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The Islamist Delusion : From Islamist to Cultural Muslim Humanist

The Islamist Delusion : From Islamist to Cultural Muslim Humanist

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Published by Saif Rahman

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Saif Rahman is a Strategic consultant & Founder of HMCA (Humanist & Cultural Muslim & Assoc).

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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.

All funds donated to support related humanitarian causes.

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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. This time I was prepared for the inevitable question of “Why?” I had subsequently left Islam. Sure enough it soon came and started the ball-rolling till 4 a.m. as he attempted to refute each one of my contentions, but this time to no avail.

The following day, prior to boarding his flight back to Pakistan, he made me promise one thing. As he was well connected, he asked me to put all my arguments together so he could take them in writing to a learned scholar of Islam. I did so, and looking forward to his response I also copied in all my siblings. After waiting 3 months my brother received a phone call from my cousin saying that he hadn’t forgotten and was still working on the reply. It’s been 8 years, and I never did hear back from him.

Nonetheless it was an invigorating exercise. Over the course of these subsequent years I became an exmuslim activist and the original letter (contained in next chapter) was used as a skeletal working document which I regularly updated with new findings. A comprehensive Scribd online blog was borne. It was heartening to see it climb to 49,000 views and being powerful enough to influence many of its Muslim readers to leave Islam.

To connect with a wider audience, I developed the blog for use in visual media and from it spawned my ‘ExMuslim Confession’ YouTube series. It flourished as it climbed to half-a-million hits along with my group grew to 7,500 members, but along with its success so did the harassment. My more vocal presence was paralleled with increasing resistance, reaching up to 139 death threats to date.

Undeterred this spurred me on to make the blog ever more mainstream, and the original Letter-Blog-YouTube Series finally matured into the Book you see before you today..

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(You can read more about this author online by seeing his RaheelQ interview)

**Now available in Amazon Bookstore**
see http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Allah-Delusion-Humanism-ebook/dp/B009VJVT4M

Saif Rahman is a Strategic consultant & Founder of HMCA (Humanist & Cultural Muslim & Assoc).

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


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.

All funds donated to support related humanitarian causes.

******************************

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. This time I was prepared for the inevitable question of “Why?” I had subsequently left Islam. Sure enough it soon came and started the ball-rolling till 4 a.m. as he attempted to refute each one of my contentions, but this time to no avail.

The following day, prior to boarding his flight back to Pakistan, he made me promise one thing. As he was well connected, he asked me to put all my arguments together so he could take them in writing to a learned scholar of Islam. I did so, and looking forward to his response I also copied in all my siblings. After waiting 3 months my brother received a phone call from my cousin saying that he hadn’t forgotten and was still working on the reply. It’s been 8 years, and I never did hear back from him.

Nonetheless it was an invigorating exercise. Over the course of these subsequent years I became an exmuslim activist and the original letter (contained in next chapter) was used as a skeletal working document which I regularly updated with new findings. A comprehensive Scribd online blog was borne. It was heartening to see it climb to 49,000 views and being powerful enough to influence many of its Muslim readers to leave Islam.

To connect with a wider audience, I developed the blog for use in visual media and from it spawned my ‘ExMuslim Confession’ YouTube series. It flourished as it climbed to half-a-million hits along with my group grew to 7,500 members, but along with its success so did the harassment. My more vocal presence was paralleled with increasing resistance, reaching up to 139 death threats to date.

Undeterred this spurred me on to make the blog ever more mainstream, and the original Letter-Blog-YouTube Series finally matured into the Book you see before you today..

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(You can read more about this author online by seeing his RaheelQ interview)

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(no% harassment) My more .h( Islamist M(m(*l(3 +1 .idence+ and only those %ith true kno%led&e and faith %ill pass it )*) Allah has in(nitely more kno%led&e than us+ so %ho are you to -uestion his %isdom7 *) And if you disa&ree %ith any of the abo.er read on 'slam) 1eep up the &ood %ork)” -.its a &reat resource that ' ha.ersifyin& B9S sects of 'slam+ there are so many interpretations of 'slam that Muslim scholars fail to arri.er come across a Muslim apostate beforeK there had to be somethin& e.Nabeela Ahmad The Islamist Delusion from Islamist to Cultural Muslim Humanist by Saif Rahman ©2004-2015 ISBN-10: 14 12!4"#! ISBN-1": !$ -14 12!4"#2 %&%&%&% 'ublish() by Cr(at(S*a+( .en kept a tally on the %all for the kaJa prayers ' had missed in case ' for&ot to do them later) All in all ' tried my best to remain a &ood Muslim) Ho%e.er did hear back from him) Nonetheless it %as an in.s an accurate translation7 ))) 't.t come back to me+ read the Tafsir or &o and (nd somebody more kno%led&eable like a scholar %ho can pro.h( 'o6(r of a R(li4ious Cult 5) THE HOLY QURAN a1 'rin+i*l( of .ersity+ %ho after many years of doubt and currently at :? years of a&e recently came to the same conclusion) 2ou see it does not necessarily follo% that the more you read about 'slam then the more you %ill be con. Muslims interested in gaining uni-ue insight$ 1( PREFACE .itable -uestion of #*hy7” ' had subse-uently left 'slam) $ure enou&h it soon came and started the ball-rollin& for a lon& ni&ht as he attempted to refute each one of my contentions+ but this time to no a.e &one full circle and ha. and Tafsir of 'bn 1athirK Al-QalalaynK MaududiK $heikh Muhammad ibn 6thaymeenK Al-TabariK 'bn Abbas and Al-*ahidi) 0r should %e read the Tafsir of $urah Malam by 'bn 1athir+ %hich states the Aarth is on top of a %hale) This is the same %hale %hose li.ltruism b) Morality i) .ersal and pro&ressi.e not menstruated yet.en just re&ularly update the book himself+ in all the %orld.rammati+al Mista/(s (1 :urani+ Contra)i+tions f1 8iff(r(nt 41 .in& four %i. TESTIMONIALS "An important book .ery human refused to -uestion their Oods and their inherited beliefs+ then %e %ould all be %orshippin& clay idols (and still be none the %iser)) *) *hose Tafsirs should %e read7 *hen it comes to 'dda all the re&ular trusted Tafsirs unanimously a&ree it allo%s Muslim men to marry and di.s inheritanceK its acceptance of men ha.bro4ation b1 :urani+ 'la4iary +1 .plain parts that %ere diNcult to understand) 't %as then that the penny dropped) ' (nally decided ' could no lon&er continue this charade+ so ' accepted it not only to you+ but more reluctantly to myself that ' %as no lon&er a Muslim) ' thank you as from that day my mind %as (nally set free from my self-imposed e.ail) The follo%in& day+ prior to boardin& his 8i&ht back to "akistan+ he made me promise one thin&) As he %as %ell connected+ he asked me to put all my ar&uments toðer in %ritin& so he could take them to a learned scholar of 'slam) ' did so+ and lookin& for%ard to his response ' also copied in all my siblin&s) After %aitin& 9 months my brother recei.e subse-uently left 'slam7 "erhaps %e should talk to Hassan %ho tau&ht at at $te.s been : years+ and ' ne.m &lad you took the time to %rite all of that) ' %ill use some of the -uestions you ha.-muslim acti.ile) ' %ill not spend much time discussin& the more commonly cited ar&uments used on 'slam+ as you %ill ha.e it %ould be all too easy to (nd some ar&ument that %ould attempt to in.Katy Metcalfe #Thank you for bein& one of the fe% special people %ho helped me determine that reli&ion is not for me+ and %ritin& such a po%erful and insi&htful story) 2ou inspired me to %rite my o%n)” -.s the oppositeT 0the remainder of this letter has been e1&anded into later cha&ters in this criti-ue2 2ours Respectfully $aif IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII And that in a nutshell %as my merry-&o-round) ' could not (nd acceptable e.e hoped as it turned into -uite a cathartic e.ersa) yet the "rophet ha.ercise in the end) ' don.ist %ho reads a lot about 'slam) 'n fact+ ' read your book and lo.ie% more in keepin& %ith the time in %hich its messa&e %as deli.Tribute to Carl Sa an Appendix D .erythin& in the Muran is perfect+ and simply our understandin& that %as limited) ' could not keep reinterpretin& the scriptures to taste other%ise+ as you correctly claimed+ ' had to face the fact that ' %as not a Muslim) Thus be&an my journey into objecti.irtues+ nor its di.eloped the blo& for use in .il and %ron& %ith me) ' kept -uiet and became insular and %ith &reat sadness+ the more ' looked into 'slam+ the &reater my doubts &re%) ' thou&ht about this for a lon& period+ as ' did not %ant to disappoint my parents+ and more to the point+ Allah+ by acceptin& such a reality) 3ut ' also felt that just because my parents and pre.sK its attitude to%ards &ay peopleK hijab co.!ods" !ra#eyard About the Author 5555555555555555555555555555555555555555 Saif Rahman is a Strategic consultant & Founder of M!A " umanist & !ultural Muslim & Association#$ A behind-the-scenes loo% from an insider and &rominent anti.ie%s and bein& po%erful enou&h to in8uence many of its Muslim readers to lea.Nicky ampbell (T! "resenter) #Nice one $aif.s lan&ua&es+ %ithout fallible humans ha. ears and your book is (lled %ith kno%led&able a%esomeness)” -.h( :urani+ Chall(n4( 6) SAHIH HADITH a1 Im*ortan+( of Ha)ith b1 =nr(liability of Islami+ >no6l()4( +1 =nusual Ha)ith d) Ha)ith on 7om(n e) Ha)ith on .t %ork+ you ha.er on holiday from "akistan) ' kne% his stay %ould pro.My Notes When I Re-read the Quran Appendix B .en its contentious nature+ should you %ish to reply ' promise to read it) ' don.e $cribd online blo& %as born) 't %as heartenin& to see it climb to =>+??? .s to realise all these reli&ions represent false man-made Oods7 )*) 'f e.ercise) 0.e allo%ed His book to be mis-uoted+ or e.en+ after %hich the earth itself %ill become their /bread/) The oNcial An&lish translation has con.h( Story of =mm :irfa e) Ciha) f) Banu :urayDa Massa+r( &) Cali*hat( 12) SLAVES AND CONCU!INES 13) WOMEN 14) PROPHET%S MARRIAGES a1 >ha)i0a b) .e moreK di.WHY I LEFT ISLAM A sin&le -uestion kick-starts the journey for this book) My Muslim cousin came to stay %ith us in the 61 %hen he %as o.elopment o.s a mis-uoteK Any%ay until you learn to speak Arabic+ then ho% do you kno% it.in& to do it for him7 ))) 'slam and the prophet set a code of life purportin& to apply to all a&es+ not just one &eneration) Oi.ice .erin& of a %omen.en forcin& myself to belie.his boo/ is li+(ns() for your *(rsonal (n0oym(nt only1 23+(*t as *ro-i)() by th( Co*yri4ht .ely in.ide you %ith an ans%er that satis(es you *)) And if (.t really %ant to &et in.ol.ersion) $o %hich of the C?+??? scholars since the birth of 'slam should %e turn to7 *ith an e.WHY I LEFT ISLAM 2) FROM A LETTER TO MY RELIGIOUS COUSIN 3) ORIGINS OF ISLAM 4) GROWTH OF ISLAM a) 7hy ar( th(r( 115bn Muslims if Islam is not 8i-in(9 b) .s face (althou&h clearly the issue lies here %ith man) or the "rophet marryin& a si.e messa&e+ and re8ect a %orld.e innocent people to un%ittin&ly do the %ron& thin&) *hy did he allo% errors to occur or not correct them %hen they %ere made+ or e.er ' could ne.er to co.er hope to+ and ha.s out of conte.e already hi&li&hted the parts for for this purpose)” -.ed a &reat deal of carefully considered thou&ht and %as more of a &radual de.esti&atin& 'slam+ and readin& the translation of the Muran co.e despite the contradictin& e.ious .ed in a debate re&ardin& the merits of 'slam+ as ' personally feel ' ha.isitin& his blo& httpGHHmy)tele&raph)co)ukHsaifrahmanH) 5555555555555555555555555555555555555555 2( FROM A LETTER TO MY RELIGIOUS COUSIN As mentioned+ here is a copy of part of the ori&inal letter ' sent to himG IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII Hi .MFP #'/m an 0bjecti.er+ alon& %ith the history and Hadith of 'slam to e.s 'slamia $chool for many years and > years a&o closed the door on 'slam as a %ork of (ction) 0r the 'slamic A&yptian $cholar and 'mam Abbas Abdul Noor %ho also studied 'slam at the presti&ious Al-AJhar 6ni.er+ &i.-Muslim onfession.s ri&ht to t%ice a dau&hter.e reached a comfortable and robust conclusion %ith my thou&hts) Ho%e.e+ then don.er time) ' ha.es (but not .your humourous hadith stories %ere one of the thin&s that helped me most %hen ' %as a %et-behind-the.e to be the same %ay %ith me) After all+ they %ere brou&ht up in a diLerent time+ place and situation) ' remember on your pre.e on a consensus on e. year old and bein& intimate %ith her %hen she %as nine years of a&e) ' belie.e used as a source of reference+ or if ' %ant the lo% do%n on certain practices %ithout the usual apolo&etics t%ist on the %eb+ or anti-'slamic rhetoric %ithout any sources)” -.ed the %hale story but it can still be found in the Arabic .e e.e led me to my present conclusions) As you are a%are+ lea.inced by 'slam on its o%n . and for non. )) An omniscient Ood %ould not ha.ision+ but this time %ithout %ishin&+ tryin&+ or e. 2ouTube series) 't 8ourished as it climbed to half.e 'slam) To connect %ith a %ider audience+ ' de.e in all of it as it stood+ other%ise simply had to admit ' %as no lon&er a Muslim) This time ' %as prepared for the ine.en some of the most basic tenets of 'slam) Ne.)am an) 2-(I b) Int(lli4(nt 8(si4n9 c) 11Jr 2-olution9 d 4ine-Tunin& Ar&ument e) 0ur Ancestral Herita&e 1 ) PROHI!ITED FOODS' ALCOHOL AND MEDICINE 1") PRAYERS 2#) PARADO$ICAL QUESTIONS 21) MORALITY AND ETHICS a)

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