I have been a fanatic believer for most of my life. A couple of years ago took a risk - to do a critical study of Islam, including an in-depth study of the history of the emergence of Islam. I found that the very values Muslims claim to be representative of Islam were violated by Muhammed himself. He turns out to be a scam artist who got away with a hoax.
Raja Wahid, Pakistan
I could not bear the stupidity of Islam anymore, after reading Qur'an and hadith and biography of Mohammad with meaning.
Forhad, 54, Bangladesh
Because Islam is false doctrine of hate and terror ! for me Islam is a disease and must be recognize as a disease !!
Mazdak Sasani, 28, Pakistan, now in Afghanistan
What is there to say, just read the quran and you'll find out.
Ray, Australia, now an Agnostic
Why I left Islam: Intolerance of its teachings and its followers self-righteous claims that it is THE TRUE religion.
Jay, Pakistan, now an Atheist
My father was and still is imam in a mosque. I had many questions but there was no answer.
I think its too rigid and just dont make sense. Islam has become an Arab paganic religion.
Amr, Palestine, now a Christian
Simply because I could not delude my mind. I am an analytical mind.
Salim, Saudi Arabia, now a Rationalist
A lot of reasons. This religion stole my infancy and youth. I denounce this irrational, anti-scientific, barbaric, insane, dangerous, harmful, stupid, corrupted, superstitious, filthy religion, Islam, and its Shariat laws. I am a peaceful person and I love humanity. People must be aware of the truth of Islam, Mohammad, Quran and the history of Islam. BAR ISLAM-SHARIAT LANAT
Cafer, Azerbaijan, now an Agnostic
I left islam when I became old enough to think rationally and reason. But especially when I had enough courage to do so, its about courage and defiance more than it is about anything else. Don't be afraid to think !!!
Aba Lahb, Kuwait, now an Atheist
Because Im Arab and we are at the lowest level of civilization, I wondered why we are like this. The culture is the main reason which is 1400 years old and the results have shown nothing at all.
Awwa7, the Gulf region, now an Atheist
The Quran is written by people who did not know what they were talking about. WE HAVE NEVER BEEN CONTACTED. NO ONE KNOWS THE TRUTH. That is what I realized after years of studies.
Badwi, Egypt, now a Theist
I cannot agree with a violent religion that claims to have a 'most merciful' god. I am now personally an Atheist and I now see the world in a whole new different better way. I invite you to join ไม่อนุญาตให้โฆษณา and join a group where theists and atheists debate beliefs and science. It seems that I'm the only Muslim apostate there.
Fadhail, Singapore, now an Atheist
I am 39-year old ,from south Sudan. Now every time I look back to years I spent in this life I regret because of my connection to this religion they call Islam. It brought hell to my home land that I do not believe in hell any longer. One needs books to tell how this creed did to me personally and my generation!!!!
Muzamil , 39, Sudan, now a Humanist
I have left Islam because Muslim can't make a pencil of their own.
Ehsan, 28, Iran, left Islam aged 20
I was born Muslim but I left Islam after 4 years of thought and reading many Islamic books. I finally found that Islam was not a religion from any God and that Muhammad was an impostor. Now I'm 23 and I'm living a great life and every time I look back I laugh at myself and feel very stupid for accepting Islam as a religion. I want to say to all the people that are still afraid of coming out: Do it, you're not alone!
"There are too many reasons. I'll just sum it all up, Islam is the worst thing ever happened to mankind."
Surfer1, Egypt, now an Agnostic
Prophet's Pedophilia, Scientific evidence against the Quran's miracles, and the general attitude of muslims around me including parents
DJ MSI, Egypt, now an Atheist
I can not compact all the things into texts, but it was like that: after growing up I saw that I became more intelligent than the others.. then I woke up and was grown.
Azgyl, 28, Austria
Understanding what the Qur'an is trying to convey and what the political Islam is doing, the inconsistencies, the hatred, the self pity, the blaming tactics, the refusal to look internally to see the rotten interior of the whole religious establishment, the constant persecution of the conscientious and the intellectuals within and the suppression of the common folks by the religious establishment.
It deprived me of the things that made life worth living: hanging with friends, going to parties, girls during the teenage years. This misery caused me to examine Islam and I found that Islam was violent, intolerant and a plague on mankind.
Religions were created by humans for positive and negative purposes, Islam has very few of those positive so I don't need it.
love and peace for everything, Algeria
Because of what it preaches - violence, concept of Hell, Punishment, fear- overrides any other human needs like Love and caring for others. it's always about doing This or that or else... Rituals even in the prayers And fasting, korban etc. And the treatment of Women.... It's a cult alright.
I left Islam because I found that Islam is the motto of terrorism. It spread terrorism in the world. Mohammed was a hypocrite, womanizer, rapist and a murderer.
Imran, Bangladesh, now a Buddhist
Because I am no longer comfortable in it, and I discovered that I am more comfortable as a Christian, as Christian teachings made more sense to me than Islamic teachings.
The main reasons I left Islam are because I found out that it allows wife beating, sex with prisoners of war and sex with children and I cannot accept a prophet who allows this. Other reasons include the intolerance of other religions, an imperialistic foreign policy and the belief that all non-Muslims are going to hell.
Ben Rukhsana, Britain
Islam didnt make sense in many ways, and then I saw the so-called "miracles" of Qur'an are exaggerated stories. By knowing these 2 facts, I knew Islam was not a religion from God, but a creation of mankind. I believe Islam is not right for me, because I believe humans are born free, and for Allah to impose laws on us is unfair. Sure, breaking the speed limit is also a law but it helps protect other innocent civilians. Following Islamic rules like eating Halal food, Prayer and Hajj doesnt protect or benefit people in any significant way.
Sheraz Malik, United States
Islam is suffocating. Everyone, up to and including god is watching your every move. Did you pray five times today? Did you fast today? Been a good slave to Allah lately? To be fair, a lot of other religions are somewhat like that, because religion, when used as a method of crowd control, requires oversight.
I left Islam because it did not fulfill, or go along with my desire for love of the world. Ethically the concept of hell started my kufr.
Abu Lahab, United States
It's oppressive, restrictive, anti-humanism, stagnant, anti-progress, anti-joy, anti-women, and very violent and discriminatory in practice.
Ampbreia, United States
I left Islam because of glaring intellectual inconsistencies within the Quran and the Hadiths; because of the judgmental and angry way Islam deals with problems both internal and external.
Bean, United States
Because I became convinced that what Isa said in the Bible was true.
I started to realize how much hate there was in Islam. Especially after September 11th. I couldn't believe the support from a large number of Muslims for Osama bin Laden had for his crimes. Overtime, I started to have doubts about certain hadiths and ayats - later I found a website of other stories of people who left Islam. I looked closer at the ayats of scientific proof, I researched the "Satanic versed"... Everything just piled up against Islam... I just woke up...
Hello. I am a Muslim born with no choice. I am 14 now and am starting to realize the truth about Islam thanks to your website. But, as my mother allows me no free will to leave Islam, I need your help. I need you to tell me how to confront my mother about Islam and explain that I no longer want anything to do with this way of life. I tried telling her about some of the stuff on your site and she just kept on telling me that I can't trust sources on the Internet. Also, she says if I go on your website again, she'll remove some off my belongings (including the Internet). However, I do know how to clear my history and she doesn't know that much about computers so I know I'm fine. My mother is also a Muslim born without choice, but she is a devout! She sings songs about Islam everyday and it drives me insane. She also won't shut up about Islam and Allah. It drives me insane! She must be stopped! I have to tell her that I need to leave Islam because I won't become a mindless drone of Allah. I want to be free. I want to feel liberated.
i simply educate myself and notice the non-existence of a god including allah...
Uyar, 39, Turkey, now an Atheist
It defies logic.
Edo, 23, Bosnia & Herzagovnia, now an atheist
I've looked at Islam with an objective viewpoint and found no proofs. In the only thing that pretends to be proof - Qur'an, I found many elementary mistakes. For example: (86,5-7). But I am disturbed by that so many young people become fanatics and fundamentals. They forget about real life and live for praying. They are simply brainwashed.
Juancarlos, 19, Kazakhstan, now an atheist
I am Shahidul Islam, born in Bangladesh. I am a studying in Journalism & Mass Communication in Daffodil International University, Dhaka. I am converted to Atheist at the age of 25. I hate all kind of extremism & religion.
Shahidul Islam, 25, Bangladesh, now an atheist
Islam is based on barbarism, male chauvinism, racism [in favor of Arabs], censorship, lack of freedom of thought and terrorism.
Hale, United States
Leaving Islam was an outcome of a long process of thinking and analysis, a process that took many years. For me Islam is a religion based on hate, it does not believe and respect human rights based on humanism, and women`s rights. In Islam there is no space for democracy. It tries to survive through creating constant fear and providing dreams based on a fantasy world called heaven.
Shabir, 47, Pakistan, now a Humanist
I left Islam after realizing that it is false in everything, it doesn't create civilized societies, it makes Muslims live centuries behind others in everything, it contradicts science and common sense. I live my life now in peace with myself and with others, I feel so happy for that.
HMS, 43, Jordan, now non-religious
I hail from a long line of non-believers. My great great grandfather was a chinese born atheist living in India. The story goes that he had run away from China and into India at a very early age. We have no record of our ancestors since before him. Not even his real name. He fell in love with a Muslim Indian girl and that's how it all began. My grandmother says that Atheism is in our blood, there's no getting away from it.
I was never forced to pray or into any other religious stuff by my father. But I was always under pressure or at war would describe it better, from my mother's side. That didn't work either. I guess I knew what was right for me all along.
I believe that every child is born free from religion. Hence it should be the right of the child to chose. I was told that at a very early age. Tried to find the right religion for myself, couldn't. I didn't agree with the whole Holy book theory. Why would a god.i.e. if there really is one, need the help of a man to spread his word? Why can't he do it himself? If there is a god, why doesn't he make an appearance? Why the mystery?
Aiax Muir, 35, Pakistan, now without faith
I was born in an Islamic country but I didn't have any knowledge of Islam. After I read the Qur'an I found this book to be absolutely rubbish, and in context it encourages its followers to kill and terrorize, thats all.
Shahin, 40, Iran, now an atheist
I was in turmoil with question, swinging toward modest and Sufism, until one day I met a friend my age. He gave me a French book about the origin of religions, then I started to go further and further in reading. I found out that I spent too much time defending religion without trying to find out about it. Many times I argued with atheists without asking myself about the reason for their atheism. Sometimes this arrogance in my belief made me unable to imagine a world without religion. And so it was, I spent year after year digging, until I found myself in peace. I am out of the gate of the so called heaven of believers. I matured, I am free, I have my conscience and my ethics.
Now, I don't ask about if the religion is true or not. I am trying to find out how people can live there life and find meaning without connected all the time to a religion, that determine there life, drag them out of it in the most cruel way; life is about living, not denying the living and wishing for another life after death.
Voltaire, 42, Egypt, now an agnostic
Former Muslims Who Are Women
After 9-11, I became fascinated with the destructive force of the belief system those religious fanatics wielded. At first when I began to learn about Islam and decided to convert, my views became very anti-American. This was due to ignorance and naivety on my part. Eventually, I moderated my beliefs and that was when I began wearing the hijab; getting involved at the mosque, and praying/fasting - although I only fasted one time, as I was only Muslim for about a year. The more I learned, the more brainwashed I became. However, I soon began to realize that there were indeed inequalities in this religion, as well as contradictions. As painful as it was, I renounced my faith after a lot of thinking and soul searching. It was hard letting go, but I have stopped mourning and I have never felt as liberated as I do now.
Crow, United States, now agnostic
I was born in Pakistan, my mother's family were Catholic, and My father is Jewish. He converted to Islam and, at my birth, I was converted to Islam, I did get Quran lessons as a child but I was more in tune with the teachings of the Catholic Church. At this point I have come to realize that spirituality and religion are two different schools of thought and one does not have to involve the other. I started studying paganism, and found it far more empowering to women then any other major religion I have encountered. I would like to express my happiness at finding more like minded people who think with their hearts and minds, instead of being fed religious garbage by the clerics. Women have suffered all over the world in the name of God and culture, it's about time we put an end to this and elevate the Goddess Within each and every women. Blessed Be!! Taslima Nasrin, you are truly an inspiration to women all over the world. Blessings upon your brave and courageous soul.
Saira, Pakistan, now a Universal Spiritualist
Although I had had doubts since I was in my teens about the divinity of Islamic teachings, the straw that broke camel's back was reading about what is really in Quran and what Muhammad did in his Medina stay through websites like FaithFreedom.org and books by Ibn Warraq and Anwar Shaikh. Particularly disgusting was his massacre of all Quraiza tribesmen and taking beautiful Rehana - the wife of the tribe leader - to bed the same night; and sex with 17 year old Safia after killing her husband Kinana and his people in Khyber. Other disturbing revelations were Muhammad's marriage to 6 year old Ayesha, his sleeping with slave girls and concubines,his assassinations of his critics, the Quran's declaration of violence against non-Muslims, raping of captive women and slaves & looting of non Muslims as pious act worthy of paradise. That left no doubt in my mind that Islam is not divine, it is a dangerous cult.
Ayesha Ahmed, India, now an atheist
I was a Saudi muslim. I have read and understood the teaching of Islam since elementry school and I have been given high doses of the Quran and ahadith, but I could not be convinced to believe in everything. It is simply because it is against logic and science. Thanks.
Shitan, Saudi Arabia
I was forced into Islam because I was underage and because of my father who thought it can help him in his work. I have longed and wished to be a Christian since I was in Primary school, but I had to wait until I was old enough to decide for myself. My dad never forced me or helped me to learn about the Islamic religion. We never even talked about it. I am disappointed there is still a religion like this forcing apostate to remain as a Muslim. Only God can decide one's life and only he can decide we live or die. The law is written by people. Shouldn't we discard what is not applicable to this century instead of killing or forcing people just because of something that is written a long time ago. Cruelty should not be a religion. The world will have no peace if we fight just because of some holy scripts written by our forefathers. Where do we seek help to be a free citizen in Malaysia disregard of what religion and race?
Marianne, Malaysia, now a Christian
There are many reasons why I left Islam, but the biggest was the violence and hate! I didn't realise how much hate was in the Quran until I actually read it page by page! Also I didn't get any respect, even though I tried my best to be a good Muslim. I lived in Egypt and I saw first hand how the Mullahs in the village mosques were spreading hate! I also couldn't be proud to call myself a Muslim especially when a lot of child abuse goes on in Islamic countries and hypocrisy!
Amanda Ueta, United Kingdom, now a Jew
If I believed in God and Satan, I would be sure that Islam is the religion of Satan, and Muslims are devil-worshipers. Of course, most Muslims are not evil by nature. Most of my friends still call themselves Muslims because they identify the religion with their cultural roots. However, they have no clue what the religion is truly about, and will probably never find out as they don't bother to attend mosque or read the Quran. In the end, these friends are actually apostates like me. They just have never bothered to label themselves as such due to complacency or disinterest. What scares me is not this multitude of quasi-Muslims, but the multitude of real Muslims. They are the one's that can do the damage. I left Islam after listening to a few of them speak at a CAIR convention. They horrified me with their hatred and bigotry. I went straight home and researched the religious reasoning behind their words. I was shocked to find out that it was these hate-filled monger's who were following Islam, and not I. So now I am an apostate.
Fatima, Morocco, now an atheist
I've always felt restricted among the Muslim society and my family. I stopped praying years ago. I began to realize my lack of religious belief, because I didn't feel any remorse or fear of "Allah" for not being a good Muslim. And when my parents or Sunday school teachers would tell me of stories and miracles of the Quran or Muhammad's life, I saw them only as childish exaggerations that didn't make sense or align with human nature. Even passages from the Quran sounded like something out of a child's book. I felt handcuffed and gagged. The times I did speak up and express my opinions to my parents, they completely freaked and then dismissed my curiosity as being of a "foolish uneducated child," I was not born to submit my free will to God or any religion. I have freed myself emotionally from the bondage of religion. I count the days till I am also free physically.
Julia Potter, Egypt, now agnostic
I don't hate Islam - that is a fact. I just couldn't find peace there. The fact that I was always punished for everything, that I have to pray 5 times a day, that I can't drink one glass of wine, can't have a boyfriend, can't wear what I want; all that just annoyed me and then the fact that most Muslims view other non Muslims as atheists and think that non Muslims will go to hell, this just doesn't seem right. To be honest, I didn't officially leave Islam because people here would kill me, but I have cut all relations to Muslims and Islam, I am going to church now, I am happy there, I am waiting till I graduate from university and leave to the states so I can officially convert.
Dima, Palestinian Authority area, now a Christian
I struggled with myself for a few years before leaving Islam. My conscience led me out finally. Islam is a scary religion - often accepted by people with good intentions and a real lack of information. I left basically because I discovered what being a Muslim means. Had I a better understanding when I accepted Islam, I would have NEVER have converted. I believe most converts suffer from great ignorance. Good people who think freely cannot maintain peace of heart and mind in Islam.
Once I left Islam, my Muslim husband starting treating me very differently. Suddenly I didn't deserve his goodness. He once even told me that he couldn't look at me because my hair wasn't covered. Ultimately we divorced.
Kat, United States, now a Christian
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