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    Ex-Muslim interrupts Anne Marie Waters

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    Apostasy is a sin in Islam. The Quran, though it doesn't mandate a worldly punishment for apostasy, threatens eternal torture and damnation for Muslims who leave the faith. The four leading classical schools of Islamic law on which the sharia is based - the ShafiHanbaliMaliki and Hanafi - go even further, stipulating that the punishment for unrepentant apostasy .

    "She was hysterical," Aisha says of her mother's response. There was a lot of shouting and crying. Then, later, according to Aisha, her mother said, calmly: "Well, you can leave the religion, but it would mean losing us." She also told Aisha, as she remembers it, that "if you decide to come out and tell everyone about it then you had better face the consequences, because the ruling on apostasy in sharia is death. If anyone decides to carry that out, I won't stop them."

  • Country: 
    Australia
    News Date: 
    21/02/2018
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    Can she say that? Or will Australia’s smart set forthwith denounce her for “Islamophobia”? “‘I hate the niqab’: Ex-Muslim who runs an atheist blog says she ran away from home after her mother forced her to wear the ‘dehumanising’ face covering,”

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    Islam is the fastest growing religion in the UK, with the number of Muslims almost doubling in the last few years from 1.5 million in 2001 to 2.71 million in the latest census, 2011. A small but increasing number of people are also choosing to leave the religion and many say doing so has led them to be rejected by their family and friends and - in some cases - threatened with violence. Benjamin Zand spoke to ex-Muslims.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    04/10/2016
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    Thousands of ex-Muslims in Britain are living in fear of violent revenge for abandoning the Islamic faith while others are afraid to admit they no longer believe, a support group for ex-Muslims has said. Maryam Namazie, founder of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, described a “tsunami of atheism” in Muslim communities and urged that more needs to be done to recognise the dangers often faced by those who choose to renounce their faith.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    13/11/2016
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    A family have been forced to flee their home under armed police guard amid fears for their safety after suffering what they say is eight years of persecution for converting from Islam to Christianity. Calendar first told of father-of-six Nissar Hussain's story over a year ago when he was beaten up in an attack outside his Bradford home which left him with two broken bones. Today police proved an armed escort as the family collected their belongings from the house. The Hussain's say police have told them there was a credible threat to their lives. Jon Hill reports.

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    There are many reasons why this needs to be said, starting with a personal trigger. I was recently interviewed by Channel 4's  which was broadcast two weeks ago about my opinions on 'What does Sharia Law have to offer Britain'. I realised that I was the only one out of seven people interviewed that was clearly against Sharia and for a secular state. Activist and gay Muslim  who was also interviewed regarding the same topic, agreed that 'Sharia' discriminates against homosexuals and would threaten his safety and civil rights.

    My interview has triggered a debate in the Sudanese media, both at home and in the diaspora, from which campaigns have emerged inciting people against me calling me a 'Kafira' (infidel) and 'Murtadda' (left Islam) . I guess Sudanese government officials have time to watch Channel 4 because the  posted my picture declaring me an infidel and apostate. Who knew that my private beliefs could denigrate a country's government, religion, and armed forces?!

    Focusing on Islam and Sharia as such here is mainly because of my experience living under an Islamic regime. However, I strongly oppose Sharia law as well as any other religious based laws because I deeply believe in secular, humanist values which put each human being on an equal basis with every other individual. International human rights are a testament to that principle and stand directly opposed to the discriminatory practices enshrined in and justified by Sharia law.

     

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    Pfanderfilms has chosen to put this video up in order to show what can happen to apostates from Islam down at Speaker's Corner, here in London. Last Sunday (four days after Khalid Masood killed 4 innocent people just a few miles away from Speaker's Corner, using his car and a knife), Christopher, a convert from Islam to Christianity, was shoved and pushed off of his ladder because he challenged the authority of Allah and of Muhammad while standing on the ladder. Speaker's Corner is one of the last places on earth where we can say these things freely.

  • Ever wonder how Mullahs turn innocent little boys into ferocious killers and rapists? Here is a snippet into how it's done in Madrassas.

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    Pakistan
    News Date: 
    14/07/2017
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    To not believe in God in Pakistan is to put your life on the line - the anonymous diaries of atheists in a country where to not believe is becoming more and more dangerous. What is changing in Pakistan society and politics which means that to call yourself an atheist can lead to torture and in some cases death?

  • Country: 
    United States of America (the)
    News Date: 
    29/11/2017
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    Muslims who leave the faith often face abuse and violence - but a grassroots group that's touring American colleges is trying to help.

  • A few snippets of stories told by ex-Muslims at a meeting with Anne Marie Waters.

     

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    This man has to wear a bullet-proof vest because he is a critic of Islam.

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    All sane people should be against terrorism yet many on the left seem to think it is racist to be against terrorism. Richard Inman an ex soldier and one of the speakers at the event was accused of ‘making disturbing comments about Islam.’ Hello? Islam itself is disturbing. There was no mention anywhere, online or in any msm of the three apostates who were speaking at the event, myself included.

    One of those ex-Muslims feels he needs to wear a bullet-proof vest. That is the level of threat we are talking about here.

     

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    08/11/2017
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    British woman describes to BBC the cruel treatment she receives after leaving Islam. Her family and her community reject her and call her names just because she changed her mind about the Prophet Muhammad. In this debate she confronted British Muslims about the question "Do British Muslims have a problem with apostates?". 

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    13/01/2016
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    Years of permissive multiculturalism is to blame for the rise of Sharia courts and the Rotherham rape scandal, an academic claimed yesterday. Dr Rumy Hasan, a senior lecturer at the University of Sussex’s Centre for Migration Research, said “do-what-you-want” and “laissez-faire” policies had let immigrant communities live as if they were still in countries such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. This has led to a “psychiatric detachment” from mainstream British culture, he added, which in turn leads to a “social detachment” where minority communities do not mix with wider society.&nbsp

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    1. Sources. An article that fails to quote authentic Islamic sources is without value. For instance, many texts have been written on the concept of ‘Jihad’. Jihad is explained therein as a spiritual struggle. Generally, these texts tend to omit references to the generally recognized Islamic sources, since such ‘spiritual’ references are well nigh non-existent. In contrast, there exist hundreds of references depicting Jihad as a war against non-Muslims, in both a defensive and offensive sense.

    2 For or against Islam: identical sources.  You will not fail to note that articles severely critical of Islam are rife with quotes from the Koran and the authentic traditions passed on by Muhammad. In turn, articles in defence of Islam quote generously from the self-same sources to prove exactly the contrary. As a rule both versions make cogent points, for, indeed, what they proclaim stands written! You can choose material from the Koran and the authentic traditions, applying some creative interpretations of your own, to  back up just about any argument you wish to make. Here we see the Koran as a supermarket of ideas, and the gullible Muslim believer as the shopper whose shopping cart is loaded with products of his or her own choice. This has led us into a somewhat disturbing situation. We all are familiar with people who commit terror acts in the name of Islam. They volubly quote from the Koran to justify their acts. And on the other hand there are the peace loving Muslims,  coexisting harmoniously with ALL of their neighbours, irrespective of religion, race, appearance,  who also say they base their actions on the Koran...

    3 Abrogation. There is in Islam a principle called abrogation (nasikh wa mansukh in Arabic), both in the Koran and in the Hadith (pronouncements by Muhammad, the traditions as they have been handed down by him). This principle is used to explain away contradictions. For it does appear that there are contradictory instructions in both the Koran and the traditions. In principle, the instructions that were issued last are the valid ones; they cancel the ones prior to them. In general, articles with a positive view on Islam tend to quote the earlier passages, seeing that these are milder in tone. Critical (negative) articles tend to make references to the later passages, seeing that they are more militant and lean more towards violent behaviour. Islamic scholars, however, are agreed that only the later passages are valid. Since the principle of abrogation is truly important for our understanding of the Koran, we have devoted a separate page to this topic. See here.

    4 Context 1. Articles that are positive towards Islam tend to dismiss violent or hostile passages from the Koran as being contextual, i.e. only applicable to a given specific situation in the life of Muhammad; whereas positive passages from the Koran are interpreted as having general application. Naturally, the aim is to ease people’s minds and eventually persuade them to join Islam. However, a book that calls for hostile action and even contains warlike instructions (such as large sections of Surah 8 and 9) without making it clear that these instructions are no longer applicable, is a recipe for disaster. To Islamic scholars, all passages from the Koran contain a message, the mild as well as the violent ones. Moreover, their view on the milder verses in the Koran is generally not as positive as one would assume. What is striking is that these scholars generally hold to an interpretation of Islam that corresponds very closely to that of non-Muslims and ex-Muslims who are critical of it.

    5 Context 2. When studying Islam, one quickly notes that most of the Koran consists of revelations that followed on from specific events in the life of Muhammad: these events thus form the foundations of the message that Allah proclaims in the Koran. That is to say, the Koran cannot be compared with the stone tablets containing the ten commandments handed over to Moses, by which God passed on His law at that single and singular moment without regard to any attendant context. The fact that the Koran was revealed by way of concrete happenings does not, of course, mean that the message in the book is valid only in the context of those events; if that were so the Koran could be categorized as a historic work, leaving Muslims at liberty to disregard and dismiss it at their whim. That this is not so is proven by the death threats uttered against those who dare to criticize the Koran, as in the case of the Dutch Member of Parliament Geert Wilders. Muslims consider the Koran so holy and untouchable that any negative act or criticism directed against it, either physical or verbal, enrages them.

    6 Context 3. Violent passages in the Koran are, as mentioned, mostly tempered and toned down by making reference to their specific context. Without being explicit, their advocates tend to create the impression that if such passages are considered within their context, they will actually turn out to be far less violent, even peace-loving, or at least are representative of understandable or acceptable human behaviour. Nothing could be further from the truth – the context rather makes these passages appear even less palatable, and confirms the aggressive nature of the Koran verses in question. Apologists may try to excuse the violent character of these passages by reference to the fact that Muhammad had many enemies and was forced to defend himself. However, anyone who studies Muhammad’s biographies (books written by Muslims for Muslims) cannot escape the impression that the founding of Islam was accompanied by excessive violence, and that Muhammad shirked neither verbal nor physical abuse and assault. The least one can say is that Muhammad failed to spread his new religion in a peaceful and peaceable manner, with equanimity and acceptance of the “feelings and sensitivities of people that held other beliefs – the unbelievers”. This stands in stark contrast to the preachings and practices of, say, Jesus or the Buddha.

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    These are the main issues I found with Islam.  If you want to understand the real problems I found, start here.

    Reflections

    Dialogues and discussions I had after leaving Islam.  Some thoughts

    Rulings/Fiqh

    These are not why I left Islam.  They are reflections after leaving Islam.  Keep in mind that even if I was completely wrong about every single one of these, it would not make me come back to Islam.  As a Secular Humanist, I find these to be troubling issues we find and they seem to show that Allah is not the intelligent supreme being that sent us a beautiful wise religion but rather a 7th century invention with barbaric rules and orders that matched that early era but do not belong in today’s world.

    History

    Sometimes history is not what it seems

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    28/09/2015
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    And among some of Britain's urban Muslims - nearly half of whom were born in the UK and are under 24 - there's a belief that leaving Islam is a sin and can even be punished by death. An investigation for the BBC has found evidence of young people suffering threats, intimidation, being ostracised by their communities and, in some cases, encountering serious physical abuse when they told their families they were no longer Muslims. There are also local councils that seem to have little awareness of the issue or any policy on how to protect these vulnerable young people.

  • There are some very clear examples in here of why Islamic ideology is very dangerous and that it isn't all 'Muslims' as many do not believe in their hearts but are forced to show outward signs of obeisance to Islam through fear of being killed:

     

  • Watching terror in London unfold: who are we kidding?This is a Jihadi guerrilla warfare not an issue for law enforcement. Time to wise up.

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    I see a lot of love in Christianity, I see a lot of anger and hate in Islam,” stated my anonymous Iranian-American interlocutor to me in his condominium building manager’s office. My interview partner related a revealing personal spiritual and geographic journey away from his boyhood Islamic faith and Iranian homeland to an adult Christian conversion in America.

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    The main western values can be summarized as follows: (1) men and women are equal before the law (equal rights and duties) and from 18 years of age they have sovereignty over their person, including their sexuality. (2) Muslims and non-Muslims are subject to the same laws. (3) There is freedom of religion and conscience, so you can choose and change your religion or have no religion at all.

    Shariah in violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

    Below, we give the main reasons why the Shariah is in conflict with the (UDHR) and why the Islamic countries (united in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, ) drew up the . The Cairo Declaration states that all legislation is subject to the Shariah, which cancels significant portions of its own statements.

    Most Islamic countries also apply this trick in their legislation. They have a constitution similar to that of most Western countries, then they add a note that all laws are subordinate to the Shariah: thus they cancel a lot of the freedoms provided in the Constitution while still giving out a "moderate" image. Few people have any idea what Shariah actually means.

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    “Saracen 786” asks a number of questions in this video about whether various Islamic teachings and acts of Muhammad are really moral and ethical. He repeatedly asks Muslim scholars how they would explain these aspects of Islam. If any respond, they will say that Allah decides what is moral and ethical, and thus these aspects of Islam cannot be questioned, but are simply to be accepted. That just leads to the further question of why Allah would command what are clearly hateful and immoral acts.

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    The issue of apostasy is very controversial for every religion and when it comes to Islam, the problem of leaving the faith gets almost the all shades of drama. There is no system of belief that welcomes apostasy as itself but Islam has dual approach to this term. According to positive and progressive Islam, Islam is set of rules and it should search for spiritual connections with people. There is no fear from God and human beings who dont want to accept Islam or who want to leave Islam are free to do it. One of moderate British imams, Ajmal Masroor, believes that apostasy is a free choice and that none should judge none. Unfortunately, there is another side of the coin and regressive backward streams of Islam leading by Shari’ah Law experts and radical imams who preach only about radical punishments for apostates.The spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt,  Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi often states that: “…if not for the threat of murder for anyone who leaves Islam, Islam would not exist today”.

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    Magdi Allam said European governments need to move far beyond deportations and target terror at its source in order to prevent more terror attacks. 

    The Egyptian-born politician, who converted from Islam to Christianity in 2008, said it was time to stop following the myth of “moderate Islam” and take some real action.

    He spoke before attending a protest march against the construction of a new mosque in Pisa, highlighting the tough treatment of mosques by the Tunisian government after last year’s deadly beach attack. 

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    I am often asked, Why I left Islam? As absurd as it may be, some Muslims cannot even allow themselves to think that leaving Islam is an option, or even possible. They rather think that those who leave Islam are paid Jewish agents than accept the fact that people have freedom to think and some may even think that Islam is not for them. The following are my reasons:   

    Until few years ago I used to think that my faith in Islam was not based on blind imitation but rather was the result of years of investigation and research. The fact that I had read a lot of books on Islam, written by people whose thoughts I approved of and delving into philosophies that were within my comfort zone, emphasized my conviction that I had found the truth. All my biased research confirmed my faith. Just like other Muslims I used to believe that to learn about anything one has to go to the source. Of course the source of Islam is the Quran and the books written by Muslim scholars. Therefore, I felt no need to look elsewhere in order to find the truth, as I was convinced that I have already found it. As Muslims say "Talabe ilm ba'd az wossule ma'loom mazmoom". The search of knowledge after gaining it is unnecessary. 

  • By Shazia Hobbs, author of the Gori's Daughter https://www.amazon.co.uk/Goris-Daughter-Shazia-Hobbs/dp/1901514129 

     

  • You know mass immigration is an important issue because you aren’t allowed to talk about it, you get called names if you do talk about it, and those in favour of it will never back down no matter what facts you give them or how rational your arguments.

     

  • Shame on everyone who has smeared Tommy Robinson and made us feel too ashamed to listen to his warnings about grooming gangs. Yes, I believe he should be applauded for taking a stand against the grooming gangs when everyone else was silent. In a society where political correctness has gone mental, and we are all scared of being labelled racist or Far Right, for daring to have an opinion on Islam or mass immigration nobody else was speaking up.

  • First Published on Sedaa http://www.sedaa.org

     

    By Shazia Hobbs

     

    Where is the hashtag in solidarity for the Pakistani and Kashmiri children being raped here in the UK?

     

  • I learned the worth of a woman under Islam the day I sought a divorce in the Islamic Republic of Iran. I was worth less than a man, worth only half of a man. That day, somewhere in the United States, girls my age were making sure their clothes and hair were just right for a day in 7th grade (Year 9 in England). Not I. I stood before a judge in an Iranian courtroom as a married woman beaten brutally every day of my short “marriage” by my husband, a mentally unstable, older man to whom I had been sold for the financial profit of my family.

  • Shazia Hobbs is author of The Gori's Daughter - a fictional life story of a young mixed race woman, daughter of a Kashmiri father and a Glasgow mother,moved into the household as mistress alongside the Muslim wife and the children from both relationships. Her whole life is a constant dramatic struggle against the rejection and hostility her background generates in both Glasgow s white and Asian communities. The book graphically documents her fight to offer her own daughter a culture and traditions she can accept with pride. http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Goris-Daughter-Shazia-Hobbs/dp/1901514129 more.......

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