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I 'm 25 years old and born in Iran , I never believe in any religion in my whole life , unfortunately our country is very religious country , we were always force to follow the Muslim roles and deny our beliefs . It is very dangers to not having belief in a Religious government ( Especially the Islamic state ), government will not forgive people who criticizing the religion . why we can't be free in our country . If people and society could face religion as a simple issue we will not experience this tragedy and will reach Modern Democracy and Civil Society . In Iran we should study Islamic principals in school and universities , no matter who you are what you believe , because you born in Islamic country that government try to embedded every thing in your mind by force . We want society to stop labeling and treating all its members equally and fairly.
Danny Afzal, London
I was born into a Muslim family in a Muslim commuity here in the UK. As a boy I was schooled at the mosque with the teachings of the Quran and the Sufi would beat it into us with a chair leg with a nail in the end of it. It was then as a young boy that I began to question the teachings of Islam. Needless to say, me and my two younger brothers were banned from the mosque and eventually we were not allowed to attened any mosques in our community.
As a teenager I spent two years travelling accross Pakistan and I saw Christians and Hindus persecuted by Muslims because of their religions. They had no legal rights and were abused incessantly and I was dismayed by this and I tried to help them and was admonished for doing so. I did not see religious boundries: I saw human beings.
I studied the Hadiths and the Koran further, I studied the Biblical texts, the Torah and the Bhagvad Gita and other religious texts and scholars looking for answers and for a forgiving, helpful and loving God but found only division and hatred between religious peoples.
As an history acadmic, I went back to the origins of religious belief, looking for answers in ancient Eygptian, Sumerian, Babylonian, Native American and Aborigional texts and found striking similarities and clear connections to Abrahamic religions and practices, again looking for answers to a higer power which could unite human kind as one in life and death as some of these pre-Abrahamic faiths practiced and still practice today.
Suprisingly, I actually found something I could beleive in and an un-shakable faith...IN ME! Yes, I know it sounds selfish and my ideas have caused me much pain from others but I have never lost faith in myself to be a good human being to other human beings and I do not need a book, a prophet, a building or a doctrine to tell me that.
The universe is not as big as you think and if you wanted to, and you can think it, you can travel to places you can only imagine but that doesn't mean its not real.
Peace be with you (in the name of humanityand huwomanty).
Hi I am 30 year old Ex-Muslim.I find Islam very difficult to believe and follow in this modern age.I felt stranded by Islam.I could not fulfill my dream of being an artist due to Islam.so I finally decided to leave this religion and free my mind.There are too many contradictions in Islam too many sects its very hard to understand.I am free now and happy.
hi i was a muslim but i always think about the behaviour of islam against non muslim which always teach me to hate but when i came here and see the behaviour of non muslims then i realised that non muslims are not bad so i have left islam and now i believe in humanity that all human are equal and the only atheist have respect for all other human?
I am an 18 year old apostate of Islam. Islam was something that I was extremely passionate about and would even try and convey its message to friends and not so religious family members. Being a science lover I was particularly interested in the so called scientific miracles of the Quran which I later discovered were not as impressive as I once thought. The more I looked into Islam from a less biased viewpoint I realised it was no more special than all the other religions of the world except maybe a little more cruel than some. I began to realise that it is a religion which favours men and treats women like second class citizens. I always believed Islam was the religion that truly liberated women and that is what i used to constantly remind my non Muslim and even my less religious Muslim friends who were having doubts. However over time I realised that I would never be able to OBEY a man and isolate myself from the rest of society. I want to be able to achieve great things and I realised Islam is what is holding me back from achieving my dreams. I remember growing up I would constantly pray for my non Muslim friends as I feared they would go to hell. I could never understand why a merciful and compassionate god would create someone he knew would disobey him only to punish them for eternity.The whole concept of hell seemed cruel and unfair. Although I am still in the closet I hope one day I will have the courage to tell more people about my atheism.
Hi, I'm a 22 years old female and though I have disagreed with statements of Islam for a long time (including homosexuality being a sin and the brutal punishments of Sharia Law), I have only recently started to feel accepting of myself feeling this way and considered leaving the religion. I don't feel confident in telling my family however, as it is quite large and strongly religious. I also worry about my close Muslim friends disapproving. I have come to this site to connect with accepting, supportive people and others who feel the same way I do.
Sonia Wahab, UK
This is Sonia Wahab. The current statement is my testimony that I am now an atheist and an apostate of Islam. I am from Pakistan which claims to be an Islamic republic state but really struggling hard to fit the frame of democracy in Islam. I have seen horrors of religion from a closer eye because Jihad is the main spirit behind suicide bombing which takes tolls on life of thousands every year. Islam is a religion of submission and those who do not submit against the power are subject to killing. I testify here that Islam has damaged the core of my being and have taken away some real opportunities to experience the life in free and secure environment. Wherever Islam is there is fear and deadly silence. Although I have left Islam but I think Islam will never leave me. My fight against Islam will never end.I appreciate networking through social media and share my experiences of leaving Islam with other Ex-Muslims, otherwise, it is impossible for me to be my real self in a sick and decayed Islamic system. Islam is a monster of 21st Century and we all have to resist its violence under any fear or threat.
I'm not an ex-Muslim, but an atheist. I'd like to join the CEMB as mark of solidarity and support of your manifesto. I have a tremendous amount of sympathy and respect for those ex-Muslims who have taken the brave step of joining this community, and want to help in whatever way I can. I want to be part of the discussion and engage with like-minded people
Sarah owen, London
i just turned 18 but since a few years ago I began to doubt Islam, I found it difficult to worship God and began to question everything. I was restricting my life to a religion that I began to think was false. I was born in Saudi and came to Britain at 3, my family is very traditional and somewhat religious. With my family culture and religion tend to mix often. I began to hate my life and I grew resentment towards Islam. I just cannot believe I'm the religion no more. But I cannot tell my family.....if I do my life would be in danger. I don't know what to to.
I hope my decision was not a mistake
Aouda 8, london
I am a 16 year old who as of yet hasn't been met with much support on my change from a muslim to athiest. As a young woman in a religious household I have been forced into hiding my identity after it accidentally coming out and - to use the phrase - "shit going down". I have kind of managed to persuade my parents I have 'found the deen' again but feel really lonely and I need to know I am not going crazy and that there are athiest muslims, and perhaps gain advice on how I can get out of here.
I live, and always have, lived in London and am of Algerian descent, although I don't feel any real relation to that and err to my british origins more oft.
Mr Ebou Sohna, Rochdale
Please include a statement as to why you want to join and the significance of the organisation for you. Any background information would be useful. The is like minded to me, a team of ex - Muslims and I am also an ex - Muslim. The Organization promotes atheism and free - thought and I am an atheist and a free - thinker.
I now live in the United, at least for the next five years and would very to become a part of the Organization and participate equally in its activities.
HAROON QURESHI, BOLTON
i am 26 years old and of Bangladeshi origin. I have always lived in London, and for 25 years of my life I lived in East London, which has a dense muslim population as well as a large Bangladeshi community. This made it hard making friends who had similar ideologies as me. All my close friends during school were muslim or at least Asian, with only one exception.
As far as I can remember, I never believed. I can't actually remember a time where I thought "if I do good I'll go heaven, if I do bad, I'll go hell"
During college many of my friends wore the hijab and I was very close to following suit. I remember wanting to believe. Going to Islamic talks with friends, watching the Islam channel during Ramadan etc. I have to admit, there were 1 or 2 times in my life where I prayed namaaz with all the right intention because I really wanted God to hear me. But that was very short lived.
I am lucky that I have a friend who has also been raised in a muslim family but she's a non believer. She's much more open about it to her family than I am. They just think she's going through a 'phase' and kind of ignore her rants. If I was to do the same my parents would definitely take me to a 'fake sheikh' and give me some ridiculous talisman to wear.
I don't think I can ever 'come out' to family. I would be disowned and I'm just not courageous enough to make that step.
Sometimes it feels like I'm the only one in my community who feels like this but I know that's the case. I read a statement below by Tasnim, who is 22 year old Londoner, and she's Bangladeshi! It's really given me hope that I'm not some kind of pariah. I would really like to find some like minded people out there, especially other British Bangladeshi women who feel the same as me.
I want to join the CEMB because i have recently given up on religion and it seems I am going through a tough time in life. My friends and family (who are mainly all Muslim) have turned there back on me and the ones that haven't, well we are way too different now. I want like minded people to talk to and to be a part of a group of people that accept me for who and what I am and that is an ex muslim
Zain hassan, London
i like work of this organisation.
thasver iqbal, Leeds, Britain
My name is Thasver and I am 17 years old. I became a atheist last year, however it is my family is very religious so it is very hard to just tell them this as it would become a difficult situation. I still pretend for the sake of them and right now the only person I can turn to is my best friend.
Imran Sheikh, Kings Langley
Having grown up in Pakistan in a so called religious country, was never at ease or comfortable with hypocrisies surrounding the religion. Eventually de-educated myself and then re-educated myself based on the reason and Science and found religion to be a form of genetic disorder which passes through generations inconspicuously.
I am quite good at reasoning and debating and can help people in crossing the dreaded line of eternal damnation.
Ever since I was about 12 years old I have been questioning why I/people believe in certain things and behave the way I /people did. I slowly came to the conclusion that there are no good reasons to be a believer. Even at a very young age I realised the importance of truth and not deceiving oneself. It mattered to me that the things I believe in should be true. I have been an atheist ever since.
I see the harm that blind faith/faith in dangerous dogmas can have on people and society in general. We need more people to speak out against dangerous ideologies.
i'm a 22 yearold
ex muslim agnostic'
i just need some support as i left islam recently also these are some of the reasons i left islam:
1.the poor treatment women recive the way women have way less freedom than men.
2. islam is voilent and ignorant.
3.islam is anti-freedom
Having doubts in islam, have got no one to talk to anymore about this. It is eating me up and need some help.
Here is how my life was/has been before i left for uni:
Wake up at 6.00
pray Quran till 8
school from 9-4
come home and pray quran from 4-5
mosque from 5-9
go home by bus ( 30 minutes journey)
eat and then sleep
FYI i was forced to become a hafiz which i hated (my dad is one)
so i spent all of my childhood locked up inside constantly practicing the quran which led me to almost kill my self as i had no freedom and would also not get food if i didnt memorise enough and read it to my dad or my abusive mosque teacher.
After getting my year 12 grades i told my parents that if they sent me to mosque i would beat up my mosque teacher(bear in mind this guy abused me for year) in yr 12 i was about 6'2" and 190lbs so taking down my mosque teacher wouldnt of been a probelm. In fact i still want to break his arm for destroying my chuldhood
Forced to be hafiz
abusive mosque teacher
threatened to beat up abusive mosque teacher.