Coming from a Sunni-Sufi background, there was a great emphasis on dreams and visions in my religious upbringing. People would have conscious “visions” and dreams of Prophets, angels and jinns coming before them and sending them a message about the truth, dreams etc. This would have potentially dangerous effects because if a religious authority had a dream that someone he knew was fornicating, that person would get into unwarranted trouble. Even though it could easily have been just a dream.
We called these visions “Kashf” and they were believed to be messages from Allah and the Prophet.
When you are a Muslim critical of Islam, or the next stage: an Ex Muslim; there are many ignorant things Faithful Muslims may say.
In Ex-Muslim Online spaces, I asked users what are some common things Muslims say to Ex-Muslims? The results were overwhelming. Many different people came in saying common things with different wording, and finding ways to relate to one another overall. I posted every single comment word for word, So keep in mind these are comments directly out of an online forum type discussion. Also note that some things were repeated by different people in different wording, but I kept them here anyway to emphasize how common some misconceptions are.
I grouped some of the remarks together that were very close in theme. After pasting all this, I decided: I am going to write posts addressing some of the larger misconceptions attributed…