Ali Sina (activist)

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Ali Sina is the pseudonym[1]: 100 of an anonymous Iranian-born Canadian activist and atheist critic of Islam, who was raised Muslim.[2] Sina is the founder of the anti-Muslim[3]: 161 website WikiIslam[3] and maintains a number of websites promoting what he refers to as "the truth" about Islam.[2] He is associated with the counter-jihad movement.[4]: 85

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In 2001, Sina founded Faith Freedom International (FFI),[5] a popular counter-jihad website[4]: 47 that aims to "unmask Islam and help Muslims leave [the faith]."[3] He later founded WikiIslam in 2006[3] and also began the alisina.org blog "dedicated to attacking Islam."[1]: 100  Sina and his associates have used his platform to argue that Islam is an intrinsically evil and false religion and an "overgrown cult."[6]

He hoped to begin filming a biopic of Muhammad in 2013, claiming to have raised $2 million out of a total $10 million goal for the film as of 2012.[2]

Sina is a board member of Pamela Geller's Stop Islamization of Nations.[4]

Reception[edit]

Both FFI and WikiIslam have been noted for their anti-Muslim rhetoric[7][8] and Sina has been cited as an example of "anti-Islamic fanaticism."[1]: 98

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  1. ^ a b c Hassan, Salah D. (2012). "Infinite Hijra: Migrant Islam, Muslim American Literature and the Anti-Mimesis of The Taqwacores". In Ahmed, Rehana; Morey, Peter; Yaqin, Amina (eds.). Culture, Diaspora, and Modernity in Muslim Writing. New York: Routledge. pp. 87–100. ISBN 9780415896771. OCLC 811728001.
  2. ^ a b c Bensinger, Ken; Ryan, Harriet (25 September 2012). "Is Islam's prophet Muhammad to have more screen time?". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d Larsson, Göran (2014). "Islamophobia or Legitimate Concern? Contrasting Official and Populist Understanding of Opposition to Muslims". In Mays, Christin; Deland, Mats; Minkenberg, Michael (eds.). In the Tracks of Breivik: Far Right Networks in Northern and Eastern Europe. Vienna: Lit Verlag. pp. 155–66. ISBN 9783643905420. OCLC 881140905. [WikiIslam] was begun by an Iranian ex-Muslim named Ali Sina and is maintained by an organization known as Faith Freedom International (FFI). According to a description found on the website, the aim of FFI is to 'unmask Islam and help Muslims leave [the faith]'.
  4. ^ a b c Busher, Joel (2016). The Making of Anti-Muslim Protest: Grassroots Activism in the English Defence League. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781315661377.
  5. ^ Cottee, Simon (2015). The Apostates: When Muslims Leave Islam. London: C Hurst. p. 6. ISBN 9781849044691. There are two principal groups for ex-Muslims: the CEMB, founded in 2007 by Maryam Namazie, and Faith Freedom International (FFI), launched by Dr. Ali Sina in 2001.
  6. ^ Pulcini, Theodore (4 May 2017). "Cyber-apostasy: its repercussions on Islam and interfaith relations*". Journal of Contemporary Religion. 32 (2): 194. doi:10.1080/13537903.2017.1298902. S2CID 152164600. Retrieved 23 February 2021. Although clearly secularist in his perspective, Sina and his associates claim that they do not oppose belief and religion per se, but hate, on which, in their opinion, Islam feeds. Considering Islam a 'false religion' and an 'overgrown cult' that is intrinsically evil, they urge its adherents to repudiate it.
  7. ^ Enstedt, Daniel (2018). "Understanding Religious Apostasy, Disaffiliation, and Islam in Contemporary Sweden". In van Nieuwkerk, Karin (ed.). Moving in and out of Islam (First ed.). Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. p. 74. ISBN 978-1-4773-1748-8. Anti-Muslim rhetoric on internet sites such as WikiIslam.net ... and faithfreedom.org ... reproduce[s] a negative image of religion that is associated with Islam.
  8. ^ Christians, Clifford G. (2019). "The Ethics of Human Dignity and Freedom of Expression". Al Jazeera in the Gulf and in the World: Is It Redefining Global Communication Ethics?. Contemporary Gulf Studies. Singapore: Springer. p. 237. doi:10.1007/978-981-13-3420-7_8. ISBN 978-981-13-3420-7. Anti-Muslim sites are strong and active, for example, Faith Freedom (http://www.faithfreedom.org/)

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