Apostates From Islam



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.

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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.

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One Response

  1. Ex-Muslims just happen to be my favourite Muslims!

    This is a feel-good story, and I love the fact that the adjective used is “growing number”. I bet there’s thousands, if not millions, of truly ex-Muslims residing in fear in the Muslim world, knowing the truth about their religion, but cannot speak out for fear of death. The more visible they become, the more it will encourage closeted ex-Muslims to proudly denounce their vile, former religion. As well, ex-Muslims are some of our best allies, as they know better than anyone, what Islam is really like, both in theology and practice, and dhimmis have a hard time debating with someone who was raised a Muslim!

    Good to have you back, KGS. Keep up the noble fight!

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