Episode 30: Chat With Yasmeena Ali On Being Ex-Muslim, Nude Modeling, and Escaping Honor Culture

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In the video below is my chat with Yasmeena Ali.  Yasmeena is a feminist who is an erotic nude model, atheist, vegan, and a photographer.  We discuss her childhood transitioning from Taliban Afghanistan to the United Kingdom; leaving Islam; becoming an Ex-Muslim; death threats from family; hijabi porn; sensuality versus sexuality, etc.  It was a wonderful conversation.

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Is Shaytan Truly Chained In Ramadan?

There is a famous hadith commonly quoted by Muslims on Ramadan.  The hadith goes as follows:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 1899)

According to this Hadith, the devils are chained.  The devils are what causes evil desires and actions.  By this logic: [the Islamic version of] evil is chained.

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But is it really?

  • I lost faith in Islam during Ramadan of 2012 after a long period of doubt and critical examination.
  • Indonesian Police forces warn their local communities on rising crime rates (such as theft, prostitution and mugging) in Ramadan compared to the rest of the year. (Also try this article.)
  • Egypt has witnessed rising crime rates in Ramadan
  • Child trafficking increases in Yemen during Ramadan.
  • According to a study in Morocco, irritability increases in the month of Ramadan.

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#ExMuslimBecause: A Story of Mental Gymnastics

The following is a guest contribution by “Anna Kafra.”

 

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Photo Credits: Green Prophet

#ExMuslimBecause

(a story of mental gymnastics)

I never chose to be Muslim. Most of us don’t even if we do defend it any chance we get. I was a big defender.

We’re taught at an early age that there is no god but Allah. Mohammad is the messenger of Allah.

We’re taught that Allah is the greatest, creator of everything, and that it’s haram to ask why or how, or to deny this.

We’re taught that it’s better not to know some things, because knowledge can be bad. Click to keep reading!

Muslim Woman Played The “Misinterpretation Card”

The Twitter page @exmuslimbecause began to revive the #exmuslimbecause.  As expected, Muslims did not appreciate this hashtag very much because it offended their faith.  So they began to tweet sarcastic remarks under the #.  Others attempted to disagree with and challenge the #.

One young woman and I had a brief exchange in the midst of this.  I will paste the screen shots below.  I kept her username and photo out to maintain her anonymity because I would much rather focus on discussing her thought than single her out and bully her.  #realtalk Click for more!