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Sadia Hameed

Sadia Hameed is a Spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.
Experiences

”Honour”, violence – and leaving Islam

Many, if not most, ex-Muslims experience honour-based violence and/or abuse. The official definition of ‘honour’-based violence is that it is a crime which has been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or community. In the case…

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Guilty or not?

I feel a great deal of frustration when people suggest because a rapist has been acquitted, then this means they are not guilty. Having worked in the sexual violence sector, I am aware of how the system works – and…

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The last acceptable prejudice

It is now rightly considered socially unacceptable to be racist or sexist. The kind of brash racism and sexism that some of my ancestors experienced is at an all-time low. Nobody can deny that both institutional racism and sexism do…

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Twelve years old, seeking asylum

Due to the current high-profile case of the 18-year-old Ex-Muslim woman escaping Saudi Arabia, discussion about female atheists from the Islamic world is becoming more mainstream. Rahaf al Qunun has managed to galvanise social media and the mainstream press in…

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Lentil dahl liberals

The proper aim is to try and reconstruct society on such a basis that poverty will be impossible. And the altruistic virtues have really prevented the carrying out of this aim. Just as the worst slave owners were those who…

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Taking pride back

Although today Pride is a celebration of sexuality, in its infancy it was a political movement against the oppression of individuals based on their sexuality: a movement for equality and fair treatment. The first Pride came after the Stonewall Riots…

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Battlefronts

I feel exhausted today. A few of my posts on Facebook sparked some hostile ‘debate’. One of my posts was a petition calling for ‘illegal immigrants’ to be granted amnesty after ten years of being in Britain. Of course, I…

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A Muslim name

For those of you who don’t know me (not that you should), my name is Sadia Hameed. I am an atheist and a self-declared anti-theist. Lying was a part of my everyday life. It was my safeguarding strategy. Lying to…

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Still breathless

There are things about Islam that still take my breath away – not in a good way. I became an atheist at the age of 15. Truth be told, I was just bored. At 15, I couldn’t be bothered to…

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