Posted: Wed, December 20, 2017 | By: Humanism
if you are considering leaving Islam, and want someone to talk to about it, Brighter Brains can put you in touch with the ex-Muslims below.
Mubarak Bala is a chemical engineer from Kanos, Nigeria - a Sharia State and hotbed of Muslim fundamentalism. He was raised in “Wahhabi Islamic thought, with a jihad ideology” but he was an atheist activist by 2009, receiving death threats for blaspheming Islam. In 2013 he was beaten up by three uncles and his father (an Islamic cleric), drugged by his older brother, and locked in a psychiatric hospital; his atheism was categorized by an Egyptian doctor as a “mental disease.” He tweeted his predicament from the hospital toilet via a smuggled cell phone, and help was mobilized by the “Godless Mom” of Canada and the London-based International Humanist Ethical Union (IHEU).
Yasmine Muhammed is an Arab-Canadian university educator, activist, and author who has a blog called Confessions of an Ex-Muslim. She recently completed a memoir entitled: From Al Qaeda to Atheism. In it she describes how, even though she was born and raised in North America, she endured the same traumas that are familiar to Muslims across the planet. As a child, she was beaten for not memorizing the Quran. As a teenager, she was forced into a marriage to a member of Al Qaeda (after he was bailed out of prison by Osama bin Laden). And as an adult, she wore a niqab, and lived in a home/prison with paper covering all the windows. Yet, somehow, with nothing but a high school diploma and a baby in tow, she got out. Yasmine’s message is one of hope to her fellow Ex-Muslims.
Abdulrahman Aliyu (Ex-Muslim) lives in a Sharia state of northern Nigeria. He was born in Borno state; the home of Boko Haram. He is an atheist, humanist and vegetarian. He attended university but he had to drop out because his father (a prominent Islamic cleric) cut off his tuition due to his atheism. Abdulrahman has read many books by Richard Dawkins, San Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. He speaks three language: Kanuri, Hausa, and English, and he understands a little Arabic.