Ex-Muslim at Muslim-ish of NYC
My name is Ibrahim. My parents are muslims, so they taught me islam as a child.
Around the age of 8 I got annoyed with the idea that I am muslim simply because my parents are muslim. So I started researching the only other religion I had contact with at the time, christianity, and it sounded so ridiculously stupid that it confirmed my belief that islam is the true path to connect with the creator of the universe and ensure a blissful eternal life after death.
Around the age of 13 I started researching other religions like judaism and eastern religions. I eliminated them one by one because none of them made any sense to me. This again confirmed my belief that islam is the true path to connect with the creator and ensure a blissful eternal life. I also decided that I will make islam my main guide in distinguishing right from wrong and that I will try to live by its rules even though the country I lived in did not required me to do so.
The idea that all religions, including islam, could be fallible did not cross my mind until I moved out of my Middle-Eastern environment to a Western society where this idea is discussed openly.
Once I put islam through the same scrutiny which I had put other religions through, it appeared to be wrong as well.
My argument against islam is the following:
- Mohammad ibn Abdallah claimed to be a messenger from the creator of the universe.
- The 9th century Arabian tribe that he lived among requested proof that he was a messenger from the creator of the universe. They suggested that this proof should be in the form of a miracle since Mohammad claimed in his book -quraan- that the creator of the universe had sent other messengers in the past and that they preformed miracles.
- In the beginning Mohammad refused to present a miracle. His reason was that other tribes did not believe in their messengers even when they saw miracles with their own eyes. He later claimed that his miracle is the quraan.
- On examining the quraan today, I can find many numerical, scientific, logical and grammatical mistakes. The quraan repeatedly states that the main moral value a Muslim should have is obedience to allah this simply doesn’t help one’s moral and spiritual growth in the 21st century. The quraan talks about Mohammad’s marital problem and threatens his wives for him. The quraan repeats the same stories over and over.
I came to a conclusion that I could not ignore that the quraan could not possibly be the words of the creator of the universe.
Islam is the only religion that still punishes anyone who leaves it with death because of Mohammad ibn Abdallah’s saying “Whoever changes his religion, kill him”. Some muslim counties have laws that punish anyone who leaves the faith with death, others with imprisonment.
I have started a group in NYC where ex-Muslims and muslims who have questions about religion can come and participate in a free and open discussion without fear of punishment or judgment.
I am now starting other groups in cities and universities across the US and Europe.
If you or someone you know is an ex-muslim who is willing to start such a group or wants to participate in the NYC group please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.