Here are some testimonies from atheist ex-Muslims:
I left Islam at 16. I am at university now, but I am still “in the closet” about my atheism, worried about the reaction it would get from religious family members and friends. I still have to pretend to pray and wear the hijab. This has been frustrating, especially since I live in a mainly Muslim area of London. But through websites like this, knowing that there are people who have had similar experiences has been a great source of comfort. (SJ, London)
As a person who has always believed in freedom of speech, equality for all, and a staunch feminist from a very young age.. it was a matter of time before I took the last step and left islam, a religion which stands against all the principles I hold dear. My battle did not end the day I left islam, it started on that day. Since then I’ve had threats sent online, going as far as posting the link to my Facebook profile on militant islamic facebook groups, encouraging their members to report me and send threats. Others have been mild in their criticism, but in all cases I have been reminded that I will burn in hell etc.. This has only made me more determined to speak out more about my decision and the reasons behind it. It’s a personal choice to remain silent or speak up about one’s experience, and I have chosen to speak up. (Media Jaf)
After 20 yrs of Islam, I finally gave up the prison for my freedom. My main issue with Islam is the awful injustice against women and as a woman myself I could not stand for a religion which belittles me. It has been a long and painful journey, with many more obstacles ahead, but I am confident that things can only get better for the long-term. Also, well done CEMB for creating this unified voice for ex-Muslims! (Pariah)
To read the testimonies of more ex-Muslims visit the membership section of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.