My friend Heina Dadabhoy, who writes for Skepchick and is soon to have her own blog at Freethought Blogs, was profiled in the New York Times along with the Ex-Muslims of North America while attending Center For Inquiry’s Women In Secularism 3 last weekend:
When Ms. Dadabhoy “came out” to her parents, “it didn’t go so well,” she said. “They reacted the way they knew how, which was to freak out. They had never heard of anybody leaving Islam. We were raised with the idea you can’t leave, that nobody can leave. Leaving Islam was something somebody incredibly deranged would do. Or if forced at sword point or gunpoint.”
Critics have accused her of being part of a Jewish conspiracy to make Islam look bad. “I say, ‘If I am, where is my paycheck?’ ” Ms. Dadabhoy said drolly.
For a time, Ms. Dadabhoy’s parents took her to imams, hoping to talk her out of her apostasy. “And they would just give me tautological beliefs,” she recalled. “ ‘You are blessed to be born with Islam.’ And I would say, ‘But if I had been born a Christian, you’d be saying the same thing, but for Christianity.’ Once I spent four hours talking with this imam, and his conclusion was, ‘Just have faith because you should have faith.’ ”
At this point, Ms. Dadabhoy’s absence of belief is as ineluctable as the imam’s faith: “It’s less that I won’t buy it, which sounds really woeful, than that I can’t.”
The whole article is terrific and has the potential to give hope to countless doubting Muslims and Ex-Muslims everywhere. Read blogs of the Ex-Muslims of North America, support them, and connect with fellow ex-Muslims all by going here.
Earlier this month, Heina also got to appear on BBC World Service Radio’s “Have Your Say” segment, talking about losing all her friends when she deconverted from Islam. Below is the audio from that appearance: