Ismael (former Muslim)
Testimony of Leaving Islam
The article "A call to the Muslims of the world" was an interesting read. A lot of what you said was accurate and striking. secularism is also a goal of many Muslims that understand the impracticality of an Islamic state. I am a theist who is practically a secularist in practicality since theism does not believe in revelation. I am also a former Muslim (you can tell by my name "Ismael") who is in dire need for communication with other "former Muslims".
I left Islam around five to six years ago and was a dis-oriented dog for a year or two (maybe more) due to renouncing a fundamental reason for living. I found a reason for continuing life in a goal. that goal was to remove from my closest friend the delusion that was instilled in him by society (through no fault of their own) and Islamic molding. I have been teaching him the discrepancies between science and religion; I have even tried arguing for the subject of evolution (however it happened). but the idea that god's words (which it isn't) could be fallible is incomprehensible to my friend. I believe that without someone's help, I will not succeed. I have other goals as well now which continue to drive me, but I haven't given up on my friend.
I used to work in an audit firm while I was a Muslim. Then I left the job and stayed a bum for two years. I am now in college and have a fairly decent GPA average in the field of business administration I have many friends (most don't know I am a theist) and kill time with hobbies. a fairly good life. what is lacking is the support from family and friends on my (or lack of) ideology. I have many ideas but I don't know how original they are. I believe that the perspective of a person who was brought up with Islam is different from other perspectives; and the perspective of a former Muslim must be unique and (I believe) very anti-social because of the few common grounds with other perspectives; like ideas on how to secularize the Islamic community.
The article "a call to the Muslims of the world" had one interpretation mistake that I could find. the article read "And have sex with "boys like hidden pearls". that aya was referring to hur al ain which are supposed to be virgins with a scent that can be smelt for forty years. and I don't think they are boys. in fact, whether the Quran or hadeeth make out the hur al ain's sexuality at all is not in my knowledge. otherwise, I think the article deserves a standing ovation. :)
I would appreciate information on some kind of online community related to faithfreedom.org so I could participate (however mildly) in discussions that go on in related topic.