Religion is one of those issues people find very uncomfortable discussing in Africa and there is a good reason why. The big question here is "why?".
If religion is all about peace and love (as some people say) then why do some of us feel very uncomfortable discussing religious issues in public places?. If religion is all about unity and understanding then why do some people find it so difficult discussing religious issues today? Also, if religion is all about togetherness then why all these numerous religious wars and conflicts?
Well, there is a hidden reason why. The keyword here is "hidden" because not so many people are willing to talk about it.
People find it uncomfortable discussing religious issues in Africa and around the world and the reason is because, religion today has very little to do with peace, unity, love, prosperity and all those good things they (the various religious groups) somehow manage to "preach" about. Almost all religious groups today hide under the banner of "peace and love" to commit attrocities. They are not who they say they are and that is why they cowardly attack those who try to point their evil deeds out.
Discussing religious issues in public places can easily land you in big trouble in Africa and it gets even worse when "Islam" is involved. Discussing Islam and pointing out some of their evil deeds can easily get you killed not just in Africa but across the world.
First of all, please pardon my ignorance if you find this article very offensive. It is just my personal opinion and it reflects the little I know and the very little I have seen with my own eyes. I cannot delete it although it seems to offend so many people. I can only try to edit the tone of the article a little bit. Once again, I am not a Christian trying to tarnish the "good reputation" of Islam. Islam has done some great things in the past just like Christianity. However, in my humble opinion, the bad things Islam and Christianity have done to Africa, far surpass all the good things they've ever accomplished.
"Only a fool says in his heart there is no God" and no I am not a fool. I believe in God because it doesn't make much sense not to believe. However, I don't believe in any religion. Why? Because religion makes no sense.
In Africa, both Christianity and Islam, in my humble opinion, are like destructive cults brainwashing the poor and the weak and bringing nothing but destruction anywhere they go. I am not saying they've done nothing good. However, the evil coming out of these 2 religions far surpasses the good things to the point where nothing good comes out of them any longer. I have written several articles about how Christianity destroys our beloved continent but in this article, I will focus on the "religion of peace" or Islam.
In Africa, Islam kills faster than HIV/AIDS and Malaria combined. Some will say I am exaggerating and some will feel like crushing my tiny head for Allah for tarnishing the good reputation of the religion of peace. Maybe Islam is truly a religion of peace elsewhere in the universe I have not heard of but here in Africa, as a good friend of mine puts it, "Islam is a religion of piss". Why? Because Islam pisses him off all the time. Most people know about how Christianity came to Africa and how the same ships that brought the Bible and Christianity to Africa, took away innocent people as slaves. Christianity captured innocent Africans through deception from the very start and many people know the story quite well. However, not so many people know how Islam came to Africa and how it evolved into the "monster" we see today. Once again, please pardon my ignorance. I don't mean to disrespect anybody. This is just the little I know and the very little I have seen with my own eyes.
To continue, Islam unlike Christianity, did not use deception but rather oppression and brutal force to capture innocent people as slaves. Islam brought slavery (the Trans-Saharan Slave Trade) to Africa even long before the Bible and Christianity arrived. In other words, if Christianity is a demon for destroying Africa, then Islam is a big red monster full of nothing but destruction and even more destruction just like we see today.
Just like Christianity in Africa is full of nothing but deception, so is Islam in Africa full of nothing but violence and oppression. Islam used violence and so violence has remained with Islam in Africa. Some will say North Africa which is "All-Muslim" is peaceful although I am yet to witness that peace. The last time I saw in the news, ISIS and other Islamic extremist groups (terrorists) had taken over that part of Africa and were busy cutting off the heads of tiny little babies all for Allah and his holy prophet and they did all that proudly holding and reciting verses from the holy Quran. Some will say those terrorists are not Muslims. If so, then why do most Islamic leaders today find it so difficult standing up and speaking out against these terrorist organizations? Let's even forget about North Africa for now and focus on West Africa which is about 50-50 Christians to Muslims.
Anywhere Islam dominates in Sub-Saharan Africa, there is always violence and even more violence. Take a look at what happened in Ivory Coast just recently and also take a look at what is happening in Northern Nigeria right now. Since the beginning of this year, there's been no single week without bomb blasts in Nigeria and 10s if not 100s of people lose their lives anytime these bombs explode and who is behind all these and the deaths of untold number of people in Nigeria today? The answer is ISLAMIC extremists. Some will say the answer to this question is "Boko Haram" which is true. However, don't forget the fact that Boko Haram works under the banner of Islam and if you think I am exaggerating, how often do the Muslim leaders in Nigeria today come forward to speak against Boko Haram and its activities? It may surprise you to know that some of these Muslim leaders in Nigeria even sponsor Boko Haram both financially and psychologically..
If the message you are spreading is true then why force people to believe it? The Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has killed an untold number of people and continue to kill innocent people in Nigeria today and they believe they are killing for Allah and his holy prophet. The Northern parts of Nigeria are the poorest parts of the country with just few schools and hospitals. Boko Haram continues to destroy those few schools and hospitals and they believe they are doing it for a peace-loving God called Allah and his holy prophet. According to Boko Haram, formal education is evil. The question is, who taught them that?
There is poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa and there is no doubt it. However, from personal observation, I have come to realize the fact that, the poverty and illiteracy levels in the Islamic communities across Africa, far exceed the poverty and illiteracy levels in other communities across the continent and the reason is due mostly to the "destructive" nature of Islam. I put "destructive" in quotes because I don't think that was how Islam was meant to operate as a religion. Sadly, Islam today reminds me of one of those destructive cults in movies and we can only pray the movie ends on a good note. Instead of Muslim parents sending their children to school to go get formal education, they send their kids to go sit under trees and learn how to recite Quran. At the end of the day, the kids learn nothing but Quran and some get so brainwashed by some extremists to the point where they believe killing their fellow human beings make them righteous before Allah.
It may surprise you to know that slavery still exists in Africa and all thanks to Islam. In some hardcore Islamic African countries like Mauritania, slavery is part of everyday life and it is OK because their Islamic culture approves of it. I know it is very wrong to generalize an entire religion based on the actions of some selected few. However, when it comes to the issue of religion, there is no doubt the selected few tell a lot about the very core values of the religion in question and this I think is how "the religion of peace" destroys our beloved continent Africa.