Going Head-to-Head with Islam

That’s what Ayaan Hirsi Ali recommends.  And she knows something about it, because she’s been living under a fatwa since she renounced the religion in 2001. I haven’t heard a bolder plan for evangelizing the Muslim world from any missionary organization than I read in her interview with Macleans.

Q: One of your more startling arguments in Nomad is that
Christian churches should proselytize in immigrant communities to try to
convert Muslims.

A: Look at the amount of money Saudi Arabia spends on
coming into Muslim communities in America and Europe, building schools
and also taking leaders and training them in Mecca and Medina, then
replanting them. It’s surprising that no other group of people is
targeting the same communities. If you look at Western civilization, at
the institutions [and movements] that were engaged in changing people’s
hearts and minds—the Christian Church, humanists, feminists—they are
doing next to nothing in these Muslim communities. When I was in Holland
[recently], I heard about a Christian mission that had been
proselytizing in Morocco. The government kicked them out and sent them
back to Holland. I thought, “You don’t have to stop proselytizing—just
go to the Muslim community in Amsterdam west and carry on there.” But of
course there, they’re not only going to face the radical Muslims as
opponents, they’re also going to face the multicultural opponents,
saying they’re not supposed to be telling people to leave their

Q: So how would they do it?

A: Next to every mosque, build a Christian centre, an
enlightenment centre, a feminist centre. There are tons of websites,
financed with Saudi money, promoting Wahabism. We need to set up our own
websites—Christian, feminist, humanist—trying to target the same
people, saying, we have an alternative moral framework to Islam. We have
better ideas.

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