Freedom Ashanti (former Muslim)
 Testimony of Leaving Islam
I took my Shahada on March 12, 1999. I didn't know what I was uttering until I studied Islam in detail. After acquiring the knowledge I noticed that you couldn't do anything. For example, the woman can't sing in public, only in private. I was told that I had to cut my dreadlocks (which I refuse to do). I was informed that the Prophet Muhammad said so. This is absurd! Muslim's couldn't practice the arts! I'm an aspiring artist and I won't allow any religion to hinder me. If God created different forms of art such as music, why would he turn around and say it's forbidden?
I left Islam because of the attitudes of the Muslims. They have this "I'm-better-than-the-kafir" attitude. I've been guilty of this myself, but after reading this site my outlook on Islam changed. Let's not forget that if a woman has a grievance with her husband, the Imam quickly takes the side of the man; accusing the woman of being "ungrateful". It seem to me that the scholars couldn't agree on one thing. So that led be to believe that this religion is man-made. They swear if you're not Muslim you're going to the hellfire. As if they have actually been there and back. My outlook is this; Anybody can write scriptures, ayats etc and say "This is the truth". Don't all religions say they are the truth? Dead people don't come back to life and tell you how it is in the afterlife! Use common sense! After all I still believe in one God only.