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
Evil eyes, magic, and jinns
Muhammad – Allah’s Favorite Prophet
The Eternal Damnation of Hell
Jesus in Islam, The Copy-Pasted Prophet
adoption_zainab_thumbAdoption and Zainab
On Criticizing Religion
Creation Myths, The Big Bang, and the Quran


Beliefs / Quran



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?



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).



Women, the Inferior Species in Islam

Islam is a religion by men for men.  The narrative of Islam empowers women is just not true.  Islam may have given women some rights that they did not have, but it also froze their rights in time so that they could never get any more.  As well, many of the rights are very one-sided in Islam.  Wouldn’t it make more sense for God to send general principles such as “treat women well” that we could apply to each culture rather than strict rules that would soon become outdated in modern societies?


Anti-Semitism in the Quran and Sunnah

On one hand we have a group of people that claims God chose them out of all people on earth (Judaism) . On the other hand you have a religion (Islam) that claims that God hates those same group of people more than almost anyone else. 

The Quran and Sunnah are full of harsh criticism against the Jews.  This has translated into deep antisemitism in many of today’s Muslim community.


Islam tries to explain stuff

When we look at Islam, we see the attempts of early humanity trying to explain stuff. I can just imagine the companions of Muhammad eagerly asking him these questions

  1. Where did the Earth come from?
    The heavens and earth were joined and then God split them.(Quran 29:30)
  2. Where did humanity come from?
    Adam and Eve. (Quran 4:1)
  3. How is it fortune tellers work?
    The devils go up to heaven where God is, and sometimes they snatch a hearing of God’s decree to the angels. But the devils mix up the true stuff with falsehood. And that’s what shooting stars are. (Quran 41:12, 67:5)
  4. Where did magic come from?
    Simple, the angels Harut and Marut taught it to men (2:102, Quran)
  5. Where does the sun go at sunset?
    It goes below the Throne of Allah (Bukhari)
  6. What are jinns?
    Magical creatures made of a type of fire that can possess you, they eat your poop, and they can go in your nose if you don’t wash it when you wake up, go in your mouth if you don’t cover it when you yawn, and run through your blood. Shaytan farts when the adhan (call to prayer) is made and flies away. It you don’t say Bismillah they eat part of your food and if you don’t pray before having sex they harm your child. They can appear sometimes to people or in the form of animals (black dog, snakes, etc). They also have religions – they can be Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and they even have animals like we do! (Various Hadith)
  7. What is an eclipse?
    It a a sign of Allah meant to scare us. (Nasai)
  8. Why does a child look like the mother or father?
    Depends who has an orgasm first (Bukhari)
  9. Why do babies cry when they are born?
    Because Shaytan is angry at humans and pricks them. (Muslim)
  10. Why does meat rot?
    Because of the sins of bani Israeel (Muslim)