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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.
I have left Islam I find it hard to believe the more i learn Most my friends and family are Muslims its hard to talk to them. I would like to meet like minded people in Birmingham or around England.
I have been an agnostic and humanist for over a decade. I like to meet like-minded people.
I believe that CEMB is doing a great service to ex-believers who are having a hard time coming out with their non-belief and facing the social and sometimes career consequences.
Jafar Al-Zubi, Oxford
Islam brought nothing but destruction to the world. It literally created a whole culture that lives inside the bubble of delusion. A culture that has no future prospects except death and a culture that is very hypocritical yet very blind to it.
I grow up a Muslim but started questioning it when teachers at my school started telling us to hate Jewish people merely for being Jews and that they deserve to die, even children... That was the spark that showed me how evil and bad Islam is to humanity. I wish for nothing more than to help others leave this hate cult and I am willing to do whatever is necessary.
Farbod nejad, Birmingham
I am iranian ex-muslim ,live in the UK and wiling to join the ex-muslim society
I'm 16. I have been an ex-muslim now for approximately 3 months. I've always known that Islam was not for me. As a second-generation British Pakistani it is relatively unheard of for British Pakistanis to have no religion. I was never brought up religious, but I was brought up to have faith, I never prayed as I'm not in one of those religious families. No one in my family acts muslim but I feel that someone in my family has to be open with their views, and I want that someone to be me.
I was deeply religious up until a year ago when I found out the true teachings of my faith and the true teachings of the prophet, countless killings of innocent men, women and children this I could not bare by my nature I rejected this barbaric religion and soon could not pray, coming from an Afghan background from Birmingham I'm looking to meet like minded people.
Sabrynah Ish, London
I was born and raised in the UK. I do not come from a strict muslim background but I have been exposed to it through various members of my family. I grew up in a 'white' area and so was isolated from the asian-muslim community in general and I believe I had a much easier time transitioning from being someone with a muslim identity to one who doesn't.
From a young age, I've always had a creative streak and a love for art of all kinds. This is mainly what led to my questioning of Islam. That and the violence within religions and the idea that one religion is superior to another.
Personally, I consider myself more spiritual. I have naturally gravitated towards a gaia-like outlook on life over the years. I believe we are no different (except for the physical) to plants and animals and each have a place here on earth. I am against speciesism where humans deem themselves superior to other life on this planet. Islam and many other religions have speciesism rooted in them and this was probably the most difficult aspect for me to accept and the decision not to accept it was when I realised I am not muslim.
I do not hate Islam or any other religion. Instead I dislike how 'man' has left their imprint on them. All religions essentially say the same thing - what you are left with is not necessarily bad. This understanding alone has helped me along the way and I encourage others to explore this more.
Considering my journey to no longer identifying as a muslim has been a long one with some dark spells along the way, I can honestly say that I am at peace with it all. I am not 'out the closet' yet when it concerns my family, but tbh, they all know anyway especially when we've had discussions where my views have been made clear. I am happy to offer support to anyone who is struggling with their transition or those who feel isolated and alone.
abdirhaman abdullahi, bristol
i left Islam and i am 14 but i need help because there are so many things i disagree with and i dont know how to tell my perants
Daniel Henry, Leicester
I'm not an ex-Muslim myself.
I rejected the religion I was "born into" in favour of my own beliefs.
I've been lucky enough to be able to do this without reprecussions from my friends, family and social circles.
I'm joining to provide full support and solidarity to those who have not enjoyed this freedom.
Zeeshan Arshed, London
Born and raised in a Muslim family I've always adhered to what was expected of me but in my mind I was relentlessly questioning and eventually it all became sense that one does not need religion to be happy in life.
You can cherry-pick every aspect of every culture and religion as you see fit, to live the life you see fit.
I had a rather peaceful transition to Atheism but I know of many who have suffered immensely and because of that I've strived to offer my support and guidance to those who may want it. At the same time I have been relentless in my criticism of the issues within Islam and religions themselves with the aim of improving them.
Now after my university experience and a professional career ahead of me I feel I have the opportunity to offer reinforcement and the courage to help others pursue the life they want.
Shy Faro, London
I just want to say thank you for representing us. Leaving Islam changed my life dramatically for the better and a part of me will always try to dedicate my life to removing the cloud of religious fanaticism from the lives of young women (and men) like myself who find themselves trapped into a faith they cannot reconcile with reality.
This organisation is appealing to be because I was brought up in a very strict Shia Muslim family and I found myself lying to myself pretending to believe in this and thought that I could never leave this "religion of peace" . Once I found the CEMB and felt connected and not the only person who didn't believe in this fairytale I decided to join it.
Gareth Roberts, Birmingham
Hi, my name is Gareth and although I am not a muslim, I have helped a number of people to escape their nightmarish experience of trying to break away from their families, who are trying to bully people whom I now consider friends to return. I have heard some absolute horror stories, from kidnap to threats of death by their own family members. There are far more people than you think who are ready and willing to help you break away from these dreadful situations. If I can help, then I will, even if all you want is to talk.
Z G, London
Born in the UK, into an Asian-East African Shia household, I was taught the Quran from an early age, made to attend the Mosque on Saturdays for "education". It was at age 15 when my views changed, it was around the time of the "graphic" cartoons of Muhammed, when I questioned my faith. For a long period of time I'd only accepted Islam, given that it was hard to believe over a billion people being wrong.
I then questioned many of my madressah school teachers, and recieved inadequate responses. Often, they accused me of disbelief - to avoid answering my questions.
In my experience, heavy anti-jewish sentiment is rife in my community; ignorant "aunts and uncles" accusing Jews of the worlds woes.
The activities of many "religious" muslims in my community further seperated me from believing in Islam. Many would have girlfriends, drink, smoke etc. I found hypocrisy common.
The hypocrisy of hearing "muslim" voices about UK foreign policy. But not wanting to hear freedom of speech when it suits them. The habit of picking and choosing aspects of Islam is idiocy.
By 16, I'd stopped praying, fasting and only attended mosque if there was a wedding or death. I find it hard to be friends with Muslims, due to my apostacy; very few are accepting. My sister has also abandonded the religon, which is interesting given we both disbeliebed in private, and have only openly done so whilst at University.
I have also faced discrimination, my current girlfriend's mother (of Hindu-Indian heritage ), believes that I will try to convert her, and that I haven't really left the religion - and to never trust a muslim boy. It angers me that people still associate me with a religion, any religion for that matter - and discriminate. I'd rather be discriminated for what I am ( an atheist ), than what I'm not, a muslim.
A M, birmingham
Hi.my name is ....i lived in birmingham for almost 4 years.i was a muslim.when i came to uk my thoughts start changing.i m atheist.i been married with non muslim girl..recently my younger brother he been living in uk. told my family back in pak about me nd my thought.drinking nd eating non halal food.and they didnt like it.my family is strict muslims.my dad nd my brothers threat me to deth.my dad refused me as son.i dont tell my friends or other peoples becuse most of them r muslims.
Mohamed Hegazy, Bradford
I was forced and to have beliefs and practices against my will, like practicing a religion I never believed in let alone the fact of believing itself, I am also being prepared for a forced marriage in few years , my only escape was fleeing the country I lived in; convincing my parents that I am going as a student and it will just an education phase of my life; In my society back home I am the only one who knows about my atheism, none of my family and friends know as I can predict the consequences and it will basically ruin my life both emotionally and financially.