The Islamist Delusion: From Islamist to Cultural Muslim Humanist
December 18, 2012
by Saif Rahman (Author)
Saif Rahman is a Strategic consultant & Founder of HMCA (Humanist & Cultural Muslim & Association).
A behind-the-scenes look from an insider and prominent anti-Islamist activist. Written over the course of 8 years detailing his reasons for leaving Islam and becoming an agnostic humanist. A comprehensive and objective study for Muslims seeking a fair and balanced analysis of traditional Islam; and for non-Muslims interested in gaining unique insight.
A single question kick-starts the journey for this book. My Muslim cousin came to stay with us in the UK when he was over on holiday from Pakistan. I knew his stay would prove contentious as previously he had told me that as a Muslim I had to believe in all of it as it stood, otherwise simply had to admit I was no longer a Muslim. This time I was prepared for the inevitable question of “Why?” I had subsequently left Islam. Sure enough it soon came and started the ball-rolling for a long night as he attempted to refute each one of my contentions, but this time to no avail.
The following day, prior to boarding his flight back to Pakistan, he made me promise one thing. As he was well connected, he asked me to put all my arguments together in writing so he could take them to a learned scholar of Islam. I did so, and looking forward to his response I also copied in all my siblings. After waiting 3 months my brother received a phone call from my cousin saying that he hadn’t forgotten and was still working on the reply. It’s been 8 years, and I never did hear back from him.
Nonetheless it was an invigorating exercise. Over the course of these subsequent years I became an ex-muslim activist and the original letter (contained in Chapter 2) was used as a skeletal working document which I regularly updated with new findings. A comprehensive Scribd online blog was born. It was heartening to see it climb to 46,000 views and being powerful enough to influence many of its Muslim readers to leave Islam.
To connect with a wider audience, I developed the blog for use in visual media and from it spawned my ‘Ex-Muslim Confession’ YouTube series. It flourished as it climbed to half-a-million hits and my group which grew to 7,500 (now 20,000) members, but along with its success so did the harassment. My more vocal presence was paralleled with increasing resistance, reaching up to 139 death threats to date. Undeterred this spurred me on to make the blog ever more mainstream, and the original Letter-Blog-YouTube Series finally matured into the Book you see before you today..