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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.
I'm 20 years old n thinking ov leaving, it makes no sence anymore the case of muhammads love for a nine year old, and also sexual slavery for captured women. Not to mention verses of the Quran ironically being revealed in times were it best suited him. Etc. It just dosnt make sence anymore.
Talha Ghafoor, Glasgow
Im ex muslim I want to join group to support my thoughts so I can live my life as I want to live not under the thumb of bunch of ignorants.
Stephen H, Worcestershire
I am not a muslim and nor a follower of any religion. I did have faith and belief but the world itself has changed me for good. I am now agnostic and already feel calmer and more hopeful for the world.
I have read with tears in my eyes some of your stories. To be free is one of lifes greatest gifts and I wish you all freedom. My 5 year old son sometimes asks me about God and I have always said there is a God. The next time he asks me I will say that is for you to decide son.
I hope this site can in some way help people in real need of help and someone to talk to.
Peace be with all of you.
My family always have known that i wasn't very muslim since hitting my early teens. To cut the long story short without talking about my up bringing- once you leave you will be left isolated by majority of your family (cousins, uncles, aunties) and they would be quick to form an opinion of you and even go as far as making things up about you so others stay away due to the fear of people following suit. What they will never understand is that religion doesn't define a person, it's the person inside who knows the difference between right and wrong and does not judge others by faith or race. I never found religion the biggest issue, it's the people within the religion that are narrow minded that drove me away.
Farshaad Razmjouie, liverpool
My name is Farshaad and I born in Iran, I never believe in god and religion in my whole life, and I never expected anything from them either. I do not see any reason to follow god or religion .
My family were not religious but unfortunately our country is very religious country. We were always force to follow the Muslim roles and deny our beliefs , which was very difficult for me and my family. Why we can not to be free in our country . Which we should protend everything.
We are all human like others. I believe there is not different between people who are religious with Atheist. The only thing which is important is humanities .
It is very dangers to not having belief in a Religious government ( Especially the Islamic state ), infact the country will not forgive people who criticising the religion .
The Religious intimidating people and will not let them to do anything including criticising positive attitude the government taking advantage of this situetion .
I always believe why we can not live together in peace, I believe that the only fundemental problem is religious and our society need to change from the scratch and this will not happen unless people change their attitude towards humanities in positive way.
Freedom must be given to people in order to help them to think properly, act in positve way, be free to do anything. It would the only step to deny and chalenging religion, 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.
I presonaly as member try to gain goal this (modern democracy and civil society) in order to feuter generation be in safe situation .
Adil J Hussain
I am an Ex-Muslim and I believe that my voice and others alike should be heard across the world.
When Muhammad died around 632 AD, people were leaving Islam in their droves that led to the
"Ridda Wars" (Wars of Apostasy).
Let us rejoice that in our times, we can have a real opportunity in change for the better.