Our mini-documentary series, Life Beyond Faith, pulls back the curtain to show the people behind the label—their lives, their journeys, and their hopes after finding freedom from the confines of faith. Hear the story of Jamal—a Somali ex-Muslim, beaten by his family for leaving the faith. Or of Mahad, kidnapped and taken to a "conversion camp." Hear also the stories of apostates whose families were kinder, who were able to rebuild trust and love.
According to the Quran, the message of Allah is perfect. Therefore, when some Muslims choose to leave Islam, alternative theories about who we are and why we leave are fabricated to preserve the faith from scrutiny.
"It is difficult for many believers to accept the decisions made by disbelievers around them."
The most tame paint us as sad, confused, or lost people—influenced by malevolent forces within our environment or reacting to some past abuse or trauma which we wrongly blame on the religion. Others are content to dismiss us as immoral in one fashion or another: liars, attention seekers, and hedonists. These stereotypes allow the believers to feel comfortable with the way they treat us.
"The more effective our demonization, the more justified cruelty against us becomes."
We at Ex-Muslims of North America want to shatter these stereotypes. We want ex-Muslims to know that leaving faith is natural, normal, and a journey undertaken by a variety of people from a diverse array of backgrounds. This is why we have produced the Life Beyond Faith series. It is a celebration of ex-Muslim freethinkers—an exploration into their lives, struggles, and triumphs.
Watch the full series here on Youtube.