Dendel (former Muslim)

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Personal information
Country of origin    Belgium Flag of Belgium.png
Gender    M
Age    29
Faith Information
Current worldview Atheist
Born or convert to Islam? Born into Islam
Parents' worldview Islam

My Testimony of Leaving Islam[edit]

In my early years when I had to attend Quran school I found that I didn't believe in what the other kids of the school regarded as the truth. Also I found that I fitted in more with the non-Islamic kids of my regular school. The rituals of praying and Ramadan etc. seemed to me a weird form of obeying something I than didn't believe in. When studying the university I decided to let my belief drop off.

My personal opinion is that with reasoning one can live his life perfectly without having to believe in an some upper form called God. I believe that religion was something our ancestors hung on to to explain the unexplainable that was happening around them - just as animists did. Now with organized religion there is a person who has some leadership qualities and decides to form a group of followers based on HIS explanation of the world around him. If we add to that states of illusion or other forms of meditations we can very quick make the sum of organized religion. Of course there has been Muhammad, a Jesus etc. but they were just leaders of an organized form of religion they founded. Hence all religion exists of invented rules in some way.

The scary thing I see around me is that European youngsters who descended from immigrated Muslims, instead of accepting maybe a way of exercising ones religion in a more open-minded way, or being more heavily criticized about it, they found an instrument in the very strict Wahabi religion of the Middle East. That sort of Islam which doesn't allow anyone to think for himself. I live much more freely now without religion.

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