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Waleed Al-Husseini on Support and Sanctuary for Ex-Muslims








Author: Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Numbering: Issue 1.A, Idea: The Tale of the Tribe: International Apostates

Place of Publication: Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Title: Apostasia

Web Domain:

Individual Publication Date: September 5, 2020

Issue Publication Date: TBD

Name of Publisher: In-Sight Publishing

Frequency: Once Per Year

Words: 564

Keywords: ex-Muslim, France, Islam, sanctuary, Waleed Al-Husseini.

Waleed Al-Husseini on Support and Sanctuary for Ex-Muslims[1],[2]

Waleed Al-Husseini founded the Council of Ex-Muslims of France. He escaped the Palestinian Authority after torture and imprisonment in Palestine to Jordan and then France. He is a friend. 

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: How can the international youth humanist community help provide a minimum online community and sanctuary for the ex-Muslim community?

Waleed Al-Husseini: If you mean just online, to open for our voice and show the suffering of ex-Muslims in their countries, for more on these issue, people can support our freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

I do not think it is hate speech because it is our right to criticize Islam as a set of ideas and beliefs. They can support us or make our voice heard more and more, protecting us from having the removal of our accounts.

Because for many of us, using fake accounts are a solution to be ourselves, some of us cannot be real online because all the dangers and threats take us out of all political issues. We are just ex-Muslims.

Jacobsen: How are the humanist and non-religious communities failing the ex-Muslim community?

Al-Husseini: Most of them in the name of humanism call ex-Muslims Islamophobic just because ex-Muslims criticize Islam. They avoid us too because they do not want to offend their Muslim friends.

I do not generalize, but most of them are like this. I am fed up with many of them who call themselves humanist and then close their eyes of the killings/murders and arrests of the ex-Muslims just because he doesn’t want to offend his Muslim friends.

Jacobsen: Is it hard for ex-Muslims to find asylum in other countries?

Al-Husseini: Yes, for sure, we have a lot of stories about that, but life is going. We never give up.

Jacobsen: Once an ex-Muslim finds an escape into another country away from the traditionalist and conservative society, community, and home, how hard is the transition into typically Western, secular life?

Al-Husseini: It is not hard at all because he escaped to live these values. These values are inside himself, so when he comes to these countries. He breaths the freedom. He can feel that he was born-again, because in that other society he always feels as if he died. I am speaking through my experience too.

Jacobsen: Thank you for the opportunity and your time, Waleed.

Image Credit: Waleed Al-Husseini.

Appendix I: Footnotes

[1] Founder, In-Sight Publishing.

[2] Individual Publication Date: September 5, 2020:

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