Author: CEMB

New website on Islam and Quran

A Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain member, The Rationaliser, has a new website to help with research on Islam or the Quran.

Features include:
1: Search
2: Ability to view each verse word-by-word and to see where else in the Quran the same Arabic word is used (helps with context)
3: Verses have links to tafsirs explaining them
4: Verses link to any relevant hadiths
5: Verses also link to the “circumstances of revelation” (Asbab Al Nuzul)

Tafsirs included are:
• Al-Jalalayn
• Al-Tustari
• Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi – Tafhim al-Qur’an
• Tanwîr al-Miqbâs min Tafsîr Ibn ‘Abbâs

Hadith collections included are:
• Al-Adab Al-Mufrad
• Bulugh al-Maram
• Jami` at-Tirmidhi
• Muwatta Malik
• Riyad as-Salihin
• Sahih Bukhari
• Sahih Muslim
• Shama’il Muhammadiyah
• Sunan Abu Dawud
• Sunan an-Nasa’i
• Sunan Ibn Majah

The Rationaliser is especially interested in people contacting him with websites, documents, etc. containing other tafsirs or hadith collections which he might be able to incorporate.

Contact details here.

The launch of the Council of Ex-Muslims of France was covered by the media, including interviews for TV and radio. Some print coverage is below:

Le Conseil des ex-musulmans de France est né, La Regle du Jeu, 10 July 2013 [external link]

Interview exclusive de Waleed Al Husseini, fondateur du Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Enquete and Debat, 9 July 2013 [external link]

Des athées marocains et algériens lancent un conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Slate Afrique, 8 July 2013 [external link]

Des athées marocains et algériens lancent un conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Le Mag de Morocco, 8 July 2013 [external link]

Islam : au nom de la tolerance, Le Point, 7 July 2013 [external link]

Des athées lancent un Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Liberation, 6 July 2013 [external link]

Religion : création d’un Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Le Parisien, 6 July 2013 [external link]

Des athées d’origine musulmane lancent un Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Midi Libre, 6 July 2013 [external link]

Des athées d’origine musulmane lancent un Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, AFP, 6 July 2013 [external link]

Création du conseil des ex-musulmans, Le Figaro, 6 July 2013 [external link]

Ex-Muslims form first French council for non-believers, RFI English, 6 July 2013 [external link]

The Council of Ex-Muslims of France held a successful launch in Paris hosted by Femmes Solidaires on 6 July 2013.

The launch marked the torture and murder of young Frenchman Jean-François Lefevre de la Barre in 1766 for refusing to remove his hat while a religious procession passed by and was a reminder of the countless la Barres facing threats, torture, imprisonment and death for apostasy, blasphemy, heresy, atheism and refusing to comply with Islamist norms.

Speakers at the packed event included founding members of the Council of Ex-Muslims of France Waleed Al-Husseini; Atica Samrah; Mehdi Lamrani; Elias Ben Amer and Soad Baba Aïssa of Association pour la mixité, l’égalité et la laïcité en Algérie. Other speakers included Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s Maryam Namazie, Tunisian film-maker Nadia El-Fani; Secularist Caroline Fourest; Safia Lebdi of Insoumisses; activist Fatou Sou; Mimouna Hadham; and Marieme Helie Lucas of Secularism is a Woman’s Issue.

The speakers welcomed the establishment of the Council of Ex-Muslims of France as an important step in challenging Islamism and apostasy laws and defending free expression, freedom of belief and atheism and secularism. The organisation stressed its opposition to the far-Right, including groups like Riposte Laique, and defended citizenship rights and equality for all, including Muslims and migrants.

The Council of Ex-Muslims of France will join a movement begun by Mina Ahadi in Germany defending the right to apostasy and free expression.

For more information on the CEMF, visit the CEMF’s Facebook page.

Film footage of speeches, photos, and press coverage can be found below.

All speeches are in French, except for Maryam Namazie’s which is in English and Waleed Al-Husseini’s, which is in Arabic:


Welcome address by Soad Baba Aïssa, Femmes Solidaires


Waleed Al-Husseini, Founding Member


Nadia El-Fani, Filmmaker


Mehdi Lamrani, founding member


Elias Ben Amer, founding member


Atica Samrah, founding member


Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain


Soad Baba Aïssa, Association pour la mixité, l’égalité et la laïcité en Algérie


Caroline Fourest, Secularist Writer


Safia Lebdi, Insoumisses


Marieme Helie Lucas, Secularism is a Woman’s Issue


Maryam Namazie responds about far-Right, including Riposte Laique, Islam, Islamism and bigotry against Muslims


Reza Moradi


Waleed Al-Husseini’s closing address

The event was covered by the media, including interviews for TV and radio. Some print coverage is below:

Interview exclusive de Waleed Al Husseini, fondateur du Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Enquete and Debat, 9 July 2013 [external link]

Des athées marocains et algériens lancent un conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Slate Afrique, 8 July 2013 [external link]

Des athées marocains et algériens lancent un conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Le Mag de Morocco, 8 July 2013 [external link]

Islam : au nom de la tolerance, Le Point, 7 July 2013 [external link]

Des athées lancent un Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Liberation, 6 July 2013 [external link]

Religion : création d’un Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Le Parisien, 6 July 2013 [external link]

Des athées d’origine musulmane lancent un Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, Midi Libre, 6 July 2013 [external link]

Des athées d’origine musulmane lancent un Conseil des ex-musulmans de France, AFP, 6 July 2013 [external link]

Création du conseil des ex-musulmans, Le Figaro, 6 July 2013 [external link]

Ex-Muslims form first French council for non-believers, RFI English, 6 July 2013 [external link]

You can see photos of the event here:

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Dear friend

For the past six years, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) has been a “beacon of hope” for many.

As the first organisation of its kind, the CEMB has been established to break the taboo that comes with leaving Islam; highlight the problems ex-Muslims face; provide a network for support; raise awareness; and campaign for freedom of belief and expression, atheism and secularism and against apostasy and Sharia laws. According to Elle Quebec magazine, the launch of the ex-Muslim movement was ‘a real revolution.’

Our activities include assisting ex-Muslims (several thousand over the past 6 years) with their apostate asylum cases, finding safe houses and refuges for those fearful for their lives, as well as assisting against child abduction, honour crimes, forced marriages and more from countries including Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, and UAE.

We have produced several educational materials, such as the ‘Guidelines for Ex-Muslims and Frontline Practitioners’ and ‘Apostasy and Asylum in the United Kingdom.’ The CEMB is currently working on an anthology on and by ex-Muslims and a report on the status of apostates internationally.

Our active web forum with over 3,000 members is particularly important in supporting ex-Muslims. It represents a safe space where ex-Muslims can come together to discuss their problems and help each other. The forum includes sections on health and wellbeing and gender and sexuality, a parents’ corner, a resource centre and more. It is known for exposing Islamists and Islamic laws, and publishes articles and videos debunking Islamic myths and claims, including “science in the Quran”.

CEMB is part of an international network of ex-Muslim organisations, including Muslimish in the USA, a Council in Morocco – the first in a country with Islam as its state religion, new groups in France and New Zealand, amongst others.

Help us to continue our important work: volunteer your skills; ‘Like’ our Facebook page; follow our Twitter account @CEMB_forum; join our events; and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Please donate if you can. No amount is too small and every bit helps.

As you well know, the issue of apostasy without a focus on Islam is irrelevant in this era as it is only Islam that kills its apostates due to Islamism’s access and influence. The CEMB is an important challenge to this regressive movement.

Support us today.

Thank you.

Maryam Namazie
Nahla Mahmoud
Spokespersons

NOTES:

1. Launch of Council of Ex-Muslims of France

Join us for the launch of the Council of Ex-Muslims of France on Saturday 6 July 2013, 14.00-17.00 hours, Paris, France. Speakers include Palestinian blogger Waleed Al-Husseini, Tunisian Filmmaker Nadia El-Fani, Secularism is a Women’s Issue Coordinator Marieme Helie Lucas, and Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s Maryam Namazie.

PLEASE NOTE: You must register for the event at [email protected] If you are not registered, you will not be permitted entry. Space is limited.

2. Anthology of and by Ex-Muslims

Be part of the very first anthology of and by ex-Muslims. Share your story with the world. Help others like you. Tell the world you exist! 31 July 2013 is the deadline for submissions. Find out more here.

3. Report on 6th anniversary lunch of CEMB

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) held a successful 6th anniversary celebration luncheon in London on 15 June 2013. Guests heard from writer Kenan Malik, Centre for Secular Space Director Gita Sahgal, comedian Kate Smurthwaite, and CEMB co-Spokesperson Maryam Namazie. Magician Neil Edwards also performed. CEMB co-Spokesperson Nahla Mahmoud was Master of Ceremonies. Special guests present included Richard Dawkins. See videos of the event here.

4. For more information, contact:

Maryam Namazie
Nahla Mahmoud
Spokespersons
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
BM Box 1919, London WC1N 3XX, UK
tel: +44 (0) 7719166731
email: [email protected]
web: http://ex-muslim.org.uk/

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6th Anniversary Lunch Report

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) held a successful 6th anniversary celebration luncheon in London on 15 June 2013.

Guests heard from writer Kenan Malik, Centre for Secular Space Director Gita Sahgal, comedian Kate Smurthwaite, and CEMB co-Spokesperson Maryam Namazie. Magician Neil Edwards also performed. CEMB co-Spokesperson Nahla Mahmoud was Master of Ceremonies.

You can see the speeches and comedy act below:

Nahla Mahmoud’s speech

Kenan Malik’s speech

Gita Sahgal’s speech

Maryam Namazie’s speech

Kate Smurthwaite’s act

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