Muhammad Syed is an ex-Muslim and President of the Ex-Muslims of North America. He spent a few minutes with Seth Andrews in conversation about his former faith.
Saudi arabia, a place where one can still visit the seventh century and not be in a museum.
There’s a reason for the sword of Islam on the Saudi flag.
You can toss all that “there is no compulsion in religion” in Islam right out the window. The koranic ”no compulsion verse of 2:256 (meccan era), was abrogated by violent and intolerant verses. This was noted by THE most respected hadith author Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 9.17 Narrated by Abdullah
Allah’s Messenger (saws) said, “The blood of a Muslim who confesses that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that I am His Messenger cannot be shed except in three cases: In Qisas (retribution) for murder, a married person who commits illegal sexual intercourse, and the one who reverts from Islam (apostate) and leaves the Muslims.”
Palestinian Poet Sentenced to Death in Saudi Arabia for Renouncing Islam
This article was originally posted by Reuters:
REUTERS – A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a Palestinian poet to death for apostasy, abandoning his Muslim faith, according to trial documents seen by Human Rights Watch, its Middle East researcher Adam Coogle said on Friday.
Ashraf Fayadh was detained by the country’s religious police in 2013 in Abha, in southwest Saudi Arabia, and then rearrested and tried in early 2014.
The verdict of that court sentenced him to four years in prison and 800 lashes but after appeal another judge passed a death sentence on Fayadh three days ago, said Coogle.
These are the people we should be championing, not the frauds promoting ”moderate Islam”.
NOTE: Google trans from German
This woman engages German Islam head-on
The family of Sabatina James is threatened with death because they gave up Islam. In the book “Sharia in Germany,” she settles – also with “naive optimism on integration” policy. An encounter.
In the farthest corner of the village restaurants Sabatina James sits and shouts: “Splendid!” She looks through the window, which offers a wonderful view: on glowing autumn woods and the colorful slopes of a vineyard. At neighboring tables grumble older people. But that throttles the volume of 33-year-old barely. “Wonderful,” she calls again and looks at her companions, to two cabinet widths men looking serious and bald shaved head. There are bodyguards.
Multiple militant Muslims threatened the journalist and Islam critic with murder. Therefore, the bodyguard hardly moves from her side – whether at the hairdresser’s, in the supermarket or in this remote southern German village inn on a hill, where she settles for an interview. And a plate of fried potatoes ordered.
This is everyday life for pakistanischstämmige Austrian, since Islamic extremists and their own relatives collusion her life right. The reason: You have blasphemed God. After all, the former Muslim converted to Catholic Christianity a decade ago. And not quietly, but publicly. She wrote a book on the benefits of her new faith and still held talks about it. That earned her a life under police protection.
In recent years, they had withdrawn from the public a little and worked mainly in their women’s rights association Sabatina e. V. supports annually about 100 of forced marriage or honor killing of endangered women. However, ex-Muslims who are being persecuted for their exit from Islam. But now she enters with her new book “Sharia in Germany” the ring of political criticism of Islam. Yes, it seeks public dispute.
And because their polemic are teeming with attacks on everything in the German rank and name of Islam, they will get the most even. But that must obtain an in moderation, because even if James makes a delicate, almost fragile first impression – it has rugged qualities.
Her own family wanted to force her into marriage
What especially proves its tale of woe. In it is also explained why James ever take the path of criticism of Islam. It began in 1992 when the family immigrated to the Austrian Linz. And James met a western lifestyle. Years later, she had just turned 17, the parents informed her that she would marry her cousin in Pakistan. When they rebelled against it, she was lured under false pretenses to Pakistan and forced into an Islamic school.
There she was beaten into, according to Allah’s will had the wife to submit to her husband, endure beatings of her husband and accept the chosen partner of parents. When she consented to the bill in the marriage, Sabatina James was allowed to briefly travel back to Austria. Just arrived, she told her parents that she would never marry the cousin. Furthermore, it is a religion that prescribes you something, not hers. James converted. Her family then violated and threatened them with death.
That is the party I would be supporting is I was a Dane.
DF proposes exit program for Muslims fleeing from Islam
Well-known concept from biker and gang environment can help Muslims who want to leave Islam, says DF.
Politken.dk: Society must step in if Muslims want to leave Islam, but encounter obstacles in the form of threats and reprisals.
The solution is a so-called exit program, which today is known from biker and gang environment.
That is a proposal from the Danish People’s integration spokesman Martin Henriksen, who have inquired Social Affairs Manu Sareen (R) about the possibility of putting exit the program. According Henriksen is a community problem that Muslims do not dare leave their faith. It should be done about this.
“We see unfortunately a number of examples that anyone would like to leave Islam, but they find it difficult to do it or do not dare because they fear reprisals from certain groups in the Muslim communities in Denmark. This is a way to begin to do something about it, “says Martin Henriksen.
“You have to make the decision ‘
According to Martin Henriksen such an initiative may well start in private. But otherwise the government to step in. Though not in a proactive role.
“People should of course not directly offer an exit. You have to make the decision. And if you decide that you will not be more, there must be a place where you can turn for support and encouragement. One such place could also explain the parents and the community, that it’s okay that you now want something different. There have been some examples of someone living a double life because they do not dare leave the religion and meetings threatening behavior from others not just accept that they have done it, “says Martin Henriksen.
“You can stick your head in the sand, or you can do something about it ‘.
H/T: Snaphanen via twitter
An endangered species if the West continues to refuse to address Islam 101.
Read the entire piece, this is what apostates from Islam have to endure in the West, in a society that should be well known for tolerating people leaving faith for another or no faith at all. Think of communist dissidents in the USSR living in fear for their lives, from their own family members, family friends and neighbors who would threaten them with bodily harm if they knew that they had given up on Communist Socialism.
NOTE: But the real evil is that it takes place within the West, where these people should be able to find support, refuge and solace.
H/T: The ever vigilant Andrew Bostom
I will not be able to convince them that being an ex-Muslim I can still be a good person and a good daughter. If I stood up, people would be ashamed to know my family. All would put pressure on my father. The mosque, family and neighbors, and if my father did not respond, it would be up to others to ‘act’. Such is the thinking. In their world it should be an example that shows others that what I have done is not okay.
I shall always be ready with a lie
25-year-old Haifa lives two lives. One as a Muslim and the other as an atheist. She no longer believe in God, but dares not leave Islam. Therefore, she lives a double life, where she is lying about what she is and who she’s with. I hope that one day it stops being taboo to leave Islam, she tells her story here
I was born in Denmark, but neither went to a nursery nor a kindergarten, so I started in elementary school without knowing a word of Danish. My classmates were all immigrants – maybe there were one or two Danes in my class. When I later switched to Arabic free school, I had only Arab classmates and most of the teachers were Muslims. Twice a week I got Koranic teaching in the local mosque, where I had to learn the Koran by heart, and every time I learned a new verse, my parents gave me a gift. In the Free School teachers said that it was imposed on them to teach us about evolution and the Big Bang, but we should remember that it was only a theory, and that God obviously had created the earth. I remember that I went home from school and told my mother everything I had learned about the beginning of the world and that man, was in fact a developed ape. She was furious. “We do not believe in such things,” she said and made me promise that I never mentioned Darwin and monkeys again. I did not, but I began to read books that dealt with science.
Both my parents are extremely conservative and extremely religious. They come from a small town that is heavily Sunni and moved because of my father’s political engagement. The fact that they practice their religion here in Denmark and have maintained their connection to the Middle East. The more they dedicate their lives to the faith, the closer they feel to their home country, they say. When my mom and dad assess themselves as parents, they look at how good a Muslim, I have become. A good Muslim does not believe in evolution and do not question his faith. A good Muslim ponders his life for Islam and the concepts of honor, which the Danes could never understand. I felt distant from everything that I came from when I started to believe in science and asked questions about the Qur’an: Semen is truly formed in the spine? Why is a man’s testimony worth twice as much as a woman? Why women should not participate at funerals, and why does the Koran allow men to keep slaves?
All the girls in the class began wearing the scarf when they were 12-13 years. I waited until I was 14. I did not want to wear a headscarf, but thought I would have more in common with the girls in class, if I took it on. Everyone was so proud of me and said I looked so beautiful covered. I also stopped going in tight pants. Outwardly I looked like someone who was confident in the faith, but inside doubts continued. I told a friend about all the things I did not understand in Islam, and she gave me a book on the Qur’an’s scientific miracles. It’s such a thing you give to doubters. I needed to believe what was written in it, for apostate Muslims are, where I come from, not worth anything. The fear of hell was sown in me from the time I was quite small – it is there, the renegade ends – and every time I was wondering about something, rummaging Satan in my head. When I left home and started an education that was in another city, I gave the doubt space. I re-read the Koran with new, critical eyes and for the first time in my life I stopped identifying myself as a Muslim.
Mohamed, the founder of Islam: ‘If I were a Muslim today, I would be a member of ISIS’
Former Muslim: ‘If I were a Muslim today, I would be a member of ISIS’
Why young men and some young women join the brutal ranks of Isis, is something that’s hard for Westerners to understand. But native Saudi Al Fadi, has an interesting explanation. It’s because they want to.
Fadi, founder of the Center for Islamic Research and Awareness told FoxNews.com’s “Spirited Debate’ it’s a complication situation. He left the Muslim faith fifteen years ago and he says of himself, “If I were a Muslim today, I would have been a member of ISIS.”
Fadi grew up in the Madrassas or Islamic schools, which thousands of Muslims attend today.
There, he says many were taught an ideology that ISIS members claim is the true form of Islam. “I was [a] very indoctrinated Muslim,” he says. “All of my teachings… at the Madrassas, in the Mosque were basically similar to those kinds of ideology … meaning that you always aspire to have a caliphate. You have one authority, one political and religious authority.”
There is a growing call for reform. Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb of Cairo’s Al-Azhar University believes now is the time to reform Islamic teachings in schools. Al-Tayeb says the culprit behind radical Islam is a misreading of the Koran that has led to erroneous, interpretations of Islam.
“It’s a noble…. gesture on his part to try to relook again at the interpretation of the Koran. But the problem is, you have fourteen hundred years… of history that backs up the interpretation we’re seeing basically by groups like ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Shaba and Al Qaeda,” said Fadi.
NOTE: Take away public sharia, death for apostasy and the jihad, and Islam falls apart like a cheap suit.
Egyptian Conscientious Objector to Islam: IS/Boko Haram follow Islam’s prophet Muhammad, Koran 47:4, 9:29
He had a conscience, so he forsook Islam—i.e., he was a “conscientious objector to Islam”—a term that should be in widespread usage, instead of “Muslim apostate.”
The pious Al-Azhar cleric (and Fatwa Committee member) he “debated,” on the other hand, regurgitating mainstream Islam’s conspiratorial Jew-hatred (see here, and here), including that of Al-Azhar’s previous and current Grand Imams, claimed Islamic State “caliph” al-Baghdadi was a Jew (“of Israeli origin”), acting out a Jewish (“Mossad”) conspiracy.
“Egyptian Human Rights Activist Ahmad Harqan: ISIS Is Doing what the Prophet Muhammad Did” The Middle East Media Research Institute, October 21, 2014; Clip No. 4649
In an October 21 TV interview, Egyptian human rights activist Ahmad Harqan explained why he had become an atheist and said that Islam is a “harsh religion,” which was being implemented by ISIS and Boko Haram. They are doing “what the Prophet Muhammad and his companions did,” said Harqan. According to media reports, Harqan and his pregnant wife survived an assassination attempt on October 25, and when they went to the police to complain, were arrested for disrespect to Islam.
Convert them all, end the jihad and cultural demolition.
Muslim ‘apostates’ come out of hiding in Europe
(BRUSSELS) – A number of Muslims in Europe are publicly abandoning their religion to become Christians or agnostics despite their former community’s taboo against such acts.
In France, the film “The Apostle” by filmmaker Cheyenne Carron has meanwhile lifted the veil on “apostasy” by telling the story of a young Muslim who converted to Catholicism and how he had trouble getting family and friends to accept his choice.
“It is time for us to stop hiding,” said Pastor Said Oujibou, 46, who left radical Islam for evangelical protestantism and who is among the few converts to have publicised his decision in France.
He said he is “tolerated” by his former co-religionists, even if he admits to having sparked “sarcasm and annoyance” from them.
But he warned against the “double talk” that certain branches of Islam in France close to the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists use toward apostate Muslims.
“Apostasy is a taboo in Muslim culture and if the text of the Koran does not provide for any punishment, prophetic tradition calls for killing apostates,” said Radouane Attiya, a former preacher trained in Saudi Arabia who is now a specialist on Islam at Liege University in Belgium.
Specialists said that more people become Muslim in Europe than leave the faith but Muslims converting to Christianity, especially evangelical protestantism, are on the rise, according to Oujibou.
Evangelicals seek to proselytise in working class and immigrant neighbourhoods where there are many Muslims.
“In Europe, as in Arab countries, there is a rampant atheism gaining ground. But what is new is the search for visibility,” Attiya said.
– ‘Fed up with fundamentalists’ –
He said “Islamic radicalism, world jihadism are contributing to the emergence of a reverse radicalism.”
”All Muslims are innocent, but we are guilty till proven Muslim.”
It’s not really that amazing, leave a hatgeful ideology, and suddenly the world begins to look a lot more friendly.
Actually, from the moment I left Islam I stopped being an anti-semite, homophobe and mysogynist in an instant. The hate simply disappeared. The revaluation of values was radical but liberating.
The Jihadist – Former Convicted Jihadi talks about Homosexuality & Women
I talk to a previously convicted Jihadist (a teenage convert to Islam and now an exmuslim) about his earlier views on homosexuality and women. I’ve known him for some time now, but he wishes to keep his identity secret for fear of reprisals from his former brethren.
Saif Rahman: In your jihadi phase, how did you feel about homosexuals?
Ex-Jihadi: I thought they were sexual deviants. People who lavished in sin and who were so perverted that they spend their sexual energy on all kinds of perverse ways (as you know for a Muslim ‘morality’ is almost completely identical sexual morality).
In my perception gays suffered from an extreme lack of manliness and were further characterized by debauchery, lack of sexual discipline, cowardice and worldliness. They were the polar opposite of what a Muslim man should be. I also regarded them as subversive and dangerous, a threat to the fabric of the Ummah. The presence of gays only spreads sin and vice in the Muslim community, and they corrupt Muslim youth by their example of being effeminate.
In my mind a Muslim man had only one single purpose in life: he is a born soldier whose whole existence has no other purpose than to wage and to die in war. Gays are dangerous since they undermine national morale and give an example of cowardice. Being gay and soldier at the same time was simply unimaginable to me.
Next to that gays were a national security threat because I regarded them as people who commit excessive sins, thereby corrupting the Ummah by their presence and driving away the divine favor. In the worst case they would invite divine wrath and punishment to fall on the entire community. In jihadi circles for examples it is commonly excepted that Muslims lost Andalus because worldliness spread, homosexuality increased and men ceased being men. Therefore Allah withdrew his blessings and divine help and the Muslims of Andalus were destroyed.
Because of this we thought suppression and punishment for gays was fully justified. This only went for male gays by the way. As far as i can remember we never held similar view on female gays.
This is Islam 101 in the raw.
No compassion, no freedom of choice, no justice whatsoever. This is what the West has let inside its borders. If let alone with her in a room, the brother would murder her with his bare hands.
Brother of Sudanese woman facing death penalty for ‘abandoning her Islamic faith’ by marrying a Christian says ‘she DESERVES to be executed’
- Al Samani Al Hadi said he denounced his sister Meriam Ibrahim, 27
- He said his family are ‘Muslim people’ and she needed to renounce her faith
- Ms Ibrahim gave birth to a daughter in her prison cell last week
- She has been sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging
The brother of a Sudanese woman facing the death penalty for ‘abandoning her Islamic faith’ has said she ‘should be executed’ if she continues to be a Christian.
Meriam Ibrahim, who gave birth to a daughter in her prison cell last week, has been sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging after a Sharia court convicted her for converting to Christianity, and ‘adultery’ because she had wed a non-Muslim.
Today her brother Al Samani Al Hadi told CNN that he had denounced his sister to the authorities because his family are ‘Muslim people.’
The brother of Meriam Ibrahim has said she ‘should be executed’ if she continues to be a Christian. Ms Ibrahim, who gave birth to a daughter in her prison cell last week, has been sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging because she had wed a non-Muslim.
No dissent in Islam.
The black shirts of Islam, street vigilantes, the core of which, is comprised of the intended victim’s own family members.
I renounced Islam, so my family think I should die
Apostasy is not just something that scandalises people in far off lands. Harriet Alexander hears the story of a British woman whose life was turned upside down when she left Islam – echoing the plight of Meriam Ibrahim, who awaits a death sentence in Sudan for the same “crime”
If Amal Farah were not living in Britain, she believes she might well be dead.
For the 33-year-old financial manager had carried out an act so heinous, her family felt she deserved to die.
Her crime? She had renounced her Islamic faith – “and within my community, that’s a capital offence,” she said. “They believe you deserve to die.”
Mrs Farah, who was born in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, but now lives in Britain, has never told her story before.
She was too afraid; told that, even in the UK, it was safer for her to keep a low profile.
But when earlier this month the case of Meriam Ibrahim came to light – an eight-month pregnant Sudanese woman, sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith – Mrs Farah felt she had to speak out. “I had to do something,” she said. “I am so fortunate to be here, and I am in a position to be able to shout and scream and say this is wrong.” Her voice quavering, fighting back tears, she said: “I read her story and thought: ‘That could so easily have been me.’”
Meriam Ibrahim with her husband Daniel Wani Ms Ibrahim currently awaits her fate in a cell in Khartoum, shackled by the ankles, having refused an offer from a judge to renounce her Christianity. She also faces 100 lashes for “adultery” – the court does not recognise her marriage to a Christian man, Daniel Wani, who has American citizenship.
Flying pig alert.
This interview was given by the Greens Party paper, Viheralanka, with one of their party members, Fija Saarni, a Finn with Bosnian immigrant parents (Muslim) who is also an avowed atheist working as an assistant to former True Finns politician, James Hirvisaari.
You’ve said that “Halla-aho is in the eyes of many ‘das Fuhrer’. In my eyes he is just a Finnish man who appreciates Finnish culture.” How can an immigrant be a fan of Jussi Halla-aho?
Halla-aho is an extremely good writer, even though at times too analytical and hostile with people. It’s difficult to disagree with him. There is already enough immigrants. I love Finland, and I hope that there is a frank and comprehensive discussion of immigration here. I am originally from Bosnia, and raised by two Muslims. I feel, however, as an atheist. What would happen to human dignity, if the Muslim population would rise to disproportionate amounts? Among immigrants there is a high incidence of violence against women. Even in Finland there is serious talk of the introduction of Sharia law. This is not compatible with Western values of human rights.
Hirvisaari’s Green assistant: ” An ex-True Finn is also a human being “
Fija Saarni , you are a member of the Greens , but work for James Hirvisaari (Muutos2011 ) as a parliamentary assistant . Is there anything odd that a Greens leaves to be an ex -True Finns’ assistant ?
Ex-True Finns are human. It is difficult to break prejudice. At first, I thought that I couldn’t become an assistant to the “kingdom’s number on rasist”. Coincidentally, Hirvisaari’s former assistant Helena Eronen was a good friend of mine. It was also lucky that Hirvisaari had been reading my blogs and liked them. We can share our views on immigration, and as people can get along very well. I wouldn’t have applied for the post if Hirvisaari would still be in the True Finns.
Why have you not defected to Muutos 2011 , rather, you want to stay a member of the Greens ?
The green has three good reasons: Haavisto, Soini and Tynkkynen . I have been a member of the Greens since the age of 18 , and served in green organizations in Satakunta. I do not feel the need to change the party. I am working at the Parliament because such offers do not come along every day , but I do not feel particularly as a political person. I am interested mainly in migration issues, and I am grateful that I get to work with the Muutos2011 – Party.
What do you think about the fuss surrounding Hirvisaari?
The media has a distorted picture. Hirvisaari is extremely fair, honest and straightforward person. No, of course I don’t agree with him on everything. He likes to provoke. It is his way of contributing to the debate. For example, the equality of marriage, I disagree with my boss. However, I understand the idea of direct democracy. In Hirvisaari’s position, the situation is ok. if the majority of people are for it.
H/T: Kumitonttu who writes: ”Just mind-boggling. a representative of the Muutos (Change) 2011, group dares to call a spade a spade.
H/T: Vlad, who is getting the video translated.
Video: Artist running the Koran through shredder
In March, open a remarkable exhibition in Skanderborg. The Koran is run through a shredder and put on a prayer rug.
Gallery Draupner in Skanderborg is behind a remarkable exhibition called “Blasphemy”.
The work is created by the artist Firoozeh Bazrafkan. And the work, yes it is the Muslims’ holy book, the Koran, which is run through a shredder. The fragments of the Koran is set on a prayer rug, writes TV2 East Jutland .
– I want to continue to remind people that it’s okay to disagree. But it takes place under democratic rules, says Firoozeh Bazrafkan TV station.
The artist, who is from Aarhus, has previously attracted attention. She gave namely recently comedian Omar Marzouk finger in a debate that was broadcast live on television.
She has previously given the Koran hundred lashes and posted a video of it online.
“Blasphemy” can be seen at Gallery Draupner to March.
Watch the clip from TV2 East Jutland below …
I HATE ISLAM.
Presently, in this day and age, there is no more revolting ideology than the Mohammedan creed.
EXECUTION COULD COME THURSDAY FOR YOUNG PREGNANT MOTHER IN SUDAN UNLESS SHE ‘REVERTS’ TO ISLAM
For the past couple of weeks, the brutal abduction of some 300 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, in northern Nigeria, has sparked outrage against their abductors, Boko Haram. Some journalists have even been prompted to take such phrases as “Islamic extremists” and “Islamist terrorists” out of the mothballs where they have been for the past five or six years. There is no way to soft pedal the obscenity of selling young girls as slaves because they are “infidels.” But the war against women waged by Islam is not just raging in Nigeria.
The same ideology, the same way of looking at and controlling the world, is now threatening the life of a young mother in Sudan. Take all the misogyny, the rage against infidels, and the belief of the supremacism of strict adherence to the Koran that allows for no other way of life manifested in Boko Haram, telescope it, and you have the death sentence given to Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, 27, by the Islamist Government of Sudan.
Ibrahim, who is almost nine months pregnant, is married to South Sudanese Christian American citizen, Daniel Wani. She was arrested on Sunday, May 11, and incarcerated in Omdurman Prison in Khartoum, along with the couple’s two-year-old son, Martin. Wani, who lives in New Hampshire, had been in the process of applying for, but had not yet received, a spousal visa for his wife to come to the United States with him.
Although Ibrahim was raised as a Christian by her Ethiopian Orthodox mother, under Shariah she is considered a Muslim because her father was a Muslim. Therefore, her marriage to Wani was declared invalid and she was sentenced to be given 100 lashes for a
According to Sudanese human rights activist Safwan Abdalmoniem of the Hardwired organization, Judge Abbas Al Khalifa of the Criminal Court in al-Haj Yousif in Khartoum Bahri also sentenced Ibrahim to death for apostasy when she told the court that she was indeed a Christian and lawfully married to Wani.
And it’s the Left that is usually to blame.
The War on Former Muslim Women
It is a tragedy and a shame that it had to take the mass kidnapping and sexual enslavement of 300 Nigerian girls by Muslim jihadists for the world to finally express its outrage over Sharia’s evil deeds. Similar stories of Christian girls being kidnapped, forcibly married and converted to Islam by their Muslim captors, have been a reality for decades. But unfortunately, and tragically, they have been ignored by our mainstream media. Only a few “Islamophobic” journalists have cared enough to report on such atrocities in Egypt, Syria and elsewhere — until reality exploded to such a great magnitude that it awakened the world’s conscience.
Former Muslim women like Wafa Sultan, Ayan Hirsi Ali and myself have been writing and speaking about the oppression of women in Islamic society for a long time now. I have written a book dedicated to connecting the dots between Islamic law and such kidnappings, rapes and other forms of oppression of women. But instead of helping our voices be heard, the leftist media and academia have ignored us, called us names and done everything in their power to silence us. They have treated the American people like children who are told they should not be outraged about far away cultural practices — because all cultures are equal.
Advocates of cultural relativism who are brutal in judging conservative and Christian Americans, and call them slanderous names, have no problem in tolerating Islamic tyranny over women and other minorities.
‘I have to help the people of Bangladesh’
Asif Mohiuddin is one of Bangladesh’s most famous bloggers. As an open atheist in a mainly Islamic country, he has been attacked and thrown in jail for his beliefs. DW caught up with him after his recent move to Germany.
In addition to being an active blogger, Asif Mohiuddin co-founded the Shahbag movement in Bangladesh, which has been arguing for the strict division of state and religion in the country, as well as justice for victims of Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence.
Mohiuddin recently arrived in Germany on a one-year scholarship. He says that living in Germany now means he can walk the streets safely. But still, he says, he has to keep his location secret.
DW: What did you write on your blog that was so offensive? Can you give us examples of what it might be that Islamists found so blasphemous?
Asif Mohiuddin: I wrote a blog entry about women’s rights which caused problems. In the Koran, Chapter 4, Verse 34, it says that a man can beat his wife, if she doesn’t obey her husband. I criticized that because in modern civilization there is no place for hitting anybody. Also, according to Sharia law, if someone leaves Islam, then that person has to be killed. I don’t think that is a good thing, so I criticized that. And that is why people got angry.
I also criticized leaders of Islamic political parties, and one of them even asked that my name be put on a list. He mentioned my name a few times and said that I should be killed, because I criticized his ideology. I also criticized the Bible and Hindu religious books, the parts that were not compatible with modern society.
One by one, and then when they see more standing with them, then en masse.
It can be difficult to leave any religion, and those that do can face stigma and even threats of violence. But there is a growing movement, led by former Muslims, to recognise their existence. Last week, an Afghan man is believed to have become the first atheist to have received asylum in Britain on religious grounds. He was brought up as a Muslim but became an atheist, according to his lawyers, who said he would face persecution and possibly death if he returned to Afghanistan.
Allah vs atheism: ‘Leaving Islam was the hardest thing I’ve done’
A growing number of Muslims are speaking out about losing their faith, but it can mean being shunned by their families, or even threatened with death. Sarah Morrison meets the atheists
Amal Farah, a 32-year-old banking executive, is laughing about a contestant singing off-key in the last series of The X Factor. For a woman who was not allowed to listen to music when she was growing up, this is a delight. After years of turmoil, she is in control of her own life.
On the face of it, she is a product of modern Britain. Born in Somalia to Muslim parents, she grew up in Yemen and came to the UK in her late teens. After questioning her faith, she became an atheist and married a Jewish lawyer. But this has come at a cost. When she turned her back on her religion, she was disowned by her family and received death threats. She has not seen her mother or her siblings for eight years. None of them have met her husband or daughter.
This has to be highlighted everywhere, please spread on your social sites.
Imran Firasat interviewed by Ingrid Carlqvist, Dispatch International
In 2006 the Pakistani Imran Firasat got asylum in Spain – due to his criticism of Islam. Now Spain wants to throw him out – due to his criticism of Islam. He is accused of being a menace to the country’s security.
– They are sending me to my death, says Imran Firasat to 30 Minutes.