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I grew up in a household where my mother was fairly spiritual and father secular. I was left to my own devices and I started to follow Sufism. It wasn't till my late teens did I start to actually see the difference between the Sufism I followed and the Islam which was present in the Qur'an. However, I always felt compelled by the fear of hell, thus continued with it.
But it wasn't till I went to university and started to study archaeology did I realise how the whole creation story was absurd.
Over the years I picked and chose what I wanted to follow and believe but a point came where I had to be honest with myself. Did I or did I not believe in Islam. I was honest. I never really believed in a god, but now I had lost respect for Islam too.
I felt I was demeaning myself by following a religion as barbaric towards women as Islam.
As I had given up Islam a few years ago, joining a group from similar cultural backgrounds and secular belief systems would help me reconnect, re-belong and hopefully gain my strength back. To be part of a group that shares our fundamental values is a basic human need, and perhaps a human right!
Sher Shah Jogezai, London
Wanted to join CEMB and meet me fellow free thinkers n athiest n share my views n listen to their's.
Although I was born to Islam, I frankly don’t think I was fully a Muslim as far as conviction is concerned. Since childhood, Allah seemed to me an angry, misogynistic, domineering, elitist and unlovable thing! I don’t think I needed convincing or research to dislike Islam, for me, it is self-tarnishing and limiting. Having learned Quran in Arabic, I loathed reading verses subjugating women and minority, as well as, the so many expressions of hate for none Muslims. The worse for me was that I was not allowed to leave this religion! As if Allah knew that if given choice soon many will leave.
I decided to look for like-minded people when I realized I was very lonely within my family and community. I could not be myself with my friends and family. You see, I always have to choose silence when I was preached to ware veil, or dress In Abaya. To defend my cause was to commit blasphemy. They will always say, what is point of this life if we are all to be dead and judged soon. My dad desperately and repeatedly asked why it is so hard for me to wear the veil; it’s just a piece of cloth after all, he affirmed, but for me, it’s not an exaggeration to say wearing it means giving up on life, a declaration of subservience to a wired religion that is obsessed with women, and a great barrier to integration and interaction.
It was 9th of March 2014 when I found this website and I enjoyed reading and watching many of its resonating content. The spirit and the bravery of its members touched me. I read on the event section that On the 10th of March there is an event (Second Kafir Comedy Night)which I attended. Here I was within 24hrs setting in event filled with like-minded people! It was great fun and I get to laugh at religion openly for the first time. I enjoyed meeting interesting people and realized I was not alone at all.
I asked my self why didn’t I look sooner for like-minded people, why did I put up with pretense, why I allowed my intellect to be insulted on a daily basis…. I could think of many reasons, but I decided not dowel on the past but learn from it. Never allow fear to stop me from being myself.
Although I could not openly express my Kafir status to family and community, I will be finding out more about where and what like-minded people do. Thank you CEMB for being there for Ex Muslims like me.
Seb Abbasi, Leeds
I was born into a strict Muslim family and endured several years of violence and abuse, both physical and verbal. Years later I learned more about the Islamic faith and was sickened by its revelations. I have four children, two boys and two girls, none of which I have raised Muslim. Belief is one's own choice, when one is of age
Muslims make up fake statements about thousands of people converting to Islam when in actuality Islam is declining and why those who belong to it are fighting so hard to keep it's lies going.Because of the Media are hearing a lot about Islam and because the terrorists do what they do in the name of Islam...had they been crying Buddha or whatever...when they blow everyone up...the Media and so called muslim would be claiming it was on the rise.I was raised up in a strict islamic environment where Allah is the name of a panic.Around 5 years ago when i could realize the difference between Islam and humanity in England then the discriminatios in Islam was so distinct to my mind that my heart forced me to denounce this dirty religion full of funny stories of the Arab nomads.This is basically a law book for the Arab barbarians of the medieval age to keep these nomads disciplined in the fearsome name of Allah.I have seen how do the little Madrasa boys r motivated in the wrong way at their tender age and ready to die for Islam.Quran is a self contradictory book which never wrote anything beyond arabs stories.Muslims by heart hate everyone who don't belong to their faith.A religion of the enforcement and terrorising ordinary people.I was so pleased to learn about the Council of the Ex Muslims that believes in the glory of humanity and not the religion.All the aritcles are impressive and full of absolute truth.
Nazia Khan, Manchester
I became an apostate and the denouncer of islam since my teen however always remained under the influence of keeping it quite by parents because of societal obligations and a threat of being exposed to larger family and society in general. Ever since in the UK, I feel absolutely free to happily live with my apostasy and completely free of religious stupidities.
I have found the CEMB as an excellent and very like mindedness forum where ex-muslims like myself can associate themselves with no fear of prosecution, torture, disownment, or any sort of exposure to threat.
Sofia Iqbal, Liverpool UK
Jasmyne Sefton, Nottingham
My name is Jasmyne. I'm a 32 year old single mother of two boys working as a social worker in Nottingham. I was raised as a christian, attending church up until the age of 13 through school and groups such as the Brownies. I have never aligned myself particularly with a faith but it's dogmas were (& to some degree) still affect me. I began questioning religion in my teens and became somewhat of a 'passive atheist' in my 20's. I am now of the firm position of anti theist. I have recently joined the new 'Sunday Assembly' movement and I am disappointed at the lack of diversity of people attending. As much as I support the movement I believe we have to reach out much more to other members of society. I recognise how easy it is for me as a white, middle class working women to denounce religion and that inspires me to want to help others and break down barriers.
Yasmin Sawar, Burnley
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.
I have been an agnostic for quite some time. Living in a northern English town, where the muslim community, like other places around the world, is insular, and very much of the belief, that it is more righteous insofar as religion and virtues go.
I am a rationalist.....religious superstition is not for me. I don't believe in witchcraft and flying horses.
The CEMB Is a rational organisation. It gives non muslims, ex-muslims and agnostics hope and a rationale, that religion can never provide.
muhammad shamoon, glasgow
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
Joining cemb is the choice of people who think freedom and liberty should be for everyone especially for those who oppressed by islamic tyrannous regime. Living within a society where hatred is compulsory and free thinking is a crime necessitates to strive against this ideology and prevent it's spreading to other countries. And for myself and others and I am here to do so.
M Wajid, London
Ex-Muslim, IT professional from Pakistan and looking to meet like minded people around. Active on facebook for the most part under the name of Muhammad Wajid.
Michael Gray, United States of America
I was born and raised in a catholic family. But I discarded those beliefs as early as the age of 14. The more I studied and researched the the more I found it difficult to believe in an invisible creation of people from the Iron Age.
Luckily for me I was born in a country where if one decided they no longer believed in any of the gods of the Abrahamic or HIndu traditions there was no fear or punishment of death, imprisonment or torture. There are many people who will not like you once they find out you are not religious, but our society does not usually kill people for their beliefs or non beliefs.
I would like to be able to talk about atheism and agnosticism with others around the world and give hope to others who do face incredible problems imposed on them by those who mercilessly believe in some invisble creation and believe it is their duty to hurt other who do not share those beliefs.
I am retired.
I hope my participation and contribution will help in some way.
I belong to a religious family from northern Pakistan. Grew up in religion all along. Learned a lot of Islamic literature from the very beginning. Kept pushing under the rug all that didn't make sense. Finally it was enough of nonsense and renounced Islam some three years ago. Was living in Pakistan until I shifted to UK this month (January 2014).
Please include a statement as to why you want to join and the significance of the organisation for you. Any background information would i'm from Muslim background, i just had enough with the fairy tails and myth of religions, i choose to be atheist mainly because of what Islam teaches and its equally stupid with Christians , Jews and any other religion. so i have a point in joining ex Muslim. let Muslim world not be proud of peoples joining Islam based on ignorance , rather than peoples leaving Islam based on science and rationality.
Muhammad Nasir Irshad, London
i dont have any believe in islam even not on any religion, according to me all the religion have some stories not the reality, islamic book dont have any authentic from its written hadith all are establish later 300 years and quran after 10 or more. same in islam shia is claiming some different from the day one. and same in christians night templer is the group how promote it , i have alot of things in mind i definately like to share here whenever i get some time.
Berk Bektas, London & Oxford
I'm originally from Turkey, but my background is Alevi, so my background isn't islamic, although some Alevi's would consider themselves muslim, it's mainly due to ignorance and not ever looking up the religion itself. I'm an Atheist, I'm part Oxford Atheist, Secularists and Humanists and the Brookes equivalent, I'm very anti-Islam so would like to help out in any way possible.
Sara, London, UK
I was brought up in a Muslim household and even received an Islamic arabic education in an independent school in the UK. However I now find myself agnostic in my belief or lack of it. This group is an excellent forum which will allow me to express my thoughts and reflect on a subject I can not discuss elsewhere as I am agnostic in the closet,
Mohammad Aghdam, london
"I do not believe in God and in my opinion anything that cannot be found does not exist. We humans have a brain and we can easily distinguish between good and bad. Fundamentally, God is a delusion and a concept that some people are scared of, and their external actions will be to satisfy their God - or at least to not upset him. I am very pleased to know myself and inescapably come to a land where I am free to explore and be independent. I am my own God and I do not need to greet any devil or bow down to any kiblah. I am only myself, and I will stay myself, and I will die myself. In my opinion, belief in God is a tool for human weakness and he is not a character you can really rely on. The safest people in the world are the infidels; their conscience is their God.