It's been 10 years since Muslim terrorists carried out the 9/11 attacks. Yet polls show that most Americans still have very little understanding of Islam.
CBN News recently spoke with one former Muslim who is looking to change that by revealing the politically incorrect truth about the Koran.
Al Fadi, a Saudi native, said it's no coincidence that a majority of the 9/11 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia.
"When I lived in Saudi Arabia, not only did I look at non-Muslims as second class, you would look at non-devout Muslims as second class citizens," Fadi told CBN News.
"If Islam has to prosper, be the superior religion, then certain steps must be taken by its followers, including spreading Islam at any cost, including the sword and killing any opposition," he said.
Real Life Under Islam
These days al Fadi, which is a pseudonym, lives in the West. He also left Islam for Christianity, a move that would bring a death sentence in his native country.
"The Koran will emphatically say in chapter 4, verse 157 that the crucifiction never took place, that someone else was made to look like Jesus and was put in his place," Fadi explained.
"So you learn all of these things and then of course you learn that the Koran tells you to hate the Christians and the Jews," he said.
Fadi wants to bring these bitter truths about Islam's holiest book to a Western audience. Like other former Muslims, he's written a book called 'The Qur'an Dilemma.'
The book analyzes the teachings of the Koran from the perspective of someone who actually lived under them.
According to Fadi, life under Islam is much different than the whitewashed version often presented by the Western media and Muslim pressure groups.
That includes the Koran's call to jihad, or "holy" war, against non-believers.
"It is basically a proscriptive demand found in the Koran when it comes to jihad - killing the infidels, spreading Islam until there is no other religion on earth except the religion of Allah," Fadi explained.
"The West does not know many, if not all, of these things because they're basically oblivious to what the Koran teaches as a whole. They're only fed portions of the Koran," he said.
Those peaceful portions, Fadi says, came during the early stages in the career of Islam's prophet, Mohammed.
During these years, Mohammed lived in the Saudi city of Mecca with only a handful of followers.
His message changed dramatically once he moved to Medina and gained converts and political power.
Many of the Koranic verses from that later Medina period include calls to violence and intolerance.
Like chapter 8, verse 12: "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them."
Then there is the infamous verse of the sword in chapter 9, verse 5: "Slay the idolaters wherever you find them and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush…."
Meanwhile, chapter 5, verse 51 warns Muslims not to befriend Jews and Christians.
Loving Your Enemies
Fadi said these later verses represent Mohammed's final say on the matter. Any older, more peaceful verses were cancelled out--or abrogated--by the later "revelations."
"You cannot stand against the religion, you cannot critique the prophet or the teaching of the Koran, and you cannot leave the religion because you're not free to do so," Fadi said. "There is no equality between genders, there is no equality between people of other faiths."
Fadi experienced this belief system firsthand growing up in Saudi Arabia, Mohammed's birthplace. He was a radical Wahhabi Muslim who knew members of the bin Laden family.
As a young man, Fadi wanted to follow in Osama bin Laden's footsteps and take on Soviets in Afghanistan.
"I was willing to go fight and die. And then that opportunity didn't take place," Fadi recalled.
That's when he decided to attend college in the West - in the very backyard of his sworn enemies. Fadi planned to promote Islam to anyone who would listen.
But a funny thing happened along the way. For the first time in his life, Fadi actually met and spent time with Christians.
"Basically, the more I met people who follow Christ, the more I realized that they are distinct and unique in their character. They're kind, they're patient, they're loving, they have moral values, they don't look at others with hatred," he recalled
"At some point I heard the teaching of Christ to love your enemies. Technically speaking, I am their enemy, and they didn't hate me, they actually loved me," he said.
Before long, Fadi was ready to do what had once been unthinkable: to accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. But the decision was not an easy one.
"For you to leave Islam, you are leaving your identity, your culture, your community, your family, everything that you grew up to believe to be true," he said. "There is no separation between state and mosque, state and religion."
Fadi's family in Saudi Arabia eventually came to grips with his leaving Islam. One of his brothers, however, still threatens his life on a regular basis.
But he said the threats won't stop him from telling the truth about his former religion.
Infiltrating the Infidels
"Muslims know very well that the best way to conquer is not by the sword anymore," Fadi said.
"It's by infiltrating the societies, the political systems, and by basically taking their time to grow, to become a majority that at some point, they will have a voice that they can topple things basically to their advantage," he said.
With The Qur'an Dilemma, Fadi hopes to ensure that never happens.
*Originally aired September 13, 2011.