Greetings to all the founders of the parliamentary of religion, the world’s religious leaders, panelists, and symposium organizers,
Peace be upon all the prophets,
You have gathered at this conference to advocate your religion. Each of you belongs to a particular religion, faith, or spiritual belief. Many of your beliefs are not chosen; the majority of you were born to parents who live within a particular country and so your religion is something that you were born into and brought up with, and eventually, you will die in that religion. Then, you will find the great promise and hope that religions have offered related to the afterlife.
I wish you would consider attending under the title of “No Religion” in the 8th Parliament of the World’s Religions gathering. From where I’m standing, according to the historical documents and primary sources in religions, "No religion is a religion.” In other words, rejection of religious beliefs systems is a religion.
When all the superstitions and illusions that have been inflicted on the body of religion, disintegrate – when all the dust and filth
lying on the surface of religions is removed, and when all the threats and
capital punishment are taken away from all religious laws including an attack on
human dignity, apostasy, and the death penalty for turning away from the religion
of your ancestors. If all these shortcomings and defects are eliminated, still
the world's population won't be affiliated with or trust any religion.
You have gathered in this virtual conference to put
thoughts and ideas together which can lead you to discover even more ideas
about the weaknesses of religions. Furthermore, all your attempts are to
find paths for promoting cooperation by sharing your common religious thoughts,
perceiving the differences, and eliminating every single thing which can be
Nevertheless, have you ever thought about the thousands
of unanswered questions that are popping into your follower’s brain instead of
appearing into the brains of unbelievers who are beyond you? The unanswered
questions that human beings are seeking to find real answers.
The common motto in Islam is reason and rationality which
takes precedence over everything. Then if you look deeper in the lower layers,
you will realize, that under the title of absolute determinism, restrictions
will be formed around your rationality.
What is the meaning of revelation? You believe that angel
Gabriel appeared to him and commanded. In the Qur'an, revelation means “And
inspired it [with discernment of] its wickedness and its righteousness"
(91:8) and/or "and shown them the two ways ˹of right and
wrong˺?"(90:10). In other words, religion proceeds with inspiration and
revelation while revelation is part of the perceptions of intelligence. Now, do
you think the rationalities have accepted the revelation and the Prophetic
Mission or not? The vast majority of people are usually offended and upset by
that religion if they are forced to accept a Shari'a or faith because they
don’t have enough power to stand against force or threat and choose their own
religion freely. Religion literally means a path or manner. Then this path
gradually creates tumors in the body of religion and these tumors become cancer
Can you accept a person by your side who is not
affiliated with any religion, and chooses not to identify with a
religion? A person who has left all religions and
beliefs around the world behind? Do you really accept his presence among you?
A religious community that promotes violence does not
accept this request. They have used coercion to force their followers into
religion. They do not let their followers be cut off from their organized
religion. For example, for certain jobs related to security and intelligence
organizations, the employees can't quit their job, and if they try to escape
from it, they will surely be killed “accidentally”. Religion has become
the same as these organizations. Then, what are the differences between them? Put
differently, you have entered by force and can't leave. Those who were in the
time of the Prophet witnessed the slogan of Muhammad who said, “I was ordered
to fight people until they confess that there is no God but Allah." As the
power of Islam increased, the residents of Mecca were obliged to surrender and
were forced to accept the religion of Muhammad even they defend their beliefs
as much as they could.
Do you think surrender means transformation? Obviously,
the answer is "NO." History has shown that these threats and
coercion to convert to Islam endangered the lives of the Prophet and his
family. Indeed, the persecution had turned into resentment and led to many
crimes at that time against the Prophet himself and his family.
You can include this important issue in your discussions
that "No one should be forced to convert to a religion or be prevented to
leave a religion." This applies to children and their parents too because
children who are born and raised in a religious Muslim family have no right to
break away from their parents’ religion; otherwise, they face the death penalty
as a punishment if they leave their faith and beliefs.
Leaving behind religion is the red line in religious
communities. This is why we criticize religions for forcing people. Those who
were contemporary with the prophets were forcibly converted to Islam by the
power of the sword. Furthermore, the strong punishment in Islam is the death
penalty for people who leave the Muslim religion.
What a great
suffering tragedy that people convert to religion with murder and leave it with
murder! Then, this religion was handed over to our ancestors, they brought the
same religion for us. They all emphasize that a person should not say anything
against God because the person would become impure and an infidel, indeed,
these words are to make the man himself more aware.
Religions have caused people to lose the power of hearing and seeing the
truth and have not been able to understand the reality; however, they will be
unable to stop or prevent human rational thought.
I expect you all who have gathered on behalf of religions
and sects’ communities to consider a position for non-religious people in your
gatherings and invite them to debate this issue in your international forums.