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

Saif Rahman
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Book Description

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 traditional Islam; and for non-Muslims interested in gaining unique 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, otherwise simply 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 for a long night 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 in writing so he could take them 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 ex-muslim activist and the original letter (contained in Chapter 2) was used as a skeletal working document which I regularly updated with new findings. A comprehensive Scribd online blog was born. 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 ‘ex-muslim Confession’ YouTube series. It flourished as it climbed to half-a-million hits and my group which grew to 7,500 (now 20,000) 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent May 28, 2013
This book was exactly what I was looking for.

I was brought up in an average muslim family. We were taught to read the quran, prayed and fasted. I was always in doubt about the existence of an all mighty god, but never really gave the issue much critical thought. As long you are within that particular religious setting or context, it seems perfectly normal and sensible. It is not until you step out of that context and view the religous dogmas from the outside you discover just how absurd the whole thing is.

When I read this book, I discovered just how similar the writer's thought were to mine. He asked the exact same questions that I had always wondered about, and it was really a relief to see that I was not the only one thinking about these issues.

This book has equipped me with all the arguments I need in discussions with those who say I'm mistaken. The writer has done a great job in research, and found relevant references. The quranic verses and the hadith texts clearly demonstrate just how absurd and surreal Islam and all other religions really are. I feel free without religion.

If I had to say one negative thing about the book, than it would have to be the design and layout. The current version (at least the one I received) looks more like a magazine than a book. The cover also looks cheap. I really wish the publisher could give this book the layout that it deserves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and personal, but needs a better format November 30, 2012
By Kalm
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The book was informative and as far as I can tell sourced well. But the format is a bit awkward to read and it feels like it could use an updated version to be more fit for purchase.

Still, a useful tool if you want to learn more about the religion and the impact it has had throughout history.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible November 16, 2012
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I'm an ex muslim and for the last 7 months, I was reading books written by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris. However, none of those Authors had much about Islam. That all changed when I read this book. You can tell that the author put a lot of time and effort into this and he provides valid reasons for his claim. Great book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars an unique book May 12, 2014
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This is a critical critique providing ample references for those familiar and non familiar with the Quran. Occasionally there are references, names and places, which have no context for those not familiar with Islamic history or religious organization. His arguments of the difficulties reading and comprehending the Quran harmonized with my own attempts to enjoy and evaluate the text. You don’t find a lot to critical discussion available in a public domain related to this subject. This was a book worth reading because, similar in complaints found in old and New Testament critiques, it provides insights, concerns and acknowledgement from inside the Islamic beliefs of the questionable motions and flawed history associated with the Quran and its related Hadiths and other sources. I thought it an unusual book which provided me a great deal of specific, referenced Quran and religious references in an interpreted context…something I haven’t seen before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting book, also for non Muslims. February 17, 2013
By Olawikk
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It is an extremely interesting book, written in a very comprehensible way, even for people, who never had any contact with the Quran. Brilliant work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, for all Muslims in particular. June 6, 2014
All Muslims owe it to themselves to read this book. Reading this book does not necessarily mean that you will reach the same conclusion about Islam as the author. But this book will give balance. It will outline the other side of the positively biased view of Islam that all Muslims have been taught. What have you got to lose if you read this book? Your faith in Islam should not be based on what you've been taught by various scholars and Imams. But rather, you should have access too all of the information from the Islamic sources and come to your own conclusions about the faith that you were most likely born into.
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This book is an excellent tool for Muslims and non-Muslims alike to counter the lies of the likes of Reza Aslan and others who equate any criticism of the dangerous dogma of Islam with racism and "islamophobia". It is well written and extremely thoroughly documented. Kudos to the author both for his hard work in producing this excellent book and for his courage to persist as a public ex-muslim in the face of hundreds of credible death threats from those whose faith in Allah's power is so weak that they feel the need to kill to defend the honour of their imaginary sky monster.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Copied from the Net.
This book is written with the same arguments that are commonly found on the internet. Their origin mostly being Christians. And a lot of them copied from answering-islam. Read more
Published on March 4, 2013 by Mr. M. Amin
5.0 out of 5 stars well-researched and eloquently written
I highly recommend Mr. Rahman¡¦s book. It is a must read for people who are interested in knowing true nature of Islam. It is a well-researched and eloquently written book. Read more
Published on January 3, 2013 by Humanist
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written and informative!
I've read similar stories before but none as believable and informative as this one. I found this product comforting to read (being a former practicing muslim myself)and it's truly... Read more
Published on January 3, 2013 by Aamir
5.0 out of 5 stars An invigorating read.
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. Read more
Published on December 13, 2012 by Mona Hassan
5.0 out of 5 stars Believers and Non-believers need to read this book!
First I must say that the Author Mr.Saif is a great guy.
This Book is amazingly written in detail, provides great and accurate quotes, Personally I denounced Islam and all... Read more
Published on December 13, 2012 by Ahmed Al-shaiji
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on Islam out there.
I'm an Objectivist who reads a lot about Islam. In fact, I read this book and loved it. It was very on point. Read more
Published on December 9, 2012 by menaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Do Yourself a Favor, Buy this ebook
This is a book for muslims or non muslims that want to know the short comings of Islam.

As an ex muslim Saif Rahman basically touched on many of the doubts and concerns... Read more
Published on November 28, 2012 by Milad
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