Early reviews for Salahuddin “Sam” Al-Mahmoody’s new autobiography “It’s Okay to Hate Islam Now,” to be released in June, are already trickling in, and all signs point to the author’s third release being his biggest success to date.
In his first book, “Blaming Islam: Everything Bad That Ever Happened to Me,” Al-Mahmoody recounted his upbringing, having grown up in Iran under the regime of the Ayatollah Khomeini, and then having moved in succession to Somalia, Pakistan, and finally Saudi Arabia, thus having experienced all the worst types of Islamic-themed governments before emigrating to the UK.
His moving account of how his parents somehow forgot to circumcise him early in his life, and then kept asking him about it as he got older touched on a subject that is rarely talked about in the Muslim world. “I would have to keep changing the subject,” recalled Al-Mahmoody. “Like, I would say ‘Oh, I would love to but I have an algebra test Friday, could we hold off till next week?’ It got really awkward after a while. At one point I had to say to my family ‘Can you please all stop obsessing about my penis?'”
His next book caused an even bigger sensation. Boldly titled “Let’s Fix Islam!”, it offered a point-by-point analysis of areas where Islam had gone wrong, and provided a helpful blueprint that Muslims could follow to fix their religion.
Some of his recommendations were sweeping, such as recommendation #76: “Change the name of Islam to Christianity, stop reading the Qu’ran and read the Bible instead.” Others were more nuanced, such as #102: “Stop sharing slippers outside of the men’s washroom area, it’s disgusting.” All in all, Al-Mahmoody’s 376 point plan for fixing Islam was met with great enthusiasm by pretty much all conservatives, as none of the 376 points required any action on their part.
In his newest effort, Al-Mahmoody goes even deeper, and conservative critics are loving it. Tommy Robinson of Britain First was all praise for the book. “It’s a great read,” he said admiringly. “Chapter 7, ‘Validating Your Prejudices,’ is worth the price of the book by itself. It’s just amazing what Al-Mahmoody has accomplished. He’s so brave and inspiring.”
The fascist dictator of the United States, Donald Trump, spoke admiringly of Al-Mahmoody as well. “Everyone knows I love the Muslims. Al-Baroody is a brave and courageous man. He’s the ex-Muslim one right, the guy that said we should put tracking devices on all Muslims? Yes? Yeah, he’s fantastic. Great man. Love him.”
Inexplicably, Al-Mahmoody’s works have been met with a relatively chilly reception from Muslim communities and organizations. Some have questioned his motives, while others have preferred to ignore him (nobody has threatened him with death though, because that never happens when people say bad things about Islam).
We caught up with Al-Mahmoody to ask him about this strange mixed reaction his work was getting, with glowing reviews from conservative non-Muslims on the one hand, and strong negative reactions from Muslims on the other. His response was interesting:
“Well, Muslims hate my work because I talk about things that they don’t want to face, that if they thought about them honestly it would require them to change. And conservatives love my work because I put all the blame on somebody that’s not them, so they don’t have to face issues that would require them to change. So really, I think the reaction you’re seeing is because the majority of people are lazy and hypocritical, and enjoy blaming other people for their problems rather than accepting responsibility for them.”
Wow. He really is as eloquent as they say. I can’t wait to read his book.