Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ex-Catholic priest explains why he turned from 'God's love', to 'fight those who do not forbid what Allah has forbidden'

Koran 9:29
Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

Or perhaps he will try to first find and then spread God's love within Islam!!

But while on holiday in Egypt he met and befriended many Muslims, and said that he began to realise his perception of the Islamic faith was flawed.

He should have perhaps travelled to Thailand ~ there are some nice people there too ~ he may have then returned a Buddhist!!

The priest is confused ~ people are people ~ Islam is a invention. A representation of Muhammad's way after Allah of the Kaaba in Mecca or the old Kaaba religion. It is a return to law which Jesus spoke against, said needed to be moderated. Islam takes these things up and more ~ there is meant to be a rule for everything ~ even intercourse with the dead [which Muhammad enjoyed, in addition to small children]. And so Muslims are obsessed with rules ~ as a way to bring about the superiority over others that Muhammad promised them. Fool's gold. Because the emphasis is on the external, not the internal. And so it is out of step with the times and with its neighbors ~ and will continue to be.

A Roman Catholic priest who converted to Islam has been speaking about his reasons for changing faith.

Idris Tawfiq was a guest speaker at the University of Cambridge's annual Experience Islam Week, which aims to raise awareness and foster tolerance.

Mr Tawfiq said: "It's not that I went looking for Islam. Islam came looking for me.

"I loved my former life and my work, but now I've found a peace that I never knew before."

Mr Tawfiq explained that he made the decision to leave the priesthood when he realised how lonely he was.

"I left my job, but not the Catholic religion," he said.

"I had no intention of changing my faith. That wasn't part of the plan at all."

'No harshness'
Mr Tawfiq, said he had lived in the UK for 40 years and had a stereotyped view of Muslims.

But while on holiday in Egypt he met and befriended many Muslims, and said that he began to realise his perception of the Islamic faith was flawed.

Mr Tawfiq said his journey towards Islam took him one year, after which he embraced both the religion, culture and changed his name.

"My Christian faith slid away slowly and Islam became more and more important.

"I play down my Catholic priesthood, but all I have is great love in my heart for the people who made me what I am."

"There is no harshness to Islam," he added. "It really is very beautiful, very gentle and sweet.

"Before you make a decision, hold your breath and listen to what Islam has to say. Then make up your mind."

Mr Tawfiq now lives in Egypt, and speculating on the future of the country after the resignation of Hosni Mubarak, said: "One thing Islam teaches is never to be surprised by what is offered in life.

"Who would have imagined three weeks ago that someone who had ruled the country for 30 years would no longer rule it now?

"It gives me great hope that when we think we can do nothing about a situation, by God's grace there is something that we can do."



gsw said...

"when he realised how lonely he was"
So now he can buy himself some submissive daughters to be his submissive wives and won't be lonely any more.

What a pathetic man.

Catholic Left-winger said...

This gentleman claims not too make an issue of his Catholic priesthood when, on the contrary, he seems to thrive on his status as a former Catholic priest and loves the publicity. I feel deeply sorry for him as it is clear, from several interviews he has given, that he no longer prayed the Office (psalms, readings from scripture, early Christian texts, etc.)5 times a day, as required for all Catholic priests and religious. If he had, he wouldn't express surprise at Muslim children doing so (as he has in other places). He was given the greatest of gifts and yet has betrayed his Saviour. Very sad.