Rescuing Ex-Muslims: Leaving Islam

By | September 8, 2019


if a person changes his religion from Islam to any other religion the punishment should be death I was attacked from nowhere I didn’t see it coming I knew I had to get out or that was it what do you think your brother will do if they found out you and aces killing me this is Nisa Hussein a father of six in November last year he was going to his car when this happened two hooded men brutally beat him to the ground he was left with broken bones and hospitalized he says he was attacked because he left the faith of Islam and converted to Christianity since then he says he’s faced continual harassment from his local Muslim community in the north of England in the months leading up to the attack mr. Hussein placed hidden cameras around his home filming what he felt was threats against him and his family do you feel like it’s been an active religious hate campaign to cleanse you out this engine yeah without a shadow of a doubt actually because as soon as my conversion seems to spread like wildfire and then before you know it you’re shunned isolated and then treated with contempt at a 2000 onwards had three cars written off the almost daily abuse intimidation harassment bricks thrown through the bay window swore that’s battered my wife especially with my daughter’s been intimidated harassed and then things are escalated to such a degree that you literally are having to flee For Your Lives actually the attack was actually very sudden and I just saw this thought just swing this pickaxe handle straight from my head and I put my hand up to block it actually and my hand suffered fractures and a real backwards and ended up falling and then being concussed being pummeled and I suffered a fracture to my kneecap we have lived with death threats and threats to our welfare and safety I never really in visited it would come in such a fashion just outside my front gate Nissa Hussein is one of many Muslims choosing to leave Islam around the world people who leave the Islamic faith can face state persecution and also violence at the hands of their local communities so informal networks have come together linked by social media to help X Muslims who are in danger vice news has gained access to the london-based group faith to faithless it started by me thinking that was the only one in the world who’d left Islam because I didn’t know you could do that and quickly I realized online at least that that’s not true as I started meeting one person 10 people 20 people I realize how many people there were and then it kind of it did snowball it just went like you know so what kind of problems are you dealing with emotional abuse people being kicked out by their families a lot of psychological trauma as an example this Ramadan that just finished I had to deal with five different attempts at suicide and just just in one month but on the extreme side it’s things like kidnapping forced marriage risk from their family or the wider community although faith to faithless is very private Sarah is one person prepared to speak openly she says she lost her faith around the age of 12 and things came to a head two years ago so when I was 17 I had a boyfriend my first boyfriend and unfortunately my parents found out quite early on into the relationship as well and basically my parents threatened me with they’re gonna pull me out of college they’re gonna marry me off it felt like lockdown I knew I had to either get out or that was it so I didn’t really have anywhere to go they’d already taken away anything I could use to contact anyone else but luckily while I was actually looking for a way to kill myself actually I found my old phone which had some old numbers and I left I literally ran out the house through fields as far as I could now I talked to my family and I kind of feel like we don’t need each other anymore and we’re never going to be quite right again so that’s quite difficult but yeah I have had quite a few suicide attempts since unfortunately since leaving your parents leaving yeah when you were back down the 17 it’s mainly loneliness feeling lonely feeling like no one wants you know as serious as the situation can be in the UK for X Muslims living abroad the repercussions can be even worse a comprehensive report released by humanist organization stated that in 13 countries across the world all of the Muslim states apostasy carries the death penalty and in other countries like Bangladesh and Tunisia people who have left the faith are often attacked by extremists MTS shows me messages from one case he handles a young syrian atheist call rana she says she comes from a very religious family who live in Saudi Arabia I think I first spoke to her actually about a year ago she was having some troubles and she wanted to get out after her family made her attend the Grand Mosque in Mecca she secretly took this photo and sent it to a Facebook site for atheists where it was posted when she first did that when she was certain Southey that went completely viral she’s now on the run and has escaped as far as Turkey MTS’s Network is helping her as she’s desperate I’m good you took a photo that said ain’t this Republic yes Republic its website under Facebook and this was therefore an unbeliever deferred for Xbox Lima Christian it’s just any kind of religion the Kaaba the most holiest place was in the short why did you decide that that morning or that day what made you post that photo so this message I want to say I am NOT Muslim I never believed it but I am here I don’t have choice to come here I can’t tell my mother I am a Muslim or they can tell my father my family I am a Muslim is very strict on the one day when he think I have boyfriend in Saudi Arabia she would like a machine in my room to make recording so he put a secret tape in you try to beat he hit you he beat you what’s the last thing that your dad or your brother said to you they said we will come to you we will find you so Rana you’re in Turkey now what are your plans next thank you so much for talking to us Imtiaz his group and the Atheist Republic in America set up a crowdfunding site for Rana and raised five thousand dollars to help support her in August we flew out with Imtiaz to meet her so mta’s and i are on our way to meet wanna for the very first time to see what we matthias can do to try and help her we’ve asked her to meet us in one of the largest port towns off the coast of the Mediterranean he’s Mia was very close to the Greek borders so very close to Europe but actually lana is still in day so nice to finally meet you she’s changed her appearance because she’s nervous the local Syrian population may find out who she is this is Ronis flats it’s through the crowdfunding that she’s been able to pay rent on this place but she doesn’t have long we have a three weeks cerana can you show me around run out all this stuff here you packed with you from Saudi no only Maya buyer and t-shirt what’s the plan if I get any feyza i can’t go to your room she says her family knows she’s in Turkey but they don’t know that she ran away because of her atheism what do you think your parents will will do like your dad or your brother will do if they find out you’re an ASIS killing me maybe looking serious over lunch Rana shows me a video she recorded of her first day in Turkey and you were saying you want to sit down what did you say your dream was what other dangers of living here what are you really worried about a my family no I am they know I am here it’s very dangerous because I think my brother will be come here if he didn’t kill me he will back me to Saudi Arabia and you’ve got the Syrian community here so it’s also very dangerous please I will not speak with any Syrian people here and I changed my look to don’t look like like a Syrian girl or a doctor Imtiyaz is trying to find a refugee charity that can help runner in Turkey but she’s thinking of having herself smuggled illegally into Europe despite the dangers so we spoke to some people who work in this field area the problem with illegal is that because you go into the ocean sometimes or through the truck a lot of people die you know that I’m sure but also you’re a woman and is a very very different danger for women you know I understand if you don’t have a choice you don’t have a choice [Music] when I was in Saudi Arabia I dream talk alone in the street like a normal people like all girls dream about that in Saudi Arabia walking home without khabar without a job without hip-hop can you tell me why you’re doing this why is it so important to you I only want to live like a normal baby without afraid someone maybe you know I said you are atheist and can you without afraid your family it’s no you are not a believer is there anything that you miss about Saudi Arabia my family I know they are now world about me I’m some my big brother that want to kill me but I missed my time with my family I miss my family a mother food and I hope one day I can when I come here the first day I only stand up in the street and take another one higher honor Kiyomi hey you sound you sound exhausted it’s October now and Rana skypes MTS she says he’s getting desperate and has decided to be smuggled into Europe have you spoken to anyone about other routes out of Turkey and you guys trust the people who are gonna take you know yes or maybe her heading down to Jeremy there’s a lot of risk there but at the same time there’s also risk of things like self-harm she’s been feeling very suicidal and you can understand because she don’t have a job she have money she’s got a month left on rent a couple of weeks later Rana starts sending us videos she takes on her phone tomorrow or after tomorrow I will you go to Europe I feel afraid it’s dangerous trip but I didn’t have choice [Music] today I leave my house [Music] the smugglers take her to a beach on the coast of Turkey but that’s all we hear from Rana for a while after a few days she makes contact again so the last we heard from Rana was two days ago I’ve just got messages come through on Facebook she said that she was at the beach and four boats had set off for Greece and she was supposed to be on the fifth boat and apparently the moment she was supposed to get on that boat the police came she needed me here we are skiff for him they say about different she so it looks like she’s gonna be in Turkey for a while longer in November we get more videos from Rana she’s trying to cross into Europe once again they’re driven to a beach and left there alone it was very cold and now relied on the tyre tour myself the smugglers turn up and Ranas secretly films as she hands over the money she’s made it to a small Greek island first and then on to a vote to Athens over the next two months Rana continues to send us updates she travels through Macedonia Serbia Slovakia Croatia Austria and finally into Germany and I fly out to see her so this is Rev on has ended up in Cologne in Germany it’s New Years Eve she’s in a refugee camp about an hour from here and she’s on her way to meet us now hi Rana it’s poppy can you hear me now hello I’ve seen you stay there stay there you’ve made it you left Saudi Arabia you left Turkey and now you’re here what does it feel like you’re in this market listening to this after everything that you’ve been through and everything you sacrifice how many [Music] Ronna has now applied for asylum in Germany but many more people around the world face persecution like grief Badawi and ashraf fired in prison in Saudi Arabia charged with apostasy meanwhile MTR says that since we started filming with him last year he receives four more cases every week and his group faith to faithless is about to start a tour of British universities where X Muslims will come out and share their stories [Music]

100 thoughts on “Rescuing Ex-Muslims: Leaving Islam

  1. VICE News Post author

    VICE News has gained access to an underground network in London who help rescue ex-Muslims.
    WATCH NEXT: Inside the brutal, final battle against ISIS in Syria – http://bit.ly/2NJcxqd

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  2. Roger Benard Post author

    The most outrageous is that this is Europe! Strangers who our politicians let in who have no love for western culture, Most (ex-muslims and no-muslim )immigrants are as angry as us europeans who dont feel good about losing our culture and Identity when shariah law, political islam taking over . We dont feel home no more. Thats not racist…Its real feelings…

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  3. Mayur Singh Post author

    But they become really happy when someone converts to their religion.
    They do not have morals

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  4. Sumit Singh Post author

    Islam is peaceful only when it cease to exist . Only China has understood this while others are still ignoring it .

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  5. Chin Man Lie Post author

    This video practically tells the world that SA is basically a big concentration camp that imprison not only the physical and mental aspects of the people's life but condemn them to an entire lifetime for decent humanity. The saddest thing is US thinks it fit to condemn China for not practicing full western democracy while totally blind to what its close ally SA is doing to its citizens. What hypocrisy!

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  6. Ahmed Khan Post author

    From a Muslim this is fucked up. My older brother left Islam and my whole family was chill with it cause anyone should do whatever they feel like without any pressuring. What I've seen in this video is disgusting but Im glad I have never seen or know anyone who had problems with leaving Islam. It's only the old generation of Muslims who are brainwashed without actually looking at it from different perspectives.

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  7. R N Post author

    Reverts are leaving Islam because they are isolated and non accepted by the community.

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  8. Zain Asif Post author

    Well, it’s not like Muslims don’t get attacked for being Muslim 🙄🙄

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  9. Zareen Shama Sharafuddin Post author

    I am a Bangladeshi Muslim and 12 year old. I think we should make people understand about Islam from childhood(if born as Muslim). When they grow up and be an adult they will decide it their religion and we can't force them. I think those who leave their religion being a born Muslim are the most unlucky people. Those who say its nonsense they should FIRST READ THE TRANSLATION OF THE QURAN. There is always something meaningful in it. If you still argue with it then Allah did not give you hidayat to understand it. And yes, read it on your own and tell me where it is written to be violent. Tell me the exact verse. There is something about violence but Allah said it because there was war going on between muslims and non muslims and do you think we think we should be ready to get killed by non muslims without protesting? That's why its said to raise our voice against oppression. If I start talking about everything it will take me ages. Why women have to wear hijab? Women are precious and Allah want to increase their value by protecting them with clothes. Its said to be decent. Many people would still like to argue. If you're from them then you are…. idk Leave it…. I don't want to say anything else. You are not meant to be in Jannat…

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  10. kaz kk Post author

    There is no such thing as a religion of peace. Every religion that survives , it does so through violence and political and social conquest. Without the ability to wage war and convert others to your way your ideas won't survive and make it. No culture and religion expand on the bases of peace. Human history is a history of war and conquest

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  11. Michael B Post author

    Religion of death
    You know what you need to do. You need to help them get to the their virgins faster

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  12. Jocelyn Poesnecker Post author

    Worship God our Creator. God Is always With us. Only pray to God. God always Hears us. Love God.

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  13. pretty dumb Post author

    I just wanna ask why you guys choose to leave Islam.. is it just because you're being threatened or do you really think it's wrong? No offense

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  14. ReFast Post author

    Iam a muslim but i dont think it is the answer to former muslims , you should first give them logic and one of the big reason that muslims leave Islam because of fault of today's muslims who dont even know Islam themselves

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  15. shiraz khan Post author

    EX Muslim in here and now Atheist. All religion are man made period.

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  16. MrZadeeh Post author

    Your advertisement around Islam is only around terrorism,hatred and violence. I would really be ashamed of working at VICE news. #removepropaganda #freespeechviolated

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  17. SpotOn Cam Post author

    And Vice is worried for Kashmiri Muslims by making videos in Pakistan 😝

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  18. Viktoria Groepper Post author

    It makes me angry to see, as a German, that we are taking in so many brainwashed people who are often Islamists in disguise, or people who are very strong Muslim believers and in my eyes very intolerant people, people of whom we have enough in our country, people who only cause problems and who are not compatible with Western values, they despise these values. But this young and brave woman has to take this damn dangerous route into Europe, and these people who truly crave freedom are the people I would love to take into Germany and have around me. What a pretentious world. All the best to this young lady, may she study whatever she wants and date whomever she wants and live the life she craves for.

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  19. Javid Rehman Rana adv 03334213909 Post author

    No one attack them till they abuse religions openly even in Pakistan . Comments based on grudge only

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  20. Rushan Orakzai Post author

    Hosea 13:16 says to dash infants into pieces. “Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up” learn to think for yourself, read your own books before pointing fingers, and stop believing everything you’re told.

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  21. TheGamingAlphas Post author

    As a current Muslim, this Is the first time I've seen shit like this and I can say it's the people not the religion

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  22. aryan clair Post author

    What a brave girl something in my eyes love and respect from Canada

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  23. Lazz 90 Post author

    When i left islam and converted to wathanism my brothers tried to kill me, and even today I am getting death threats, its scary and unbelieveable the situation your pit in for your own personal choice. Islam is not a religion of peace, it is cruel and iron fisted.

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  24. ?ガッツ Post author

    The comments here give me hope for my fellow ex muslims. Stay strong guys

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  25. Shakib M Post author

    And when you ask them any questions that require critical thinking, they resort to "you're becoming a non-believer, this is a sign dajjal will come by 2035". They think there's no point of saving the earth or protecting the environment because they believe the end-day (keyamott) will arrive soon. Very soon. Ignorant bastards.

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  26. bad gamer Post author

    I am Muslim and don't let Muslims come to Europe 😀🤣🤣🤣🤣

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  27. Whachuknow 03 Post author

    The guy at the start is putting words into muslims when really islam you are not aloud to kill someone who leaves Islam

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  28. Mr. Knife Post author

    Ok the people killing there and person at the start has sin at our rules of islam is not allowed to kill or chose someone to be killed because God is the one who will choose we are a religion of peace and ISIS is not consinder islam they violated a lot of religious laws and killed too many even they pray straight to hell and the Taliban is not consinder islam because they remade the rules of Islam, like women should never be educated but the rule of True islam is respect women and people saying our women are ugly did not God said that we are all created equal no matter how you look you are still beautiful and this video promotes anti muslim and those photos of people getting killed at the Saudi those are death penaltis and at Bangladesh that was murder for sure, the media hates us muslims but does our media hates you i mean ISIS start because USA took oil from our Muslim lands and when we said something peaceful you would not believe us but when you see something at social media about violence of Islam you would believe, are you sure that this is true? Social media is all true, are you sure this is true info are you sure the poster is Muslim the true things about islam is all at the Qur'an. If you have questions just reply

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  29. IFFET MINERVA Post author

    Other religion people can convert to Islam no proplem but if you decide to leave then you'll be dead. after all its a peaceful religion…I don't like Islam because its not secular

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  30. Rod Firefighter Post author

    Of peace? You can't have world domination and peace. It is like becoming a M.C. club member,, when you die you can leave the club!

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  31. Zainita Ayu Post author

    I think it's not about the religion. It's about the people. As far as I know, Islam never forced anyone. For you your religion, for me my religion. Conflict like this can happen in any religion

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  32. Rihana Khan Post author

    iam from india and fed up of my religion….wearing hijab is necessary and if i object, my parents would drop my college and marry me……i have started hating islam more…..i consider hindus and christians of my college so lucky…..so happy to see people like imtiaz to help people from this non-recoverable cancer.

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  33. Papo Post author

    I have a theory on why the women in those extreme muslim countries are covered up from head to toe. I believe the men are trying to hide how beautiful they are and are keeping these women to themselves.

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  34. Brother Philip Post author

    It takes Faith to leave a Cult Religion that your family and friends believe in, so you are not as Atheist as you may think. You just have come to the understanding that the true GOD is not in Islam!

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  35. Backpacker One64 Post author

    It's ok for people's OWN belief systems to have inconsistencies but watch out if others do.

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  36. Shawn Messick Post author

    Smart. I am on the run in Turkey and I am going to show myself on TV so that my location, appearance, and living conditions can be attained by those looking for me. Smooth move; I hope they got her out before this aired.

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  37. Mahesh Thakur Post author

    Greek Blogger Islam is cancer and ex muslim are trojon horse. Yes they are still muslim but ex prefix. Muslim always play victim cards and it us their old tactics to gain political control by playing immigrants cards becoz most of islamic nation are like hell. Don't get fooled.

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  38. White Panther Post author

    What a peaceful religion, you cannot even leave it…..That is why it is a fucking death cult and we should accept non muslims only ino our countries

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  39. swarup.k. dasgupta Post author

    It's the faults of all European Christian Countries!!

    *Why they don't bann ISLAM of DEMONIAC THOUGHTS like China and Angola?!

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  40. swarup.k. dasgupta Post author

    ISLAM is a demomiac Culture and belief for the DEMONS. Stay away from the islamic beliefs of demomiac PROPERTIES. Musulmans are obviously killers of all and brainwashed by evils.*

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  41. Oxy Moran Post author

    "… Converted to Christianity"

    No. ALL religions are ideologically invasive, don't try to act like Christianity is any better, Vice.

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  42. narhem123 Post author

    Here is a verse from the q’uran. How was she supposed to feel safe when this is what islam thinks of a woman?

    quran.com/4/34

    (Translation: Sahih International)
    "Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband's] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand."

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  43. discussion time on my favourite stuff Post author

    Actually my grand PA a maul I said that you should decide by well 20 years and I remember his speech that Islam should not be forced

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  44. Sam Nit Post author

    Wait a minute, whats going on, one side is showing how peaceful Islam is and the other side is showing how violent Islam is. If i go as per the world media it has come to my notice that Islam is a religion of peace for both muslims and non muslims alike.

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  45. Anurak Chhettry Post author

    I’m a ex hindu and accepted Islam on my own free will I’m more happy and peaceful than ever , this video is nothing but propaganda against Islam , shame on you, these videos are by individual who didn’t know how to handle certain situations, they had mental issues.

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  46. Anurak Chhettry Post author

    So becoming shameless is better than being peaceful?! ok modern hiv ridden people .

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  47. Anurak Chhettry Post author

    Why reporter couldn’t fly her to Germany ? instead off making her travel in boats and all these countries?!!!! seems like pre planned , staged drama , one would think you taking her all videos and everything, there are so many organizations that would certainly have helped her , but to propagate the video and make it more sale able you had to do this way , what a shame .

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  48. Nabeell U Post author

    I don’t think Assimalhakeem was promoting hate. I still believe Islam teaches tolerance, No coercion in religion says Quran, why then people behaving differently I don’t get it

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  49. Faheeem Still at it Post author

    Proud Muslim here, Allhumdulilla.

    To each their own…you people left/leaving islam, is your lose….

    Muslims dont let this video or these people confuse you…keep your faith in Allah.

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  50. thatwakandaboy Post author

    Islam, they said, is a religion of peace. And when you try to leave, you're torn to pieces.

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  51. cucumba Post author

    Islam should be classified as a terrorist cult belief. They should be thrown out from europe or killed.

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  52. GHANDI THE SUPREME LEADER Post author

    Your religion is your religion my religion is my religion and pope francis said atheist can go to heaven just saying

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  53. Gabriel Fontoura Post author

    Dont be afraid europeans, they are member of this peace religion LOL, europe is fucked by the europeans Diggin their own graves

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  54. Donrngiew Sohlang Post author

    in China Muslims are being put in concentration camps 😂😂

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  55. James Collins Post author

    And people are having trouble with Americans having guns. If we disarm Good Americans, the criminals and Islamics will still get guns. This is why Americans need to WAKE-UP. ISLAM Secretly is about World Domination. Christians are secretly helping Islamics, as well.. Why are we not showing this documentary to EVERY State and Federal official ?? Why is Islam not out-lawed in America??

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  56. Kapil Verma Post author

    Islam is दलदल है, जहां जाओगे तो फंस जाओगे।

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  57. Elleila Fares Post author

    Bruhhh wtf, me as a Muslim why is it anyone’s business if he leaves islam??? Since when is it anyone’s business??? Gosh if anything it’s his loss.

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  58. Didi Elenanzih Post author

    What kind of God do they believe?God IS LOVE.Brutal and cold people.

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  59. Paulo Andam Post author

    Don't be afraid to stand for what you believe in.
    Even if that means standing alone.

    Athiest…

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  60. daniel sandlin Post author

    mohammed was a slave trading ,murdering, pedophile,thieving , lying ,two faced son of a whore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  61. Ash Am Post author

    The punishment could be death but necessarily, those people are tainting Islam because that is not how Islam taught it should be done, that is their way

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  62. hafiz adnan Post author

    I pity her to grow in such a family in fear always… Am greatfull that my family or comunity isnt at all like her or him… The thing is it say nothing on the religion of islam… More to the culture and the people… I see no reason all together to leave islam…there is a reason to leave the family and comunity… If you say it terroist then there are other religion terrorist too… Yet with this claim there still a good number of people convert to ISLAM…

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  63. JUST MY THOUGHTS Post author

    You guys are idiots, Why would you mention the country they ran to?! Are you trying to get them killed?! Because their families can fly to TURKEY too

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  64. robert harding Post author

    QUARAN 47.7
    Those who leave Islam give them a chance to return if not stone or hang them until death
    THE RELIGION OF PEACE

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