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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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
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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

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Discussion regarding faith December 2016

Here is a recent discussion I had regarding faith:

In regards to the classical proofs of God’s existence. I have no problem in conceding that God does actually exist. I am skeptical of his existence, but I will accept it if there is a good reason to. I said this very clearly in my video that if there is a God, I believe he may be more akin an impersonal force or power without personality, similar to what Hindus call Brahman, or what the Greeks thought about God being a perfect abstract entity with no personality.

For all intents and purposes, this “deist” idea of God is completely irrelevant to us humans, so I call myself an atheist. There are several ways the universe may exist without the intervention of a God. You may want to look into Buddhist ideas about the universe to see what I mean. Buddhists do not believe in God by the way.

Whatever the case is, if God exists or not, I have not seen any good reason to believe God is involved in our lives whatsoever or sent any revelation.

All the so called revelations that we received from the Bible to the Quran to the Book of Mormon are all full of errors that we can clearly see that they were authored based on the understanding of the people at the time.
God does not care for us period. If he did, he would not allow people to starve to death. He would not allow little girls to be raped. He would not allow people to suffer unecessarily. Any reasonable human being who was given an unlimited or a large amount of wealth and power would improve the world, yet God allows people to die from diseases and creates worms that eat kids eyes?

In academia, it is pretty well known now that the patriachs – Adam Noah Moses and Abraham (and maybe even Jesus) were all inventions. There are great discrepancies and problems with the story of Moses, take a look at this video for some of the points: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl2IHrh101Q

Look up Abraham or any other patriach and you will see what I mean. The story just doesn’t add up.

I don’t believe in absolute moral values but I do agree that there are some things which are better and worse for humans that we can agree upon. Things that lead to human flourishing are good, and things that don’t are bad. For example, killing women for honor related crimes is bad. FGM is bad. Allowing little girls to get married is bad and we can see why that is. Fistulas are an example of what happens when young girls get married.

So if you believe in absolute morality and you think your God allows wife beating, owning slaves, and so on, thats your choice, but I would say your God’s morality is flawed and does not facilitate human flourishing. Stoning people to death for adultery does not facilitate human growth or flourishing. Neither does allowing a man to divorce and not the woman. Or any of the other silly rulings in Islam

If religion makes a claim that praying to “Allah”, or performing Ruqyah has a very real and actual effect on healing, we should be able to observe this and measure it.
If One God is real, then praying to him should have a different effect than say praying to Krishna or Buddha or Ram, or even talking to your plants. A Harvard study on the efficiacy of prayer on healing of patients found that there was no effect of healing time… Infact, when patients were told they were being prayed for, it actually had the opposite effect of making their healing take longer! It was as if it caused them anxiety of having to get better..

If Allah is real, would he respond to a prayer to Christ, the Son of God? If he did respond to such prayers, what would that be telling us about him? That he is deceiving us, right?

Goodbye to the ExMuslim Identity (Guest post)

The struggles of losing faith in a family of faith. Bittersweet. She is going to remain a closet atheist forever. She doesn’t want to take away faith from her parents.  So she will hide her atheism forever.

“And so, there will be some elements of my double life which I will always lead – but over the years, I have managed to introduce more and more of my life to my parents, and keep only the most necessary facts to myself – the main one being, of course, my atheism…

Nor can I rip apart the only thing which keeps them going in life – their religion. As first generation, working class immigrants, they have never had much in life, and they have struggled. I have seen them bowing their heads and prostrating in prayer during their darkest hours, and I have seen the strength their faith gives them. Despite my dislike of their religion, I cannot find it within me to begrudge the comfort and strength it gives them.”

Goodbye to the Ex Muslim Identity

 

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Reliance of Hadith

Is the Saheeh Hadith Canon reliable?  Is it truly possible that the words of Muhammad were memorized from generation to generation and passed intact?  Is it possible that the exact words were remembered between the time that Prophet Muhammad died until the point the first hadith narrators started recording them?  Early Muslims were hesitant to write down the sayings of Muhammad because he forbade them to do so.  How long was it between the time he actually said it and it was recorded?  How do we know that the people who said it were not mistaken, reliable and so on?  Scholars came up with an approach to try to distinguish who was truthful and had a good memory and actually met who they said they did and so on.  But is there really any guarantee?  If someone that was “truthful” decided to lie, would we ever know if Muhammad really said it or not?

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Adoption and Zainab

In order to marry Zainab, Muhammad abolished adoption and all the goodness that came from it.  Adopted children were now seen as strangers living in the home with no rights to take the family name or inherit as a regular child would.  As well, the rules of marahim (blood relation) made it difficult to be alone with this child.  The end result is that Muslims hardly ever adopt kids.  Allah wanted to ensure that everyone knows that they can marry their adopted-son’s ex-wife so he made Muhammad marry Zainab (or maybe Muhammad liked her).

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