Since 2013, Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA), an IRS registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit, has stood for the rights and dignities of those who leave Islam.
We envision a world where every person is free to follow their conscience.
Ex-Muslims of North America advocates for acceptance of religious dissent, promotes secular values, and aims to reduce discrimination faced by those who leave Islam.
With our support communities, ex-Muslim exclusive events, and emergency grants, we offer direct aid and mentorship to apostates in need.
With our variety of educational and outreach programmes – like our Life Beyond Faith mini-documentary series, the Normalizing Dissent Campus Tour – we offer much-needed perspectives of ex-Muslims.
With our activism, we foster international ex-Muslim groups, raise awareness of religious oppression, and challenge religious orthdoxy.
Why We Fight
We will be fearless when others are fearful. We will fight dogma with reason, cruelty with compassion, narratives with nuance. We stand for the rights of all – believer and non-believer alike – while standing against religious bigotry and oppression.
Ex-Muslims of North America was born in 2012, when Muhammad Syed brought together local organizers with the aim of working together to foster local ex-Muslim communites. As the support communities grew in size and needs, it became evident that an organization to combat the stigma of apostasy and the abuse faced by apostates was sorely-needed. In 2013, EXMNA had filed for incorporation and soon after was granted 501(c)(3) status from the United States IRS as a registered non-profit.
Despite self-evident need for a group to address the challenges facing those who leave Islam, the difficulties of establishing an organization of apostates soon became apparent. In addition to the personal stigma faced by those who agreed to do this work publicly, the staff and volunteers must carefully mitigate security concerns posed by those who oppose our work.
Nevertheless, since its inception, Ex-Muslims of North America has built a solid foundation of services and continues to expand programs and projects to address both the pressing material and social needs of ex-Muslims, as well as the underlying ideologies which legitimize the persecution against them.
As we grow, the ex-Muslim movement grows along with us. As the only organization of our kind in the world, we pave the way for activists and fledgling groups abroad and provide mentorship for progress and sustainable growth.