In late July 2020, the apologist outfit of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community known as Rational Religion published a series of 15 articles in response to various topics I’ve covered in my material. The feature image of that article was an unflattering mid-speech still frame from my coming-out video. A mean-spirited and childish move that has lots of value if catering to an immature audience of fellow believers exhibiting an unabashed tribalism. This post is an open letter to Tahir Nasser, with additional context for readers who many not be familiar with the events.
Choosing a Spouse: Patriarchy, the Subordination of Women, and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
When it comes to women’s rights in Islam, it is often said that Islam 1400 years ago gave women rights, that did not exist in other parts of the world. One of the most cited points is the right of women to be able to freely choose their spouse. In this article, guest author Q. Ahmad explores these rights as they exist in Islam generally, and in Ahmadiyyat, specifically.
Guilt Driven Parenting and Ahmadi Muslims: A Young Woman Relays her Predicament
The ‘Young Woman’ in this dialogue lives in the West. She’s in her mid-20s. She stopped believing in Ahmadiyyat (and Islam generally) several years ago. She just hasn’t formally resigned from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community—yet. Her parents want to keep her apostasy quiet to save face.
On Purpose and Values after Religion and the Jama’at
This is a guest post from Q.Ahmad, a former Ahmadi Muslim. Here, he responds to a Reddit post penned by another former Ahmadi Muslim entitled, What are your values? The author suggests that one can initially feel lost thinking about the endless possibilities that have opened up to one’s self, after leaving religion. Subconsciously craving the authoritarian guardrails we grew up with and which gave us a feeling of supposed security.
Shirk and the Kaaba
Shirk is the greatest crime in Islam. It is an unforgivable, damnable offense. In Islam, those who commit shirk are destined to hellfire, forever. Unless of course, they repent before they die. In this article, guest author GotReason makes the case that the role of the Kaaba and the Black Stone lodged within, flirt dangerously close to shirk. Ironically, the biggest sin according to Islam itself.
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