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Resources: Ex-Muslims of North America


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Personal)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/10/28

Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA) is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization. Its emphases of operation are the reduction of discrimination against ex-Muslims and for the promotion of secular values tied to religious dissent.

People have the right to disbelieve a religion. They have the right to freedom of expression against the tenets of a religion. That provides the basis for the EXMNA as an entity. Sarah Haidar, one of the current staff, and Muhammed Syed, current president, founded the organization in 2013 in Washington, D.C.

Nas Ishmael and Sadar Ali founded the other portion in Toronto. The forms of isolation and bigotry faced by many who leave Islam find themselves in the expression of death threat and dead bodies at times.

EXMNA and similar organizations provide a basis for solidarity and support, and activism. Through the support networks, the ex-Muslims in North America can branch together with the international community of unbelievers for real activism against the fundamentalist theocratic violence and bigotry against those individuals who simply want to stop believing in peace, as per the Universal Declaration of Human Rights statements in Article 18:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

I do not see the right to kill unbelievers in the statement there. According to its Wikipediapage, sorry for the reference there, there are 25 cities in North America with chapters of the organization and over 1,000 volunteers in those 25 cities in total, boasting about 24,000 members in the group.

There are some staff and volunteers for EXMNA, which functions largely on donations. The meetings of the group remain closed-group because of the safety concerns for those involved in them, as well as there being a screening process for those individuals involved in it. It provides authentication of the persons attending the events.

As props up in the news, many corpses can be found due to the violent backlashes against those who simply stopped believing. EXMNA published The Ex-Muslim. It is claimed to the be the first, and only mind you, magazine for the former Muslim population. Not a small feat, or feature.


Ex-Muslims of North America. (2018). Ex-Muslims of North America. Retrieved from

United Nations. (1948, December 10). Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Retrieved from


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