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UKSiamak Amjadi
UKShowan Khurshid

In short we need a community. We need a social force with great many members who convert people away from Islam and from the equally awful multiculturalists.

UKSohaila Sharifi

I was born and brought up in a religious family and a traditional community in Iran. Quran was the first book that I came to know because my father used to teach me Quran and the Islamic principals since the age of five. My mother hoped I would be the first girl in our village that would complete reading Quran. As I grew older and was caught in the waves of revolution I found myself questioning the teachings of Islam. But it was after the coming to power of the Islamic Republic and the witnessing their brutal ways in forcing Islamic laws on people and particularly on women that fully convinced me of turning away from Islam and any other religion. As someone who has fled an Islamic regime and has been actively involved in a struggle against religious state and its\' oppressive rule, I was enraged whenever I was taken as a Muslim woman and treated like one by many British organisations and public sectors. Some didn\'t even bother to ask me if I was Muslim or not and just put Muslim on the form. Labelling people and leaving them at the hands of Islamic organisations has only resulted in more divisions in the society and has made it harder for many to integrate into their new countries, needles to mention that it as helped Islamic organisations grow stronger. We want to come out and announce to the world that we are not Muslims, that we have turned away from religion and we want society to stop labelling and treating people according to their supposed religions. A secular society must treat all its members equally and fairly.

UKStephen TwiggDurham

An atheist who wishes to promote the plight of these people and support them in their brave efforts to expose the injustices of Islam and help others who may be intimidated into staying within the Islamic community.

UKSue CalvoLondon
UKShrouk El-AttarCardiff

I am a 17 year old, seeking asylum on the basis of sexuality and religion. I am a lesbian and consider myself an ex-Muslim, kind of openly (excluding my mother and avoiding people who can contact her). I was taught in school since a young age that homosexuals and atheists/agnostics should be killed and burn in hell. Thus grew up being ashamed of my beliefs and sexuality and myself really, until recently when I realised it is nothing to be ashamed of and that there is a lot of people out there with the same sexuality and who are not ashamed of asking themselves and having second thoughts about their religion.
Homosexuality, which is still thought of and legally recognised as a mental illness, is illegal and persecuted in Egypt as well as apostasy. I am not able to keep this a secret anymore as I have done a huge mistake last year by making my Facebook profile info public after I moved to the UK. About a thousand of my Facebook friends from a total of nearly two thousand were Egyptians and I used to receive a lot of online abuse due to my sexuality and religion listed. Also, I later realised that I have accidentally accepted a few of my family members as Facebook friends and they obviously read my information, which means that my family knows about it, so I deleted my account and made a new private one. But this did not change the fact that they still know, and returning back to Egypt to a family that realises my sexuality will make them try and rush me into marriage forcibly and once they realise I am not a virgin they will try to circumcise me, not to mention the physical abuse I will be receiving, especially from my dad\'s side of the family as they tried to circumcise me and my sister when I was younger, but my mother tried and persuade them and took us away. Now that I am not a virgin it would be virtually impossible to persuade them; also my mother would be blamed for all that as she is the one who let them not do it in the first place.
Furthermore, being openly agnostic/atheist is a dangerous matter in Egypt due to some of the terrorist groups in Egypt besides it is not allowed in Egypt legally (you can only be a Muslim mainly-, Christian, or a Jew-small minority-) even converting from Islam to any of these allowed religions is not allowed or recognised in Egypt, but you can convert from Judaism or Christianity into Islam. Being gay also applies. Knowing that I would never be able to have a sincere, loving relationship without having to hide it or watch every single move we take was hard enough. I have not had any direct physical abuse or persecuted because of these reasons previously as I kept them a secret. However, others whose similar secrets have been out and remained in Egypt, the least of their problems was worrying about a jail sentence, so now that it is not a secret anymore, I realise what I will be facing. Here in the UK some people may point and look in disgust, which I can live with knowing that if I was in Egypt I might have been seriously harmed. These are the second main reasons to me for not going back home, as the first one would not be believed or recognised by the Home Office I decided to come forward to you with this information and ask you kindly for your advice and support. As much as I know how this will ruin my relationship with my mother and probably brother and sister as well, and how hard this will be, it is nothing compared to what I would have gone through if I was in Egypt, as well as my mother as she would be blamed for all that. I have developed a network of support here in Cardiff and I already have a life here. It took me and my family very long to feel safe again, and I don\'t wish for this feeling to be lost again.

UKTahmineh Rastin

I am an ex-Muslim, but now an atheist, have spent nine years as a prisoner of the Islamic Republic of Iran, for the `crime` of having beliefs and opinions that were contrary to the anachronistic and fundamentalist religious dogma that is inflicted on the people of Iran by the oppressive and autocratic religious government. Only an atheist prisoner of an Islamic regime can fully comprehend the variety of torture methods inspired and authorised by the Quran to punish `unbelievers`. I am glad that I now have the freedom to express my views, without the fear of arrest and torture, after so many years of having to remain silent.

UKTanjil Rashid

It was easy for me, brought up as a nominal \'Christian\' to reject my faith which I did forty years ago, but how much more difficult this clearly is for those brought up as Muslims; I have great admiration for all of you who have potentially exposed yourselves to harm and danger by rejecting your religion, and I hope that you can take some strength from all of us who support you and the organisation.

UKThomas WalkerBirmingham

I am not an ex Muslim, however i support your 10 point manifesto fully! And would like to support you.

UKVeronique DenyerLeslie

You have my heartfelt support in everything you do and aim to do to bring to the wider community your message of leaving religion behind; of seeking a safe haven within the UK\'s shores. I hope it is enough. To advertise yourselves as individuals on your site has my admiration and my fear for your safety. You are very brave people who have embraced reason and left faith - that is difficult to do even in the UK where you can be open to attack. You are obviously not totally safe even here. Hussain is not safe. I applaud his stance and his strength. I wish there was something more I could do. Your support for him as one of your members is necessary as is the support of the British Humanist Association, all individuals and every other organisation that propounds freedom of religion and speech. I hope every freedom loving individual in this country will support you and your members against those in political power who can destroy one of your lives so thoughtlessly and without conscience merely for some political and/or economic gain.


UKWajid Yaseen

Glad to be here and to have found you as an name\'s Wajid and I suppose I should give you some background on myself.....I was brought up as a Muslim child.....the earlier recollection I have of my doubt in Islam was when I became curious about the hearing range of dogs at the age of about 9 (the neighbour had an alsation and blew on a dog whistle I couldn\'t hear)....Ii remember going to the library and discovering that dogs had 4 rings in their inner ears as opposed to humans who have 3 hence the greater frequency range....I started to think about how it would be to transplant the inner ear of a dog into my own and became fixated with the idea....after a while I realised that if I was to do this, I would be tampering with god\'s perfect creation and to do so would be utterly blasphemous....I became quite anxious about these thoughts and went to the mosque to pray for some sort of forgiveness I suppose although it\'s hard to recall exactly the reason....was to offload anxiety but as a child it was difficult to form clear thoughts....I remember going into the sajda position in prayer and I remember constant voices in my head - 4 rings, 4 rings....I took this to be the voice of shataan - the devil.....and he could reach me in god\'s house.....was absolutely terrifying but that moment was the critical turning point....if shataan could reach me there, then either god wasn\'t as powerful as i had been told he was OR he didnt care about me and my safety.....either way the seed of question and doubt crept atheism grew from that point onwards till today where I\'m thankfully free of the pernicious barbs of religion and free of the malevalence that is Islam....I\'ve grown up with quite turbulent battles with my Asian friends about the god concept and thankfully have broken free of many of the chains that tied me to dogma and superstition.....when returning to my family (they\'re in Manchester, I\'m in London) I\'m constantly amazed at the backwardness of Islam and quite agree with the excellent Richard Dawkins that religion forced on children is a form of child abuse....I\'ll continue to inject the spirit of questioning and debate in my nephews and neices with the hope that they\'ll also break free of the noxious teachings of organised religion and see it for the surreal nonsense that it really is...please keep me informed of any meetings and discussions you decide to hold in london....will be good to meet up with like-minded individuals...


Personal life experience makes me feel the need to join the organisation. Feeling the need to talk to like-minded people from similar background.

UKYsabel Jehan Howard

I reject cultural relativism and uphold unconditional freedom of expression
(and the rest of the manifesto). Consequently I\'ve had a somewhat
interesting time. I trod on the toes of a high-level Catholic dinosaur and
suffered for it. I was defending Rushdie at the time. The whole thing
finally went to the Minister and (I guess) because of the affiliations of
the Blairs it was all pushed under the carpet. The fact that my ancestors
were socialists and atheists back into the C19th before there was a Labour
Party might have come into it: I do not think I was wanted in ever-so
religious New Labour. The whole business of the religious assuming and
exercising power over those who incur their displeasure is abominable with
no place in C21st Britain. It angers me that people who make a simple
decision to change their views have to be cautious about saying so. I think
we have to band together and as a feminist and a female with Marxist roots I
tend to identify with Maryam!

UKZara ShaenBirmingham

If I had to give one reason as to why I have joined, because I want to make a change. I feel Muslim women, not necessarily in Islam, more by culture, are heavily oppressed. We are called whores if we wear low cut tops and short skirts, and if a man leaves his wife for us, we are the ones who are condemned. I find it disgusting how we are encouraged to marry and have children, as if that\'s our only purpose in life, and how we are taught to cook and clean to impress the mother in law is despicable. If we are to have a child out of wedlock, then we are automatically rushed into a wedding faster than you can say \"Jack Robinson\". Have women really got no identity in the Muslim community? Do we really have such little value? I want the human rights across the world to improve for Muslim women, and I want the attitudes of Muslim men in the west, the idea that we are voiceless objects, to change. I also feel that we as ex-Muslims are seen as stupid and moronic if we part from Islam, as if that\'s our only identity, and we are, most of the time, seen as mental defects by our families. I think it\'s wrong to be born into a religion, as I was born into Islam. It was Maryam Namazie\'s speech about the organisation that made me want to join. I could fully relate to the ideas of the council and I want to join. - This one.

UKZia Zaffar

I am a Pakistani-born ex-Muslim. I became an atheist in my early teens due to the irreconcilable differences between Islam and real world. Until recently I was quite content to keep my views to myself, however, with the recent rise in religious fundamentalism I felt it was time to speak up and make a stand for the freedom of speech and for the freedom of thought. The formation of the Ex-Muslim Council of Britain is very timely and much needed and I fully support the manifesto.


I was looking forward to the day when such a representation of ex-Muslims in Britain would come about. And I\'m certainly glad that that has finally happened. I understand this is still early days for the organisation but look forward to becoming a member of it and participating and attending its forums. Good luck and count me in!

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