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The Islamist Delusion - From Islamist to Cultural Muslim Humanist

The Islamist Delusion - From Islamist to Cultural Muslim Humanist [Kindle Edition]

Saif Rahman
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Saif Rahman is a Strategic consultant & Founder of HMCA (Humanist & Cultural Muslim & Assoc).


A behind-the-scenes look from an insider. A comprehensive and objective study for Muslims seeking a fair & balanced analysis of traditionalist Islam; and for non-Muslims interested in gaining rarely found insight.

Written by a prominent anti-Islamist activist over the course of 8 years detailing his reasons for leaving Islam & becoming an agnostic humanist.


A single question kickstarts the journey for this book.

My Muslim cousin came to stay with us in the UK when he was over on holiday from Pakistan. I knew his stay would prove contentious as previously he had told me that as a Muslim I had to believe in all of it as it stood, or I had to admit I was no longer a Muslim. This time I was prepared for the inevitable question of “Why?” I had subsequently left Islam. Sure enough it soon came and started the ball-rolling till 4 a.m. as he attempted to refute each one of my contentions, but this time to no avail.

The following day, prior to boarding his flight back to Pakistan, he made me promise one thing. As he was well connected, he asked me to put all my arguments together so he could take them in writing to a learned scholar of Islam. I did so, and looking forward to his response I also copied in all my siblings. After waiting 3 months my brother received a phone call from my cousin saying that he hadn’t forgotten and was still working on the reply. It’s been 8 years, and I never did hear back from him.

Nonetheless it was an invigorating exercise. Over the course of these subsequent years I became an exmuslim activist and the original letter (contained in next chapter) was used as a skeletal working document which I regularly updated with new findings. A comprehensive Scribd online blog was borne. It was heartening to see it climb to 49,000 views and being powerful enough to influence many of its Muslim readers to leave Islam.

To connect with a wider audience, I developed the blog for use in visual media and from it spawned my ‘ExMuslim Confession’ YouTube series. It flourished as it climbed to half-a-million hits along with my group grew to 7,500 members, but along with its success so did the harassment. My more vocal presence was paralleled with increasing resistance, reaching up to 139 death threats to date.

Undeterred this spurred me on to make the blog ever more mainstream, and the original Letter-Blog-YouTube Series finally matured into the Book you see before you today..


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invigorating read. 14 Dec 2012
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It's against my nature to adopt or absorb other's opinions to form my own. That's probably why I never find reading about philosophy or religion all that winsome and engaging. However, contrary to a typical book on a religious subject, this one is neither preaching nor persuading rather absolutely invigorating.

"The Islamist Delusion" is an extraordinary blend of factual and historical information, modern science, spiritual concepts associated with religion and author's critical analysis. All presented clearly, accurately, with order and coherence with a mindful opportunity for a reader to determine which emotion to follow. I was fascinated, amazed, astounded, intrigued and wondered at the same time. It won't be wrong if I call this book a "critical abstract" essentially as it is a distillation of the most important components of the religion and the author has appropriately succeeded this task by thoroughly researching and laying down all facts and analysis in a comprehensive but succinct way. He has perfectly composed the ocean in a pearl if you may.

From the title till the end, the reader remains completely engrossed. The author captures the attention right from the start by sharing a little part of his life, a personal letter to his cousin, where he opens up to him and share his journey from agony to relief. You can picture him going through many sleepless nights searching for answers, disappointment and despair in religion and finally the tough decision he had to make to be honest with himself that I can absolutely relate to.
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An honest account of the doubts the author had of Islam which in turn made him study Islam further and in more detail to realize that Islam was just another man made religion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read for both Muslim and Non Muslim. 27 Nov 2012
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Im an atheist from a Christian heritage. I've been reading books for years that critique the bible and have never come across many authors who are willing to to do the same with Islam.
With this book I've found I don't need any prior knowledge to the Quran to understand it.Its Well written and informative no matter what your background is.
An honest and brave account of one man's journey from religious darkness to human enlightenment.
Highly recomended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 28 Nov 2012
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This is an excellent book - a very good summary for the arguments against Islam. Recommended for ex-muslims, current muslims who might want to understand the ex-muslim position and interested non-muslims.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A subject we should all be very interested in! 10 April 2013
This is a subject we should all be very interested in. It's the "elephant in the room", something that we feel we cannot discuss or be concerned about for fear of being labelled a "racist" or a "bigot", not that Islam is a race, but that matters not to the people that will label you. A little knowledge is not a dangerous thing where this subject is concerned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well worth a read 6 May 2014
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I found out about this book on twitter and bought it on impulse after asking the Author, I read it over the course of 5 days and found it a fascinating glimpse into Islam from someone born into it and his disillusionment and eventual departure from it.
It is well written, easy to understand and very informative.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Will the Muslim in the street buy this book?
This book joins the genre of books that expose the fallacies of Bible-based religions; those books, and I am sure also this book, will change few minds, and will confirm what... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Mikey Mo
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended read for outsiders seeking an informed, easy-to-read...
I am an atheist of British "cultural Christian" heritage, sceptical of all kinds of religion but less informed than I would like to be about Islam. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Charles Wilkie
1.0 out of 5 stars good for those who are weak in their beliefs
when one manipulates and doesn't understand islam, books like this is a result, utter nonsense.
if the author actually conversed with a true scholar rather then his cousin... Read more
Published 8 months ago by zish
4.0 out of 5 stars what you do believe in does it benefit your fellow human?
Richard Dawkins? I thought to myself, how can one book change so much for a believer like me?

Prior to that I had so many conflicting thoughts, female mutilation, and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. S. Abdul
5.0 out of 5 stars All Muslims must read it
This is a brilliant book, written by a young author for young audience. You see, times change and young Muslims need to be more alert over the ideologies of Islam that need... Read more
Published 15 months ago by SEKG
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I've been a devout Muslim for quite some time. And I was hoping to get a free copy of this book. I don't have a credit card as it is haram, so can some please pass a free-copy @... Read more
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