Abu Fatima

Abu Fatima



Thread on Ex-Muslims 🧶 Most Muslims do not leave Islam for shahāwat (desires). They leave for shubuhāt (doubts). They have theological and moral doubts that were usually answered poorly by preachers or simply because they do not have it in them to submit to Islam.

I've read over 100's of ex Muslim testimoninals over the years for "market research" and most hardly ever leave for desires. Wanting to fall into their desires and actions that they avoided all their life is simply a symptom of leaving faith.

It's basic psychology. As soon as you believe that very thing that is the basis of these rulings (permissions/prohibitions) is not true, then like a domino effect, everything else falls too. It's not rocket science.

So an ex-Muslim falling into their desires is just a by-product. Furthermore, in my research, I saw that girls that became weaker in faith expressed that their fathers being very suffocating with religion on them whilst they themselves are hardly practising.

This alongside doubts swimming in your head, feeling suffocated, and feeling isolated just pushes a person towards apostasy. There are other emotional reasons as to why ex-Muslims leave but it is usually linked with actual doubts. It it too long to discuss here.

Leaving any religion is not a one day process for people, rather it's a long process leaving a religion especially Islam, which is very communal, having very major ramifications on someone's life. It isn't the case that many ex Muslims just woke up one day and decided to leave.

The ex-Muslim activists you see are hardly the representatives of ex-Muslims since being ex-Muslim is not a monolithic identity. Neither is it some "colonial" mindset. At the end of the day, if a person can't submit to something due to for example, moral issues, what can you do?

So for example, the major issues are (that I have seen that cause doubts): - marriage of Sayyida A'isha - permissibilty of marrying those who haven't reached puberty - the hadd of apostasy and blasphemy - the rulings related to women issues like inheritance/blood money

- offensive warfare against disbelievers/conquest (jihād al-talab) - slavery - permissibilty of having sexual intercourse with a slave girl one captures in jihād - the permissibilty of later selling this slave girl to another master (if she did not bear a child)

- ruling of the slave girl not having to cover her nakedness - the superiority of a Muslim over a disbeliever in terms of status in the Sharī'ah - the laws related to Ahl Al-Dhimma and jizya Other issues include: - hellfire being eternal - free will/predestination

At the end of the day, it is not just about knowing, rather it is a matter of willing to submit. A person can only do this, when he does truly believe this is from Allāh, because as soon as a person's foundations become shaky, the above rulings can be really hard to digest.

Such rulings, especially when a person had weak "justifications" for them in the first place coupled with doubts of the fundamental principles leads to a major crisis of faith.

Or it is simply the case, that when a Muslim comes across these rulings and values for the first time, such things IN OF THEMSELVES cause doubt as many people think to themselves, "how can Allāh command/allow/prohibit this?" It all comes down to submission.

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