• Articles in order of date – most recent at the top
  • Please email us with relevant news articles or petitions

Donations request from Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain:
Email from Maryam Namazie 1  May2015


ExMuslimsForum’s activity
05 Nov 2014 | The Guardian

ExMuslimsForum commented on Why I don’t believe people who say they loathe Islam but not Muslims.

The Guardian journalist Brian Whitaker, who has written a book ‘Arabs Without God’ about Exmuslims in the middle east, wrote on these issues in a blog post yesterday, about critique of Islam and guarding against anti-Muslim bigotry, which you can read here

Read more

Ex-Muslims call for Islamic education charity to be classified as a “hate group”
Posted: Fri, 23 May 2014 12:36

Ex-Muslims call for Islamic education charity to be classified as a “hate group”
A report published by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) has accused the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) of being a “soft Islamist” group, and has called for its charitable status to be withdrawn.

The iERA describes itself as an international organisation “committed to educating and informing humanity about, and inviting to, the truth and noble message of Islam.”

The report published by CEMB, entitled “Evangelising Hate”, accuses the group of using the rights language of diversity, tolerance and inter-faith dialogue to promote and normalise “Islamist values and norms”.

Read more

Young Pakistanis Are Asking: If There Can Be Secular Jews, Why Not Atheist Muslims?
By Mina Sohail | March 10, 2014

In Lahore a Facebook group dedicated to atheists and agnostics serves a silent minority in the world’s other religious nation-state.

The eight young people who gathered recently at a popular restaurant in central Lahore looked like any others, laughing over samosas with tangy chutney sauce as a table of older ladies in hijab looked on from a nearby table. But the jokes the boisterous twenty-somethings were sharing were about the absurdities of religion, and they weren’t social friends.

Read more

Testimonials from Ex-Muslims
(murtadd and irtidad) | posted 8 March 2014

Many Muslim countries enforce “Sharia laws” under which women deemed to be “immoral” are stoned to death, and widows guilty of being adulterous are buried alive.

Under Iran’s brutal Islamic Sharia Laws, women usually get stoned for crimes against chastity. While men who even murder someone in a fit of rage in these cases, usually get only a few years in jail.

Under Iran’s strict Sharia law, women sentenced to execution by stoning have their hands bound behind their back. They are wrapped from head to toe in sheets before being seated in a pit. The ditch is filled up to their breasts with dirt, and the soil is packed tightly before people assemble to execute the woman by pitching rocks at her head and upper body.

Read more

Apostates of Islam
We left Islam | Posted 8 March 2014

Who we are:

We are ex-Muslims. Some of us were born and raised in Islam and some of us had converted to Islam at some moment in our lives. We were taught never to question the truth of Islam and to believe in Allah and his messenger with blind faith. We were told that Allah would forgive all sins but the sin of disbelief (Quran 4:48 and 4:116). But we committed the ultimate sin of thinking and questioned the belief that was imposed on us and we came to realize that far from being a religion of truth, Islam is a hoax, it is hallucination of a sick mind and nothing but lies and deceits.

See Website

Islam Watch: Telling the truth about Islam
Posted 15th December 2013

Who are we?

We are a group of Muslim apostates, who have left Islam out of our own conviction when we discovered that Islam is not a religion at all. Most of us took a prolonged period of time to study, evaluate and contemplate on Islam, the religion of our birth. Having meticulously scrutinized Islam, we concluded that it is not a religion of peace at all, as touted by smooth-talking, self-serving Muslims and their apologists from non-Muslim backgrounds. The core of Islam—namely the Qur’an, Hadis and Sharia—is filled with unbounded hatred of the unbelievers, unbelievably intolerant toward them, and extremely cruel and merciless to those Muslims, who dare to deviate from its doctrines.

See website

Resources for Former Muslims
Posted 13th December 2013

From WikiIslam, the online resource on Islam

This page links to some websites and forums for interfaith discussions and exploration, networking and support. Views expressed on these websites are not necessarily endorsed by WikiIslam.

1 Ex-Muslim
1.1 Networking
1.2 Social Networking/Support
1.3 Forums
1.4 Organizations
2 Other Forums
2.1 Buddhism
2.2 Christianity
2.3 Ethics and Morality
2.4 Humanism
2.5 Philosophy, Skepticism and Science
3 Human Rights
3.1 Ex-Muslims
3.2 Women and Children
4 Safe Browsing
5 See Also

Read more

Posted 13th December 2013

Islam is the only religion that has to retain its membership by threatening to kill anyone who leaves the cult.

Apostasy in Islam is a political crime Punishable by Death.

Quran 4:90 “If they turn back from Islam, becoming renegades, seize them and kill them wherever you find them.”

Narrated Ikrima: Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.” (Bukhari 9:45; 84.2.57.)

Facebook Group

HCMA (Humanist & Cultural Muslim Assoc) Debating Forum
Posted 13th December 2013

If you are an Ex-Muslim you may be interested in joining this Facebook group for debate … from Islamist to Cultural Muslim Humanist

HCMA Facebook Group

Pakistani ex-muslims
Posted 13th December 2013

“https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pakistani-ex-muslims/272993756078434” – Facebook Page no longer available

Muslim & Exmuslim Women for Secularism
Posted 13th December 2013

Facebook Page

Ex-Muslim’s Facebook group comes under attack
Sarah AB, June 8th 2013

Saif Rahman was raised a Muslim, but gradually began to question his faith, He found it difficult to believe in a God whose existence couldn’t be proved, and was particularly troubled by reactions to Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses. He describes here how a conversation with his cousin helped make him realize that he could no longer consider himself a Muslim, and how the questions his cousin couldn’t answer formed the basis for his book The Islamist Delusion. And here’s an interesting shorter piece he wrote for The Commentator, ‘Islamism as a memeplex’.

Read more

Why I Call Myself an ‘Atheist Muslim’
13 May 2013 | Ali A. Rizvi | Pakistani-Canadian writer, physician and musician

Last week, I had an essay up on HuffPost entitled “An Atheist Muslim’s Perspective on the ‘Root Causes’ of Islamist Jihadism and the Politics of Islamophobia.”

One of the goals of the piece was to emphasize the difference between the criticism of Islam and anti-Muslim bigotry: the first targets an ideology, and the second targets human beings. This is obviously a very significant difference, yet both are frequently lumped under the unfortunate umbrella term, “Islamophobia.”

I highlighted this distinction by describing myself as an “atheist Muslim,” which drew the single most commonly asked question about the piece by both atheist and Muslim readers: “How can you be an atheist and a Muslim at the same time? Isn’t that contradictory?”

Let me explain.

Read more

Apostasy Project: What’s a ‘Cultural Muslim’?
– by Saif Rahman – FRIDAY, 3RD MAY 2013

For years Saif Rahman has been an agnostic and an ex-Muslim activist. So why is he thinking of calling himself a cultural Muslim?

For years I’ve been an ex-Muslim activist.

My transition from being a Muslim to ex-Muslim was sudden. After spending years frustratedly attempting to reconcile my personal and religious beliefs, I realised I was being intellectually dishonest and often bending Islam to fit with my personal ideals. My religious cousin from Pakistan crystallized this perfectly when he came to stay with us.

We would often get into long debates about Islam, lasting long into the night. They would often end on a heated note, where he would say something like “You are either Muslim or you are not” or “Either accept everything in Islam is right because it’s been produced by an infallible God, or don’t call yourself a Muslim.”

Read more

We can’t leave Islam? Watch us!
by Maryam Namazie | 27 February 2013

I was at Birmingham University yesterday speaking on apostasy and freedom of conscience for the Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society’s Reason Week. We had an excellent discussion. Of course, there had been complaints about my speaking there (yes it is very controversial to defend the rights of apostates not to die!). The Society was even asked to record my speech in case of further complaints. Here’s my speech, just in case they need it in writing too:

Punishing apostates is a long-standing and fundamental feature of all major religions. Repudiating religion is deemed to be the worst of crimes.

Read more

The Islamist Delusion: From Islamist to Cultural Muslim Humanist
Publication Date: 18 Dec 2012

Saif Rahman is a Strategic consultant & Founder of HMCA (Humanist & Cultural Muslim Assoc). All funds donated to support related humanitarian causes.  An insider’s look at behind-the-scenes Islam. Written by a prominent anti-Islamist activist over the course of 8 years detailing his reasons for leaving Islam & becoming an agnostic humanist. A comprehensive and objective study for Muslims seeking a fair & balanced analysis of traditionalist Islam ; and for non-Muslims interested in gaining rarely found insight.  A single question kickstarts the journey for this book. My Muslim cousin came to stay with us in the UK when he was over on holiday from Pakistan. I knew his stay would prove contentious as previously he had told me that as a Muslim I had to believe in all of it as it stood, or I had to admit I was no longer a Muslim.

See Book Review

Islamism as a memeplex
Saif Rahman, 13th December 2012

Until the Islamic memeplex is subject to the same fundamental degradation as its Christian equivalent, Islam will continue to hold whole societies hostage

Sharia-law-islamic Is the Islamic memeplex suppressing thought-competition?

We live in a world in which an increasing number of people are becoming atheist, agnostic, and sceptical of the claims of religion in general. Even before the advent of the so-called ‘new atheism’, led by the likes of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens, religion had lost its power in most developed countries.

Therefore, it is relatively easy for us to now look back at the Abrahamic faiths, which dominated Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, and point to the flaws that characterised them. But how can we explain their phenomenal growth and proliferation over the last 3000 years?

Dawkins coined the term ‘meme’ from the Greek word mimema meaning ‘something imitated’. This term can be used to describe the way in which cultural traits and patterns evolve, spread, and become normalised. In the animal kingdom, only the traits most suited to flourish survive.

Read more

Disclaimer: we have links on our website that we think will be of interest to our members but we do not necessarily endorse the views and opinions expressed on those linked web-pages.