The testimonials make for depressing reading – a snapshot of the dark underbelly of liberal Britain’s multi-religious society. Shaheen (pseudonym), a Christian convert, describes being beaten and left for dead by family members. A local imam told him he was Satan, and made an unequivocal threat: ‘If we were in Egypt or Syria, I would cut off your head.’ Seyyed (pseudonym) describes receiving death threats, verbal abuse and refusal of service in taxis and shops. Ostracism is a theme running through each narrative. Facebook is the medium through which another was intimidated. Meanwhile, a church leader and friends were referred to as ‘kafir/infidel dogs’. This, we must remember, isn’t hatred on the streets of Tehran, Riyadh or Islamabad, but modern-day Britain.
More on that "peaceful" and "tolerant" religion:
Many ex-Muslims have been shunned and shamed for their decision to leave Islam. Some, Hameed says, have committed suicide. Her story is featured in Deeyah Khan’s 2016 documentary Islam’s Non-Believers, where she recounts her painful journey to atheism. It’s a raw account of the trauma this brave woman has endured. In one poignant scene, she says: ‘I remember saying to my mum, “I don’t think I believe in God any more”, and her saying, “You can’t tell anybody else because they’ll kill you, we are obliged to kill ex-Muslims”, and that it would put me at extreme risk if anybody else was to find out. So that conversation ended there.’
A perfect example of an honor / shame society. The mother won't kill her daughter because publicly she is still a Muslim. However, if the ugly news gets out, then mommy won't be able to save her when the poor girl dies in an "accident".
This makes it incredibly difficult to gauge the actual number of ex-Muslims in the world. There are likely tens of millions out there who're afraid and silent. I have an anonymous blog where I can vent but some don't even have that luxury.