Ex-Muslim: My parents don’t want me ‘to burn in hell’

Jun 23, 2015

by Newsbeat

In the UK religious freedom is a human right, but leaving your family’s religion can still mean isolation and loneliness.

Sara has been speaking to Newsbeat about what it was like when she told her parents two years ago that she no longer wanted to be a Muslim.

“You feel like you’re betraying everyone. Because no one leaves Islam,” she says.

She says they kicked her out at 17 and she’s not lived with them since.

In some countries, such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia, leaving Islam – or “apostasy” carries the death penalty.

“Most people I talk to feel like they’re the only ex-Muslim in the world,” says Sara.


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20 comments on “Ex-Muslim: My parents don’t want me ‘to burn in hell’

  • OP :

    Mohammed Shafiq is from The Ramadhan Foundation, an organisation which represents Muslims in Britain.

    And what a hateful person he appears to be, condoning, as he does the disowning of offspring from a family. There is something very twisted about those Muslims who think their religion is higher than flesh and blood.



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  • Just be firm. Parents don’t like this situation any more than you do.

    In Islam what you PROFESS matters. What you REALLY believe does not.

    If ever you have children, that will put immense pressure on them to bend.



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    NearlyNakedApe says:

    My heart goes out to this brave and honest young woman. More will follow, it’s only a matter of time. But where’s the public outrage from the so-called liberal PC people?? They are so quick to condemn people who criticize Islam: they immediately “assume the position” (the intellectual equivalent of bending over) and call them Islamophobic and bigoted.

    And yet they remain entirely silent in the face of Islamic fundamentalists’ blatant and all too frequent abuses towards their own!! If they do speak up, it’ll most likely be to utter some clever trick of rhetoric to convince the mainstream media (and each other) that this has nothing to do with religion (of course).

    They might even find a way to blame this woman’s plight on US foreign policy…



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    permafrost says:

    What’s the point of inserting Mohammed Shafiq’s opinion in this story? It seems so irrelevant to me, even forced. Does anything that remotely sounds negative toward Islam have to be ‘counterbalanced’ by a positive comment?



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  • I liked the bit that mentioned “Alcohol & Pork” – and I thought – Hell Yeah -that’s two VERY GOOD reasons….Bacon Sarnie & a glass of Foaming Real ale anyone!



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    selvakumar says:

    Well described comment in this quote ” There is something very twisted about those Muslims who think their religion is higher than flesh and blood. ” It is ridiculous to think religion as most important thing than flesh and blood .



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  • Well to be fair, it’s the same in Christianity. It’s why there aren’t many truly pious sects anymore whose lives actually involve some sort of dutiful labor and sacrifice in the service of God. e.g. Amish, Mennonites, Hutterites. They let you get away with much just by ‘professing’, coming to church once a month, tithing here and there just to keep appearances, but not actually living any differently than a secular person.



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  • Mohammed Shafiq from The Ramadhan Foundation says:

    “Some people have become ex-Muslims and created an industry about wanting to challenge and demonise Islam over the past few years and that’s what we’ve got to confront.”

    Oh dear. Perhaps, Mr Shafiq, you may wish to confront the dreadful irony of your words. Islam blithely condemns apostates to eternal hellfire yet accuses those same apostates of demonizing that religion.

    One could not make it up. Oh wait: your namesake Muhammed did.

    Incidentally, I feel sorry for the BBC that it can’t afford to hire a team to allow comments on its website, with the concomitant moderators. Here’s an idea: why don’t we the public help out and arrange for a portion of licence fee to go towards the funding of that organization? Worth a try.



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  • The silly thing is, that quite simply, it all depends on where you happened to be born on the planet.
    And if you are born into a brainwashed society, they do not want anyone who is not brainwashed like
    them.



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  • Well to be fair, it’s the same in Christianity

    To be fair, IT IS NOT. You are talking moral relativism.

    Is apostasy a capital offence in Christianity, fool?

    ISLAM: the religion that will kill you for disagreeing with it
    – and then claim that YOU’RE the one with the PHOBIA!




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  • Sarah, you must ask yourself this question–

    Why would a merciful, loving Allah burn you in hell for eternity?

    Is he so unsure of his power that he needs threats?



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  • Lets hear what “Noble” Qur’an says:
    Surat An-Nisa’ [4:89]
    They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah . But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.



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  • It’s NOT just Islam. I had to leave my first wife because I was sick of her trying to force our children to believe that there’s a ghost of a 2,000 year old dead man in their brains who talks to them.



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  • Onur
    Jun 25, 2015 at 4:45 am

    But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.

    . . . . and it still continues!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-33283261

    An Islamic court has sentenced nine people to death for insulting the Prophet Muhammad in the northern Nigerian city of Kano.

    “There has been consensus among Muslims scholars that insulting the prophet carries a death sentence,” Mr Daurawa told the BBC Hausa service.



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  • There can be little doubt, that in many cases it is the religion which is the root of the problem.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-33297245
    Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid has announced a clampdown on security after an attack on a holiday resort in which 38 people were killed.

    He said army reservists would be deployed to archaeological sites and resorts.

    About 80 mosques accused of “spreading venom” will close within a week, he said.

    Authorities say most of the victims in Friday’s attack near Sousse were Britons. The gunman was shot dead.

    Eight Britons, one Belgian and one German have so far been identified among the dead, the health ministry said. One citizen of the Irish Republic is also confirmed dead.

    There were also thought to be Tunisians and French killed in the attack, which was claimed by Islamic State (IS). At least 36 people are injured, some seriously.

    It was the second major attack on tourists in Tunisia since March, when militants killed 22 people, mainly foreigners, at Bardo museum in Tunis.



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  • About 80 mosques accused of “spreading venom” will close within a week, he said.

    But Islam is a religion of peace. These are “terrorists spreading a twisted and perverted ideology”, says Cameron. But it’s not Islamic ideology apparently, even if it is being spread by the mosques. It’s something called Islamist ideology, which is nothing to do with Islam!



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  • It seems that Afghanistan is not so keen on judicial death sentences, but does not have the bottle to deal with religinuts who incite mobs to murder!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-33358710

    An Afghan appeals court has quashed death sentences imposed on four men for their part in the mob killing of a young woman in Kabul in March.

    Wednesday’s appeal court hearing in Kabul was held behind closed doors – local media report that the four death sentences were commuted to 20-year jail terms.

    The decision also reportedly acquits Omran, the keeper of the shrine, who was the one to incite the mob to kill Ms Malikzada, 27, after she had argued with him.

    Farkhunda Malikzada was attacked at an Islamic shrine after being falsely accused of burning a copy of the Koran.

    She was stoned to death, her body was run over by a car and set on fire.

    The court also acquitted the keeper of the shrine. Family members and rights activists have expressed outrage at the decision, which was taken in secret.



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