hours in the spirit of top court orders passed on September 25, 2018, and February 2, 2020. (IANS/ MBI)
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There will be no chief guest at the Republic Day parade this year also as the plan to host state heads of five Central Asian countries -- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan -- seems to have been cancelled due to the Covid situation in India as well as in the respective nations. Though the Ministry of External Affairs is yet to confirm this officially.
If the guests arrive, then this would be the second time when India hosts a group of state heads as the chief guests on the Republic Day. In 2018, state heads of ASEAN countries graced the occasion with their presence. Apart from Kazakhstan, none of these countries' state heads had been invited as the chief guests on the Republic Day. In 2009, Kazakhstan's then president Nursultan Nazarbayev was the Chief Guest.
The Government of India is in no mood to take any risk to invite any foreign guest.Unsplash
As per sources, due to the corona situation, the Government of India is in no mood to take any risk to invite any foreign guest, so the plan seems to have been cancelled. Last year, British Prime minister Boris Johnson was invited for the same, but later cancelled due to rising corona cases in the UK.
In the past, there have been occasions when the Republic Day ceremony was celebrated without any foreign guest. In 1966, there was no foreign chief guest in the Republic Day parade ceremony as the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri had passed away in Tashkent in January, and Indira Gandhi took oath as Prime Minister on January 24. (IANS/SP)
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A team of scientists from the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have found a cure for those suffering from chronic wounds, particularly with diabetic foot ulcers. The team led by Prof Gopal Nath of the department of Microbiology, Institute of Medical Sciences, said that wounds that took months and years to heal, could now be cured in days or months. The findings of study have been published in the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health, US.
Prof Nath said that a wound is defined as a breach in the skin or body tissues due to injury. An acute wound is defined as a "recent break that is yet to progress through sequential stages of healing". The wounds where normal healing process is stalled due to underlying pathology (vascular and diabetes) or infection beyond three months is defined as chronic wound. While chronic wounds always get infected, the contaminated wounds are reasonably susceptible to infection.
A significant improvement could be achieved in the form of complete wound epithelization within a few weeks.Towfiqu barbhuiya / Unsplash
Infection with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and biofilm formation halt healing progress. These wounds cause significant psychological and physical morbidity. The traditional treatment strategies often succeed in healing wounds, he said adding that many wounds have been observed recalcitrant to them, leading to persistence and recurrent infections. Search for alternatives to antibiotics has now become a compulsion. Fortunately, bacteriophage therapy is a re-emerging solution to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Prof Nath's team carried out phage therapy of acute and chronic infected wounds in animals and clinical studies. It showed efficacy against Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a mice wound model. Furthermore, they evaluated the efficacy of phage cocktails in animal models' acute and chronic osteomyelitis caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. They also observed biofilm eradication from K wire in rabbits' wound infection model. Clinical trials of phage therapy initiated by the BHU have reported the efficacy of topical phage in healing chronic wounds in three prospective exploratory studies and no adverse events mimicking the results in vivo animal models.
Scientists have found a cure for those suffering from diabetic foot ulcers. Unsplash
A clinical study by Gupta demonstrated the significant role of bacteriophage therapy in the chronic wounds associated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The study employed a total of twenty patients with chronic non-healing ulcers for more than six weeks duration. A significant improvement could be achieved in the form of complete wound epithelization within a few weeks. Another study, employing 48 patients having a minimum of one eligible full-thickness wound that did not heal in six weeks with convention wound management, showed the promising result, and significant improvement was observed in the wound healing.
The study projected that specific phage therapy is equally effective regardless of the diabetic or non-diabetic status of the patient though the healing was relatively delayed in diabetic patients. Another successful study has shown encouraging results on healing process of infected acute traumatic wounds. The average number of days required for complete granulation of wounds and attaining sterility and healing was half compared to conventional therapy. (IANS/SP)
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