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.


Dialogues and discussions I had after leaving Islam.  Some thoughts


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.


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.



My videos

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

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
Punishment for Adultery In Islam
Part 1
Part 2
Is there such a thing as free will?
On Mindfulness
On daylight hours, prayers and moon sightings
Muslim Community’s response to me leaving Islam
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

Academic Criticisms of Islamic History

In this fantastic summary, What Is the Koran? Toby summarizes many orientalist (ie western academic) historic arguments against the mainstream islamic history.  He mentions criticisms of the idea that the Quran was preserved intact, criticisms about the origin of Islam by many western scholars, and other great things worth reading.  At the very least gives you a high level understanding of some of the arguments against mainstream Islamic history.

It discusses the Yemeni transcripts of the Quran that they found that don’t match the original. Patricia Crone and her “Hagarism”.  The criticism of how Makkah doesn’t exist on any trade routes (The Arabian Spice argument), some modern freethinkers such as Abu Zayd.

What Is the Koran?
Researchers with a variety of academic and theological interests are proposing controversial theories about the Koran and Islamic history, and are striving to reinterpret Islam for the modern world. This is, as one scholar puts it, a “sensitive business”

Here is a video summary of some of the orientalist arguments against Islam, but I would recommend you read the above in full.

Further reading:


History of God

I now see Islam as a fiercely intolerant religion that destroyed the native paganism / polytheism of Arabia.

The Islamic story we are told is that humans always worshiped One God, and then over time this was corrupted into the worship of many Gods. This does not seem correct.

For generations, human beings always worshiped many gods. Many cultures had local gods for their area.

From the earliest times, humans worshiped nature, spirits, ancestors, or their Gods that they invented.

In the Palaeolithic period, for example, when agriculture was developing, the cult of the Mother Goddess expressed a sense that the fertility which was transforming human life was actually sacred.

She was called Inana in ancient Sumeria, Ishtar in Babylon, Anat in Canaan, Isis in Egypt and Aphrodite in Greece, and remarkably similar stories were devised in all these cultures to express her role in the spiritual lives of the people.

In the ancient Babylonian text Enûma Eliš two primeval gods: Apsû (or Abzu) who represents fresh water and Tiamat representing oceanic waters.

Many cultures eventually got to the point of having multiple lower gods and one High God – Zeus (Greeks), Jupiter (Romans), or Allah (Arabs). They felt that the top God was too busy to be bothered with their lives, so they worshiped lesser Gods who would involve themselves with humanity.

It was notably in Judaism that this transformed into the worship of One God, who demanded exclusivity, worshiping nobody else, a jealous God, the cult of Yahweh (Jehovah).

Karen Armstrong writes about this in the “History of God

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?