I am a Bangladeshi-Australian ex-Muslim residing in Melbourne, so hopefully, I wouldn't have to lose my head for apostasy
. I used to be a practising Muslim for about 20 years of my life, after being born a Muslim.
I used to think that those who drew Muhammad cartoons were the most heinous, disgusting monsters in the world. I used to equate any mild criticism of Islam to hate speech and racism (something that even the UN went on to do!). I remember feeling a strange satisfaction at the brutal murder of Theo van Gogh, although I disapproved of killing even back then. I know deep down, at least 80% of the Muslim population shared my feelings, and we were just moderate Muslims.
Then I went on to uni here in Australia and learnt to analyse information critically. And from then on I started to look at Islam critically, and slowly started losing my faith the more I read the Quran and hadith critically (rather than blindly, as we all did as kids). And after 3 months I was done with this religion of pieces, the brutal murder of Avijit Roy was the final straw.
I was a victim, just one of a billion of mass brain washing ever since I was a kid, to blindly believe in this invisible man (whom a drunkard pedophile created in his own image), and worship him.
Now, I left Islam because- most Muslims are ultraconservative AF. Yes, all religions are totally f***ed up, but Islam takes that to a whole new level. The Quran is seen as the literal word of allah, and hence this religion that is based on 7th century Arabian desert fairy tale book simply can't be reformed.
What I find more annoying are the far left and Muslim apologists who cherrypick information from the Quran and Hadith to make Islam look like this perfect religion of peace, how the violent verses are completely out of context, etc. etc. I get annoyed when as soon as there is a suicide bomber, most Muslims shout out "But he was not a true Muslim."- but weirdly enough those guys also drew their inspiration from Quranic verses, thinking about their 72 virgin sex slaves in heaven.
OK fine, so you are telling me that most Muslims aren't terrorists. But how many of them are Jihadists/ ISIS sympathisers? How many of them are Islamists? How many of them support stoning of adulterers? How many of them supports beheading for homosexuality, apostasy, blasphemy and sorcery
in the 21st century? How many of them support child marriage and beating of wives? How many of them support honour killings? How many of them support an Islamic caliphate over a Western democracy? My generous guess will be 99.9% of the non-terrorist Muslims can be put in this subset.
But I don't think we should hate Muslims, because most of them are nice people. I don't think we should have a Muslim travel ban, that Trump suggested. That would be a poor way of dealing with this problem at hand.
Sorry for the long rant. I haven't shared the news of my disbelief with my friends and family, fearing I would lose most of my friends and my parents would be upset. So I had to get everything off my head here.