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Hi, I am a 33 years old married women, I born and raised in Muslim Pakistani family in Pakistan and also got married in Pakistani Muslim family, when I was in Pakistan I always took less part in religious activities for which I bear hate and punishment from my parents and other family members, I always felt and understand that my so called religion is totally against humanity and feminism, I have disagreed with statements of Islam for a long time (including homosexuality being a sin and the brutal punishments of Sharia Law), I moved in UK almost 6 years before from Pakistan, I was always freedom lover but there I could not express my views openly because of the fear of blasphemy law which is death penalty in Pakistan. I have 3 and half years old daughter who born here, I want to bring her up here and don't want for her the same life as I lived in Pakistan where women have no rights no freedom of speech and womens are consider as a slave. my husband have same thoughts as I have and he never treated me like other Pakistani Muslim husbands treats their wives, he always respects my thoughts and also not religious as his family who are strict in religious point of view. When I came here I see the equality of human and freedom, I believe in humanity that all human are equal and the only atheist have respect for all other human, recently I found this platform (CEMB) where I can find more people having same thoughts and beliefs as I have and where I can happily and freely share my feelings, and I find no more fear here...
I'm an Iraqi British citizen from a Muslim family. I have had doubts about Islam for many years and was very conflicted with what I should believe in. It has now been one year since I finally became at peace with myself with the idea of being a non-Muslim atheist. I'm really happy to have found this group as it would be so nice to get to know others in a similar position! It's very difficult to find a like-minded community especially because my family are not aware of my religious status
A ahmed, London
I am 28 years old male from pakistan I have very recently Left Islam n became agnostic I was following Islam blindly as I was born in very strict Muslim family n was taught to believe in Islam when I was naive.. There is discrimination in Quran that my mind never accepted that n violent side of Islam is quite horrific which causes chaos n atrocity among human beings n status of woman is an another issue thsts questionble I recently studied Quran in different interpretations n decided not to follow it anymore.. Religion shouldn't be followed blindly specially Islam cuz it's violence in there. There is no tolerance n freedom of speech which leads Muslims to nowhere
Please include a statement as to why you want to join and the significance of the organisation forIam ex muslim from egypt and now in jordan i run away from egypt cause musilm want kill me as islam low say but i live my life as secrert can i ask asylum in any nation where i can live with all my freedom and pray like true christian please for juses help mei have my passport with me that all i can bring it from egypt i can go any where but be in safe
and i donot know how i get the decomment cause i run away from egypt with just my passport I cannot ask any thing cause muslim will kill me you. Any background information would be useful.
hi I have recently abandoned Islam I am agnostic n looking for people alike
atheist from 22 years
Faisal Rehman, England
I am a Pakistani ex Muslim and am now an atheist. I can't put my real name or location within England here for my own safety.
I always loved science and maths as a child, and it was clear to me that science was the best way to learn about the universe, whereas religion was clearly dogmatic, manmade, and used as a tool to control through fear. People usually believe in religion because it gives then comfort and makes them feel important. People usually believe in God because they feel it gives then a reason to exist. There is no evidence or logical reason to believe in either. Thus, I am an atheist.
My entire family are highly strict and highly conservative Muslims, to the extent that some of them donated to the Taliban. Straying from the religion was not even an option. Religion was the central, most important thing in my childhood. I lost my faith at the age of 18, but could not tell anyone. However, several years later, my parents found out by accident. The consequences were dreadful. I was disowned, threatened, insulted, and emotionally blackmailed. This happened for several years, at which point I could not take the emotional blackmail anymore, and pretended to revert to Islam. Luckily, my extended family never found out, my parents would have died of shame, but I still live a lie to my parents, and probably always will. My relationship with my parents is now forever broken, and will never be what it was.
I was born in Pakistan, but have moved to the UK and have luckily managed to obtain British citizenship by living here for long enough. This citizenship has been a life saver for me. I still have fear when entering any Muslim country, as almost all of them carry death by stoning as the punishment for leaving Islam. I fear they may discover that I am an atheist, so I pretend to be muslim when asked. I should not have to do this. I dream of a better world without this.
I feel safe in the UK and think of it as my true home. I can be myself here, and noone will hurt me. I don't want to live in Pakistan again, where I feared for myself every day. I love the British people for their tolerance. I hope it stays this way.
If you want to contact me (e.g. if you are in a similar situation and want advice), my username is faisalrehman on the forums here.
I'm an ex Muslim grown up in a very religious family in Afghanistan, I was 14 when I move to UK at the age of 19 I was convinced that there is no God , but I keep all this Secret from my friends and family, but now every one know that I'm a athiest.
I am an ex muslim atheist and I feel trapped. My entire family are Sunni Muslims and I am not allowed to form my own beliefs or opinions. I am depressed to the point where I am suicidal. I want to enjoy life. But I can't. I need help. I don't know what to do. My family are all islamic bigots. I experienced their hatred for "kuffars" while they live in a secular country. My identity and freedom is denied. Where is my life?
I converted to Islam 4 years ago on an online phenomenon called "Secondlife" I felt Islam's view on monotheism was purer that the faith I followed before Islam, which was Catholicism.
I always had trouble praying, but I did manage to pray five times a day for a time, fast, and go to mosque. Islam never made me happy in the long run, I've read most of the Quran, but I would never call myself a scholar.
I found many of the Quran's teachings disagreeable and not becoming of an all powerful merciful God. At this moment and time I see myself more of a deist or agnostic atheist at the moment.
I like Art, Astronomy, Music, and science.
I don't hate muslims each to their own.
Haroon NAseh Qureshi, Bolton
I am a Pakistani-born ex-Muslim. I became an atheist about 8 years ago 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 am 18 years old. I'm literally so new to the idea of leaving Islam that I'm still contemplating it, trying to convince myself to believe again. However, I know I'm only lying to myself. Once you realise the truth it's hard to force yourself to continue to believe in something that isn't real. I always try pray, but at the end of my dua I subconsciously say "if you're even there.
I want to clarify that I have no intention of badmouthing Islam, I loved being apart of it; you feel such a sense of solidarity and belonging. But I loved the community more than the religion. I barely knew the religion, but the more I got to know it the more I wish I didn't. Everything that I've stated is my own personal problems with it, I'm not saying everyone should leave the faith. I know there's so many misconceptions and bad media on Muslims, that definitely didn't influence my decision. I know the media is such a manipulative weapon and I would never fall victim to its propaganda.
I was brought up in a moderate Muslim household, culture and religion continuously overlapping. I could ignore aspects of the culture, but religion was not to be altered. I would pray when I was younger but as I got older it would be limited to just Ramadan. Regardless of my lack of outward devotion, I truly believed Islam was the right path and legitimate religion. I would never have seen myself leaving Islam. 90% of my friends and all of my family are Muslim, so I had no 'corrupt' influences to sway my decisions.
My issue didn't particularly begin with Islam, but rather with the whole concept of religion. Studying political ideology at college (which was actually secular) I realised that religion was just a way to control people, to stop them from rebelling and maintain a hierarchy. HeIl planted such a fear that you wouldn't even think of questioning anything. It suddenly became so clear that it was a man-made concept. All Abrahamic religions were so similar, almost a variation from one to another. Many stories and names were practically the same and too mystical to be true.
Then, being a Muslim, I had to turn my analysis on Islam. In Islam, all non-believers go to hell. But what of those that have never even been exposed to Islam, let alone know any of its teachings? Does praying override being a good person? I've been told that everybody should seek knowledge, but if they don't have the resources to do so how will they? It just seemed to unfair and unrealistic. If Islam was the true faith Allah would make it easy to find Islam.
Then being a feminist and a Muslim was almost a contradiction in terms. Even though I didn't wear hijab, I convinced myself that wearing one was for for the sake of Allah not solely as a control mechanism. But why should we cover up because men cannot control their eyes? Why should women always have to put their husband first? Why must we act as the culprits rather than the victims? There's just so many questions I had that couldn't be answered without "oh but the prophet-" I don't care what the prophet did, that was another time, another place. I don't want to idolise a man and follow his way of life. I couldn't get to grips with the idea of polygamy, regardless of whether or not the prophet partook in it. Muslims would try to justify everything by mentioning the prophets name and I would just have to grit my teeth and silently nod because God forbid you ever speak against the prophet! Muslims will deny, as I myself did, that women have a lower place in Islam, but they do. Denying it won't change the truth. We can try to adjust and tweak it verbally but will it still be Islam? There's so much I struggle with as a woman who was brought up a Muslim.
I don't think I'll ever tell my family or friends in a straightforward way that I'm probably not Muslim anymore. It would just lead to tears and arguments. It's enough that I've reached this conclusion. But maybe they'll realise through my lack of interest in praying and participating is Islamic conversations.
But losing my religion has left me lost. I'm not sold on the idea of evolution and the Big Bang theory, and I somewhere believe that there may be a God. The world is too perfectly created to be an accident. But I don't believe that a higher existence created humans to be slaves and constantly worship, there's more to life than that.
I'm glad that I've found this organisation because I can openly express everything that's going through my head, an outlet for all of my religious doubts. I thought that I would find almost nothing on the web, but I'm glad that I'm not alone.
karima lemiere, London
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iam ex-Muslim and now godless looking to shear my idea people have same my mind and have new friends same me
I honestly don't know what to say...
I am from a strict muslim household, after moving out on my own couple years back I have found different path.
I myself am an atheist. However, I have deep empathy for those Muslims who have left their faith, and are left in the unenviable position of feeling isolated in their community. Indeed, perhaps not only isolated, but having to fully hide their new identities. I graduated recently, receiving a 1st for my dissertation on Islamophobia. The key interest for me whilst researching was the pressures and pains that ex-Muslims go through in these times.
I am not a ex Muslim I am joining to show my support if anyone in the Bournemouth area needs support I am here .
I was bought up a Catholic but now i follow no religion, it is not needed and causes so much trouble.
Everyone needs to love respect and empower one another
Ayman Sulaiman, Leeds
Khalid Mohamed, Kent
Simply put, I woke up. I come from a strict muslim background. Family originally came from Somalia before arriving to the UK. As a child I never saw the sense of religion or how it could be true. But tried for many years to participate and be part of the family and ritual. After my life experiences and thinking about it all independently post university and military I realized the freedom of truth and thought. The CEMB provides a voice for a part of society, forced to hide due to fear of death and violence or the shame and humiliation of the muslim community and family. It provides a platform for others like myself to not just feel free and comfortable with their opinions, but allows us to constantly remember we are not alone in our struggles
Mirza Abeer uddin Berlas, barking
Atheist originaly from pakistan. living in lodon
Abdulkarim Azizi, Leed, UK
Hi, my name is Abdulkarim, 22YO, from Syria
I was studying Clinical laboratory science when I was in Syria, Member of the editorial team of the Arab Atheist Magazine ( http://www.arabatheistbroadcasting.com ). I left Syria six months ago after receiving death threats from ISIS and some radical muslim groups in FSA, because of my activity as atheist. And, now I live in Leeds UK. And, waiting for the approval of my asylum request.