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)

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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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

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.

Responding to Hitting Women Thats Messed Up By Noman Ali Khan

Responding to a video called “Hitting Women – That’s Messed Up by Nouman Ali Khan”

Why did he make such a video – Because the Quran mentions hitting women and it’s actually embarrassing for Muslims now.  Especially with the narrative that Islam brought women more rights.  As well, it’s a real issue among Muslims that the Quran is used as a justification for hitting women.

 

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