Month: July 2020

061 – Muslim Diversity, History and Academics with Khalil Andani

Khalil Andani is an academic in the field of Islamic Studies. He holds prior degrees in Mathematics and Accounting and has a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School. Currently he is an advanced PhD Candidate in Islamic studies at Harvard and specializes in Quranic Studies, the intellectual history of Islamic Philosophy, and Ismailism. I have invited him here to have a discussion about the academic study of Islam, the history of the Quran, and the internal diversity of Islam through history.

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060 – Khalil’s journey from Islam

Khalil is the son of two Islamic converts. He is an African-American that left Islam about a decade ago. He’s had quite the journey, spent some years in Saudi as a teenager and even spent time studying Arabic in Medinah. He’s been quiet about his story thus far and this is the first time he’s coming on camera to speak about his journey and reflect on the movement. His story is really interesting and he shares some apt reflections on Islam.

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059 – Interview with Former Muslim Convert Yahya (John)

I interview former Muslim convert Yahya on his journey into and out of Islam. Yahya works in the music industry and has a really interesting story of how he converted to Islam and eventually left it. He speaks about how Islam appealed to him as a Christian and how he ended up in the Pakistani Sufi community. He speaks really fairly, giving reasons why Islam appealed to him as a Christian and how he ended up in the Pakistani Sufi community as well as his disillusionment and the problems he saw within. Was definitely one of the most interesting conversations to date!

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058 – West African Exmuslim Younas’s Journey from Islam | How his friend Ibraheem also left Islam

A story of two young Muslims who found their way from faith to reason. Younas grew up in West Africa in a small town where everyone only memorized Quran. When he came to America he had to not just learn the language but catch up on everything else. Eventually he overcame this and found his way into a successful program at university studying what he loved. When he told his best friend Ibraheem they had deep discussions and he also left Islam! You don’t want to miss this one

057 – THE TWO ABDULLAHS Live Call In Show | Yasir Qadhi Mohammed Hijab Fiasco | Quran Preservation

Join us for a live call in show. Everyone welcome to come and ask questions on air. We discuss the Yasir Qadhi Mohammed Hijab Fiasco and Quran Preservation

056 – Hassan The Somali Exmuslim Who Was Brutally Attacked In Kenya

Hassan, who is a Somalian living in Kenya, is also receiving credible and imminent death threats and has survived an attempt on his life and is subsequently on the run. Here is his story.

Hassan, who is a Somalian living in Kenya, is also receiving credible and imminent death threats and has survived an attempt on his life and is subsequently on the run. Here is his story.

News article about Hassan: https://globalvoices.org/2019/12/02/they-call-for-my-slaughter-somali-atheists-living-in-fear/

Hassan’s safety has been seriously compromised by local Islamic preachers who have campaigned against him as an apostate and his social media accounts have been hacked by people attempting to hunt him down for his atheism. Hassan has had to quietly and carefully stay on the move due to the attempts on his life. He has refugee status from the UN Human Rights Council, however, due to his financial situation he is still trapped in Kenya. He has been reaching out to other atheist associations and NGOs to support him via letters and campaigns since he knows he can no longer safely afford to live in this dangerous situation.

News article about Somali Atheists: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-52620433

055 – The danger of Islamism Interview with Hamed Abdel-Samad

I am going to be interviewing Egyptian-German political scientist, author, and exmuslim extraordinaire @Hamed.TV  .

054 – SLAVERY IN ISLAM TWO ABDULLAHS Call in Show

Fantastic livestream with Abdullah Gondal 😎🤘 we covered evidence of Muhammad engaging in buying and selling slaves, his wives getting mad, jealousy and infighting and we took calls from Mufassil Islam and another Muslim

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052 – Muslim For Two Months | Why Islam Appeals To White Westerners

I’m interviewing Jan from Czech Republic who went from atheism to Islam and left it after several months. He is still a believer in God and we are going to go over his story and how the dawah convinced him, and ultimately what caused him to leave it.

049 – Interview with Wisam Hasan, Co-Founder of Atheism Without Borders

Wisam Hasan is a British Ex Muslim who lived in Iraq until 2006 at the peak of sectarian wars and terrorism (just before ISIS). He is going to talk about his experiences living in Iraq during those times especially as a closet exmuslim.

048 – Interview with the Eric Wells, Former Christian, Support Director for Recovering From Religion

Eric Wells was raised in Southern California Baptist churches and private schools, and finally left his faith in 2012. In 2000 he started the non-profit organization, Volunteers Unite. When in operation, Volunteers Unite built homes for the needy in Mexico and matched hundreds of volunteers to causes they were passionate about. After his family moved to Missouri, he became a humanist and atheist. In Missouri, he volunteered with a local secular group, the Springfield Skeptics, and for whom he served as the Activism Director and the Executive Director. He has organized hundreds of community service events and volunteer activities, as well as the 2017 March For Science rally in Springfield, MO. He was the State Director for the American Atheists and fought to keep church and state separate at the city, county, and state levels.

047 – Interview with The Friendly Atheist Hemant Mehta

I will be interviewing the American activist Hemant Mehta. I have been a big fan of Hemant and his approach towards disseminating his views and have been following him for many years on social media since I left Islam. I always wanted to speak to him about his perspectives and his activism. Join us for a conversation between your friendly neighbourhood exmuslim and The Friendly Atheist Hemant Mehta!

046 – Interview with Sadia Hameed on Identity Politics, The Regressive Left, Exmuslim Label, New Atheism

Interview with Sadia Hameed on Identity Politics, The Regressive Left, Exmuslim Label, New Atheism

050 – JINNS (SPIRITS AND DEVILS) LIVESTREAM | THE TWO ABDULLAHS

Episode 5 of The TWO ABDULLAHS where we are discussing jinns, possessions, spirits, devils, magic

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045 – Interview with Former Taiwanese Muslim Convert Now Exmuslim Abdul

I am interviewing a Taiwanese Muslim Convert who has left Islam. He is going to tell us how he became Muslim and eventually left it.

044 – Interview with Ex-Evangelist Marie D’Elephant

Marie was raised in an evangelical household in Minnesota, USA. She began to have doubts at the age of 13 but didn’t pursue her doubts. She doubled down again and again to prove herself to god, resulting in her serving as an evangelical missionary in Mexico for two years with Youth With a Mission. After leaving Mexico, she began a gradual deconstruction and departure from her faith. Her life after that shift has not been easy.

043 – Interview with Ex-Muslim Convert Joseph Colden

Interview with a former Islamic convert from the UK.

042 – Interview with A Pakistani Exmuslim Anti-Theist

Discussing with a 45 year old Pakistani anti-theist today who left Islam 2 years ago.

041 – HEAVEN in Islam | LIVE CALL IN SHOW | The Two Abdullahs Episode 6

HEAVEN in Islam | LIVE CALL IN SHOW | The Two Abdullahs Episode 6

0:00 Introduction
1:40 The paradise appeal and offerings
6:34 8 Gates of the paradise
11:13 The paradise, economy vs Business class
14:40 Women in paradise
25:54 Caller#1
32:15 Caller#2
41:25 Back to slides
46:18 Sunday Bazar in Jannah
53:39 Caller#3
1:00:00 Caller#4
1:02:56 Caller#5
1:07:35 Back to topic
1:15:10 Immortal boys in paradise
1:23:02 Who goes to paradise
1:23:15 Caller#6
1:27:33 Back to discussion
1:34:16 What men get, the transparent houris
1:38:45 What women get in paradise
1:39:10 Caller#7
1:50:26 Back to topic
1:50:40 Caller#8
1:58:29 Caller#9
2:02:38 Back to topic
2:09:35 Food in Paradise
2:15:00 Conclusion

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