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Imad Iddine Habib

And another ex-Muslim atheist is under threat in another majority-Muslim country. This time the country is Morocco, which has Islam as the state religion, and the ex-Muslim atheist is Imad Iddine Habib, age 22.

He posted a message on Facebook on Tuesday.

Hey Everyone,

I would like to thank everyone who supported me, asked about me by any mean!
Those whom I didn’t reply didn’t add me as a friend, as I am blocked, I couldn’t reply at them!

Thank you All, you made me so proud of being part of this big and united family of rational and free thinkers!

Whatever my fate will be in the next hours, the next days, the next weeks; killed, beaten, jailed, or anything else, I am not sorry for what I have done since I became an activist few years ago, I have shared with many people here thoughts and ideas, and so many awesome memories.

Both police and people are looking for me, I have nowhere to go, my life is at high risk… However, I am Happy, because I am not the only one fighting for a better world, I hope I will be the last man persecuted because of Dogmatisms, Religions, or Myths.

Whatever I’ll be, KEEP FIGHTING, I love you all.

PS: There is no god but Minnie Mouse.

– Imad Iddine Habib.

All that and a sense of humor too.

Photo: Brave Ex Muslim  we support all of you   I am Imad Iddine Habib, from Morocco, I am a descendent of the pedo-prophet of Islam Muhammed, I became an Atheist since I was 14 years old, my sign says: "In my country people are jailed and harassed for being atheist. This photo may cost my life, or my freedom. But I insist to tell you: I AM PROUD TO BE AN ATHEIST! #FREE_SOKRAT #FREE_MEJRI Imad Iddine Habib- Morocco"

And a message from a supporter posted 8 hours ago.

I really want to express my deep sympathy for your courage to be who you are. Altho i am still a muslim i think that the free will and the expression of free will is a must for every human being. I’m a secular Muslim that thinks that a state shouldn’t interfere with any religion and has to be a neutral so it can defense every human being without looking to there religion.

It is sad that Morocco is still thinking that they can protect everyone with a state-religion.

Good luck with your fight and just always think that there are also progressive and secular Muslims supporting you and a lot of others atheist.

Grtz Carim Bouzian
Liberal Party Flanders – Belgium

Maryam has a post about him.

The last email the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain received from 22 year old Imad Iddine Habib, the founder of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco (the first atheist organisation in a country with Islam as a state religion), spoke of more threats and a final warning from the Moroccan government.

In the email, he said:

My Father has been interviewed by secret agents at work, they asked him about my activities, my beliefs, my relations and if some foreigners visit me, and they told him that I have to stop, and that I am considered an enemy of the country by showing bad things about it … and [that] it is the last warning before they react.

Since then, he has gone into hiding after security officials raided a home to possibly arrest him.

Maryam to Morocco: hands off!

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain unequivocally condemns efforts of the Moroccan government to silence Imad. Rather, the government should be prosecuting those who threaten Imad and apostates with death, including members of Morocco’s High Council of Ulemas who recently issued a fatwa decreeing the death penalty for Moroccans leaving Islam.

This is our final warning to the Moroccan Government. Hands off Imad, prosecute those who threaten and incite murder, and respect freedom of expression and thought.

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain calls on all to condemn the Moroccan government and defend Imad.

On 15 May join us in defending Imad. He is all of us.

Count me in.

Comments

  1. freemage says

    Is there a corresponding group to the Council of Ex-Muslims in the U.S.? I’m specifically looking at California, or even more precisely the Santa Cruz area. It’s for a poster on a different forum who could really use some assistance–she’s currently very much under her father’s thumb, and could use some advice that does NOT come from some privileged cis straight white dude.

  2. says

    Well first step I would point her to the Ex-Muslims Forum. That’s CEMB based but I don’t think they screen out non-British ex-Muslims or anything, and besides the advice and help and solidarity probably wouldn’t be much different. And they would know about other groups, too.

  3. freemage says

    Ophelia: She checked out the CEMB, and found a very supportive community there. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  1. [...] IMAD IDDINE HABIB used to be a practicing, if not particularly devout, Muslim. Somewhere along the way the nonsense all became too much, and Imad renounced his faith. To celebrate this, and to shed a light of reason in a  country deep in the shadows of fundamentalism, Imad founded a local chapter of the Council of Ex-Muslims. [...]

  2. [...] IMAD IDDINE HABIB used to be a practicing, if not particularly devout, Muslim. Somewhere along the way the nonsense all became too much, and Imad renounced his faith. To celebrate this, and to shed a light of reason in a  country deep in the shadows of fundamentalism, Imad founded a local chapter of the Council of Ex-Muslims. [...]

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