I was 15 years old when my journey with skepticism of my religion Islam started when I asked the Muslim sheik this question
-God says,” I used to be a lost treasure so I created man to be known(or realised)”. How can a perfect God express a need or desire which is inconsistent with Islam?
Ever since, I kept finding inconsistencies in Islam till I reached the age of almost 17. After moving to the US, I read the bible and started researching Christianity but found its doctrines unsatisfactory as well. The huge step was your book, the greatest book I ever read, The Selfish Gene. Evolution and Darwinism were the missing piece of the puzzle. The Blind Watchmaker followed, another masterpiece by our genius professor. At 20, I “converted” to atheism. Thanks a lot for the great work you are doing along with the rest of our secular heroes Sam Harris,Chris Hitchens, Daniel Dennett and the brave Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Ayaan Hirsi Ali was asked at AAI conference if there are atheists in the Muslim world. As a person who grew up in the Middle East I know what kind of intimidation, harassment and hatred any person who criticizes Islam suffers from and that is why people never declare their disbelief or skepticism.
Thanks Professor Dawkins,