According to the person running the youtube page promoting Zaki Ameen and his books on Islam, Zaki Ameen is a former Muslim Imam, who has left Islam and has decided to educate us Muslims and non-Muslims about the evils of the religion of Islam. A religion whose book and everything else was fabricated by the Prophet(alayhi salam), not divinely revealed, according to him.
We spoke about the fake ex-Muslim phenomenon earlier, but here I would like to summarize some of its dimensions:
1. Fake former Muslims are used to deceive unsuspecting Muslims who are not knowledgeable about Islam. It is a tactic that makes Muslims more open to the proselytizing efforts of Missionaries, thus making them prime for conversion. Dramatizations using actors pretending to be ex-Muslims are used as authorities on Islam. Anyone with a cursory familiarity recognizes the deceptiveness of this tactic.
2. Muslims who are either very secular and not very knowledgeable or are non-practicing/cultural Muslims, meaning Muslims in name only, are propped up as experts on Islam. Further scrutiny reveals their “criticism” of Islam to be lifted, sometimes verbatim, from anti-Muslim ideologues, websites, books , and other materials.
3. Obvious frauds who were never Muslim are trotted out as experts on Islam, ostensibly providing the audience with an insider’s view of the reality of Islam. Further investigation reveals the falsity of their claims. Islamophobia seems to be big business on the way to being socially mainstream, yet time and time again we have seen these so-called Muslims exposed as frauds, so-called experts who can’t even get fundamental facts about Islam straight. Examples include atheist Wafa Sultan who is an atheist raised as an Alawi, pretending to be Muslim; Mehmet Ergun Caner trying to pretend to speak Arabic to unsuspecting American audiences, deceiving them to the contents of Qur’an, hadith, and bungling simple details that a 3-year-old Muslim child would get right; Walid Shoebat pretending to be a former terrorist, exposed as a liar about his extremist past; and Mark A. Gabriel, a supposed former Al-Azhar scholar and imam, who lifts Orientalist and Christian Missionary polemics and misinformation almost verbatim.
4. In an ongoing effort to present Extremist Muslims as representative of normative Islam, we are presented with former extremists, who all of a sudden are to be considered ‘alim. Since when is extremism(ghuluw) Islam?
5. Anonymous supposed ex-Muslims such as “Ibn Warraq” and “Dr” “Ali Sina” are presented as experts on Islam. The dangers of steeping outside the tradition of Islam in order to understand it are well-known, as it invariably leads to extremism of many types, but how are we really sure that anonymous people claiming to be former Muslims, displaying a serious lack of knowledge of Islam and scholarly credentials, were really ever Muslims?
Our next video will be exposing the fake former ex-Muslim par excellence Mumin Salih and his hate site.
In the video below there is a link to the hate site that promotes this alleged former imam; if you go to the youtube site and type the name Zaki Ameen you will find a link to the site promoting his books and ideas about Islam. I will not post it here in keeping with my rules about not posting to any anti-Muslim hate sites/pages of anti-Muslim propaganda. In the interest of fairness and not closing off discourse, however, avoiding keeping things on-sided, I have provided a way for you to search for the information yourself. Which type of former “muslim” does Zaki Ameen appear to be? You decide.
Don’t forget to go to the youtube page itself and read the comments because it seems that Islamophobia, while being denied to even exist by the Islamophobes , is ubiquitous on the internet on sites like youtube and many others.