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  • Tommy Robinson is a reformed character, honest
    June 24, 2017
    Anyone know if what he said about the Birmingham mosque is legit?
  • To live as a Muslim or not
    June 24, 2017
    Been reading the thread intently. One question.So for you folks who got married. Just why though? Obviously question is for those who were consenting parties.
  • Taqqiyya
    June 24, 2017
    Quite seriously this is not the first time there was a foreign influence on Islamic trends. It's not surprising.
  • New Don in the SandLand or Saudi Arabia .
    June 24, 2017
    Your thread titles crack me up, yeezevee 
  • 13 killed in suicide attack on Quetta's Gulistan road
    June 24, 2017
    Poor souls, that's a lot of death that even someone following the news regularly may never hear about. Sadly, we live in a world where some lives don't matter.RIP everyone who lost their lives, I hope that the nightmare of those being frequently attac...
  • Taqqiyya
    June 24, 2017
    The far-right are now creating their own Islamic rulings, I see. Maybe they're right and we were all part of this taqiyyah global conspiracy without even realising it. I wonder what sort of genius it took to uncover this carefully hidden truth that eve...
  • Taqqiyya
    June 23, 2017
    Never heard the term taqqiyya before 2010.But I was brought up in a family where all kinds of islamic ideas were taught. Even shia ones. It was simpler times, all you had to do to be muslim was keep to the 5 pillars. However, the local mosques and pre...
  • Tommy Robinson is a reformed character, honest
    June 23, 2017
    A friend of mine posted this status on FBQuoteAppearance of extremist hate preacher Tommy Robinson on Good Morning Britain is an absolute disgrace.Giving a platform to a man who has routinely demonised, dehumanised and vilified Muslims for goodness...
  • To live as a Muslim or not
    June 23, 2017
    I cant be sure if kids did trigger my apostacy however my doubts started  about 6 months after becoming a father.It was the sun setting in the spring line that did it. I had heard that stuff when I was younger but it never registered with me, but this...
  • Random Islamic History Posts
    June 23, 2017
    Sarah Bowen Savant on Ibn Qutaybahhttp://www.libraryofarabicliterature.org/2017/sarah-savant-on-ibn-qutaybahs-probable-raison-detre-his-lack-of-humor-and-directions-for-future-study/

Introducing the Council of Ex-Muslims of New Zealand (CEMNZ)

My recent experiences indicate that there is a need for a support organisation in New Zealand (NZ) for those who decide to leave Islam. To my knowledge there currently is no such organisation in place. The needs of ex-Muslims are somewhat unique compared with those leaving other religions. For those turning from Islam to another religion, they will generally have support from the members of that new ‘spiritual home’, but for those for whom that is inadequate, or have turned to atheism, there is currently little or no support available. Skeptic, Rationalist and Humanist groups are active in NZ, but do not meet all of the challenges, that an ex-Muslim faces.

Muslims themselves are very much in the minority in NZ – currently numbering around 45,000 from a total population of 4.5 million (1.0%). Ex-Muslims are an even smaller minority, currently unknown to each other. The prospect of ideological and possibly physical isolation when leaving Islam and the various types of coercion applied to punish those who do so will lead many to either unwillingly go through the motions and pretend all is well, or depending on their level of self-confidence, to go out alone and suffer in silence.

While every individual situation will be unique in many respects, my intention is to provide a local NZ network of like-minded ex-Muslim friends who can provide support for each other, and for those whose faith is weak and are considering leaving Islam – to give them the comfort that there is someone in NZ to talk to. We have the right to free thought and those who dare to think differently should not be discouraged. We have a right to choose our religion, or to choose no religion.

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB), formed in 2007, has already shown leadership in this area and CEMNZ will be affiliated to the CEMB.

As for myself, I was born into a fundamentalist Christian (Baptist) family in the UK, who believed in a literal interpretation of the Bible, and I was fairly successfully indoctrinated during childhood. I discovered Islam at College and the step across at age 19 was relatively easy because the foundations of the two religions are essentially the same and Islam resolved many of difficulties I had with Christianity. After 25 years as a moderately active and faithful Muslim, but with some unresolved questions, I had the opportunity to study and evaluate answers to those questions. Faith wavered and then collapsed. I read a vast number of books and other material, to try and make really certain that I was not making a mistake now and to understand why I (or anyone) would have believed in the first place. These studies ranged across many areas: Archaeology, Biology, Christianity, Cults, Geology, History, Islam, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Psychology, Theology etc. I have found that the answers are out there, without the need for a supernatural agent, if we are prepared to open our minds.

Safwan Mason, June 2013

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