A Muslim’s Plea: Protect Atheist Republic!

Dear Mr Zuckerberg, I am a Muslim. I believe in God and love my Islamic faith very much. You may find what I am about to ask you to be very strange indeed – I would like to make a plea for you to protect the Atheist Republic page and other pages of atheists, freethinkers, [Read More…]

The Day Democracy Died In Indonesia

Today is a dark day for Indonesia. Their first Chinese Christian governor of Jakarta, affectionately named ‘Ahok’, was sentenced to two years imprisonment for the shambolic crime of blasphemy. It was such a clear set up that the reaction from the social media was one of utter anguist and bemusement. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok, [Read More…]

The New Religion of Scientism

A meme has been appearing on my newsfeed intermittently in the last year or so. Every so often, it would pop with the seemingly profound truth – Science flies you to the moon, Religion flies you into buildings. The meme would garner thousands of likes and supportive remarks. To be quite honest, I really do [Read More…]

Cab Ride Through Terror and My Little Nephew

I share a special bond with my eldest nephew. On the night he was born, ten thousand miles away in Malaysia, I was undergoing lifesaving surgery in London. His birth was not an easy one either and I remember hoping, as we were both in our respective operating theatres, that we would live to meet [Read More…]

A Foretaste of Infinite Being: Heaven and Hell Of The Present Life

This piece is written as a contribution to NatGeo’s series, The Story of God ‘Oh wow, this cheesecake is just pure heaven!’, I heard a young lady gush whilst at Starbucks a few years ago. I smiled to myself, noting her interesting phrasing, as I perused my Quran. Reading the Quran in Starbucks is one [Read More…]

Why I Reject The Narrative Of A Chosen One

I remember wondering, as early as the age of six or seven, who these people were. It was in school, learning Islamic studies, and our very first lesson was about the grandfather of Prophet Muhammad. I could not process it back then. Who was this person and why was I learning about him? We only [Read More…]

Commentary on ITV’s Documentary ‘Islam’s Non-Believers’

(pic courtesy of: https://uk.pinterest.com/lancerhoades/salem-witch-trials/) When I heard that ITV was planning to air a new documentary on the Ex-Muslim phenomenon called ‘Islam’s Non-Believers’, I was hoping for some unbiased reporting from the producers. While I did detect some nuance in the reporting (like the care taken to say‘Islamic Fundamentalism’ instead of the more generalizing ‘Islam’), [Read More…]

Allah Or Islamic Rituals – The Chicken Or Egg Question

I was not entirely surprised last week when I faced blowback from the Muslim community on social media regarding my suggestion to have congregational prayers on Saturdays (it is almost universally held on Fridays). Although my suggestion was mainly for Muslims in the West who do not have much time on Fridays, the blowback came [Read More…]

Why We Need Saturday Reform Jummas

pic courtesy of (www.muslimsforallah.com) Almost a week ago, I joined www.meetup.com and started my own group – the Saturday Reform Jumuah. As its name suggests, it plans to have the Traditional congregational prayer on a Saturday. It is almost universally held on a Friday and so I have been mocked and verbally abused for my [Read More…]