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|UK||Mehran Sharmini||London|| |
Ending religious tyranny and obscurantism in the world today is an urgent task, if we are not to return to the barbarism of the Dark Ages.
|UK||Mike Maybury|| |
I am horrified that those who want to leave Islam are threatened with death in some countries, and ostracised by families and friends in others.
Islam gets children to believe in it by scaring them. When you tell a little girl: If you don\'t put the hijab, god will strike you. This is a form of child abuse. Children should be educated to only believe in things that are evidence based, and should be educated to think rationally. I support your work. But would like to point out that Muslims who believe blindly in religion are just like children that never grew up. They need to be helped rather than hated. They are in a mind prison. As an ex-Muslim, I can tell you that this prison is very hard to escape from. The only solution to this persistent problem is to never be imprisoned. To never enter this mind prison in the first place. A child should be educated in using the rational mind from the very beginning. To educate a child demands resources and funding. The best way to help Muslims is to be active in children\'s education. Be patient and attract people that can provide education and resources to the Masses of Muslims that need to be set free. By the way, what applies to Muslims also applies to other faiths. Christians and Jews are no better. I teach my children to think rationally and never scare them with the nonsense of jinns, ghosts, hell and fire and the like. There is so much ignorance in Islamic countries that I feel overwhelmed and very upset when I try to convince a Muslim by using rational thinking. I just meet a wall of denial caused by the blockage of the rational mind due to early wrong teaching.
|UK||Moham Engineer|| |
Some years ago I suffered Islam; I was arrested for Blasphemy, then sentenced to death; then i decided to give up Islam. I left Pakistan in 2004. Centuries ago, my ancestors were forced to accept Islam under sword; today I resist the sword and refuse to accept Islamic Imperial Fascism...
|UK||Mohammad Kuhsar Asadi|
|UK||Muhammad Younas|| |
People r super power; they have right to decide about the future of human life. Nobody is super than human brain. Ok this my point view.
|UK||Mukto Mona||London|| |
I want to promote freethought in all communities esp. Muslim communities. I feel that Muslim community in Britain is edging towards fundamentalist Islamic values which in many cases are in conflict with western democratic & pluralist principles.
|UK||Muriel Selltman||London|| |
CEMB is at the forefront of today\'s struggle for individual freedom and against all those religious \'authorities\'(including non-Muslims) who are mounting a last-ditch stand in defence of superstition, ignorance and the social control exerted on behalf of the wider establishment and power-holders. In particular, I admire the ex-Muslims for their brave stand for equal rights for women and men. The courageous stand of the ex-Muslims in CEMB in the face of the accusation of apostasy enables the Council to provide a safe haven, encouragement and support for those who would like to leave Islam but feel alone and frightened. It is a great privilege to be associated with CEMB.
|UK||Mustafa Noor|| |
I am 21 years old and I am the son of Muslim migrants, I have been raised in an Islamic culture until I went to boarding school were I was allowed to develop my understanding and principles of religion (pre-dominantly Islam and Christianity) without any pressure from my peers or teachers there. I finally became an atheist upon attending university and I am still studying all the evidence to be able to put forward a reasoned explanation of what I \'believe\' to my family. The hardest step was giving up in the belief of god as this is something that most people cannot understand, the idea that we just came into being; but I tell them look how far we have come in the last 100 years but earth has been billions of years in developing and it still it. When asked what I have against god, I tell them nothing, if you wish to believe in Zeus and Thor also that is your prerogative but what I will not tolerate or stand-by and watch is acts of violence, homophobic attitudes, sexism and bigotry enacted out in the name of what is merely a myth.
|UK||Nasir Lahori|| |
I\'m a 34 year old second generation British Pakistani. I lost faith in Islam around about ten years ago when I realised that there was no such thing as god. I think it\'s a shame that more ex-Muslims don\'t come out. I\'m wary about telling Muslims I that I am not a believer, but I mostly interact with non-Muslims to whom it is of no concern.
|UK||Nima Jam||Manchester|| |
It just doesn\'t make sense to me that there is a god, prophet, religion,heaven... They are just tools to take advantage of people. I like to be free from them.
|UK||Nima Kisomi||Manchester|| |
On the list of UK members. He is one of our initial members - wpi - who changed his name - we made the change on the picture but not on the lsit as he is reapplying for asylum.
|UK||Nina Tejani|| |
A Wrong Turning
Stick to the Straight and Narrow
A Personal Experience..
I too felt the pain and the horror
|UK||Noshina Fawad|| |
I grew up in a household where my father was an atheist and my mother, a liberal Muslim. We were taught ethics and morality and were raised as Muslims. The more I learnt about Islam, the more I became aware of its many restrictions and how I was totally against them. Islam preaches peace and serenity and yet encourages the murder of \'kafirs\', those who have said anything against it. Islam prohibits listening to music and yet many of the surats and ayats of the Quran are in musical form. Islam conveys equality for both men and women while men are allowed to have four wives, and this liberty is not mutual. Living in Pakistan, I witnessed how women were brainwashed to believe that they only existed to be of service to men, how children were scolded to memorise verses that they didn\'t even understand. Religion limits an individual to a certain way of life; it restricts us to grasp any other possibilities of existence. I believe in justice and freedom and I am proud to say I have renounced religion!
|UK||Oliver Dickinson|| |
The aggressive push by Islam is a threat to me, my family, my friends and everyone else who believes in freedom of speech and human rights. I cannot, in good conscience, turn my head the other way and whistle \'Always look on the bright side of life\' like so many are doing. We need to stand up to this blatantly hostile act, and condemn it for the warmongering, homophobic, sexist, cowardly, barbaric, shit stirring, middle aged hatetalk that it is.
|UK||Omaar Khayaam|| |
I was born into a Sunni Muslim family in a northern city in the UK. The city is home to a large Muslim minority from Pakistan. I come from an educated and broad minded family with middle of the road type of values. Religion was never really a huge issue but I did the usual cultural thing of learning how to read the Quran in Arabic till I was 10 years old. At around the age of 14, I became interested in Islam and joined the Young Muslims UK. This was my first real exposure to practical Islam. We would attend camps and have weekly meetings usually to discuss the Quran and the Hadith of Muhammad. For all intents and purposes everything was going well and my family was happy that I had decided to take it upon my own back to learn about the religion of my ancestors. I remember walking two miles to a shop from school to hire Ahmed Deedat debates and shouting \"Allah-hu-Akbar\" whilst watching other less worthy opponents beaten to a pulp. It gave me a great sense of joy and self-confidence knowing that Islam had the right tools to do the job. I had only just heard of the \"big bang\" and \"evolution\". This was also the first time I had heard of the word \"atheist\". At that age the very notion of people denying the existence of God was very alien to me and I always wondered how and why would someone deny something that seemed so self-evident? It was at around the same time that a thought occurred to me. It was \"If God created the world then who created God?\" and \"Why does he need to be worshiped for doing acts which occur to him naturally?\" This was really the start of a very doubtful journey through Islam which would eventually make me into the person I am today. I would ask the \"naive\" question about who created God and was always told to remember Surah Ikhlas and Ayat-ul-Kursi. This would apparently answer my query. From what I could recall I was told that the question was the wrong type of question to ask and that I had to re-adjust my perspective. That question was never answered.
There was a hiatus in my investigation whilst I concentrated on my exams and did other things that a 16 year in the late 80\'s early 90\'s does. Around this period I met someone a few years older than me who was in this same organisation and was either going through or had already been through the same dilemma as I had been through. It was a fleeting memory for me but I do recall that his friends had shunned him for his doubts and his questions. I think he went to university and I didn\'t have any contact with him for a number of years.
After my GCSE\'s I became a practising Muslim, prayed 5 times a day, fasted during ramadhan and did all the obligatory things that a Muslim is supposed to do. I used to read books by Maududi and Syed Qutb which were more the rather radical and harsher side of Islam. I also got back in touch with this Muslim youth movement and became involved in attending circles and talks etc. I have always been an introvert so never took part in any activities where I would need to speak or become the focus of attention. Again at this point, the same question resurfaced, who created god? and what if all this is just mumbo jumbo?
Whenever these questions would occur I would simply think to myself that Allah likes me and is testing my faith or that Shaytan is whispering doubts into my heart and that given time these doubts would pass. They didn\'t.
I got married fairly young and soon got into the routine of married life and not giving a second thought to my doubts. Pretty soon I seemed to have had an epiphany and thought about all the usual things such as why are we here? where do we go? Etc... I was around 25 at this point and said to myself that I\'ve gotta take this seriously if I\'m going to bring up a healthy Muslim family. But guess what those questions and doubts just kept coming back. I really thought that I was suffering from OCD and would try to drown out the questions by doing more prophetic sunnah\'s. I was told that my good deeds, actions and imitating of the prophet would increase my iman. Earlier I had been to Pakistan and had spoken to a cousin of mine whom I really respected and who is sadly no longer with us. I spoke to him about my doubts and concerns and he frankly told me that he was an atheist and knew what I was going through. The conversation didn\'t end with any conclusion but the advice he gave me was valuable. He told me to keep investigating and never to accept an answer that sounded as though it was evading the initial question. I never saw him again because soon afterwards he died. At the same time I was aware that someone very close to me showed scepticism towards religion. We would obviously meet at family gatherings and I would try my best not to bring up religion into the conversation but somehow it would always come up. Ironically the very same scepticism that he was posing was the very same questions I had but was trying to cover up. The only difference was, was that he had been through the whole thing 15 years before me and the only reason he raised it again was out of concern for me. I know that when he reads this, he will know that it is him to whom I\'m referring. What I also did was in the disguise of this relative I would email questions to very well known and respected Muslim scholars in the west. So in a way I was trying to alleviate my doubts in a covert way. Sometimes they would respond and sometimes they wouldn\'t. I even went out to see the scholars thinking that if I saw the best of them my doubts would be resolved. What I did find in the answering technique was that I was either told that the premise of the question was incorrect and that I was using the wrong terminology such as being \"objective\" or that my questioning had no basis in reality and that the questions that I was posing were really questions to which \"I\" knew there were no answers to, or better still my questions were circumvented and instead rather than answering the question directly, I was answered with a question to go back and ask my relative. I would humbly go away feeling numb and empty thinking that I\'d been snubbed but nevertheless giving the scholar the benefit of the doubt. I also started reading and listening to scholars such as Hamza Yusuf and others like him hoping that my answers would be in their writing and talks.
I did realise soon enough that their writing and talks were fairly much preaching to the choir.
I started taking a different angle this time and started reading intelligent design material by people like Harun Yahya and others. I got a slight boost from it but it was still empty because it just wasn\'t answering my basic question, which was the very existence of God on which all these assumptions depended. The mistake I made at this time was shutting out material evolution and all the arguments and books against the existence of God because I didn\'t want anymore doubt to penetrate and do more damage. I wanted to resolve the issue and be able to believe. I concentrated on Islamic sources and it was there that I found that Islam was not as water tight as what I was led to believe. There were two things I found and it was the scholars were always doing apologetics and squaring the circle to justify the absurdities written in the hadith and the events in the sura. This was also coupled with the possibility that the hadith and sura literature had the possibility of being back projected to make sense of the Quran. This suspicion was raised due to the amount of time that had passed between the events recalled in the 7th century and the time it was written down. There seemed to be a sudden surge of when all this collection of hadith and sura was being written down. I was told that there was oral tradition etc, but again this was coming through the hadith and sura literature.
The science of isnad was shown to me as a method of supporting it. But it still wasn\'t good enough due to the huge lapse in time, not to mention that shia and sunni sources were at odds with each other and how on earth were you to falsify them against each other. There were also issues of abrogation and technicalities which for a religion that was claiming to be the \"final\" and unalterable word of God was posing more questions for me than it was answering. There were many other things regarding Islam that were simply left unanswered. My friends thought that I was barking up the wrong tree and that I should \"trust\" the scholars\' hard work and piety. This just didn\'t answer the question and I immediately thought that this is the same excuse that the Christians use, so why should I take this excuse from the Muslims? Using excuses like Imam Bukhari prayed before adding the hadith into his collection was simply begging the question and thinking along those lines didn\'t cut it in the academic world.
At this stage I would have considered myself an agnostic but still hopelessly clinging onto Islam in the delusion that at least it was more watertight than any other ebrahimi religions. I never considered any other religion. I eventually realised that my real problem was the existence of God which I quickly addressed and read all the old and new arguments for and against the existence. I found that by reading works by Bertrand Russell and David Hume. Also reading the new stuff like Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris. There were also other more technical works by people like Victor Steinger, George Smith and Michael Martin. I found that the arguments for God\'s non existence were far more coherent and could also point out the incoherence of the opposing argument. I also read books on evolution and went out to museums etc to look at the evidence myself. Evolution really was self evident and destroyed any creation myths I had. I still read works like this and other ideas now that I have freed myself from Islam. Hope this wasn\'t too long a rant. My journey was a very long and difficult one, but I\'m glad I went through it. It was the only way I could be made certain of my atheism.
I would like to join as I think there is a lot of work to be done to prevent the religious from imposing on the liberties and freedoms of the non religious. As an ex Muslim who was raised in a Muslim community I understand a little too well how judgemental, condemning and hateful the religious community can be. Not only do they maintain their prejudices but preach that they have God\'s endorsement. I have become convinced of the falsehood of religion through reading about the topic from different perspectives. The work of Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins was particularly enlightening. That\'s not to say I was indoctrinated (in the same way as I was with Islam as a child) but rather I took many years to reflect and debate and wrestle with different ideas. My own personal experience has highlighted to me how judgemental, condemning and hateful the religious can be. That\'s not to say all Muslims or theists for that matter are that way inclined but religion doesn\'t recommend or advise, it dictates and threatens great punishment for non submission. And many of its dictations are simply put, barbaric. Having escaped this tyrannical doctrine I want to now help support others who may be in a similar situation and to promote an alternative viewpoint. Based on empathy, compassion and human kindness and to demonstrate that atheism and nihilism are not one and the same.
|UK||Parsa Karimi|| |
I am happy I can publicly renounce Islam. I despise its violations of innumerable rights including freedom of expression. I hope that with the Council of Ex-Muslims I can promote free expression and though and push back political Islam\'s role in human society. I believe people are born once and have the right to enjoy life.
As a teacher I encounter young Asian people every day who are far removed from the fanaticism we see on our screens. They celebrate their cultural heritage, as I celebrate mine, but like me they are horrified by events they see on the news perpetrated in the name of Islam. They are people who could be like you - fully fledged citizens of the 21st century world, part of the family of humankind and not willing to be enslaved by dogma. A stand like yours is difficult for members of any predominantly religious community (bible belt USA for example) but a stand against Islam is currently the bravest of all. In the eyes of fundamentalists you are apostates but in the future you will be recognised as heroes. Well done.