By Tom Quiner

I loved this letter.

A Muslim by the name of Ahmed had the following letter published in the Des Moines Register yesterday:

Muslim extremists are fanatic death cult thugs 

I grew up in the Muslim religion, but I am disgusted by the horrific execution of the journalist James Foley by the fanatic thugs of the death cult named Islamic State.

Although these mad men say they represent the “worldwide Muslim voice,” they are anything but. They regularly behead and blow up their own people.

That is not part of the religion I grew up with. They are the biggest threat to the Muslim religion and its almost 1.5 billion people. Its victims are almost always the Muslims themselves. Like Nazism, their ideas will eventually die out (I hope soon).

These thugs are taught and brainwashed from their childhood that this earthly life is all we have, that is all we will ever have and it has absolutely no meaning. That is what Imam Khomeini of Iran used to preach. They can’t wait to end this earthly life and be the first one to bring it on by slaughtering humans of all ages.

They will keep using religion and their rage to recruit and kill innocent civilians unless we humans stand up and declare them (but not Islam) as the true enemies of civilizations.

It is going to be a long and tough fight for the survival of our free speech and for our species, but I am fed up.

— Ahmed Choudhury, Urbandale

Moderate Muslims need to be screaming sentiments like these from their rooftops. But if they do this in certain locales, they put their very lives on the line from Islamic terrorists who consider them “infidels.”

Nonetheless, it is refreshing to actually hear from a Muslim who denounces unrelenting murder in the name of Allah.


  1. Shawn Pavlik on August 25, 2014 at 10:51 am

    The problem is, if they follow their book, they WILL treat others as inferior, and, if in charge, they WILL demand a “dhimmi”, i.e. tax on non-Muslims. I have to feel like Islam is a threat. We’ve seen too much over the last 13 years to deny it. You posted a quote yourself in a related thread above, “You are an infidel and deserve to die.”

    Until Muslims admit errors in their Koran, which is practically impossible for any religion to do, I fear there will never be peace.

    • quinersdiner on August 25, 2014 at 11:12 am

      Yes, your first sentence is my understanding as well, that the “radical” Muslimes (that is, the killers), ARE the ones who are truest to the Koran. Still, it is encouraging to hear a Muslim taking them to task.

      • Steve Kirby on August 25, 2014 at 12:46 pm

        Unfortunately this “moderate” Muslim did not really take the Islamic State (IS) to task. All he did was claim that what IS was doing was “not part of the religion I grew up with.” It would have been nice if he had shown where IS was theologically wrong in what they were doing. But that would have been virtually impossible to do because IS has Islamic doctrine on their side for virtually everything I have heard about them doing. We would no doubt prefer the Islam of this writer, but the reality is that for over 1,400 years the world has been stuck with the Islam of Muhammad. That is the one, true Islam.

  2. Bob Zimmerman on August 25, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Islam is like other religions in one respect … A certain percentage of them claim to be Muslim, but in reality only in a cultural sense. Just as we have many “cultural Catholics”, who choose which parts of Catholicism they want to espouse, and conveniently ignore others. Muhammad was very clear in regards to how Islam should be spread… Ask any (living) Christian in Iraq.

    • quinersdiner on August 25, 2014 at 11:20 am

      The keyword in your response was in parenthesis. In a sense, the Muslim thugs are the ones “all-in” as Muslims.

  3. chandlerswainreviews on August 25, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I am spectacularly unmoved by Ahmed’s assertion that the wolves don’t represent the “worldwide Muslim voice” which in actuality such a theoretical voice seems to be characterized by a cowardly mutism that responds to the slaughter of tens of thousands with apparent apathy until someone looks in their direction with disapproval over their silence, in which case they suddenly cry “foul” and comment on the unwarranted injustice and prejudice against them. There seems to be an undeniable global sociopathy at work here. By the way, someone should inform Ahmed that Naziism didn’t simply “die out”, but was emasculated through the brave and noble sacrifice of the countless numbers who fought and died to see its end a reality, a lesson perhaps this supposed majority of “moderate” (re: silent) Muslims might take an an example of a real faith in something beyond self-interest..

    • quinersdiner on August 25, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Eloquently stated. Thanks for writing!

  4. Tom Maly on August 25, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Ahmed done good with his letter. My “dream” is that there be such a letter penned and signed by the Imams of all of the Mosques in the Des Moines community.

    • quinersdiner on August 25, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      I would love to see such a letter, Deacon. Thanks for writing.

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