Abdullah Sameer – My Journey From Islam

أَلَا يَعْلَمُ مَنْ خَلَقَ وَهُوَ اللَّطِيفُ الْخَبِيرُ Does He who created not know, while He is the Subtle, the Acquainted? (67:14)

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Why I left Islam – Core Issues

These are the main issues I found with Islam.  If you want to understand the real problems I found, start here.

 Reflections

Dialogues and discussions I had after leaving Islam.  Some thoughts

Rulings/Fiqh

These are not why I left Islam.  They are reflections after leaving Islam.  Keep in mind that even if I was completely wrong about every single one of these, it would not make me come back to Islam.  As a Secular Humanist, I find these to be troubling issues we find and they seem to show that Allah is not the intelligent supreme being that sent us a beautiful wise religion but rather a 7th century invention with barbaric rules and orders that matched that early era but do not belong in today’s world.

History

Sometimes history is not what it seems

My videos

Subscribe to my channel on YouTube.  Here are some of my videos:

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My journey from Islam
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Evil eyes, magic, and jinns
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Muhammad – Allah’s Favorite Prophet
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The Eternal Damnation of Hell
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Jesus in Islam, The Copy-Pasted Prophet
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On Criticizing Religion
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Creation Myths, The Big Bang, and the Quran
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Punishment for Adultery In Islam
Part 1
Part 2
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Is there such a thing as free will?
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On Mindfulness
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On daylight hours, prayers and moon sightings
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Muslim Community’s response to me leaving Islam
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Some thoughts on why people become religious

Ismailism to Sunnism


The Story of LightUponLight and VerseByVerseQuran


Story of Noah
Purpose and Meaning of Life
My life as a Muslim In Canada, Secularism and freedom of religion Was Prophet Muhammad a pedophile? Cheryl – How I became Muslim and my husband leaving Islam

Sex While Menstruating

In Islam it is forbidden to have sex with your wife while she is menstruating.  This idea existed before Islam and continued into Islam.  The idea that a woman is dirty or impure during menstruation comes from ancient myth and has no basis in reality. The author of the Quran seemed unaware of the purpose of the monthly period. There is no medical reason to avoid period sex and in fact many women are more sexually aroused during this period. If both partners are comfortable, intercourse during menstruation can be wonderful and satisfying.

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The Watchmaker Argument For God

One of the arguments for the existence of God is nature itself.  The fact that we have eyes, lungs, brains, organs and a functioning body.  We look in awe and wonder at our bodies and the universe and say “There must be a God”

The Teleological argument (also known as the Watchmaker analogy or sometimes as Intelligent Design) claims that if you would see a watch, you would know there is a designer.  In the same way when you look at nature and most specifically, the complexity of us human beings, you can assume there is a designer because it’s like the watch.

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Responding To “The Moral Argument” by Dr. William Lane Craig

Responding to “The Moral Argument” by drcraigvideos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxiAikEk2vU)

 

Video Notes:

Hi I’m Abdullah Sameer, and I’m going to be responding to “The Moral Argument” by DrCraigVideos (Reasonable Faith)

1) Without some objective reference point, we have no way of saying something is up or down

Okay, so let’s make an objective reference point.  In a world without consciousness, say a world of rocks and trees, would we care about morality? No. There would be no need to worry about morality.  In our world, Pain and suffering and misery is bad. Happiness, thriving, and joy are good. The flourishing of beings with consciousness is what matters.  So, we base our morality on this. Anyone disagree?  

2) God’s nature provides an objective reference point for moral values.

Hmm. How do you know God’s nature?  Did he tell you?  Oh, wait you mean in that book?  But that book is full of immorality, it allows and justifies slavery, and it allows having sex with your slaves, beating your wife (with certain conditions) or in the case of the Bible it prescribed capital punishment for cursing your parents as in the Bible (Leviticus 20:9)

Is this God’s nature?  Shall we pick and choose?  Because all I see is the best and worst of humanity in there, and God’s threats of eternal torture (especially eternal torture for a finite crime as understood by majority of Christians and Muslims). I don’t see anything that I would call “objectively moral”, would you?  Do we truly know for sure that these are God’s wishes?  Because there is great doubt God would want us to harm each other this way.  Shouldn’t we leave these things in the past where they belong and move on?

3) All we are left is one person’s viewpoint.  This is subjective not objective. Like a preference for strawberry ice cream.  doesn’t apply to other people

Who is to say that God’s viewpoint is not just another opinion as well? That God is not a subject. What makes God’s opinion right?  Is it because he’s the most powerful and he can harm us if we don’t obey?  

Does might make right?

Does God have our best interests at heart? How do we know?  If God commanded us something that is harmful to others, or preferred one group against another, would it still be right to obey God?  If we define God as caring, wouldn’t he have designed the world to minimize unnecessary suffering? Couldn’t he still have allowed us free will while placing limits on our ability to cause suffering? Surely he could.  So, if he is real, he intentionally is allowing us to suffer while having the ability to stop it. Is there any evidence that there is a God out there that cares about us?   Is there anyone watching or listening when we cry to God?  Doesn’t seem like it.  As the Harvard Prayer Study showed, prayers seem to have the same effect as placebo, meaning no effect.

4) God’s essential attribute of love is expressed in his command to love your neighbour. This command provides a foundation upon which we can firm objective goodness generosity self sacrifice and equality and we can condemn greed abuse and discrimination

God doesn’t have any essential attributes that we can outright define without referring to holy books.

There’s no way to know what God wants us to do unless you accept one of the mutually-exclusive holy books.  These holy books were written hundreds of years ago, most likely NOT from God, and even if they were, why would God require us to rigidly follow them when we can do perfectly well by coming up with rules for society ourselves?  Does it matter what God said?  Because we will all cherry pick in different ways.

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God sent us his words. Can we know what he meant?

God sent us his words. Can we know what he meant?
Understanding the text must be based on rules.
Even the rules to understand the text of God are subjective and can be debated. Let’s look at one such example.
 
Can women be witnesses or not? As normal people we would allow this and not question such a thing. But if we have a revelation from God, suddenly even mundane normal things are under investigation now.
 
Imam Shafii concluded females can be witnesses only for financial matters (because that’s the example the Quran said). He concluded this based on a rule called “Negatively Implied Meaning”
 
Imam Abu Hanifa, on the other hand did not accept Negatively Implied Meaning. He allowed female witnesses in all areas of law.
 
Which is right? Both are mutually exclusive. Either female witnesses are allowed only in finance matters, or in all areas of law.
 
Imagine you are God. You have to carefully pick and choose the best words of your final revelation to send to humanity, that they will have to memorize and pass on.
 
Would you decide to put in “And if there are not two men [available], then a man and two women from those whom you accept as witnesses – so that if one of the women errs, then the other can remind her.”
 
Putting this condition for two female witness like an relatively unimportant thing for God to reserve space for in his final revelation. How long would such a rule be useful for, anyway?
 
Imagine the mental cost involved in bringing this word of God into the 21st century. People had to memorize this phrase and pass it on from generation to generation until today’s time. To this day people will recite
“so that if one of the women errs, then the other can remind her.”
 
Can we truly know what was God intending? Make an educated guess?
And what should the rules be to decide such things? Can we ever do any better than “best guess”?
 
What benefit did God bring here? Is there any actual reason why you would need two witnesses for women instead of one man? Why mention that she may forget? What is unique about women that they may forget? Do not women have just as good memories as men?
 
Men throughout the ages have been the arbitrator of God’s word. They have told us what to believe and how to believe God’s revelation. The reality is that at best, it’s only a guess.
 
Don’t claim to be so arrogant to clearly think that only your understanding is right. You may just have different subjective rules you are using to understand it.
 
References From “Misquoting Muhammad”:
Shafi‘i and his followers also innovated a new interpretive method for deriving rules from scripture. Known as ‘Negatively Implied Meaning’ (mafhum al-mukhalafa), it held that if the Qur’an or Hadiths made a positive statement about a thing, then the negative held true for all else. For example, the Qur’an encourages those agreeing on a loan to set down their agreement in writing and to ‘take two witnesses from among your men or, if there are not two men, then one man and two women.’ If one of the two women became confused, the Qur’an explains, the other could remind her (4:282). Because the Qur’an specifies women as possible witnesses in the case of financial matters, Shafi‘i concluded these were the only cases in which women could serve as witnesses in court. According to Negatively Implied Meaning, ordering Muslims to take women in one situation meant forbidding them in all others (with the exception of cases of necessity, such as exclusively female domains, for example, witnessing childbirth). Abu Hanifa, on the other hand, did not accept Negatively Implied Meaning. He allowed female witnesses in all areas of law except some cases of capital or severe corporal punishment, which he disallowed based on a Kufan consensus against this.

Responding to the Odd/Even Math Miracle of the Quran

One of the claims regarding the Quran is there is a checksum on it.

What is a checksum?  Well it’s an integrity check, a way for an author to sign or “seal the envelope” in order to indicate that the message has not been tampered with. A very simple checksum would be for example if I put the total word count at the bottom of this article.  When you get to the bottom you can see if the number matches the words in this article and you can confirm its correct.  However this wouldn’t be very tamper proof as you could change all of the words and maintain the same number in order to still pass the checksum. A better checksum would be to assign each letter a value (A is 1, B is 2 and so on) and then put the total at the end.  This would be better, but it’s still very weak as someone could tamper with it as long as they kept the same number of letter uses the same it would still pass the checksum.  Nevertheless the point should be clear.

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The so-called mathematical miracle of the Quran

Some people claim there are mathematical miracles to the Quran in terms of number of times words appear to be the same.  The reason I never bothered responding to such a claim is because it’s such a weak argument. It was never used historically and is an overall lame argument. Just because you find some patterns in the book does not mean it had a divine author.  I am sure if you pick up any book including Shakespeare you will find some interesting coincidences, intentionally put in there or otherwise.   If anyone actually spent the time to count the words you would see it’s really a case of cherrypicking and stretching the data to fit the narrative.

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Letter from a Gay Muslim

A friend of mine who is gay sent me a letter anonymously telling me about his struggles being gay.  His life is difficult because of his feelings towards the same sex.  Despite this he managed to get married to a woman and he ignores his feelings for the same sex and tries to live life as a good Muslim. He does not act on his urges and feels that Allah will forgive him for whatever feelings he has in his heart.
Now, I presume God knew what he was doing when he made people gay.  Clearly this guy did not choose to be gay, and clearly none of us choose to be straight.  If Islam (and Christianity and Judaism) are from God, why would God do such a cruel thing of making people gay and then making them suffer by saying they cannot act on their feelings.  If homosexuality is a private matter and does not hurt anyone, why does God need to forbid it.  If its so horrible, why are people born this way?  Rather it’s a natural thing that among the variety of people, sometimes people are born gay.   Sometimes people are even born with both male and female sexual organs.  It happens.  These people deserve to live happy lives just like us straight people do.

As far as we know there is no way to cure ‘gayness’.  No known method – shock treatment or otherwise seems to work.

The fact that the American Psychological Manual DSM-IV used to classify it as a mental disorder but no longer shows that we have learned from our errors.   You cant pick and choose and say “look it was a disorder” but ignore the fact that science makes progress over time and we know better now.